What a great book. Kept me listening for hours. I noticed I would sit in a parking lot waiting for the next chapter. This was my first Clines book and it won't be my last.
The story is very weak, inconsistent and very poorly conceived. The title '14' is unjustified and the relevant events are unimportant and constitute 1% of whole story.
Clines also needs to understand that for each story there has to be an introduction, body and ending, and they need to be designed at reasonable proportions. In '14' the introduction stretches for 60% of the story, and suddenly the ending is the rest.
I didn't know what I was getting into when I started this book. It's hard to put down and when I wasn't listening to it I was talking about it. It's very well written and the Ray Porter did an awesome job reading it.
Huge baseball and football fan. Love the Nats and Skins. Government employee. Afghan expert. Member of CFR. Wife, 2x kids, 3x dogs.
I highly recommend this book. The plot was interesting, the performance outstanding, and the characters acceptably developed.
I like Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, Detective, Mystery, Romance, Horrors, and ... pretty much everything if it is well written. I cannot recommend this book. I got approx 8 hrs in, and put it away because in all that time, there was nothing happening in my opinion that made the story interesting. I agree with other reviewers that the narrator was good, but the material he had to work with was lacking. There was lots of hype, but no real story.
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.