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.
yes, a fun read and/or listen
the characters and the green roaches
the roof get togethers
nothing extreme....just enjoyable
enjoy this listen
This is a very fun story, appropriately creepy, paid homage to Lovecraft's foundations to horror but expanded on the story concept in a way that was both interesting and satisfying. The characters were relateable and I found myself easily envisioning the situations as they arose. I really enjoyed this book
It was okay, but the plot was really slow.
Yes, he did a great job differentiating the characters.
unique plot line
Buy it outright, dont spend a credit at the current price
I laughed out loud; I was on the edge of my seat. There are references and subtle allusions to classic and modern sci-fi, including HP Lovecraft, Lost, and Doctor Who. The time with this just flew by. Months later and remebering this book makes me smile. So much fun!
This book has a very good beginning, it grabs you and runs for about half the book. Then it starts to become tedious and I tried to finish but just reached a point where I didn't care what happens to this group.
The story line is easy to get caught up in, but very quickly the characters become predictable and not necessarily likable. There are way too many times where I asked myself would I do this or could I do this, to many places where the fantasy becomes just a bit to fantastical, how can a person hang onto a doorframe and not be sucked out into space? among others. This group of "friends" make amazing discoveries that could destroy the planet, do they ever stop and say hey maybe this is out of our league and we shouldn't turn this knob? No. The cartoon reference is apt, they are saturday morning kids tv.
Maybe this book ends well but I frankly just couldn't get myself there, I even tried speeding up the rate of the playback but just didn't care enough to finish.
The countless reviewers before me comparing 14 to LOST are not far off, in fact the plot, and characters remind me a lot of (what I thought) was a great show. In this book, the ending was significantly better than LOST's, but also lacked a lot of the human aspect of that show. There are about a dozen characters in the book, all but one (our narrator) or maybe two escape any sort of growth within the confines of its pages despite several playing integral and long-lasting roles in the plot.
In the end, this is a solid book with clear influences or similarities to H.P. Lovecraft stories, the novel House of Leaves, and LOST, with countless other nerd-cred references sprinkled throughout this listen. However, what House of Leaves and LOST have in character development, 14 left out in favor of a much faster pacing.
I thought this was a very solid book and very enjoyable, and could definitely make an equally great movie soon.
With the whole point of this book revolving around the mysteries of the Kavatch Building, there were a great many plot twists. Some where fairly expected, a few were really mind-bending, and one or two were just a little silly. The ending was pretty much necessarily unexpected until the last dozen chapters or so, by which point it was inevitable.
At first I felt like Ray Porter's narration was a deeper voiced William Shatner impersonation, but I quickly became attached to his nuanced voices and ability to convey some emotion on the part of the characters. By the end of the book, I had decided he was pretty damn good at this business.
This was a mystery/suspense/science-fiction story that started strong but got a little weird towards the end. The story centered around the mysterious Kavach building in Los Angeles, one with unbelievably low rent and many unexplainable oddities. It's tenants were a group of misfits who came together to uncover the secrets of the building and ultimately save the world. The performance was good and the characters were engaging but I'm not dying to read another of Cline's books.
I'm shocked that anyone gave this book high ratings. It's one of the worst I've listened to after being an Audible member for over 7 years. The narrator was fine, and the premise itself begins with some promise, but about half way through it begins to turn in a surprising direction (and 'surprise' is NOT always a good thing!) The last 1/3rd, however, was so ridiculous that it was literally laughable. It seemed like the author was desperately pulling ideas from 10 other Sci-fi/horror stories and cramming bits and pieces of them into an ending that felt not only completely contrived, but made absolutely no sense.
One of the characters in the book raises the question - "where do you hide a tree? In the forest. So where do you hide a building? In a city!" To that I might add....where do you hide a duck? Apparently the answer to that one is.....in the Audible Essentials!
Don't waste your time or credit with this one.