...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.
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!
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.
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.