I bought this book on a whim and resisted listening to it for a while. I am kicking myself for procrastinating. I now understand why this book was one of the top rated books last year. The characters development was very well done. The plot of the book was engaging--how to foil the plans of a cult to end the world using a key that is a building. Veek and Nate, two of the main characters, tease each other and give each other the nicknames of Shaggy and Velma from Scooby Doo. If anything, the villain, Andrew, I would akin to Scrappy Doo (The annoying nephew of Scooby that needs to be killed off). I found myself laughing and was completely engaged. Once I started reading, I could not stop. The characters of Nate and Veek were a great dynamic duo. I love the narrator and how he made the characters come to life. The only thing that did not make any sense to me was the nature of the cult was not really explained. Mr. Clines mentions that the cult members' bodies were wrong in some way--legs were bending the wrong way. So I was wondering--what were the cult members? A cross between the humans and the people in the "other" place. Mr. Clines mentions that some members of the cult were similar, in a small way, to the people in the other land, but I think it was meant to be a throwaway point. It was significant enough that I still thought on it. I recommend the book--excellent read.
Great original concept
It's a shame that more original books like this are not made into movies. Instead we get the same old plot lines and sequels to films where there are great stories like this that would make for a much better film.
14 was a great book was an original plot with some great twists and turns. Im definitely looking forward to checking out other books by Peter Clines.
story built up pretty well, felt like the author had some Stephen King influence in his imagination, not saying it read like a Stephen King book just in his grand scale of imagination for what was behind 14
Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
"14" starts off strong enough but the longer it went on the more glaring its shortcomings became . The author's voice as a writer is just not mature yet. He does not write with anything at all approaching economy, and consequently many scenes drag on and on. The dialogue is dull and predictable and, worse, often serves to detract from the plot or undermine the tone of the story rather than contribute to it. And perhaps worst of all, the tale reaches at a point where it becomes essentially fan fiction of H.P. Lovecraft in that the underlying premise is borrowed directly from Lovecraft rather than anything actually imagined by Clines.
I, like some of the other people here, got this based on the reviews. So glad I did. Great book and good performance. The author blended mystery and sci-fi well. Had alot of elements reminiscent of Stephen King. You'll be glad you got this one.
This book was a real disapointment for me given how much I enjoyed Ex-Heroes. The concept was good but I felt it dragged early and then got silly (even allowing for the fact that the "silly bar" is quite high in this genre). Part of my problem with this book is that I actually found most of the characters likeable and engaging, so was therefore upset when the plot was so uninspiring.
This is a mystery novel. I didn't know that going into it, and I'm probably giving it a lower score because I just don't favor mystery novels. That being said, the book was pretty enjoyable and performed well. Without giving too much away, I'll say it was amazing how the story changes from reality to fantastical.
What I liked about this book: The love interest. Their chemistry is non-conventional, and really refreshing. I really liked all the characters, they were real, likable people that you would want to hang out with later, and you really cared for them. Which is surprising, because it's a large cast for such a small book.
What I didn't like: Now that I've listened to it and the mystery is solved, I don't want to listen to it again. Again, this is my problem with mysteries in general, so I'm probably biased. It was a little slow, and I find the main character the most uninteresting of the lot, though I love the other characters.
Will I listen to it again: No, I don't think so. BUt I am glad to have listened to it in the first place
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
I loved this book. It starts just a little slow, building up to a fantastic mystery. I was dying to know what was behind door 14 and I was not disappointed.
It isn't really like anything else out there. I think it has the same sort of appeal as The Rook.
An excellent narrator, Ray Porter managed to make each character distinct without being cartoony. He is very consistent with his accents and reads at a good pace.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
The book was well-written and kept me interested. At the same time, there were several elements that were just plain idiotic and ill--conceived. The novel had the feeling of a story that was written extemporaneously with no real thought given to the fundamental underlying structure of the premise until it was too late.
It was a fun book, no doubt, and anyone who doesn't think about it too much will certainly get many hours of entertainment from it.
Some fresh ideas, decent character development and a few plot twists. Narrator breathes life into the story with a variety of character voices including some authentic accents.