Twenty something, with a dead end job, moves into a new apartment and finds excitement behind the walls of his new building.
An interesting cast of characters helps to flesh out what's otherwise a meandering story with no real vision of it's conclusion. There are plenty of twists and turns, once you get through a long first half, in the story but it never seems to get anywhere worthwhile. Each situation seems to be disconnected from the last, leaving a dis-congruous path of "then this happened" lingering. There's a fair bit of imagination and ingenuity in building out these sequences of which there's plenty enjoyment to be had. The cast is a hodgepodge of different walks of life and are approached in a way that come across as believable even though some of the dialogue feels a bit forced at time, trying to be chummy and coloquial.
Ray does the best with what he has here. His female voices are a bit jarring at first but I eventually settled into them. The dialogue is a bit forced, and with the voices I had trouble buying it, while some of it came off as just ridiculous. Overall he tackled the story well, added intensity where needed and kept things moving at a brisk pace. He really picked up speed towards the end and finished with what ended up being a fairly entertaining read.
Although the start is slow and many of the pieces don't make a cohesive whole, this was a fairly entertaining listen. I wouldn't agree with many of the blindly praising reviews but I wasn't disappointed in the end. The narrator did a good job of keeping things interesting and entertaining.
Don't usually go in for this kind of sci fi/fantasy thing but I loved this book. The characters were interesting, plot very twisty and the performance was excellent.
I purchased this audiobook based on the glowing reviews. I seem to be in the minority, but I did not really enjoy the novel. The core premise of the book is intriguing: A man moves into an apartment complex and soon starts noticing something strange is going on. While investigating, he builds relationships with his neighbors and together they work to solve the mysteries of their building. I was hooked by the central mystery, and stuck with the book entirely because I wanted answers. The book delivers those, and went in unexpected directions, but the author's writing style kept me from enjoying the book. The pacing throughout the first half was incredibly slow, which would have been fine if the characters were interesting, but I never cared for any of them. As such even though the stakes were raised and crazy things were happening throughout the big, I was never invested in any of it.
I had tried to read Peter Clines' previous book 'Ex-Heroes' and quit after the first hour because I really didn't care for the dialogue or the characters. If you liked that book, or if the other reviews posted here make the book sound great, by all means give it a shot. It definitely wasn't for me though.
Loved this book from beginning to end. This was one of those audiobooks that made me excited to get back in the car for my long commute! Interesting plot and characters with a nice mix of science fiction, thrilling action and a splash of horror. OK, so the writing isn't going to win any awards any time soon but the story is 100% entertaining and Ray Porter's narration is very well done. I will definitely be listening to more stories by Peter Clines soon.
I wish I had more friends who did audible to recommend this book to. It was a great story.
The trip down the stairs from the basement.
I thought the ending was kind of expected, however, it was done well and I enjoyed how it turned out. I would like to see a next book on what happens to them afterward.
It was just a great story that slowly builds and sucks you in. The characters are believable and interesting.
Ray Porter's narration of this book is excellent. His voice is clear, and he can slip into different accents of various characters easily without overacting. He is simply the best.
As far as the story goes, it starts well. Character development was great, especially as all the characters are strangers that come together as a team each with different skills. The suspense climbs as the building residents try to figure out why the different apartments are so odd. It seems the more they do, the more odd everything gets - and as they get nearer to the truth with their discoveries, the story goes from odd to strange to weird. It's certainly not boring as it builds towards an explosive, if a somewhat bizarre, violent ending. Worth the listen, especially with Ray Porter narrating. But be warned - you may find yourself scratching your head at the end and saying "huh?"
Better writing would have made this more enjoyable. I couldn't finish it. Both my husband and I took this on a car trip and we agreed it was tedious.
The description of each and every scene and nuance was written at a fourth grade level.
It is a interesting story line. Felt a bit Steven King like. Good suspense. Good characters.
I will admit this was my first Audio book in about 10 years and my first try at Audible.
I have not written an audible review before, but I felt like I just had to leave a positive review on this book. I'm not normally a sci-fi reader, but thanks to a really cool synopsis and some great reader reviews (thanks ya'll) I purchased the book. I found that 14 was really more about the mystery and the characters than anything sci-fi. I was interested the whole time, and it left me guessing what was next. The characters were great, and I would read a follow-up book if there was one. The narrator was excellent- smooth and believable, which only adds to the story. If you are thinking about taking the chance, do it.
I wouldn't listen to this again because the central mystery is solved.
Funny, stereoptyped accents for female characters
The author needs to come up with an alternative phrase that expresses the experience of taking the first sip from a new beer.
I might have enjoyed this book if there was even a small smidgen of reality. Good science fiction doesn't ignore all of the laws of physics.
The absurd notion that a new dimension would be opened due to the collective brainwaves of billions of people.
No I haven't, but his performance was good except for trying to sound like Gollum at times.
This is science fiction in the way that Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings is science fiction.