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 wanted to try something a little different and, after reading lots of reviews, this is what I chose. Science-fiction and fantasy are my usual favorites and, at first, I was worried that this book might be too scary for me (I'm a big chicken), but it wasn't. It WAS a little creepy, but nothing worthy of nightmares. There was even a teeny bit of romance mixed in.
Overall, a very nice balance that would suit an avid reader of any genre, plus a top-notch performance.
This title lives up to all of the splendid reviews. Also, I can see sequels since not all loose ends are tied.
I was very happy to see that this novel did not include zombies. I avoided other Clines novels because they did appear to include zombies. Zombie threads are the biggest creative cop-out in modern Sci-Fi literature. Zombies are the 'Vampire & Werewii" of the 21st century and I usually pass-m-up.
This felt not so much like a novel but a long treatment for a proposed television series, ala something from the JJ Abrams universe.
The story was interesting, but there weren't any early hooks in the first part of the book that would make me want to care about what happened. Perhaps an early partial reveal would have helped but would have been, by far, much better, was an investment in character development. I don't care about what happens to any of these characters. I don't know their back stories, and so, I don't care. We're given caricatures, instead of actual characters: the underachieving lead, the former secretive CIA type, the nerdy woman of Indian decent... these and the others are all two dimensional, but they didn't have to be.
As for the story itself, yes, it is somewhat entertaining, but it's only carried forward by narration and dialogue. And, while the dialogue can be witty and fun sometimes, it's not enough to carry this story in a form that would make me want to care about it.
But, I've heard worse, and this by far is not that. If you want a brainless candy bar, then this could be your next book. And,there is nothing wrong with brainless candy bars. You just don't want to eat them as your sole sustenance. Such is, I guess, this book.
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.
Even if you're not a Sci Fi fan, you will love this book. It was fun and intriguing all the way through. Ray Porter was totally enjoyable to listen to.
This is a great book with lots of twists to the story. It kept me up late listening and wondering what would happen next. Characters are well developed and interesting. The narrator does an amazing job with each, you can always "hear" who is talking.
The imagery in this book is so good that you can practically see the pictures in your mind as you listen and feel the changing temperature, mood and light.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I bought it based on other listeners' reviews and was not disappointed.
The characters and the subtle way the book travels from everyday life into the fantasy realm that the author has created. I skipped over this book several times after reading the official press release. Why would I read a book about an apartment building? I took a chance based upon the reader reviews and I'm so happy I did. Very entertaining from the beginning through the end. The author spends just enough time developing the characters without being too wordy. The story line is very captivating, I found myself listening all through my workday and in my car at night. Couldn't wait to get back to the book.
The greatest minds in scientific history faced the greatest obstacle, how to save mankind and keep rents low.
Ray Porter is a fantastic talent. His cadence and voice work was impeccable and I'd be willing to listen to other books based solely on him being the narrator.