Fascinating story with the reality of a typical apartment building, including a variety of interesting neighbors. Add the supernatural on top of what could exist right down the road and you've got one mind-bending adventure. I could easily identify with many of the characters which made the bizarre seem so much more possible.
Having only read reviews with out spoilers, I had no idea what to expect. Some of the negative reviews called the story predictable. I did not find anything predictable at all.
What I liked best about this story was it kept me guessing until the end about what was going on. This book is great science fiction. There are a lot of comparisons to the TV show Lost, and the book even makes a joke about Lost, but at the end of the book there are answers.
Nate is the obvious choice for favorite character. However this book sports a great ensemble cast of neighbors (like LOST) that are almost as likeable as Nate.
This is my first book narrated by Ray Porter. He was fantastic. He brought all of the characters to life, so I won't pick and choose.
Read the synopses and sample the reviews. If science fiction is your genre, I doubt you will be disappointed.
This book has great characters and lots of surprises
A page turner! Great story. Intriguing story sprinkled throughout with interesting characters.
I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. A thoroughly enjoyable read, right up to the end.
I highly recommend this book! The storyline was "magical" and masterfully, well-threaded throughout by the author. A great progression, all questions revisited and answered at the appropriate time. Story progresses at a really nice pace! Story threaded throughout with many wonderful surprises! Wonderful, spot-on, characters and character development. One character-event made me cry. And, the author tied everything up at the end nicely. Totally original story! I thought Peter Clines wrote just a fabulous book and ending! If you have an active imagination, you will most certainly enjoy this book! Just hated when it ended, felt sad leaving all the characters. Doesn't disappoint!
I would definitely recommend this book because it was engrossing, engaging suspenseful and funny at the same time!
My favorite character was Roger. He was a Neanderthal but totally lovable!
He was the manifestation of Nate. I loved the character as much as I did totally because of Ray Porter.
It creeped me out during the monster parts! I didn't want to listen to it at night lol!
I loved this book.
Great original concept
It's a shame that more original books like this are not made into movies. Instead we get the same old plot lines and sequels to films where there are great stories like this that would make for a much better film.
14 was a great book was an original plot with some great twists and turns. Im definitely looking forward to checking out other books by Peter Clines.
story built up pretty well, felt like the author had some Stephen King influence in his imagination, not saying it read like a Stephen King book just in his grand scale of imagination for what was behind 14
Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
"14" starts off strong enough but the longer it went on the more glaring its shortcomings became . The author's voice as a writer is just not mature yet. He does not write with anything at all approaching economy, and consequently many scenes drag on and on. The dialogue is dull and predictable and, worse, often serves to detract from the plot or undermine the tone of the story rather than contribute to it. And perhaps worst of all, the tale reaches at a point where it becomes essentially fan fiction of H.P. Lovecraft in that the underlying premise is borrowed directly from Lovecraft rather than anything actually imagined by Clines.
This is a mystery novel. I didn't know that going into it, and I'm probably giving it a lower score because I just don't favor mystery novels. That being said, the book was pretty enjoyable and performed well. Without giving too much away, I'll say it was amazing how the story changes from reality to fantastical.
What I liked about this book: The love interest. Their chemistry is non-conventional, and really refreshing. I really liked all the characters, they were real, likable people that you would want to hang out with later, and you really cared for them. Which is surprising, because it's a large cast for such a small book.
What I didn't like: Now that I've listened to it and the mystery is solved, I don't want to listen to it again. Again, this is my problem with mysteries in general, so I'm probably biased. It was a little slow, and I find the main character the most uninteresting of the lot, though I love the other characters.
Will I listen to it again: No, I don't think so. BUt I am glad to have listened to it in the first place
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
I loved this book. It starts just a little slow, building up to a fantastic mystery. I was dying to know what was behind door 14 and I was not disappointed.
It isn't really like anything else out there. I think it has the same sort of appeal as The Rook.
An excellent narrator, Ray Porter managed to make each character distinct without being cartoony. He is very consistent with his accents and reads at a good pace.
Some fresh ideas, decent character development and a few plot twists. Narrator breathes life into the story with a variety of character voices including some authentic accents.