This is a great story with well developed characters. The mystery involved was very inventive and fun. I found my self sucked into the the mystery myself. The book keeps giving you enough information that it moves along at a nice pace. This is the first Peter Cline book that I have experienced and based on how much I enjoyed it I would be very willing to try other books he has written.
...the book just wondered a little too far off the believability path.
I enjoy when a writer gets you to forget your belief in reality for awhile and submerge yourself into a fantastical journey, but this one was a little bit much. Ok, I can accept the strange lighting, the cold temperatures and the locked rooms. What I can't wrap my mind around is what's in apartment 14 and how it's all controlled by math and a building. And the Squales. Yep. Those were too much.
I can believe it when Audrey Niffenegger tells me that people can time travel and come back from the dead. I can also believe it when Christopher Moore says there are screaming demons in the sewer drains. But Peter Clines failed to convince me that....well, that would be a spoiler, wouldn't it?
My family is first. Secondly, I play golf with my friends and hike with a book.
I am looking forward to Peter's next book. This one kept me so enthralled that I continued "reading" while running errands, and I left my tri-tip roast in the Costco parking lot! This book was worth it! I hope someone enjoys a good piece of steak tonight.
After many years of reading, I find that I can predict the "next moves" in the story, based on effective plot development. That did NOT happen with "14" and I am so glad. The plot was developed well, yet there was a surprise in every turn of the page.
I did not fall in love with the main character but I consider that the author's bonus. He was flawed like the rest of us. I am so weary of the beautiful, successful, and near-perfect heroes that we find so often in modern fiction.
Bring on the next one, Peter Clines.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift that's why it's called the present
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it may not be interesting but it caught me almost from the beginning.
When Andrew showed up at the door with his Aunt. Can't say more, don't want to spoil the plot.
No I haven't
I like the title 14
critical book reader
That's one weird book. How many genres can you exercise and utilize when you write a novel, and a relatively smallish book? One, two, three? Keep counting.
The setting is urban that turns into a Gothic one, the characters are definitely somewhat caricaturish and grotesque, but likable and enthusiastic, the social message is poignant and clear, the parallel worlds and other dimensions are bizarre and hereroclite, basically a lovely soup of incompatible things.
This novel is like a fair when you can find at least something to your liking. Steam punk aficionados will enjoy Victorian ideas of engineering, sci fi fans will appreciate the names of scientific visionaries, the Gothic lover will definitely enjoy the passages describing the dark winding corridors and locked and secret rooms.
Literature lovers will appreciate Lovecraftian beings and direct allusions to Lovecraft. And do not forget there is still a mystery to solve. Oh, and a love story, and a horror twist, an apocalyptic motif, and a thriller... and a tongue-in-cheek mode!
Overwhelmed? Well, just read a book (or listen to the book) and explore the panoply of genres. A solid four stars, but let's be honest - the book and its reader have to find each other.
I haven't read print version.
Veec . She was funny and smart.
Ray Porter is the best narrator I have ever heard !!He is awesome!!
There were lots of moving moments.
Best audiobook I have listened to . I mean it. I loved the storyline and narrator too.
The narrater (Ray Porter) was excellent and the story line kept me on the edge of my seat!
Nate was my favorite character because he was like every other person who has no clue what their purpose is and feels like they are falling short because they don't have a clue. Gradually, he learns that he can be a leader and doesn't need to keep plodding ahead in a boring non-exsistant life.
Ray Porter brings to life all of the characters. Give them their own unique voices that are very believable
Parts of this book made me actually giggle out loud
I hope Peter Clines writes a sequel!
I'm a landscape architect by profession and an avid listener of audio books ! I particularly love the historical based fiction series, like Courteney, McCammon, and Gabaldon,. I listen in the car, while designing in my studio and most evenings.
I dont normally read or listen to the sci fi/ horror type novels, but the reviews caught my interest and Im glad that they did. I really enjoyed this creepy novel and already bought the sequel to listen to next.
I'll be adding Peter Clines to my 'must read' list. This book is gripping start to finish.
The narrator did an excellent job of switching between characters...especially since some have strong accents. The interplay between the characters is probably the best part of this story. I relate to funny comments to handle moments of confusion, tension or even terror.
The story is too original to compare to another book.
No I haven't listen to the narrator before.
Some of the the mysteries start to be explained about two-thirds into the book. I didn't expect the "control room" to do what it did.
This was a fun sci-fi thriller that the listener (reader) needs to just let the story unfold and not be critical. This is a story that is meant to entertain.