Got off to a good start but seemed to stall for a few chapters or repetitive but patience pays off as best part of book is last 4 hours. A gratifying ride I'm glad I stayed for. Will pick up more by this author.
Got a little ridiculous. Explanations of science and tech dumbed down and tedious. Female characters particularly stereotypical.
What a great book. Kept me listening for hours. I noticed I would sit in a parking lot waiting for the next chapter. This was my first Clines book and it won't be my last.
The story is very weak, inconsistent and very poorly conceived. The title '14' is unjustified and the relevant events are unimportant and constitute 1% of whole story.
Clines also needs to understand that for each story there has to be an introduction, body and ending, and they need to be designed at reasonable proportions. In '14' the introduction stretches for 60% of the story, and suddenly the ending is the rest.
I didn't know what I was getting into when I started this book. It's hard to put down and when I wasn't listening to it I was talking about it. It's very well written and the Ray Porter did an awesome job reading it.
Huge baseball and football fan. Love the Nats and Skins. Government employee. Afghan expert. Member of CFR. Wife, 2x kids, 3x dogs.
I highly recommend this book. The plot was interesting, the performance outstanding, and the characters acceptably developed.
Maybe I'm too used to actual horror stories, but this book always seemed like a lot of setup, and not a horribly interesting payoff.
The investigation of the building was interesting, but when the scariest thing in the first 2/3rds of the book is that the landlord might catch you and evict you, it isn't terribly scary. I kept waiting for something to happen, and nothing ever really did. Time after time, there would be a setup... "oh, they're going down this ridiculously long hallway. They'll surely find something terrifying there!... nope"
Then the last 1/3rd - 1/4 was OK, but more than a little cheesy.
It was... OK. The narration was excellent. The idea behind the story was compelling. The characters were great. But the execution was a bit lacking.
The plot line is great. Not full of surprises but everything make senses and nothing's cliche. The story and characters are well thought and well developed.
It is also well narrated which make the whole book very engaging! Personally not a big fan of sci-fi but I just can't stop listening!
14 is somewhat out of left field and quite different from most sci-fi. It has lots of original or fresh concepts, interesting and likeable characters, and a genuine mystery that had me interested right to the end. Ray Porter's characterisations are spot on and his performance is almost flawless. The story is pretty complex but I think everything was wrapped up very neatly. I thought it had the feel of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently stories, with somewhat less absurdity and whimsy, and more action. Definitely looking forward to future Clines/Porter partnerships.
This was a bit like an early Stephen King novel... The pack of misfits who have all the necessary skills. Very hard to put aside. More suspense and action than character development. But certainly a good enough story to make me want to read his next book.