You can learn as much from a terrible book as a brilliantly written one.
Overal, I thought this was pretty well written. The characters were fun to read about and their personalities were all so different. The plot was sometimes slightly predictable, but there were also many unexpected twists that totally got me off guard. Narrator's good, and I thought he read with a nice pace, that engages the reader in the story. The only thing I would say, was that the ending of some characters were quite abrupt.
A small coalition of unexpected allies living in an old, thread bare building, band together to uncover the building's strange "behavior." Their approach to the many mysteries and problems is unique and refreshing.
In a small way it is reminiscent of American Gods in its magical realism. While AG is epic, 14 is a tiny story that "jumps the shark" in the second half aspiring to the epic--but it doesn't quite succeed in doing so.
The protagonist is delightful, earnest young guy who works at a dead end, mind numbing job who comes into his own as a courageous leader of a tentative alliance of fellow building tenants.
The writing did manage to generate a few chuckles. I found myself cheering the characters on and believing in their (totally unbelievable) mission.
The narrator did a fine job of seamlessly and convincingly speaking for a very diverse set of characters. A fun read.
There was nothing wrong with the performance, but I found this story to be really dull. Lots of details, Lost-style. I got impatient and bored with it, and it wasn't very long.
I really enjoy Stephen King, and this seemed along those lines. It was, actually, but only superficially.
I was disappointed. The premise is solid, the execution was not to my tastes.
Never enough books
Yes, just when you thought things were tied up in a neat bow, things took a turn.
Yes, I have listening to the same short list of authors for years but wanted to try something new. I came across this book on the Best Sellers list and the synopsis looked like the kind of story I would enjoy. I was not disappointed. Peter Clines came up with a great combination of characters, mystery, puzzles, discovery, and fantasy while keeping a pace that never lagged. I love his writing style and Ray Porter does a great job of reading and representing the characters.
This was my first Peter Clines book but I have already purchased Ex-Heroes. My only concern is that Clines set the bar pretty high already with 14.
One of my favorite moments is after chemistry between two characters builds to the boiling point. When they dropped their inhibitions and gave in to their passions, they still keep their sense of humor and try to make light of it. It was a great side of the characters to reveal and a laugh out loud moment.
Ray Porter represents the characters very well making it easy to distinguish each of them while also giving them personality even through his voice. At the same time, I found his pace of the book and his pace of a moment was very effective. His pauses and quick jumps of dialog kept right in line with the story itself.
No crying but loved Clines' humor behind the characters. Several laugh out loud moments. Hopefully no one saw me in the next car.
Keep 'em coming!
This book is really just for fun. Ray Porter is a great narrator and is able to make you care about the characters even in the more ridiculous parts of the story. If you can completely suspend your disbelief, you'll probably really enjoy this story. It begins like a typical haunted house story but takes such an extreme turn to the strange side that it almost loses you. But by the time you get to this point, you're already hooked!
The performance was wonderful. I was engaged and eager throughout entire listen. I really enjoyed the building of community in the first 3/4 of book. I cared about the characters and their macinations. Unfortunately, the story spiralled out of control in terms of believability in the last hour or so, as if the writer ran out of speed and wanted to get something down. It is definitely worth a listen though I would have appreciated a better ending.
Interesting concept for a book. Likeable lead characters, nicely developed plot, and well read.
I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but this book comes off as more of a mystery. The characters even refer to one another as Shaggy, Thelma, Fred and Daphney. I liked the "we're all in this together" mentality, and it makes me wish I had the sort of neighbors I could meet on a rooftop to drink beer, watch the sun set, and discuss our creepy building.
What would you do if you found you had the power to keep the world safe?
Great story and a great narrator. Really enjoyed this and recommend for those getting into audio books. Enjoy!