This may be one of the best Audiobooks I have ever listened to. I was expecting a haunted apartment with ghosts, spirits, or demons, but man, was I surprised. I am a big fan of Peter Clines and his “EX” series so I knew this would be good, but it was way more than I expected. The first half of the book has really nothing supernatural going on, just the hint of something amiss. But Clines writes it in such a way I was always on the edge of my seat while “things” were revealed through out the story. By the time I was half way into the story and thought I knew where it was going…..wrong, Peter Clines took it in a completely brilliant different direction. I love the way he threaded actual historical persons with the story line. And Ray Porter is a master narrator and brought life and depth to the story and characters. Great story, great performance, great narration, if you haven’t got the vibe yet, I loved this one and yes, YOU MUST listen to it. @byf2. More at MyNextListen dot com
Interesting because it was different. I usually do not read science fiction.
Veek who is intelligent and quirky.
Ability to give the charters different voices.
Scooby-Doo where are you?
I didn't recognize Ray Porter until half way through the book when he delivered a line for a character with a flash of arrogance. Ray read "The 4-Hour Work Week," which was dripping with so much arrogance that I had to switch to the print version of the book (which was also arrogant).
The large number of characters means each was poorly developed and came off as one-dimensional in the story. However, the interaction of the character was fresh and fun, which made it enjoyable to listen to, especially with Ray's outstanding performance. He nailed every voice so well that I could immediately tell which was talking; an impressive feat given the number of characters.
I had a lot of fun with this. But I wish male performances realized they don't need to artifically make their voices higher when speaking the female parts. It flattens their performance.
He GREAT except for his tendency to lift voice to high for females. He's far from the worst at this.
This is truly a very weird book!! I usually don’t read things like “14,” but it appealed to me after I had listened to more than 40 hours of “Far From the Tree” which was pretty serious and often sad. By contrast this book is a fantasy/science fiction type, something I occasionally enjoy as a change. It certainly WAS a break from my norm, and I’m now more than ready to return to reality again, even in my choice of fiction--at least until George R.R. Martin manages to finish his sixth book in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series.
There are a number summaries and analyses of the plot of “14” so won’t add another. It’s enough to say that I rather enjoyed the first three-quarters of the novel, but I only endured the ending. It just got too strange for me, and I couldn’t relate to either the characters or the story by then. It is like the TV series “Lost” in some ways. I found both compelling long enough that I stuck with them all the way, including their rather disappointing endings.
In order for me to give a book more than three stars, I have to feel that I learned something proportional to the time I invested in it. Unfortunately this was not the case with “14”. However, unless I really dislike a book or hate it enough to not finish it, I rarely give less than three stars. So three stars it is for a fairly entertaining first three-quarters but a rather numbing last section and ending.
I've read a lot of reviews on this and had it in my wish list for quite a while. I went into it expecting a nice thriller/mystery type story and ended up with a horror story.
All in all it was pretty good. There was a lot of the SciFi parts that were a stretch and most of the characters were pretty typical. It's funny that the use Scooby Doo characters as references since the author keeps his characters lined out just about like a cartoon.
It was an entertaining listen and worth your time for a unique and entertaining story. Don't expect to get your mind blown, but you can expect to be entertained.
I loved this book and have listened to it several times already. The characters, the story, the dialog, the narrator. More, please!
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
No, I did not find the book remarkable in any way.
The book was alright to pass by commuter hours. It is strictly entertainment. The fanatsy portions of the story were not well thought out. It never did reveal the origin of Andrew's group, for example. There were too many loose ends and random ideas.
Nate was the main character and was easy to like. The narrator did a great job with all of the voices.
I think that Matt Damon would play the role of Nate well.
Not a terrific book, but hey, it helped pass the time.
First chapter left me thinking I might not listen to the rest. So glad I did! Awesome story, great Imagination by Clines. This is a story you'll want to listen to twice.