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.
Let me start with: I'm not a mystery buff, I don't go searching for them. That being said, I do enjoy being left in suspense to try and figure bits of the story out myself. This book fits that description. It touches on names and characters from other cherished stories (no spoilers). The problem as I see it though is that this book takes far too long to get going. It's 8 hours of character and plot development in uninteresting surroundings, maybe 2 hours of genuinely interesting mystery (what is this, why is it this way, who made it) and 2 hours of fairly interesting action at the very end. The narration was fantastic compared to some, with a variety of voices for the various characters. This book touches on science and the occult for it's scifi elements. I would recommend this book to those interested in a way to pass the time between truly engaging titles. The idea for the story is fantastic, as well as all the nods to other authors and persons from the past, but the author just took too long getting there.
I am a children's librarian and an overall book junky. My reading tastes swing wildly.
Pretty good book. The apartment building Nate moves into is strange and he gathers a bunch of other tenants to try to figure out what's going on. Things get pretty weird as they start to read the writing on the walls and it turns suddenly science fiction two thirds of the way through. It was a great read. I'm hoping there is another book on the way because Clines created a lot of amazing characters that I'm not willing to give up on yet. Some people have said it was a horror story...I really don't think it fits that criteria. But if blood leaves you horrified, it might be horror.
I didn't expect to enjoy the book as much as I did. It was a wonderful escape! Part mystery, part fantasy-SF. I don't want to give too much away. I never would have predicted where the story took me. I finished it in marathon listening sessions. The narration was excellent and I could keep track of the different characters easily by the way the narrator voiced them.
I'd say this book would rank somewhere towards the bottom of my top 10 all time favorite books. It is not my favorite story but it is definitely up there. A must read.
I love how the author draws you in with these mysterious little clues that keep you on your toes. I would call this one a real "page turner", I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Just when you think you have it figured out, you find another little mystery.
This was the first time I had downloaded a book narrated by Ray Porter. He was one of the best narrators I have heard. I actually sought out and downloaded another book (Patient Zero) right after finishing "14", primarily because he was the narrator.If ever there are awards for best narration, Ray Porter should win or at the very least be nominated.
I can't precisely pinpoint one moment that moved me in the story. However, I was quite excited when I had my "Aha!" moment when everything started to click into place in my head.
A well put together story with a little history, a little sci-fi, a little love story, and a lot of mystery and suspense.
Porter's narration of this inventive tale was spot on, with vocal mastery that delighted us and kept us going over the last hours of our vacation road trip. The characterization was fabulous! We were invested fully in the fascinating group of misfits who live in the Kavach building, especially slacker Nate (the narrator) and Veek, resident geek goddess.
Great elements: Historic L.A. brownstone. Multi-padlocked doors. Odd apartments. Mutant cockroaches.
Apparently this is a bit of a departure for Clines. Think Twilight Zone and be forewarned: the first half is heavy tech mystery with maybe secret government agency undertones. Around chapter 60 you find yourself in serious sci-fi land. By then you'll be so fascinated by the tale and the characters, you'll stick with it...and be glad you did!
This isn't the type of book that I could summarize in three words but let me give it a shot:
"Suspense-filled, riveting and perplexing."
The narrator was exceptional, while I've never heard any of his other performances I can't compare it to anything else however he is definitely an exceptional voice actor.
In short get this book if you are a fan of science fiction, mystery or horror.