The recording was well engineered and produced. I am able to "tune out" imperfections due to my technical audio background, but I did not find any that I needed to -- and that is rare.
It is difficult to fit this to any single category. There are clear scifi elements but it also includes a little steam punk, adventure, time shifts, and puzzle game as well. The writing style is similar to the book "Red Shirts", but the creativity is more like a Roger Zelanzy novel.
The dialects and vocalizations were great! He was able to keep each character "in character" and I was able to easily keep quick dialog sorted just by the voicings. He had a nice matter-of-fact tone for a lot of the delivery that fit perfectly into the story's Los Angeles, California setting. It was never overdone and when excitement was called for he delivered, but the overall tone was a real boost for the humor of the writing.
It made me chuckle and smile a lot and maybe once or twice laugh out loud as well. The suspense and puzzle aspects made me listen in longer stretches than normal.
This is a really fun read that makes me hope for more.
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A broad and fascinating array of characters is presented in this book. Most of them are wonderfully drawn caricatures that are almost perfectly placed into this story's plot. There is something very comfortable, yet exciting, about predictable characters who do very unpredictable things. That's a major theme in this story.
Just as the reader/listener gets comfortable in believing you know what will happen next, the story starts to twist and turn. It finally escalates into an entirely unexpected (and quite fast paced) ending sequence.
I enjoyed "14" enough that I searched for other Clines' books on Audible. Unfortunately, this appears to be the only interesting fiction book in his repertoire that is currently available. I'll be keeping an eye out for more works of fiction from him.
Most of what needs to be said about this book has already been said by other reviewers. It's entertaining and engaging, has a relatively unique plot-line, and is well paced. It's not a book that demands a great deal from the reader. It's not going to make you stay up nights thinking about your place in the universe. And that's okay. What it sets out to do, it does well.
Although I rated this story a full four stars, it probably should be closer to 3.5. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but I probably wouldn't mention it specifically to any of my friends as something they had to read. If they asked me if I had read any good books, I might tell them about 14, but I wouldn't rush to press it into their hands.
However, as an audio book I definitely would recommend this to friends and have done so. Combine a pretty good story with an excellent narrator and you have an audio book that is definitely worth a listen. Especially if your friend enjoys science fiction and Lovecraft-ian horror.
The performance by the narrator was one of the best I have heard (although admittedly I haven't heard that many). The more I think about the book, the more convinced I am that I would have enjoyed it a lot less had it not been for Mr. Porter's narration.
His character voices were excellent; he gave each individual a sense of depth that I'm not sure they actually possessed on the page. I don't mean to disparage the writing, which I also enjoyed, but looking back the characters all seem fairly two-dimensional in terms of their motivations and development. Through the voice of Mr. Porter, however, that did not seem to be the case.
Highly recommended for the narration alone.
Not especially. If you're looking for deep, emotional interchanges, this book probably isn't for you.
no, one time is good enough
just the twists that the book takes are interesting as well as some history
Action, Original, Fun
Discovering the generators 1 mile beneath the building was a very memorable part of the story.
I thought Tim was a great character, and Ray did a fantastic job of making the character voices very recognizable.
There were some very funny moments in the book. I really like the quick wit and sarcasm of several characters.
Totally original concept, very well done with lots of action and suspense!
I don't think so.
I am going to go back to the Beautiful Creatures series and read book 2.
Yes - out of curiosity.
This book held my attention the whole way through and was very intriguing. However, I was very disappointed with the ending. The cause of the strange apartment building was too far out there for me.
I enjoy sci fi and fantasy, action thrillers, horror and romantic gay m/m fiction
This is a good story. It starts a bit slow but as the story unfolds the pace and suspense increase. I would rank it 8/10
I cant think of another book to compare it to. The story is unique however the theme of the story is a kind of an "end of the world" or "lets save the world" depending on how you feel.
There are many good scenes. Lot of suspense and mystery.
What you see isn't what you get
The story is definitely not what you might expect based on the cover art and the title. I think the book has potential for a sequel where they explain a bit more about the development of the "machine" and the worlds beyond our reality.
I was not expecting a horror/sci fi story, guess I should have read the presentation of the book better. When that is said, I enjoyed the most of it (except the bad gyus being flying monsters) and I found the plot innovative. Without reveling too much, a building is very central
As i said earlier it kept me listening, a different sort of book that i am used to it was packed with punches......
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
The good reviews led me to download this one.
Honestly I totally fail to understand why this is so highly rated.
Ray Porter did read well, so I am unable to blame the readers' voice.
Persons morphing into something other, is an OK bit of plot.
It was not the room either or the reality shifts. Instead of a
Dr Who Tardis doing Time, having something else do a reality shift was OK.
More something to do with a couple of characters who really stretched
my 'willing suspension,,,' ..... and when that went, the whole plot collapsed.
These persons were pivotal to the story.
Even my low rating is possibly too high.