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 loved this book. It was a great combination of mystery, science fiction, and horror. I'd recommend this book to anyone that likes any of the three.
Avid Amazon fan!
The first part of the book was a page turner. Really interesting sci-fi. The last 1/3 kind of started dragging a bit, but still a good ending.
14 is one of those listens that keeps you in the supermarket carpark till the next chapter. Its a bit of a slow starter with lots of nice character development and then just keeps goings with overtones of all the best in SciFi and gothic traditions. Enjoy a rare taste of good tight writing that lets you settle right into the scene. No spoilers on this one, just sit back and enjoy a good solid listen to a fantastic narrator.
14 is one of those audiobooks that I purchased mostly because of the large number of 4 and 5 star ratings, and I was not disappointed. I had just finished the book when the list of Best Audiobooks Of The Year came out and was not at all surprised to see that 14 topped the Science Fiction class.
The story is just quirky enough without being silly. There was no way to predict where the author was going to lead us, which I found very refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous Scooby Doo and other funny pop culture references. There is humor, horror, sci-fi and steampunk all rolled into one delicious package.
I was already a fan of Ray Porter, and he did not disappoint here. He delivered another terrific performance, bringing life to each the characters.
I recommend this book to anybody who is ready for something unique and fun.
Yes. At the beginning of the story, I thought that Ray Porter was talking too fast. Maybe because I had just finished listening to anohter story and the narration styles were completely different. Ray Porter did an excellent job with accents and gender.
Further in the story, I realized that it was a bit science fiction and I really don't care for science fiction, but overall, it was a great book. I had the very ending figured out half way through, but the story still kept me in suspense throughout the book.
when two of the main characters finally hooked up (chick thing, I know).
If I could have, but it was rather way too long. I usually listen at the gym and it's an hour at a time.
Great read/listen. Will there be a sequel? If so, I want it!