Yes, One because it is a new author I've never read before and because the story is wonderful! It's not the normal story and has lots of unexpected turns..no guessing what's going to happen next in this book! Ray Porter is AMAZING! He had a different voice for each of the many characters and I immediately knew who each one was as soon as he switched! This was the first narrated book that I throughly enjoyed due to his performance and the great plot!
Can't think of any books that have this type of story with fantasy and real world so incredibly mixed in a way that keeps you guessing till the end what's going to happen next!
Great character build up and emotion in each of their voices! Very entertaining and I could picture each one in my head by their voices!
I will definately look for more books by this author and narrated by Ray Porter!
I liked the ideas in the book but not how they were expressed. This book had a lot of very interesting perspectives and twists. However, most of the dialogue sounded like two people making pointless small talk and attempting to see which one can say, "That is weird," the most. This is not a bad book, but it is not one I would recommend.
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If you like those cheesy Sci-Fi channel movies that are made in week this books for you.
It just took the weirdness too far. I wanted creepy not stupid.
I really liked all of the characters but the voice of the monster saying "My prey" creeped me out! I was worried I would have nightmares!
This book was great until they opened a door into outerspace and the monsters were introduced.
I'm glad I listened to it. It confirmed to me that Sci-Fi is not for me.
Original, Captivating and Addictive
I enjoyed the fact that the plot was so original that I was unable to predict where the writer was taking me. This book had me guessing to the last chapter.
Great narrator. I am new to his work.
When the building super tells you to stay out of dark corners, there's a reason. Some doors are meant to stay shut.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
In the classic video game Myst, the player is dropped in an island with not much context or something to do but, rather, some mysterious, often mechanical devices. The game progresses as the player goes through the puzzles and gets to learn the true purpose of these contraptions.
14 is a modern revisiting of Myst in novel format. The story of a regular person who finds a new apartment and starts realizing that some things are amiss with the building - not in a scary or dangerous way - but just odd and intriguing. The hero finds other people in the building that are similarly intrigued and embark on a quest to find the truth about the building.
This quest is not disappointing and the author is quite good at keeping the reader interested by pacing the discovery and mystery very nicely. There is some nice investigation work, and also some unexpected but often refreshing action sequences, as well as some twists and the ultimate discoveries are imaginative and rewarding. If one may find a weakness with the book, it is that the characters lack substance and are not the main driver for the story. It's too bad but one should remember that the original Myst videogame was pretty much with no character to speak of.
Surprising - Courious - Intriguing
Yes! I couldn't stop listening because I NEEDED to know where it was going to next and what was going to happen.
This story went in a direction I was not expecting. Iv never read any of his books before this one and I REALLY enjoyed this book! I don't usually like this genera but this was very cool!
I'm about halfway through. The story is great so far--believable characters, interesting mysteries. But the real surprise is Ray Porter's narration. So often, a poor narrator can ruin even a fantastic story. This is the opposite of that. Porter brings the characters to life with pitch-perfect, easily identifiable voices. Absolutely top notch.
Thought this was going to be an interesting mystery story, turned a little too sci-fi for my taste, unfortunately stuck with it way too long, finally skipped to the end just to finish, since i had purchased it.
I'd say it ranks about top 20.
This is such a spoiler question. I'll avoid it.
Ray Porter is a master storyteller. Perfect accents and touches to differentiate the voices. You could completely tell a character's personality by their voice.
Not particularly. The book was interesting, it didn't really seem to be going for "moving".
The narrator is great, the story is top notch and interesting. If I had to find a negative spot is that they have a great story all by itself, and they tack on a connection to an old horror fantasy cliche. It was unnecessary and cheapened a pretty good story.
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
The saving grace of Peter Cline's "14" is that the story is interesting enough that it's easy to overlook how badly it's written. The characters are shallow and their relationships to each other are so juvenile and snarky it was hard for me to take their plight seriously. And the incessant references to Scooby Doo didn't help, either.
All the five-star ratings are somewhat deceptive, as this audiobook isn't really that good and, had I known it was going to be as poorly written as it was, I would have spent my credit elsewhere.
I found myself, at the end, wondering when it was going to be over, so I could get back to listening to the kind of grown up stuff that I prefer.
It was hard for me to gauge Ray Porter's performance but, considering the inanity of the material he had to work with, he did a pretty good job.