I originally chose this audio book based on other reviews. I had never heard of the author, but 14 had some amazing comments, do I have it a go. it was better than I imagined! There is humor, mystery, and a touch of romance.
mystery gone chthulu
The protagonist Nate is easy to identify with. He's really an everyman who gets thrown into a world of mystery and danger and rises to the role of hero.
That's hard to decide. The discovery of the sub sub basement. The entry into room 14. The mysterious writing on the walls. The discovery of the control room....There are so many good scenes.
When the elderly neighbor goes into room 14.
If you are at all into Lovecraft, great fun. The mystery side is very good, but the outcome might disappoint someone who is a fan of Occam.
14's plot is very engaging. It draws you into the mystery behind the building where the story takes place, giving it a real presence and character. The mystery unfolds in a very satisfying way and dragged me in chapter after chapter. Unfortunately, where the writer falls short is in dialogue and characterization. The protagonist is wooden and interchangeable. The supporting characters have more to them but they come across as types: The sex pot, the nerdy girl, the "dude", the man with a hidden past ... Clines does a good enough job that you do start to care about these people but the dialogue kills me. Think about the lines in any generic blockbuster film with forced humor, pointless sexual innuendo and repetitive expressions (how many times should the characters "...take a a hit..." off of something?)
I took a creative writing class once and was told to go to public places and listen to real conversations to develop a realistic reparte. This guy needs that. And I hope he gets there because the story in general was actually pretty good.
The narrator was spot on. He melded into the story and did a great job giving the characters distinctive voices.
"Wait for it -- f*&@ you" is just one of many groanably bad dialogue moments. 14 wins an award for being the most clumsily book I ever made it all the way through. While there was a good hour of excitement and novelty, I'm very disappointed that Audible strongly recommended this mess.
I enjoyed this book even though it was different than I expected. I thought the narrator did a great job. I would love to see this made into a movie someday :)
If you are looking for a book that will hold your interest and with well developed characters along with a surprisingly good story, then this book is for you. There was nothing about the book that I did not enjoy.
Not my typical genre but the storyline was interesting and the book was well paced with few parts that dragged on needlessly. Well written and imaginative.
This is my first exposure to Mr. Porter. He did a great job.
I like the character development in general. Distinct and I was able to conjure up great visuals of how each character would look. I like when that happens. I especially liked the banter of Nate and Veek and their humorous sides.
Never have time for print.. Love audio
The most memorable parts are how the author details the characters without over detail. And the use of imagery is really well done. also, a very climatic ending.
Nice work of science fiction written superbly and experienced the same.
When room 14 is explored and understood it makes your eyes pop out
OK.. well no
Worth the read and possibly a second read to capture the authors finer thinking of his imaginary landscape
A good read!
First of all, I like that 14 is not the macabre story that I thought it would be. It is a really great story about ordinary people pooling together and utilizing their individual talents to solve a common mystery. Though bordering on science fiction 14 can't truly be labeled as science fiction.
Ray Porter is to be commended for his performance. There are many distinct characters both male and female in the story. I thought it amazing that Ray Porter could speak in character at all times for each character.
Perhaps the ending.