The first half of this book was inIntriguing. Then it turned just plain weird! It was strange because the beginning was believable and I was attached to the characters until it all took a turn. There is a fine line between sci-fi and ridiculous.
I can't really say how the book could have been better except to change the whole second half.
I LOVED Ray Porter. His voices, tones, accents and pace are all right on. He made The Silver Linings Playbook absolutely perfect. His pauses are paced for a dry humor that works.
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I was surprised that other reviewers liked this book so much.
Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.
This book was a whole lot of fun. I don't want to be too descriptive and give away any spoilers but the story follows a man who moves into a new apartment building in LA that seems too good to be true. Well it is...
The protagonist slowly begins to notice an increasing number of quirks and small oddities in his apartment and the building as a whole. The story centers on how he and a select group of neighbors explore these eccentricities.
Did I mention that the fellow apartment dwellers are just as odd and eccentric? Learning about the characters and seeing them develop is almost as fun as the main mystery. I won't introduce them here and ruin the fun, but they're all interesting without being so odd that you can't identify and empathize with them.
This isn't so much a mystery that gives you clues in hopes that you can figure it out before the end as many crime mysteries are. You sort of fall into the story and the mystery is a current that pulls you along. Don't over think it, just enjoy the ride!
Yes, I would definitely recommend. It was a fun, interesting story and I liked the narrator.
I wouldn't compare it to another book, but to the tv show LOST. At one point I actually wondered if Peter Clines is a fake name for one of the creators of the show, that's how much it reminded me LOST. Since that's my all-time fav tv show, I dug it!
No particular scene, I just really enjoyed the entire quest to find out the truth about the building.
It made me want to re-watch LOST. And see what other books Peter Clines may have written.
This is a fun, fast-paced read for anyone who likes a good story with a little sci-fi twist. Definitely worth a credit!!
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It got off to a slow start, but then hooked me. The story made some pretty big leaps, but for me it worked.
Oh, where to begin. It started out pretty interesting with so many possible plot directions. The dialogue was cheesy but I can live with that. Suddenly, and without warning, the book began to read like a 15 year-old's fan-fiction. The ending was so dumb I that I sat listening in disbelief, seriously, I was a doe in headlights.
Yes, I will definately avoid going to fan-fiction forums.
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14 is an exciting search into strange occurrences at a California apartment building. I looked forward to each chapter and was genuinely interested in finding out exactly what was going on and how the story would progress and conclude. Plenty of humor and a little romantic spiciness rounds out an enjoyable sci-fi mystery. While not particularly thought provoking or emotionally engaging, 14 is full of trivia that kept my ears open and my brain working.
It was however, a bit disappointing as a mystery. You know that famous Sherlock Holmes line about eliminating impossibilities? 14 takes that line, rolls it up, smokes it, and flies off laughing, leaving me far below, scratching my head wondering what happened. It’s probably an unfair comparison…nobody ever said 14 was a whodunit. But when a significant part of a work is people sitting around trying to figure out what’s happening, it’s maybe too easy to expect a little nod to convention.
Fans of David Wong or listeners looking for something bizarre will find things to like in 14. Complete strangers to the genre will find this a more than sufficient introduction.
14 is an excellent mystery-thriller with a splash of horror and humor. Peter Clines develops the characters well and you become attached to the players as they explore and uncover their apartment building's secrets. I mention Scooby-Doo in the title of my review because you will feel like your tagging along with the "Mystery Gang" in trying to solve the riddles but trust me, this story is way more cunning and twisted and not as simple as unmasking Mr. Jenkins, the janitor, as the cause of the disturbances. I found 14 intelligent and thought provoking and a thrilling story with crazy twists and a very satisfying ending.
Ray Porter does an excellent job narrating. My only gripe is with his narration of female voices but that might be asking much. I still give the narration 5 stars.
If you like mystery and intrigue, mixed with a splash of horror and some comedy, you will love 14. I highly recommend it!
BTW, 450 S Kenmore Ave is the building that inspired the story. Look it up to get a visual in your head of the building as you listen to the book.
This book was interesting from the beginning. Great story and the narrator was good in that he did not take away from the imagination within the story.
oh my yes!!! just flows so well....keeps it simple and flowing
nice closed group of characters, nice to not read a book that is all over the place confusing.
first time they see the control room....or maybe the cave exploring.
i did a "WHOA" when 14 opened...of course!
I haven't read the print version, so I couldn't say.
I loved all the twists and turns the story took. There's so many surprises, and they're real surprises rather than things you can easily figure out before they're truly revealed.
Tim, by far, was my favorite. The voice he used for time reminded me of Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer on Supernatural. Since that's a character I love, it made it that much easier to take a liking to him.
I listen at work, so I couldn't have done that, but if I'd been reading it, I certainly could have finished it in a day easily and not been able to put it down.
I bought this book during the annual sale on a whim, and I'm so glad I did. I enjoyed it immensely and immediately recommended it to a friend when I finished. She asked what it was about, and I couldn't tell her because there are just so many twists and turns in the book that to say even that much would almost give too much away. I loved how the twists kept me on my toes and the easy banter between the characters.