Nowhere in any review did I read this was a Sci Fi story! Much as I dislike Sci Fi stuff, I persevered through it to the end, where it go really, really weird! I will say that Peter Clines did an excellent job narrating the book, tho'.
In its defense, it's Sci-Fi and somehow I missed that. I was looking for something scary to listen with my 18 yr old daughter to get in the October spirit.
That being said, I was sucked in for the first 3/4 of the book, and I really enjoyed the getting there until it got a little too "out there" for me. I loved the characters and I was riveted for most of the book so I'll give it 4 stars to be fair. Overall, entertaining. :)
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First, this book is well-written: the characters develop into believable, 3D human beings that I actually liked (many of them . . .), the narrator, Ray Porter, is really superb, doesn't over enunciate, isn't shrill, a perfect mix of dynamic contrast with different characterizations/accents/attitudes, etc., along with a superbly written book. The combo of Clines & Porter is an example of Alchemy, of the 'whole being more than its parts', something like that. At first, I couldn't really tell what genre it was (well, I knew it was fiction, but beyond that, wasn't sure). All I knew was that one scene flows into the next with a speed and clarity that was at a perfect pitch. No boring passages that you really have to force yourself to listen to; truly compelling stuff. I could be more specific (if I were a better writer, ha; no, I just don't want to give anything away except there are some bugs in these apartments that I'm not sure I would want to live with; you'll see).The story moves quickly, you'll see the main character move into the new apartment building and get to know some of his new tenants, as if you're there. It's an old historical building in Hollywood, with a lot of history right there. One tenant is a 'grip' and for the first time I learned what the heck that person does on an actual movie set. Another is an artist who sunbathes topless, has a tough demeanor (at first . . .) with requisite tats, sky blue hair (including eyebrows), who's not only extremely well-educated, but also streetwise. Nice combo. Then the youngish but not too young woman from India who's got a quick, deadpan sense of humor, she's also a computer geek of some kind, says she 'inputs data' (that's what Nate does too but he has to go in to work everyday) but then when you hear the description of her computer devices, well you get the feeling that something's not being said because her computer could run NASA. Then again it might not be such a big part of the story, just saying there's a lot of interesting stuff here. Slowly & surely, you meet a few other tenants, plus there are a few rooms that are always LOCKED. Hmmm, what's that all about?It's written and narrated in such a way that, combined, the story evolves, is told, and you listen to the whole thing with a seeming lack of effort. I kept listening all night, through the next day. Just a suggestion, but you might want to start listening at the start of the weekend. Count yourself lucky if you don't have a date. And count yourself even more lucky to have stumbled upon this writer and narrator, combined.
When one of the tenant's, Tim (a cool dude, probably in his late 40s or early 50s, totally buff), is sitting with Nate, having a beer on the L.A. rooftop of their apartment building, when Andrew, a tenant that's peripheral, comes up. Andrew starts preaching to Tim and Nate about religion pretty heavy, forcing it down their throats, but not for long. Tim's verbal response and exchange with Andrew is something I would've like to have seen myself. There are many memorable moments in this book. I wish I could talk about them with some of you who've read the book, over a beer on top of a roof somewhere in the city overlooking L.A. Alas. Hey, maybe Audible might add a technology that would allow its readers to discuss the books they read, eh? Do you hear me Audible? (They pre-read all of our reviews before putting them out which is a good idea.)
Nate, the main guy's pretty cool. The thing that makes this writing so darn good is that you increasing feel like these are real people in your lives, someone you could relate to; that's a full, three-dimensional character. And Nate also has a side to him that's open; despite the fact he's not sure at all about what he's doing careerwise (or romantically, either; he's straight and he knows THAT but his last relationship just ended), so he projects this intelligent, open to life but not arrogant at all, which along with his humble able to let people get close to him, well, as a reader, we do. Darn, I wish he lived in my apartment building. Down to earth, respectful to all. Listens to everyone, and he's curious, which is a great trait in everyone.
If you're wanting to be entertained and like a well-written, intelligent book that requires just a bit of 'suspension of disbelief', then you just have to get this book. It's truly one of my favorites (since The Gods of Gotham). And if you hate it, which is really almost impossible unless you don't speak/understand English, you can always exchange it. That's one very cool thing about Audible. "Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think."
I found myself slowing down so I could finish it! After a 14 hour drive that is saying something! It was different than I thought it was going to be and I found it refreshing in it's unique story line.
When they opened the door to room 14!
His accents were great you would think you were listening to 10 different people.
The End of the World has been here all along, we just didn't know it.
I liked not knowing what was going to happen next.
I dont want to ruin the story for those that havent read the book yet....spoiler alert....My favorite part of the book was when the building entered the alternate world and encountered the horrors there.
Its a toss up between Tim and Veek.
The creatures in the alternate world really creeped me out! Ray Porter did an excellent job.
Great story very well read
Nothing quite like it a great mix of sifi and real people
Not sure hard to say when so many good ones
Oh yes and never end
Listen you will be so glad you did
I find audio books very convenient. I would not be able to finish the book if I was reading the print version.
Nate. He was very curious and determined enough to unreveal the secrets of the building.
This is the first time I heard his performance. I think he did okay. His accents were pretty good. I would listen to another book read by him.
I wished I could have, but actually finished it in 2 days. It was so full of twists and turns and the very unexpected it was hard for me to stop listening.
I'd call "14" a must-read, or listen, in this case. It's what I'd call a "guy's book" as there is a lot of mechanical elements and details that make it feel so very real. I enjoyed that it is a "new" book and many modern elements that we use every day are included. The narrator does a great job with accents and varied voices so it's easy to keep the characters seperate and it's so well written I could easily picture every tiny detail. It's mystery with a dab of sci-fi mixed in. I'm excited for some time to pass, so I can forget as much of it as possible, so I can listen to it again! I'd recommend this book to anyone.
14 hooked me in instantly. I mean this book is "crazy, good"! If you go into listening with no idea what this book is about it will keep you guessing the whole time. The narration is amazing and the story is powerful. Loved it!