If this is your first Peter Clines book, be prepared for the unexpected ... frequently. What a mind. This trip of fantasy is like no other. You will enjoy every minute. Ray Porter does a fantastic job. Have fun!
Absolutely NOT. The story was slow moving until the last 3 hours ... I guess it was supposed to be a build up but for the first 10 hours I kept wishing something would happen. This writer is NOT a new Stephen King. He does not have the ability to paint the visual pictures. The reader was so unremarkable that I had a hard time keeping awake listening .. when I noticed I'd drifted off either in sleep or just daydreaming I didn't even bother to go back and see if I had missed something. His voice and accent are good, but he is not an actor and there is no impact quality to his deliverance.
It went on and on and got nowhere ... All the action is packed into the last 3 hours. There is a LOT that is irrelevant that we are doused with ... could shave left out all the stuff about Nate's work, for example. Just more time wasted and didin't add to the story at all.
He needs acting lessons! all the characters, even tho accents were a bit different, had the same tonal quality
Yes, it inspires me to call Audible and ask for a refund. Unfortunately they can give me back only my money . not my valuable time.
Wish I could remember where on Audible I got the recommendation for this book so I will know NOT to listen to that source again.
The book was very good until the last few chapters or so. The ending started to take a turn and when they *Spoiler Alert* entered the parallel universe it took a turn for the worse. I was very disappointed once the book was over and felt that the ending should have been a little different.
The narrator was excellent.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
You move into a new building and like most places there are a few building quirks... well a little more than quirks. So what is the average guy to do.... why of course try to figure out what is going on and enlist the majority of the building tenants to help. What a great way to meet the neighbors.
It was really fun to listen to a story about normal people being thrown into an extraordinary situation. Ray Porter brought the characters in Peter Clines' story to life and gave each of the characters their own voice and personality.
It is definitely not your standard horror story which is a good thing because I have the tendency to turn all the lights on in the house & hide under the covers when listening to those.
Female chick from the eastern shore of Maryland digging the audio thing. :)
I'm happy to get back into reading (listening to) fiction since I joined audible and of the three books I've listened to so far, 14 was the best.
Intriguing story kept my interest but it was Ray Porter's narration that totally sold it. Keeping about ten different characters straight is no mean feat but he did it well. He brought them to life, making a sort of "out there" story very believable
Definitely worth listening to - I was sad to leave the world of 14..
I would recommend this a million times over. This story takes an entirely unexpected twist less than an hour in and keeps you guessing until the very end. The sudden switch from normal life to an apartment that actually is too good to be true is believable and manages to pick up the pace of the book nicely. If you're a fan of sci-fi this is a book you'll want to read. If you aren't a fan of sci-fi this book is a good introduction to the genre without having to make too big a leap from reality.
Yes. I was not sure the direction it was going to take and was surprised a bit.
Yes but with proper effects
In the top 5 of audio books I've listened to so far.
I didn't know what to expect from Peter Clines so the building of the plot from an everyday world to the massive sci-fi crescendo was a wonderful surprise to me. Koontz mixes his weirdness like chocolate ripple all through a vanilla cone. But in Clines, as you eat your vanilla cone you find the last few licks lead to a bottomless pit that pulls you down. I loved it. I am now off to buy another Clines book.
Ray Porter is the kind of actor/narrator who makes going to the movie version of a book unnecessary. Between his masterful application of personalities to characters and the author's perfect descriptions of the scene, I already saw this book on my imagination screen. I applaud Ray Porter for making every character in the book come to life in my mind. He was able to vary his voice just enough to differentiate each individual without over doing it. His talent made this audio book one of my favorites. Even the monster voices were great!
I don't want to see a film of this book. They would never match the images my imagination created from Mr. Porter's reading.
Once again I have to claim that a good actor/narrator can be the best imagination catalyst for the full enjoyment of an audio book over regular reading.
I would and have recommended this audio book to friends and family. I really liked the story and it was a fun ride to the end.
Additionally, the reader did a good job of coming up with a distinct voice for each of the characters and read in such a way that it was easy to follow along with what was happening and envision the setting and characters.
I liked the way it kept you guessing about what was going to happen next and the way that you never really knew which characters knew what was happening and which ones didn't. Towards the end there was a pretty good twist involving one of the characters that I did not see coming at all. Overall it was a fun ride from beginning to end.
I have not listened to any of Ray Porter's other performances but based on this one I would listen to other audiobooks narrated by him. He did a good job of changing his tone just enough so that it was always clear which character was talking and at the same time didn't go over the top when voicing the female characters. He also read at a steady pace throughout and made it a generally good listen.
I wouldn't say I had an extreme reaction to this book but I did find parts amusing, others sad, and a lot of it was mysterious and left me guessing about what would happen next.
Absolutely, it isn't an overly long listen as far as audiobooks go and it kept me engaged most of the way through.
I thought I had the twist figured out but what happened towards the end, I didn't see that coming.
Tough call, Porter did a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. A lot of times it can be hard to believe the male narrator when they are acting as a female character. This is not the case with Porter, he did a great job with each character, employing their various accents and charactistics to make them feel like individuals, not just the next person in the dialogue. If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Veek. Her sarcasm and general disdain for everyone around her is off-putting at first but by the end of the story I grew to like her a lot.
There were a couple of "holy s**t" moments, but this isn't an overly emotional story. There was one specific moment where Veek and Nate where having a conversation that I actually laughed out loud, again all due to Ray Porters delivery.
A little bit supernatural, a little bit thriller, a little bit sci-fi, this book takes ideas from a bunch of different genres and does a wonderful job of merging them together. I've never read/listened to anything by Peter Cline before. I enjoyed this story immensely, but more than the story telling and writing, I think it's because of the narration. I really cannot give Ray Porter enough credit here. My favorite audiobook of late is Ready Player One (what can I say, I'm a product of the 80's) mostly because of Wil Wheaton's narration, and I would put Ray Porter right up next to him and I look forward to the next book I pick up that is narrated by him.