Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
"14" starts off strong enough but the longer it went on the more glaring its shortcomings became . The author's voice as a writer is just not mature yet. He does not write with anything at all approaching economy, and consequently many scenes drag on and on. The dialogue is dull and predictable and, worse, often serves to detract from the plot or undermine the tone of the story rather than contribute to it. And perhaps worst of all, the tale reaches at a point where it becomes essentially fan fiction of H.P. Lovecraft in that the underlying premise is borrowed directly from Lovecraft rather than anything actually imagined by Clines.
This is a mystery novel. I didn't know that going into it, and I'm probably giving it a lower score because I just don't favor mystery novels. That being said, the book was pretty enjoyable and performed well. Without giving too much away, I'll say it was amazing how the story changes from reality to fantastical.
What I liked about this book: The love interest. Their chemistry is non-conventional, and really refreshing. I really liked all the characters, they were real, likable people that you would want to hang out with later, and you really cared for them. Which is surprising, because it's a large cast for such a small book.
What I didn't like: Now that I've listened to it and the mystery is solved, I don't want to listen to it again. Again, this is my problem with mysteries in general, so I'm probably biased. It was a little slow, and I find the main character the most uninteresting of the lot, though I love the other characters.
Will I listen to it again: No, I don't think so. BUt I am glad to have listened to it in the first place
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
I loved this book. It starts just a little slow, building up to a fantastic mystery. I was dying to know what was behind door 14 and I was not disappointed.
It isn't really like anything else out there. I think it has the same sort of appeal as The Rook.
An excellent narrator, Ray Porter managed to make each character distinct without being cartoony. He is very consistent with his accents and reads at a good pace.
Some fresh ideas, decent character development and a few plot twists. Narrator breathes life into the story with a variety of character voices including some authentic accents.
Love to read and listen to audiobooks! Want books/audios to take me away into the story.
One of the best. When the author and narrator combine to make me feel as if I"m there with the characters, waiting and searching for answers .. that's awesome. Really good character development. Narrator was spot on.
He is one of my favorites.
Ask Peter Clines to do another book of this type ... fantasy, terror, gripping!
Would recommend it to those who like a good build up and know a bit about the H. P. Lovecraft universe.
Blackhole behind a certain apartment door....
When they got to the bottom of the tunnel..
As others have said, don't read too much about this book- just dive in, and be prepared for a mystery, thriller, haunted, steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, adult Scooby Doo. I can't imagine any listener not finding something to pull them in.
Narration is top-notch. I have listened to 70+ Audiobooks, and no other narrator manages to pull off so many characters so well.
I would recommend this to a friend if he / she has nothing else to read. I wouldn't go as far as urging him / her to get this book.
The interesting aspect was how the author maintained the mystery about the house. As I was reading this, I kept on asking myself "What's the deal with the house?" The letdown was when it began to delve into the realm of horror / fantasy / sci-fi.
Performances were ok. Nothing great.
Yes I can imagine it into a mini-series.
Been a member of Audible for over 10 years now and this book is one of the best I have listened to. Excellent narrator and perfect story for light summer reading / creepiness.
At the top.
The imagination involved stuns me.
It was one of those books that come along and I have to neglect the rest of my life till it is finished.
I am a lover of SciFi, hard SciFi as it is called, and of mysteries. Books that start off on some strange planet that I have to learn all about get boring. Aliens who still have Mom & Dad and the kids argue as they drive in their spacecraft don't do anything for me.
I love books that start out as this normal world that I live in, an ordinary day. And then a thing or things happen that are out of the ordinary. Sometimes something massive, but then the book is all about dealing with the event.
This book starts as my ordinary world, but then some odd things happen. They can be dismissed, I guess. But then other things are not just quite right. The mystery grows with each step to solve it.
Perhaps there are great secrets like this in my real world, and I may find one some day.Anyway, I truly loved this book, and this is my first review, I feel forced to write it.