I'm about halfway through. The story is great so far--believable characters, interesting mysteries. But the real surprise is Ray Porter's narration. So often, a poor narrator can ruin even a fantastic story. This is the opposite of that. Porter brings the characters to life with pitch-perfect, easily identifiable voices. Absolutely top notch.
Thought this was going to be an interesting mystery story, turned a little too sci-fi for my taste, unfortunately stuck with it way too long, finally skipped to the end just to finish, since i had purchased it.
I'd say it ranks about top 20.
This is such a spoiler question. I'll avoid it.
Ray Porter is a master storyteller. Perfect accents and touches to differentiate the voices. You could completely tell a character's personality by their voice.
Not particularly. The book was interesting, it didn't really seem to be going for "moving".
The narrator is great, the story is top notch and interesting. If I had to find a negative spot is that they have a great story all by itself, and they tack on a connection to an old horror fantasy cliche. It was unnecessary and cheapened a pretty good story.
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
The saving grace of Peter Cline's "14" is that the story is interesting enough that it's easy to overlook how badly it's written. The characters are shallow and their relationships to each other are so juvenile and snarky it was hard for me to take their plight seriously. And the incessant references to Scooby Doo didn't help, either.
All the five-star ratings are somewhat deceptive, as this audiobook isn't really that good and, had I known it was going to be as poorly written as it was, I would have spent my credit elsewhere.
I found myself, at the end, wondering when it was going to be over, so I could get back to listening to the kind of grown up stuff that I prefer.
It was hard for me to gauge Ray Porter's performance but, considering the inanity of the material he had to work with, he did a pretty good job.
At this point, I've all but given up television in favor of listening to an audio book.
I loved this book. It was a great combination of mystery, science fiction, and horror. I'd recommend this book to anyone that likes any of the three.
Big fan of classic sci-fi and some fantasy. Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Childhood's End, Frankenstein...etc.
The first part of the book was a page turner. Really interesting sci-fi. The last 1/3 kind of started dragging a bit, but still a good ending.
14 is one of those listens that keeps you in the supermarket carpark till the next chapter. Its a bit of a slow starter with lots of nice character development and then just keeps goings with overtones of all the best in SciFi and gothic traditions. Enjoy a rare taste of good tight writing that lets you settle right into the scene. No spoilers on this one, just sit back and enjoy a good solid listen to a fantastic narrator.
14 is one of those audiobooks that I purchased mostly because of the large number of 4 and 5 star ratings, and I was not disappointed. I had just finished the book when the list of Best Audiobooks Of The Year came out and was not at all surprised to see that 14 topped the Science Fiction class.
The story is just quirky enough without being silly. There was no way to predict where the author was going to lead us, which I found very refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous Scooby Doo and other funny pop culture references. There is humor, horror, sci-fi and steampunk all rolled into one delicious package.
I was already a fan of Ray Porter, and he did not disappoint here. He delivered another terrific performance, bringing life to each the characters.
I recommend this book to anybody who is ready for something unique and fun.
Yes. At the beginning of the story, I thought that Ray Porter was talking too fast. Maybe because I had just finished listening to anohter story and the narration styles were completely different. Ray Porter did an excellent job with accents and gender.
Further in the story, I realized that it was a bit science fiction and I really don't care for science fiction, but overall, it was a great book. I had the very ending figured out half way through, but the story still kept me in suspense throughout the book.
when two of the main characters finally hooked up (chick thing, I know).
If I could have, but it was rather way too long. I usually listen at the gym and it's an hour at a time.
Great read/listen. Will there be a sequel? If so, I want it!
Its been my favorite book to listen to. i could listed to it over and over.
I haven't listened to any other
Ray Porter book but i would LOVE to. there were so many different characters in the book but each one was easy to follow. either by their nationality or age or gender. they all made sense and were a joy to listen to!