I rather liked this book, it was a wonderful quirky mystery with characters you will recognize from other stories. Heck, you might even have seen them on LOST, but the pace and the language, plus the fact it takes place now...today...makes it a fresh fun romp.
I would suggest it as a quick read, or in this case a quick listen...Mr. Porter was at first an odd choice, but as he became more comfortable with the material, so does the listener and he takes command about an eight of the way in.
If you like quirky fun mysteries, and wonder what the Mystery Gang did after the van stopped and they had to let Scooby out, read 14. I think it will make you smile.
I like that all the characters were likable, and none of them felt far fetched.
Perhaps, his command of female tones, was odd at first, but as I got more comfortable with his voice my imagination helped fill in the gaps.
A quiet apartment, WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME!!!!
It's is tied for 1st place with The Dresden Files series!!! I love sci-fi and the far reaching stories. 14 takes you on a wild ride...so hold on for the twists and turns! Can't recommend this book enough!!!
The most memorable moment of the story was towards the end. I won't tell you what it is because it would ruin the story for you. I use audio books to get my workouts in every morning. This morning I found myself yelling at the characters and my pace on the treadmill got faster and faster...had to have been one of my better workouts!
I think this is my first experience with Ray Porter's performance and I think he did a fabulous job. He made all of the characters very believable, including the female characters. I would definitely listen to another book done by him.
There were several moments in the book that moved me. But I don't want to taint your enjoyment of listening to the story unfold.
I hesitated for a few minutes about using my credit(s) for this book. I'm SO GLAD that I decided to "buy" this book. Probably one of the most exciting and riveting stories I've listened to in a while. I love all of the stories I've purchased through Audible, but this one really stands out!
I enjoy how the author took everyday happenings and add a twist. Who wouldn't want to live in a building that had such characters as tenets? Or a odd apartments that you couldn't explain? This author took me to another place, well he really took me to more than one place and made me wish I was in the middle of the plot. Not many authors can do it as well as this one. Not a big fan of Sy-fy? Don't worry, you'll still enjoy the vacation from your ho hum existence.
I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
On the one hand, this was a briskly paced mystery that I got through pretty quickly, which is a good thing. I also thought the narrator was excellent. There are a number of principal characters and Ray Porter successfully brought a unique voice to each of them.
On the other hand, the actual story was very middle of the road. Each plot twist was underwhelming, and the final revelations in the third act did not rub me the right way.
I would recommend this one to those with a (less discriminating) taste for the world of gothic horror, mystery, and/or science fiction. But it was too much of a mixed bag for my own taste.
Ila in Maine
Many twists, turns and oh yes the back flips, they were totally enjoyable as well!
Aside from his incredible voice? His breathless, impossible not to catch enthusiasm he embodies the entire book with.
This was my first book by Mr. Porter but after listening to it, and being so excited by it that my 19 year old daughter wanted me to listen again, so she could share the experience with me, you can bet it won't be my last. We took the time to look him up and see what else he has read so we can enjoy him again.
He is incredible, and the fact that this book was so amazing and thrilling added all the more to the entire experience.
Suspend all reason... just believe!
I chose this book for two reasons: It is a Frontier book and I was not familiar with what that meant on Audible, but once I read the description I was in. I love discovering new things, new authors and new territory especially. My local librarian knows I'm the one to send the New Authors list to for selecting what to purchase.
Then I saw the picture on the cover and though we're told never to judge a book by its cover, you have to admit, this cover is intriguing. What could be behind all those locks? What needs that many locks and how is it that no one has opened them for so long? I had to know why no one had opened them and what was behind them.
I was not disappointed, not for one second, or one nanosecond. I was pacing the floor near the end of this book, waiting to see what would happen. For me this is not easy as I have 2 knee replacements and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I love books, but with this one, my face was aglow with happiness at the characters and the goings on in the book, I was that into it.
And.....I was still surprised at 14, and the other secrets in this book.
You will be too.
I'm so glad I found this book on Audible. This is not my usual genre, but the reviews made me curious. So glad I read the reviews and got this book. Ray Porter's narration is superb. He gives each character a unique voice and will keep you glued to your iPod wondering where the story is going. I'm sure his narration is a major factor in making this story so special. If i read this book and listened to the voice in my head it just wouldn't have been the same.
Even if this is not your genre, I suggest you use your imagination and give this one a try. I, who have been so liberal in giving 5 star ratings in the past, will now be using this book to guide my rating of others!
This was a very entertaining story that was impossible to put down. I found myself listening to it any time I had a spare moment. Ray Porter did a phenomenal job as the narrator, with an impressive variety of distinctive and appropriate voices and accents.