I loved the story, how the relationships developed and they form a bond. The last third of the book I found a bit silly, and I would have liked to see it take a different path.
I bought the audio and the Kindle version of 14 based on reader reviews. The story was incredibly entertaining. Everything was going fine until half way through the book.
No matter how outlandish a story may be, the characters and the actions they take need to be believable.
This book failed at a critical point in the story. Characters so well developed in the first half of the book make a decision that nobody would make. I don't want to give anything away so I will only say there is yet another situation towards the end where characters seem to have forgotten a way to remedy a big problem.
Also at one point the main character sees something truly incredible and although it would make sense to share what he saw, he doesn't do so and it all rings "untrue."
What a shame. This is a fabulous story with one of the best narrators I have ever heard. I wish there was a version 1.1 that changed just a few situations.
In the end I was very dissatisfied with 14.
Excellent! One of the best narrators ever. I stayed with the book even after the characters start behaving irrationally because of the great narrator.
The author created a host of believable characters. All served the story well.
I was looking for a mystery and found so much more. This is not a book I would have bothered to listen to if I'd known where it was going and now I'm sooooo glad I did. A whole new segment of the book world has opened up for me and I'm going to "experiment" a bit more with my choices. I've been reading far too much non fiction lately and this was a welcome break. Thank you Peter Clines!
Yes, I would, but I'd give it a while. The book was very entertaining and had a good balance of all the necessary elements to satisfy a reader with good helpings of humour, mystery & suspense and the characters were developed well. I loved the way the story transformed from something quite ordinary into something quite extraordinary and the ending was most satisfying. I'd rank this very easily in my top 100.
I loved the concept itself that a machine - being disguised as a building - was all that kept this world, our world, continuing. What a wonderful imagination Peter Clines has.
Ray Porter's 'performance' was great in that it did not seem like a performance. It became a necessary component of the book itself. It did not seem like a 'reading' but more of wonderful story telling always interesting and never boring.
I wouldn't describe my reaction as extreme but there were definite chuckles and a little nose blowing at times. I guess my biggest reaction was tiredness, as I could just not put this book down.
I loved the book, and anyone who loves the occasional sci-fi - without going off planet - will too. Thoroughly recommended.
I normally do not like this type of science fiction but the book had me hooked from the first chapter.
I could relate the the characters.
No but I would listen to him again.
I think this would make a great movie. Not your average apartment building
Was expecting some type of horror story but turned into a great mystery - good sci-fi story. Excellent job on reading the parts too!
Nowhere in any review did I read this was a Sci Fi story! Much as I dislike Sci Fi stuff, I persevered through it to the end, where it go really, really weird! I will say that Peter Clines did an excellent job narrating the book, tho'.
In its defense, it's Sci-Fi and somehow I missed that. I was looking for something scary to listen with my 18 yr old daughter to get in the October spirit.
That being said, I was sucked in for the first 3/4 of the book, and I really enjoyed the getting there until it got a little too "out there" for me. I loved the characters and I was riveted for most of the book so I'll give it 4 stars to be fair. Overall, entertaining. :)
Audible is a life-enhancing channel, depending, of course, on choosing mind-enriching books. I mix them up, but even trash can be good.
First, this book is well-written: the characters develop into believable, 3D human beings that I actually liked (many of them . . .), the narrator, Ray Porter, is really superb, doesn't over enunciate, isn't shrill, a perfect mix of dynamic contrast with different characterizations/accents/attitudes, etc., along with a superbly written book. The combo of Clines & Porter is an example of Alchemy, of the 'whole being more than its parts', something like that. At first, I couldn't really tell what genre it was (well, I knew it was fiction, but beyond that, wasn't sure). All I knew was that one scene flows into the next with a speed and clarity that was at a perfect pitch. No boring passages that you really have to force yourself to listen to; truly compelling stuff. I could be more specific (if I were a better writer, ha; no, I just don't want to give anything away except there are some bugs in these apartments that I'm not sure I would want to live with; you'll see).The story moves quickly, you'll see the main character move into the new apartment building and get to know some of his new tenants, as if you're there. It's an old historical building in Hollywood, with a lot of history right there. One tenant is a 'grip' and for the first time I learned what the heck that person does on an actual movie set. Another is an artist who sunbathes topless, has a tough demeanor (at first . . .) with requisite tats, sky blue hair (including eyebrows), who's not only extremely well-educated, but also streetwise. Nice combo. Then the youngish but not too young woman from India who's got a quick, deadpan sense of humor, she's also a computer geek of some kind, says she 'inputs data' (that's what Nate does too but he has to go in to work everyday) but then when you hear the description of her computer devices, well you get the feeling that something's not being said because her computer could run NASA. Then again it might not be such a big part of the story, just saying there's a lot of interesting stuff here. Slowly & surely, you meet a few other tenants, plus there are a few rooms that are always LOCKED. Hmmm, what's that all about?It's written and narrated in such a way that, combined, the story evolves, is told, and you listen to the whole thing with a seeming lack of effort. I kept listening all night, through the next day. Just a suggestion, but you might want to start listening at the start of the weekend. Count yourself lucky if you don't have a date. And count yourself even more lucky to have stumbled upon this writer and narrator, combined.
When one of the tenant's, Tim (a cool dude, probably in his late 40s or early 50s, totally buff), is sitting with Nate, having a beer on the L.A. rooftop of their apartment building, when Andrew, a tenant that's peripheral, comes up. Andrew starts preaching to Tim and Nate about religion pretty heavy, forcing it down their throats, but not for long. Tim's verbal response and exchange with Andrew is something I would've like to have seen myself. There are many memorable moments in this book. I wish I could talk about them with some of you who've read the book, over a beer on top of a roof somewhere in the city overlooking L.A. Alas. Hey, maybe Audible might add a technology that would allow its readers to discuss the books they read, eh? Do you hear me Audible? (They pre-read all of our reviews before putting them out which is a good idea.)
Nate, the main guy's pretty cool. The thing that makes this writing so darn good is that you increasing feel like these are real people in your lives, someone you could relate to; that's a full, three-dimensional character. And Nate also has a side to him that's open; despite the fact he's not sure at all about what he's doing careerwise (or romantically, either; he's straight and he knows THAT but his last relationship just ended), so he projects this intelligent, open to life but not arrogant at all, which along with his humble able to let people get close to him, well, as a reader, we do. Darn, I wish he lived in my apartment building. Down to earth, respectful to all. Listens to everyone, and he's curious, which is a great trait in everyone.
If you're wanting to be entertained and like a well-written, intelligent book that requires just a bit of 'suspension of disbelief', then you just have to get this book. It's truly one of my favorites (since The Gods of Gotham). And if you hate it, which is really almost impossible unless you don't speak/understand English, you can always exchange it. That's one very cool thing about Audible. "Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think."
I found myself slowing down so I could finish it! After a 14 hour drive that is saying something! It was different than I thought it was going to be and I found it refreshing in it's unique story line.
When they opened the door to room 14!
His accents were great you would think you were listening to 10 different people.
The End of the World has been here all along, we just didn't know it.