A small coalition of unexpected allies living in an old, thread bare building, band together to uncover the building's strange "behavior." Their approach to the many mysteries and problems is unique and refreshing.
In a small way it is reminiscent of American Gods in its magical realism. While AG is epic, 14 is a tiny story that "jumps the shark" in the second half aspiring to the epic--but it doesn't quite succeed in doing so.
The protagonist is delightful, earnest young guy who works at a dead end, mind numbing job who comes into his own as a courageous leader of a tentative alliance of fellow building tenants.
The writing did manage to generate a few chuckles. I found myself cheering the characters on and believing in their (totally unbelievable) mission.
The narrator did a fine job of seamlessly and convincingly speaking for a very diverse set of characters. A fun read.
Never enough books
Yes, just when you thought things were tied up in a neat bow, things took a turn.
Yes, I have listening to the same short list of authors for years but wanted to try something new. I came across this book on the Best Sellers list and the synopsis looked like the kind of story I would enjoy. I was not disappointed. Peter Clines came up with a great combination of characters, mystery, puzzles, discovery, and fantasy while keeping a pace that never lagged. I love his writing style and Ray Porter does a great job of reading and representing the characters.
This was my first Peter Clines book but I have already purchased Ex-Heroes. My only concern is that Clines set the bar pretty high already with 14.
One of my favorite moments is after chemistry between two characters builds to the boiling point. When they dropped their inhibitions and gave in to their passions, they still keep their sense of humor and try to make light of it. It was a great side of the characters to reveal and a laugh out loud moment.
Ray Porter represents the characters very well making it easy to distinguish each of them while also giving them personality even through his voice. At the same time, I found his pace of the book and his pace of a moment was very effective. His pauses and quick jumps of dialog kept right in line with the story itself.
No crying but loved Clines' humor behind the characters. Several laugh out loud moments. Hopefully no one saw me in the next car.
Keep 'em coming!
This is a great story and performance held me all the way to the end and then i wanted more well done. whats next
This book is really just for fun. Ray Porter is a great narrator and is able to make you care about the characters even in the more ridiculous parts of the story. If you can completely suspend your disbelief, you'll probably really enjoy this story. It begins like a typical haunted house story but takes such an extreme turn to the strange side that it almost loses you. But by the time you get to this point, you're already hooked!
There were a few disappointments to the overall book that, for me, led to my rating it 4 stars overall; but that's still a very good book on my scale (5 stars are reserved for instant classics).
The reader is excellent: pace, tone, inflection...and everything else about excellent narration is here. I never stopped being immersed in the story as I never thought about what the reader was doing; the reader never distracted from the characters and story.
This is not gruesome horror, far from it. It is a surreal, preternatural mystery that is focused mainly on the characters and the intrigue of the building.The story has a Twilight Zone feel which I enjoy (I liked the old Rod Sterling TV series, too).
While it has some predictable elements and moments of vapidity, the plot remains interesting and entertaining from beginning to end. The characters, or most of them, are dynamic and likeable...with just the right balance between conflict and camaraderie. I hated the religious stereotyping and would have greatly appreciated a bit more diversity in that case, yet it all works for the story itself. The obligatory "otherwise smart character using poor judgement" comes into to play as it too often does in books of this sort, all for the sake of advancing plot at characters' expense. But these downsides are forgivable as the book does what it's meant to do: entertain.
Interesting concept for a book. Likeable lead characters, nicely developed plot, and well read.
I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but this book comes off as more of a mystery. The characters even refer to one another as Shaggy, Thelma, Fred and Daphney. I liked the "we're all in this together" mentality, and it makes me wish I had the sort of neighbors I could meet on a rooftop to drink beer, watch the sun set, and discuss our creepy building.
What would you do if you found you had the power to keep the world safe?
Great story and a great narrator. Really enjoyed this and recommend for those getting into audio books. Enjoy!
Say something about yourself!
I have not gotten the print version but really really enjoy my AUDIBLE VERSION !
VEEK, you will get it when you listen or read the book ! SPECIAL CHARACTER !
I can specify one because I have listen to the book twice and really like the all the scenes THEY are ALL special to the story and of course do not want give anything out.
When the whole group had to pull together a dificult situation that required TEAM WORK amazingly they work thru some loops and let's say they tried very hard to trust each other, but did they overcame it, that is the question?
I have never read or listen to anything written by Peter Clines, my first, but I did enjoy it, different but GOOD, AND I will look for some MORE books from his collection...MY CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT WRITING I JUST COULDN'T TURN THE AUDIBLE OFF !
This was a completely random choice, and it turned out to be one of the most suspenseful audio books I have heard. I could not wait for my next commute to or from work because this was that amazing. From the reader's voice to the fresh and witty characters, and the original story line I was thoroughly and completely entertained. I even had that spine-tingling sensation during some parts of the book, and it was awesome. I would NEVER have chosen this if I had known it was a science fiction book. I completely surprised myself and absolutely came out a winner! I highly recommend you give it a try, even if sci-fi is not your thing.