Maybe I'm too used to actual horror stories, but this book always seemed like a lot of setup, and not a horribly interesting payoff.
The investigation of the building was interesting, but when the scariest thing in the first 2/3rds of the book is that the landlord might catch you and evict you, it isn't terribly scary. I kept waiting for something to happen, and nothing ever really did. Time after time, there would be a setup... "oh, they're going down this ridiculously long hallway. They'll surely find something terrifying there!... nope"
Then the last 1/3rd - 1/4 was OK, but more than a little cheesy.
It was... OK. The narration was excellent. The idea behind the story was compelling. The characters were great. But the execution was a bit lacking.
The plot line is great. Not full of surprises but everything make senses and nothing's cliche. The story and characters are well thought and well developed.
It is also well narrated which make the whole book very engaging! Personally not a big fan of sci-fi but I just can't stop listening!
14 is somewhat out of left field and quite different from most sci-fi. It has lots of original or fresh concepts, interesting and likeable characters, and a genuine mystery that had me interested right to the end. Ray Porter's characterisations are spot on and his performance is almost flawless. The story is pretty complex but I think everything was wrapped up very neatly. I thought it had the feel of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently stories, with somewhat less absurdity and whimsy, and more action. Definitely looking forward to future Clines/Porter partnerships.
This was a bit like an early Stephen King novel... The pack of misfits who have all the necessary skills. Very hard to put aside. More suspense and action than character development. But certainly a good enough story to make me want to read his next book.
Listener of history, biography, and science, with some fiction and sci-fi thrown in for good measure.
I picked up this book because I thought the description of Clines’ newer book “The Fold” sounded worth a credit, but the reviews said that “The Fold” contains spoilers for “14.” Although I’ve passed on “14” in the past, not wanting to have the mystery spoiled in case I really liked the new book, I thought I better listen to them in order. Honestly, I’m not sure I made the right choice.
This being my first book by Clines, I’d give him a solid B to B+ in quality of writing. The narrative could have been more tight, the characters more deep, and the story less predictable (to a point). That being said, I must also say that about 70% of “14” is completely engaging, and at times, I couldn’t put the book down. At other times, however, I was rather indifferent. Fortunately, the former outnumbered the latter. Unfortunately, the least interesting parts are at the end. In a way, and without giving anything away, you could say that the “14” crosses the fine line that sometimes separates spooky and silly.
The narration is spot-on, with Porter consistently using unique voices for each character. The tone and pace are also well done.
I’d say that “14” is worth a listen if you like sci-fi, mysteries, and following breadcrumbs. As for me, I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to pick up “The Fold,” or just move on.
This book, it was a story I looked forward to listening to everyday. Great build up, each character was well played. I actually only purchased 14 because of other reviews, and was not disappointed at all.
I will say that the last 1/3 of the book really took a left turn and went out to lala land with some of the stuff, not explaining a why or how some things happened , but it wrapped it all up and did not leave me hanging at the end.
This was a good story. The narrator is good, but could be better. He has has slight pauses which throw you off at first, though you get used to them in time.
The mystery behind room 14.
It's pretty unique from the books I read. It's more like a TV show I guess.
He was really great. It was easy to understand what he was saying and what the characters i n the book was saying. Each character voice was distinguishable and almost sounded like other people are doing the voices. He adds to the atmosphere of the listen.
Is there a skeleton in your apartment's closet?
Some funny dialogues took away the seriousness of the plot. It took me out of the suspense at times but maybe it's just me. The characters are very colourful but they are stereotypes. Their behaviour are predictable and so is their character development.
Some scenes and parts of the book feel artificial like it was forced to happen that way to progress the story. It doesn't feel fluid.
Overall still a good read.
I like the plot how normal characters take a main role.
I hope that there is a sequel where we got deep in the misery and some unresolved answers are finally clear.