In the vein of great storytelling by some of scifi's greatest writers, some of whom are narratively relevant, this story climbs diligently to climactic elements worth waiting for. I highly recommend this book!
Amazing narrator. Able to differentiate between multiple characters with gender and accent. Really great story. Always kept you guessing. Interesting mix of mystery and scifi.
I have The send to 14 three times now. Ray Porter is one of top two my favorite readers. (It's a tie between Ray and George Guidall). Moreover, this is a fun and exciting story with an ensemble cast of characters that are very likable and well developed without the author having to spend extra pages on background information.
The suspense, the mystery, the touch of sci-if, the connections between the "builders" and Whippy's grandson. Loved the subtle Dr. Who (bow ties are cool) and Torchwood references.
Ray Porter is an excellent reader (love him as Joe Ledger too) each character is distinguished and he adds just the right emotion and inflection. He is one of this rare readers (like Jim Dale in the Harry Potter books) you forget the story is being read by only one person.
The impossible hidden in plain sight.
Or more for a little fun..."In space no one can hear you scream"
Loved the book, will read more from Peter Clines for sure!
This was an absolutely great book. It was my first experience with Peter Clines writing and I was very happy with it. I love Ray Porter as a narrator and he was actually the reason I decided on this book, after having searched for books he's read and following the synopsis of the story. I found it hard to stop listening to this book it was just that good. Well thought out story with some great twists and mounting suspense. The characters are well developed and their personalities all their own. I highly recommend giving this book a go.
Not Peter Clines (except as noted below), but yes for Ray Porter.
This started off quite well, but seemed to lose its way about two thirds of the way through. At this point, it felt like Peter handed off the plot point writing to a middle school class. The references to Scooby Doo and Lost and Ghostbusters were cute, and a little humorous at first, but became really annoying by the end. And the "Guys, where are we?" line uttered was beyond a nod to LOST, it made me feel like I was reading fan fiction from another dimension. I would love to sit down with Mr. Clines a year before this was published and see if I could convince him to take a very interesting story about a building that has secrets and create a resolution that fit with the careful dedication it took to put the first fifty chapters together. There was so much promise until those middle schoolers got a hold of the last twenty or thirty chapters.
The narrator did a great job. Good for him. I was impressed with the different character voices.
If I name names, I will be spoiling the book. But really, all of the characters introduced in chapters 65-79.
The only book I would read now by Mr. Clines would be a re-write of this book. It truly had so much promise! I don't write a lot of reviews, but I haven't felt this let down by a book in quite some time. That's what motivated me to write.
I am a action thriller kind of reader. This book was interesting and different with a dose if Science Fiction rolled into it.
14 is a book that starts off very strong but falls apart at the end. It has some strong points in character development and pacing, and the author paints an immersive picture of the building that is the basis of the story, however I found the final chapters were a leap too far from the rest of the book - the ending was too fantastical and outrageous for my liking. Some fans of Lovecraft might find it enjoyable, but I prefer my thrillers to be grounded a little more in reality. The narration was consistently good (with the exception of the voice that the narrator puts on for the ultimate final antagonists, which sounded more comical than scary, but that was also owing to the dialog itself).