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14 is an exciting search into strange occurrences at a California apartment building. I looked forward to each chapter and was genuinely interested in finding out exactly what was going on and how the story would progress and conclude. Plenty of humor and a little romantic spiciness rounds out an enjoyable sci-fi mystery. While not particularly thought provoking or emotionally engaging, 14 is full of trivia that kept my ears open and my brain working.
It was however, a bit disappointing as a mystery. You know that famous Sherlock Holmes line about eliminating impossibilities? 14 takes that line, rolls it up, smokes it, and flies off laughing, leaving me far below, scratching my head wondering what happened. It’s probably an unfair comparison…nobody ever said 14 was a whodunit. But when a significant part of a work is people sitting around trying to figure out what’s happening, it’s maybe too easy to expect a little nod to convention.
Fans of David Wong or listeners looking for something bizarre will find things to like in 14. Complete strangers to the genre will find this a more than sufficient introduction.
14 is an excellent mystery-thriller with a splash of horror and humor. Peter Clines develops the characters well and you become attached to the players as they explore and uncover their apartment building's secrets. I mention Scooby-Doo in the title of my review because you will feel like your tagging along with the "Mystery Gang" in trying to solve the riddles but trust me, this story is way more cunning and twisted and not as simple as unmasking Mr. Jenkins, the janitor, as the cause of the disturbances. I found 14 intelligent and thought provoking and a thrilling story with crazy twists and a very satisfying ending.
Ray Porter does an excellent job narrating. My only gripe is with his narration of female voices but that might be asking much. I still give the narration 5 stars.
If you like mystery and intrigue, mixed with a splash of horror and some comedy, you will love 14. I highly recommend it!
BTW, 450 S Kenmore Ave is the building that inspired the story. Look it up to get a visual in your head of the building as you listen to the book.
This book was interesting from the beginning. Great story and the narrator was good in that he did not take away from the imagination within the story.
oh my yes!!! just flows so well....keeps it simple and flowing
nice closed group of characters, nice to not read a book that is all over the place confusing.
first time they see the control room....or maybe the cave exploring.
i did a "WHOA" when 14 opened...of course!
I haven't read the print version, so I couldn't say.
I loved all the twists and turns the story took. There's so many surprises, and they're real surprises rather than things you can easily figure out before they're truly revealed.
Tim, by far, was my favorite. The voice he used for time reminded me of Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer on Supernatural. Since that's a character I love, it made it that much easier to take a liking to him.
I listen at work, so I couldn't have done that, but if I'd been reading it, I certainly could have finished it in a day easily and not been able to put it down.
I bought this book during the annual sale on a whim, and I'm so glad I did. I enjoyed it immensely and immediately recommended it to a friend when I finished. She asked what it was about, and I couldn't tell her because there are just so many twists and turns in the book that to say even that much would almost give too much away. I loved how the twists kept me on my toes and the easy banter between the characters.
I am one of the listeners who follow quiet often the recommendation by Audible.
This book was also one of the recommendations which came up after buying another Audiobook.
The recommendations I read where all full of compliments.
So I started listening. After 2 hours I was asking myself for the first time why did this book show up as a recommendation...
I forced myself to continue listening to the book till the end.
I am pretty sure that there are a lot of listeners who enjoyed the book.
However, I was more than disappointed. For me, unfortunately it was a wasted credit.
For the most part 14 was an enjoyable book. It was narrated incredibly well, I actually think that's what I enjoyed most about it.
A few people complained of a slow start, but don't be mislead, although it is slow that doesn't mean there aren't interesting things happening in that time frame. It's a suspenseful set up that leaves you curious and questioning.
I have to say, going into this book I was expecting a haunting or perhaps something pertaining to ghosts, I was mistaken. I believe somewhere in the summary or reviews I read that this book had a very lovecraftian feel, and that is indeed where this book lies. I won't spoil too much, but if you're looking for a ghost story this isn't one.
Overall I think I was a little disappointed. Despite all the development, the story felt very hollow once it was all said and done. There was such a massive amount of buildup for over half the book, and when it all came to this massive crashing end that came off as hurried and for the most part rather pointless. I felt like I was sitting through a bit of a disappointing horror film, where there are a handful of jump scares and no explanations.
Either way, it was an amusing listen, it's not terrible it's just not anything elaborate.
I understand that a good element to have in any horror story is to leave some things unexplained. When you leave things unexplained it leaves it up to the reader to fill in some gaps and sometimes what the reader fills in can be scarier or more unsettling than anything the author could put in there, you never want to fully spell anything out because in that way you drain all the mystery from something.
However, there were so many unexplained gaps in this story I felt like I was driving drown a road littered with pot holes. For instance the apartment where every tenant committed suicide (number six was it?) that was never explained, not even a little. I felt like this interesting plot point was brought up, briefly touched upon, then tossed away and entirely forgotten.
Peter Clines - likely not. The ideas were interesting but the writing style was juvenile, predictable, and deus ex machina ran rampant. Towards the end, especially the last 3-4 hours, it went from being within an appropriate range of suspended disbelief to utter nonsense.
Fr about 3/4 of the book, it's a really interesting blend of real, modern-day earth and steampunky sciences fiction, but when Clines slips wholly into the world of sci-fi, it becomes too outlandish.
Ray Porter was a excellent narrator, although he is not particularly good at doing voices.
This was the first time I listened to a horror/paranormal novel, and I really enjoyed it. Now that I've been an audible customer for a few months, I've learned the value of having a great performer, and Ray Porter is indeed a great performer. He had to cover around 10 different voices and was able to give them each a distinct personality and varied enough that I knew who was speaking. The one negative is that he did one minor character's voice in a way that was offputting that it grated my ears. Maybe that was what he was going for, but it was bad enough that it took me out of the story a little. Luckily this minor character didn't have too many lines.
The story itself is good, Nate, a man in his early 30s struggles living in LA with a terrible job when a decent apartment with a wonderful price is offered to him. As soon as he moves in, he starts to notice odd features of the apartment. When he starts to meet his neighbors and get a feel of the place the mysteries of the building begin to stack on top of each other to the point where Nate becomes consumed with figuring out the mysteries of the apartment and is able to get his neighbors in on the detective work. There is a wide range of characters who are all believable and react in ways you can imagine people acting in these paranormal situations.
So yes, I recommend this audiobook. The story is decent and easy enough to listen to while multitasking. However, the story itself isn't necessarily scary, but it is intriguing to listen to a paranormal mystery that is something other than a whodoneit. And I'm impressed with Ray Porter enough that I'm going to look out for other books he performs in.