...makes a couple of giant plot leaps that are difficult to swallow, even for the genre.
On par with a mid-level Stephen King book. Not great, not horrible. Just okay.
The best way I can describe the writing in this book, is that someone socially awkward wrote what he thought was "cool" dialogue amongst his characters. His idea of "flirty" banter with characters uttering phrases like "don't knock it 'till you try it" and all sorts of lame sexual innuendo got old. How quickly everyone in the building became friends was a stretch, so coupled with the dialogue, there's a lot of suspension of disbelief needed of the listener. It wasn't a terrible listen (thankfully one of my favorite narrators is the voice of this book), but the story could have been better - in the blink of an eye, the action starts, but at 3/4 of the way through the book, so felt like the author either took too much time at the beginning or was rushing to get to his conclusion. Honestly, I'm shocked by how many people gave this book rave reviews.
Such a great book I pushed though it in less then 4 days. I am so happy and surprised by it. I listen too about 40 books a year w my commute to work and this book made me chew my finger nails and want to listen to it all the time. Give it a listen or read if you love H.P like most great readers then you shall be glowing after you finish it!
i'm not sure what it was, but the ending/explanation didn't do it for me. the mystery was pretty cool and some of the back story was cool, but it was missing something. the characters were only so-so and i didn't feel like there was a lot of personality to them. it's a decent book for sure, but not my favorite nor one i would solidly recommend.
Nate and his band of merry misfits try to solve the mystery of their own apartment building. The story is tense and contrasts the dead end day jobs of the tenants with the excitement--and fear--of their communal sleuthing. I liked this book so much that I do not want to give anything away. The motive of the characters seems a little flimsy, but the novel keeps you wanting to know what happens next, and at time is a little scary. There is a bit of homage to prior works but this book is not a pastiche. I wish Peter Clines would have written more in this genre.
Ray Porter is a FANTASTIC reader. At first I did not really notice because his main character voicings (and there are a lot of main characters in this book) were pretty straight forward--no excessively heavy accents, mostly timbre, pitch, speed. About halfway through I realized that each character was instantly recognizable by voice alone and even his women were each immediately recognizable and different. His male voices covered a broad range including one that sounded very similar to a famous Hollywood actor. His voicings made this a joy to listen to, by the end I felt I was listening to a full cast recording.
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I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. My expectations weren't too high going into it. For me, with sci-fi there is always a fine line between awesome and awful. This book stayed on the awesome side. The characters were a lot of fun. One character in particular had me laughing out loud rather often. This is defiantly not a book to let pass you by if you are look for some frightening fun in your listening. I really hope this one becomes a movie!
I began running last year and grew tired of listening to music. Audibles gives me a chance to hear the books I have always wanted to read.
The book itself was different than some other books I have been listening to through audible. It's a Sci-Fi/Mystery book that keeps you engaged and wanting to see what happens next.
When they opened the door to room 14.... you'll have to listen for yourself.
The last couple chapters have some surprise twist's. I liked the ending of the book.
14 by Peter Clines is a most "unusual" story, and I did not expect how things worked out.
The reader, Ray Porter, did a terrific job and I could easily visualize each of the main characters by their unique voices. This had to be very difficult because there are a half dozen (at least) important characters, and maintaining the qualitative differences between their voices was very well done.
The story took a long time to develop, but I was intrigued as to its direction. I suspect one thing, but the final direction was unexpected.
I will willing to suspend disbelief, and I try as hard as I can. The final story line was really stretching my disbelief factor, but the characters kept me well engaged. This was definitely a story worth listening to -- for me. It was strange, and I love strange. As Bill Murphy's character (Phil) in Groundhog Day said, "Anythng different is good." There are so many series and stories that are just boilerplate. This is not. It was different at many levels, and I will check out other books by Peter Clines. I definitely will see out Ray Porter as a narrator.
Dances with the masses . . .
An Inventive Story, Well Developed Relationships, Creative Concept, Must Be Willing to Suspend Reality.
I don't recall laughing and it isn't really a crying book, but I did enjoy it.
Character were well developed but left enough mystery to allow for constant suprises. They had real personallity brought to life by the narrator.
I enjoyed unexpected twist and turns in story line.
Ever changing events in plot, made this book hard to turn off.