This is one of the books that I highly recommended to friends over and over. I had since been searching for something similar but no luck. This was one the few books that kept me engaged almost 100% of the time. As I mentioned in my other reviews, I have a problem keeping focus while listening, always drifting away and came back finding myself missing a big chunk of the story. This book did not do that, which to me is an indication of a good book. The narration made it a easy listen, the voice is nice and clear and he does a good job portraying all of the characters, even nailed the accents. I find myself wishing my hour long commute was longer, and I didn't want it to end. Definitely get this book and you won't be disappointed.
The book is ok, the beginning is great, but the second part is really boring--the ending is lame!
This book strikes me as the type of thing Stephen King would write if he was from LA. I like the first half of the book. It is plot driven and you really would have to struggle to care about any of the characters. Their dialogues drove me nuts, and I think detracted from the story. During action scenes, you can expect people to make lame sexual innuendos or say dude what the F. The characters are all LA idiots. Around the half way mark, I got bored but stuck with it. It was entertaining but definitely not a 5 star book. The writer is very capable of delivering this story, however I felt there was a lot of filler that just wasted time. The pacing was off. And once you figure out what's going on, I started to feel it was kind of ridiculous. However, I completed it and the narrator was good. It was entertaining at least. Could have been shorter and more polished.
"Quick, get the Mystery Van! "
If you like Scooby Doo, you'll probably enjoy this story about an old building and the tenants who search for clues about it under the old wallpaper.
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I thought the mystery was great fun! It had me hooked early on and I was just as curious as the main characters – they really brought me along on their preposterous adventure; I didn’t want to put it down.
The story was little Scooby-doo-ish: a home grown team of sleuths investigating a multitude of strange happenings around them, a suspicious “The Creepy Caretaker”, the discovery of something HUGE... is it paranormal? Or an elaborate trick? you know how it goes.
I think the author’s references to Scooby Doo throughout the story was a little wink to the reader but I saw it as irreverent fun, it wasn’t irritating.
Stop reading now if you don’t want a spoiler.
I didn’t care for the last part: falling into an apocalyptic world of scary beings. Running away from the strange creatures. Trying to avoid becoming lunch for aliens... I could have done without all of that – it was too long and frankly not that interesting. Not sure what kind of action-climax I would have preferred, but this one missed the mark for me.
Yes. The story was just so original, or at least new to me. It kept me guessing, and it has a great sense of humor. The metaphors and descriptions in the book are very well written.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I love the scenes where the narrator changes voices for some of the more interesting characters.
Suspensful, witty, modern
No idea, because this is my first fiction
Veep. She was smart, shy, and had a sharp wit about her.
I laughed out loud at the dialogue a few times.
In an effort to push out of my non-fiction box, I gave this book a try. Much to my surprise, I found myself creating situations that would allow me to listen to more of the book. I like the modern references to things that are sort of pop-culture and the witty banter of the characters. The reader's voice for each character was awesome!! They were so well done that you could recognize which character was talking without the "said Joe" stuff. I will go on to look for more good fiction like this one.
Fun, Edgy, entertaining.
the narrator's great "voices"
He personified every character fully. You always knew who was talking by their distinct voice given to them by Mr. Porter.
Locked doors always hide secrets, but this one could change the world.
Thoroughly entertaining. As a big Stephen King fan, Peter Clines sprinkles his story with the same hip edge, wit, and great description I love.
Here's a short review:
Imagine if Stephen King combined with HP Lovecraft was asked to write a series of LOST episodes about a haunted/weird apartment building. Throw in a fun cast of stereotypical characters and some Scooby Doo-style mystery solving. That's 14 in a nutshell. It's the audiobook equivalent of a page-turner.
Here's a longer review:
Nate is a normal guy who doesn't make a lot of cash, and finds a great deal on a new apartment. After moving in, he notices that the apartment is just plain weird. The light fixture in his room is strange, there are random padlocked doors, and cockroaches unlike any he has seen before.
Eventually he meets a colorful cast of neighbors and each has a story to add about how strange his new apartment building truly is. I think a quick rundown some of the major players will give you a pretty good idea of the tone of 14:
Veek - Indian girl with a conservative attitude and a strange computer. Good with technology, hacker.
Tim - Man with a mysterious past, seems to know about lots of stuff that he shouldn't.
Xena - Blue haired, artsy, hot, and loves to sunbathe in the nude.
Mandy - A super hot, blonde, wannebe actress who is pretty much written as just a bimbo. Early on in the book there's a whole chapter told from her point of view, but she doesn't appear much after that. This is very out of place and really seems like an accident of editing. I'm sure in an earlier draft she was more important.
Andrew - Religious fundamentalist, kind of outcast from the rest of the group.
There are more involved, but this is a pretty decent sample. These characters are wildly varying, but all fairly archetypal. They're handled decently, but it's nothing special.
At its heart, 14 is a LOST-style cliffhanger story. As this group digs into the mysteries of their apartment building, it's clear that at every step one of them is going to have the specific expertise required to overcome the problem and move the plot along. Hey, we found a part of the mystery that's vaguely computer-related - let's get the computer chick to figure it out so we can move onto the next chapter! This repeats many times throughout the book as we work our way towards a resolution.
There's a theme throughout the book where characters cutely call each other by Scooby Doo nicknames, and unfortunately at times this mystery+character archetype=solution structure can make 14 feel kind of like a Scooby Doo episode. It can be a little hard to buy at times that this entire diverse group has nothing better to do than meet up every day after work to go on wacky adventures together. Oh, and there's also a lame landlord trying to bust up their adventures at every turn! Bummer!
Even if the basic structure of the book can be a little tough to swallow, Clines does an excellent job of dangling that carrot in front of the reader/listener - I truly did want to know what happens next over and over again. Like I said in the intro, 14 is definitely the audiobook equivalent of a page turner. These various revelations work their way towards a truly epic ending. I don't use the word epic to mean 'awesome', I mean epic in the sense of HUGE. 14 is not a book with a subtle conclusion. I enjoyed it, but it's completely over-the-top. I can see this sequence losing some readers - it's pretty out there. Unfortunately it's difficult to say any more without giving the whole thing away.
If 14 sounds like fun to you at this point, I'd recommend avoiding any spoilers like the plague. The fun in 14 is finding things out, and without that there's honestly not a great reason to read this book. The characters and setting are ok, but all just there to service that all-important mystery.
If you're into books that revolve around revealing the unknown in a horror-ish, Lovecraft-ish, sci-fi-ish world then pick up 14 and you'll probably burn through it!
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
IT WAS AWESOME!!!! from beginning to end I was hooked....could not put it down!! The whole book, from the plot to the narration it was flawless.....best mystery I have ever listened to!!!
there is no comparison...this is a book that stands on its own...it was brilliant in every aspect!!
He was flawless...his narration was brilliant with his voices and descriptions of everything....
WE WILL SAVE THE WORLD!!!!!
I was addicted to this book from page 1....I listened to it in 1 day and will listen to it again...I loved everything about it...it was brilliant..even though it was far fetched and a crazy concept...it was superb and the ending left it open enough for another installment...I hope there is another one...if you like a great mystery, with sci fi and horror thrown in...you can not miss this book!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! 2 HUGE THUMBS UP!!!!!!!