The countless reviewers before me comparing 14 to LOST are not far off, in fact the plot, and characters remind me a lot of (what I thought) was a great show. In this book, the ending was significantly better than LOST's, but also lacked a lot of the human aspect of that show. There are about a dozen characters in the book, all but one (our narrator) or maybe two escape any sort of growth within the confines of its pages despite several playing integral and long-lasting roles in the plot.
In the end, this is a solid book with clear influences or similarities to H.P. Lovecraft stories, the novel House of Leaves, and LOST, with countless other nerd-cred references sprinkled throughout this listen. However, what House of Leaves and LOST have in character development, 14 left out in favor of a much faster pacing.
I thought this was a very solid book and very enjoyable, and could definitely make an equally great movie soon.
With the whole point of this book revolving around the mysteries of the Kavatch Building, there were a great many plot twists. Some where fairly expected, a few were really mind-bending, and one or two were just a little silly. The ending was pretty much necessarily unexpected until the last dozen chapters or so, by which point it was inevitable.
At first I felt like Ray Porter's narration was a deeper voiced William Shatner impersonation, but I quickly became attached to his nuanced voices and ability to convey some emotion on the part of the characters. By the end of the book, I had decided he was pretty damn good at this business.
This was a mystery/suspense/science-fiction story that started strong but got a little weird towards the end. The story centered around the mysterious Kavach building in Los Angeles, one with unbelievably low rent and many unexplainable oddities. It's tenants were a group of misfits who came together to uncover the secrets of the building and ultimately save the world. The performance was good and the characters were engaging but I'm not dying to read another of Cline's books.
I'm shocked that anyone gave this book high ratings. It's one of the worst I've listened to after being an Audible member for over 7 years. The narrator was fine, and the premise itself begins with some promise, but about half way through it begins to turn in a surprising direction (and 'surprise' is NOT always a good thing!) The last 1/3rd, however, was so ridiculous that it was literally laughable. It seemed like the author was desperately pulling ideas from 10 other Sci-fi/horror stories and cramming bits and pieces of them into an ending that felt not only completely contrived, but made absolutely no sense.
One of the characters in the book raises the question - "where do you hide a tree? In the forest. So where do you hide a building? In a city!" To that I might add....where do you hide a duck? Apparently the answer to that one is.....in the Audible Essentials!
Don't waste your time or credit with this one.
This was my first listen to a Clines novel, downloaded solely on reading other reviews and liking Ray Porter as a narrator. It's not very deep and I never felt connected with a few of the characters but I was intrigued throughout the listen.
That is the best description I can think of. The plot was very interesting and mysterious. The characters were plain and silly. The author wanted the characters to be just average everyday people you might meet on the street, and he succeeded. The problem with the characters for me, was that those type of characters are boring for me.
I enjoy books with more complex and intelligent characters, and this book was filled with characters you might see in a Friday the 13th movie - stereotyped and just silly.
I did enjoy the plot, but without connecting to the characters, it was difficult to stay interested.
If you like scooby doo, you should like this. I have fond memories of scooby doo as a child, but alas, I must have gotten old, because simple minded characters just don't do it for me anymore.
Good plot and action. Shallow characters. Probably a great book for you, if that's your thing. Maybe I was hoping for something a little more serious...?
I suppose if you constantly read the sci-fi genre this book could be considered predictable. However as a newcomer or occasional dabbler in the sci-fi game it keeps the reader on seat’s edge. I agree that the character development was lengthy, but worth it as you grow to care about the whole cast once the action begins. The mystery unfolded like your backyard woods did as a child. It was a fun read, had to stay up late to finish because I was so invested in the outcome.
It was totally unpredictable! The characters were interesting and well developed. It was an adult Scooby Doo mystery with a steam punk twist and a little of the apocalypse thrown in!
The accents were very well done and really gave the characters dimension.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
I can't say enough good things about this book. While I no longer remember why I purchased it in the first place, I am glad I did. It was great on so many levels. I was trying to describe the book to a friend the other day. For some reason, I kept relying on TV analogies. For example, if you were a fan of Lost or Fringe, this book would surely be for you.
The heart of the story revolves around Nate Tucker and a group of other tenants of a rather mysterious building in LA. Nate moves into the building because it has very, very low rent. The other tenants are there for a similar reason. The tenants seem to think that the rent is so low because the building has some quirks. As the tenants continue to talk with each other, they learn that there are more than just quirks throughout the building--there are absolute mysteries. The tenants decided to investigate.
Throughout the investigation, the tenants learn all kinds of strange things about the building. For example, there are unusual light bulbs, mutant cockroaches, locked doors, and a permanently broken elevator. And these just scratch the surface. What kept me reading at a break-neck speed was that, just when I thought there could be no more mysteries, there was something new. Each new mystery built on the others, yet none of them seemed to explain what was going on in the building.
The bulk of the book is about the mysteries and the tenants' exploration. The "answers" to the mysteries do not come until quite late in the book. I thought that there was a good conclusion to the book, and it wrapped up most (but not all!) of the loose ends of the story. If you like good sci-fi mysteries, you will enjoy this book very much.
No swords or vampires this. Regular people set in contemporary LA in an old apartment building. The building is not haunted. Something very odd but not supernatural.
This was a very entertaining book. From the beginning of the story until the end I was completely taken in by the characters and their adventures. There are constant twists throughout. The narrator did a good job as well. Every character has his/her own distinct voice.