I bought this book on the recommendation of other reviewers on here. Big waste of a credit. Huge disappointment. This seemed like it was written by a high school student. Characters were types, narrative filled with cliches, plot completely predictable. I stuck with it, thinking there would at least be a surprise ending, as indicated by other Audible reviewers of this book. Not even a decent payoff there. Saw the ending coming many chapters before. A book is rarely so bad that it makes me angry that I wasted time. This one made me mad.
My reviews are always pending.
I don't know if this is a misprint from Audible or they need to make revenue for their in house production division (Audible Frontiers), but I have no idea how "14" got nominated for Audie Award for science fiction of the year. For anyone that love science fiction, burn this author out of your library and get something from Neal Stephenson, China Mieville, Peter F. Hamilton, and William Gibson. Stick with those authors for sci fi and you won't be disappointed.
As for Peter Clines and "14", I only have to gag on how stupid the entire story was. The book is not science fiction or a thriller, or even a mystery. It's more like a movie episode of Scooby Doo, but without the Great Dane. There are so many references of the cartoon in the book, that I was expecting a Scooby Snack at the end.
All of the characters are really stupid. I don't know the best way to describe them, but they are all a bunch of leftovers from remedio class. The book reminds me of "Ready Player One", which I didn't liked. There is a lot of pop culture in the plot, but just with stupid characters.
Did I mention how stupid "14" was to read? I'm only a few listeners that gave this book 1 star. I really don't understand how "14" got so many raving reviews, like, "Must Read." Maybe I was deprived as a child from eating MSG.
What Ididn't realize prior to reading the book was that it was Sci-Fi and I'm not a fan of that genre.
I'll try to answer this without any spoilers. The most memorable moment for me was the moment where, during thier exploration of the building, one of the tenants flipped a switch, something wierd happened and it became apparent to everyone that their living situation was FAR more complicated than they thought.
I remember thinking, "what in the world is going on in this place?"
I liked everything about Ray Porters performance. He had a very pleasant voice to listen to, he read at a very comfortable pace with all the right voice inflections and each character had a different voice that readers could easily recognize. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him.
Because I'm not a Sci-Fi fan, my extreme reaction was disbelief. I was totally hoooked and intrigued by this story right up until the last couple of chapters when it took a sharp turn. At that point, I no longer wanted to finish the book, but felt I had to because I had come so far.
I am really confused by the great reviews. Sure it's a high concept plot and it kept an air of mystery. But, for the most part, having people stand around and talk was completely boring. If I had read the paperback I could have skimmed lots of the filler and jumped to the conclusion. How many times can we listen to the same paragraphs about his boss complaining about job production??? I get it, he's in a dead end life and hopefully this will move him forward.
As an audiobook I felt it was a major waste of time. Even the big reveal was silly and explained nothing.
The book starts off interesting enough, but somewhere around the 12th page it becomes a great disappointment. It's seems to be a poor copy of Stephen Kings' The Dark Tower. Entering alternate universes with about as much intrigue as watching grass grow. Meanders, but never gets anywhere, and by the end, you have no compassion or interest In any of the characters. A better book in the same genre would be The Magician.
Yes. The narration was fine. Especially considering what he had to work with. I actually feel sorry for the guy - putting so much effort into material that is so flat.
If I was the editor, I wouldn't have published it.
It's seems like every one is copying everyone else - books, movies, plays - you name it, they are all recycled material.
he lost me with his fantasy evil
character development was best part of book--sadly his ending was predictable
absolutely not---I finished it ------sorry I did
I am being charitable to give him a 2 checker--mostly because his development of characters ------was ok but predictable
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
Yes, my friends who love Sci-Fi and stretching thier imagination. A good story, and definately will recommend to them to get it whenever it goes on sale or they have credits to get the book.
Very flexible, and smooth. He does a very good job with the charactors.
Yes... I finished it in 4 days.... I wanted to listen to it every night...
The first half was excellent, with getting to know the different charactors to the building.. and developing the story... there were some lenghy descriptions which I felt were a bit un-needed which made for dry reading, or listening.. which just added lengh.. maybe 2 hrs could have been chopped out with no damage to the story.
