This book felt like a project that was missing some parts. The story revolved around the weirdness of the building, giving the reader some puzzles to play with. Some of the items introduced to the reader really didn't go anywhere - it just felt like filler. And then the shift at the end was a bit abrupt, as the ending.
The Narrator sounds exactly like Brian the dog off Family Guy. I couldn't stop picturing Brian talking to me or waiting for Stewie to show up.
Here is how I rank this book among some current entries in the paranormal fantasy genre:
1. Dresden series by Jim Butcher
2. Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia
3. Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne
4. John Dies at the End by David Wong
5. 14 (This Book)
6. This book is full of spiders by David Wong
I put it toward the bottom. It was slow and didn't seem to know where it was going. I mean it was ok, but nothing I'd get excited about and I don't think I'll read his other stuff.
If you like "lost" this the book for you. That was one of the reviews I read before buying and I kept waiting for something to happen as I waited when I was watching "lost". Peter Clines knows how to pick his times. You get in touch with characters and I felt I was leaving the whole thing.
There is one moment when they start to reveal what is going on. When they go to the basement and find the big "thing" and start really investigating and joining all the clues. I really loved that part.
He is great. I think this is the first book I read that is narrated by him but he does a great job. He keeps his voices very consistent and even when I got lost on the narration, I knew I could recognize all the characters.
When they opened apartment 14!!!!
If you liked "lost", this is the book for you. I have enough for now of this kind of book, but I really want to listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter.
If this is your first Peter Clines book, be prepared for the unexpected ... frequently. What a mind. This trip of fantasy is like no other. You will enjoy every minute. Ray Porter does a fantastic job. Have fun!
Absolutely NOT. The story was slow moving until the last 3 hours ... I guess it was supposed to be a build up but for the first 10 hours I kept wishing something would happen. This writer is NOT a new Stephen King. He does not have the ability to paint the visual pictures. The reader was so unremarkable that I had a hard time keeping awake listening .. when I noticed I'd drifted off either in sleep or just daydreaming I didn't even bother to go back and see if I had missed something. His voice and accent are good, but he is not an actor and there is no impact quality to his deliverance.
It went on and on and got nowhere ... All the action is packed into the last 3 hours. There is a LOT that is irrelevant that we are doused with ... could shave left out all the stuff about Nate's work, for example. Just more time wasted and didin't add to the story at all.
He needs acting lessons! all the characters, even tho accents were a bit different, had the same tonal quality
Yes, it inspires me to call Audible and ask for a refund. Unfortunately they can give me back only my money . not my valuable time.
Wish I could remember where on Audible I got the recommendation for this book so I will know NOT to listen to that source again.
The book was very good until the last few chapters or so. The ending started to take a turn and when they *Spoiler Alert* entered the parallel universe it took a turn for the worse. I was very disappointed once the book was over and felt that the ending should have been a little different.
The narrator was excellent.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
You move into a new building and like most places there are a few building quirks... well a little more than quirks. So what is the average guy to do.... why of course try to figure out what is going on and enlist the majority of the building tenants to help. What a great way to meet the neighbors.
It was really fun to listen to a story about normal people being thrown into an extraordinary situation. Ray Porter brought the characters in Peter Clines' story to life and gave each of the characters their own voice and personality.
It is definitely not your standard horror story which is a good thing because I have the tendency to turn all the lights on in the house & hide under the covers when listening to those.
Female chick from the eastern shore of Maryland digging the audio thing. :)
I'm happy to get back into reading (listening to) fiction since I joined audible and of the three books I've listened to so far, 14 was the best.
Intriguing story kept my interest but it was Ray Porter's narration that totally sold it. Keeping about ten different characters straight is no mean feat but he did it well. He brought them to life, making a sort of "out there" story very believable
Definitely worth listening to - I was sad to leave the world of 14..
I would recommend this a million times over. This story takes an entirely unexpected twist less than an hour in and keeps you guessing until the very end. The sudden switch from normal life to an apartment that actually is too good to be true is believable and manages to pick up the pace of the book nicely. If you're a fan of sci-fi this is a book you'll want to read. If you aren't a fan of sci-fi this book is a good introduction to the genre without having to make too big a leap from reality.
Yes. I was not sure the direction it was going to take and was surprised a bit.
Yes but with proper effects
In the top 5 of audio books I've listened to so far.
I didn't know what to expect from Peter Clines so the building of the plot from an everyday world to the massive sci-fi crescendo was a wonderful surprise to me. Koontz mixes his weirdness like chocolate ripple all through a vanilla cone. But in Clines, as you eat your vanilla cone you find the last few licks lead to a bottomless pit that pulls you down. I loved it. I am now off to buy another Clines book.
Ray Porter is the kind of actor/narrator who makes going to the movie version of a book unnecessary. Between his masterful application of personalities to characters and the author's perfect descriptions of the scene, I already saw this book on my imagination screen. I applaud Ray Porter for making every character in the book come to life in my mind. He was able to vary his voice just enough to differentiate each individual without over doing it. His talent made this audio book one of my favorites. Even the monster voices were great!
I don't want to see a film of this book. They would never match the images my imagination created from Mr. Porter's reading.
Once again I have to claim that a good actor/narrator can be the best imagination catalyst for the full enjoyment of an audio book over regular reading.