What can I say more than most positive reviews I read here ? Just that the audiobook is helped by the reader: text + him make the group of people seem like real and real dialogue among friends.
Yes. 14 is well written fun and you will to guess where it is going. Also, the performance is top notch.
The characters are unique and the story was great.
Don't want to spoil the surprise.
I thought this would be a dark story about a haunted house with a looser type as main character (which is why I hesitated to buy it). But actually it is a science fiction more than anything else, and the characters resemble those from a family soap (which is not necessarily a bad thing, when it fits the story and the mood).
Personally, I thought the story ended too soon after it has begun to get really interesting - but I can't really argue more about that without spoiling the fun.
A definite favourite
Likeable characters, mystery drip-fed in exciting and tantilising tastes... there wasn't anything I didn't like about this story!
It took me an awkward 5 minutes to get used to the narrator - his narration felt jerky at first. By minute 6 I was hooked! By minute 7 I couldn't have heard this story or any of the voices read by anyone else. Ray, you rocked this.
I'm supposed to have been at work 2 hours ago... help. I can't stop listening
Off to find more by Peter Clines and Ray Porter
I got this book because of the awesome reviews it got. All I can say is that trust them. This book is short, but worth the credit or cash. Ray Porter does a great job narrating. The story is fast paced and keeps you wondering. Great characters and storyline.
I loved the story, how the relationships developed and they form a bond. The last third of the book I found a bit silly, and I would have liked to see it take a different path.
Great characters as they discover an ever-growing, eerie mystery and other worldliness. Performed with fine portrayal of different personalities. Occasional moments light humor for relief. Very well done.
However there is a major editing flaw. The first chapter of Part 2 is the same as the last chapter of Part 1. Other than the confusion it causes, the posted listening time is probably inflated.
I bought the audio and the Kindle version of 14 based on reader reviews. The story was incredibly entertaining. Everything was going fine until half way through the book.
No matter how outlandish a story may be, the characters and the actions they take need to be believable.
This book failed at a critical point in the story. Characters so well developed in the first half of the book make a decision that nobody would make. I don't want to give anything away so I will only say there is yet another situation towards the end where characters seem to have forgotten a way to remedy a big problem.
Also at one point the main character sees something truly incredible and although it would make sense to share what he saw, he doesn't do so and it all rings "untrue."
What a shame. This is a fabulous story with one of the best narrators I have ever heard. I wish there was a version 1.1 that changed just a few situations.
In the end I was very dissatisfied with 14.
Excellent! One of the best narrators ever. I stayed with the book even after the characters start behaving irrationally because of the great narrator.
The author created a host of believable characters. All served the story well.
I was looking for a mystery and found so much more. This is not a book I would have bothered to listen to if I'd known where it was going and now I'm sooooo glad I did. A whole new segment of the book world has opened up for me and I'm going to "experiment" a bit more with my choices. I've been reading far too much non fiction lately and this was a welcome break. Thank you Peter Clines!
Yes, I would, but I'd give it a while. The book was very entertaining and had a good balance of all the necessary elements to satisfy a reader with good helpings of humour, mystery & suspense and the characters were developed well. I loved the way the story transformed from something quite ordinary into something quite extraordinary and the ending was most satisfying. I'd rank this very easily in my top 100.
I loved the concept itself that a machine - being disguised as a building - was all that kept this world, our world, continuing. What a wonderful imagination Peter Clines has.
Ray Porter's 'performance' was great in that it did not seem like a performance. It became a necessary component of the book itself. It did not seem like a 'reading' but more of wonderful story telling always interesting and never boring.
I wouldn't describe my reaction as extreme but there were definite chuckles and a little nose blowing at times. I guess my biggest reaction was tiredness, as I could just not put this book down.
I loved the book, and anyone who loves the occasional sci-fi - without going off planet - will too. Thoroughly recommended.