The second half got a bit far fetched.. that's my only complaint... but over all, I enjoyed the book and think that Peter Clines will only get better in future books.. this one was very good.
With its repeated references to the children's show, you eventually realize you are merely listening to an expanded episode of Scooby-Doo: with a lot of salty language and a little sex thrown in to let you know it's for adults.
Basically, this is the story of a hand of young people, and one older guy, exploring a building in current day LA. As such, it's pretty limited in its scope. Sure, the mystery involves the building, itself, but the characters can't really go anywhere. Except up on the roof, or down to the basement. Or into another apartment. That's about the extent of their activity.
Further, the characters aren't very well fleshed out. And it's beyond belief that, when they find mind-boggling danger and potential devastation--not just to them, but to the whole planet--they don't go to the authorities, or at least move out. Even if the rent is cheap.
It's also hard to take the story seriously, even though we seemingly are supposed to, when the characters keep comparing themselves, by name, to the characters in Scooby-Doo.
This tongue-in-cheek ennui extends to other aspects. Such as when the protagonist says something to the effect of, 'Gee don't you just hate it in the movies when they find an old newspaper to give you the date when something happened?' ... as he finds a stack of old newspapers telling him when something occurred more than a hundred years ago.
And the end result of all the Scooby-Doo sherlocking devolves into an unbelievable sci-fi twist at the end. While it is amply foreshadowed, it is so at odds with most of the book that you're thrown out of whatever state of disbelief you were in and asked to accept a completely different state of disbelief. Hard to do. And it's not accomplished.
As to Ray Porter's narration, sometimes the German accent is hard to tell from the (east) Indian accent from ... Well, you get the point. The book requires a young voice, and he does nail the surfer dude. Overall, it's not nearly so bad as Stephen King's 11/22/63, which is probably the worst narration ever, but it's not much better.
I do not understand why there were so many good reviews for this book. They sure fooled me because that is the only reason I purchased it. I kept waiting for it to get good and even went back and reread the reviews about 7 hours into the book because I thought it was the most boring thing ever. I kept thinking some big twist was around the corner and I just had to hold on a little bit more.
There were many compliments on the narrator since he was able to read several different voices without much effort. This is true, but every character was so extrememly boring! There was no excitement or inflection in his voice and I could care less if they all lived or died at the end of the day. The apartment was filled with the most bland people on earth and I wasted over 12 hours of my life trying to "feel" something for them but it just never happened.
I may feel this way because this is the first book I listened to after 9 months of listening to the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I invested a lot of my time in those books and had grown to care deeply about each main carractor. Maybe I listened to Simon Vance for so long that I forgot what an american accent sounded like :) Either way I just wanted to write a truthful review to possibly stop someone else from wasting 12 hours they can never get back. If you are a "sci-fi nerd" then this may be right up your ally or you might find it just as boring as I did. I hate to bar the narrator for life but I'll definitely preview the next one before I purchase,
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I really don't know if the audio edition of 14 would be better than the print version. I did enjoy the narrator's different accents for different characters, but I did not read the print version. The suspense was very good for the first half of the book, however the ending was far fetched, and a little bit confusing.
I don't think so. Although overall I enjoyed '14,' it's just not my normal genre. I like horror but I am more into Stephen King and Jack Ketchum. Without giving away spoilers, this book is sort of 'HP Lovecraft' (who incidentally is mentioned in the book and is a key piece of the puzzle.)
I have to say that I like Nate and Veet. I was surprised with all of the suspense and the 'What is going on with this building?' questions, Nate and Veet were still able to start a romance. I liked their characters the best. They were tough, thoughtful, and they were the strongest characters. Tim was also very strong, and we find out why in the end. The cast of characters were mostly very likeable.
I would have to say that '14' is a good title and tag line because it gives the reader the urge to find out what '14' stands for. The beginning of the book is very suspenseful and exciting, we want to find out what the big secret is in the strange building where these tenants live.
This book sort of dragged at times, and the end was confusing and kind of silly in my opinion, but it was still worth the listen.