This story went all over the place and had pretty good development of all of the ensemble of characters, none of them being too mainstream. Weekday a crazy winding adventure that was tough to put down! Fun listen.
It's hard for me to rank it among all my listens, but I enjoyed it a good deal
It was quite suspenseful, so much so that during a tense part, my cat jumped onto the table and I jumped about six feet.
Porter did an excellent job with the narration. I thought his reading of the Indian girl's accent would get tiresome, but it didn't. It was easy to distinguish among the male characters with the different voices he did, and the foreign accents were very well done.
Yes! I couldn't stop listening!
This is not great literature by any means, but if you want a good suspense thriller, I highly recommend it. It's a combination horror/thriller/sci-fi genre, and if I had known the sci-fi angle I would probably have skipped it, but I'm so glad I didn't. Great listen for the beach or a long drive; the story kept me very much engaged and on the edge of my seat.
Tried this solely on the good reviews. Quite a fun ride! I found that this story was easy to follow, kept me interested, and even when the "big bad" was introduced as something that I generally find tedious in a story I adored it. Fully worth the credit.
Scooby Doo meets H.P. Lovecraft, as told by Joss Whedon
That's my overall impression. This is not the type of title I would probably have picked on my own - but I'm also trying to make an effort to find books I wouldn't normally.
14 combines mystery, horror, sci-fi, and urban fantasy elements into a world with engaging characters and an interesting journey. 14 is the number of a locked apartment in a building that several residents live in. A building where rents are absurdly cheap and residents are in need of a place to stay with limited means. As the tale unfolds, the "Scooby Gang" discovers odd things about their building that don't make sense and work to unravel the mystery. For the rest, you'll have to read for yourself.
One aspect I enjoyed about this was its rather geeky references, both subtle and obvious. As the group digs further into the mystery, the players even start to identify themselves as members of the Mystery gang..or at least trying to decide which members of the gang each of them are. It's also reminicent of the Buffy the Vampire TV series similar self references to the "Scooby Gang". Indeed, the language and mannerisms of the characters convey a strong feeling of something voiced by Joss Whedon. All of this makes for a generally engaging and entertaining tale.
As for the H.P. Lovecraft, that comes into play later, similar to the way Edgar Rice Burroughs comes into play in the telling of John Carter of Mars. Honestly, the shift in the later portion of the story is not as successful as the beginning, and the main reason I give this only four stars.
Still, the overall effect is more satisfying than not, and I find myself able to easily recommend it. For the audiobook, Ray Porter does an excellent job bringing life to the characters and providing a clear view of the world they live in.
I would rank this about 4th.
When they begin to discover "the machine"
character enhancement through voices
Very original story. A nice departure from "stock" story plots.
Love a good ending.
Good descriptions of "machines"
Just the right amount of interpersonal attractions.
One can't wait for what comes next.
probably not. I really loved the first half of the book, it was different, and I was curious where the story was going, but it got a bit crazy and messy at the end.
The first half of the book was interesting because it could be very real: the weird landlord, the stiff neighbor, the good looking single girl....I thought there was real suspense in the first half of the book, I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to know why everything seemed so off. It wasn't very predictable and there were some twists but after the mystery is resolved it takes too long to wrap up and its getting weirder, messier and it seems unorganized.
loved his voice, made the characters real.
too much happened already in the first book. No follow up!
Fun story. Kept my interest throughout.
Has several mysterious plot twists. Suspenseful, with good narration too. This book would make a good movie.
Honestly, it wasn't the best narrator I have ever heard, but the story was great, the narrator did well, mostly, with voices for different characters and it kept me interested enough to binge listen for a solid 3 days until the story was complete, and that's pretty good for me being a very busy fella!
Absolutely favorite audiobook I've listened to yet.
Well, it's not a book but 14 kind of reminded me of the movie The Lady in the Water based on how a bunch of tenants in an apartment building come together to solve a mystery.
Great narration, all around. Truly engrossing.
Yes! I was walking my dog extra laps around the block to hear what would happen next.
Loved it, recommend this book to everyone. Great story.
From a meaningless and bored existence, Shaggy and Velma stumble upon the truth: Blind cattle and telepathic squales. Sure. Why not?