I found myself surprisingly caught up and pleasantly surprised with this audiobook. The story wasn't anything like what I was expecting, but it was wonderful. I've been on a ghost story kick lately and I think I assumed this would be akin to that...and in ways it was, but it definitely went in a different direction. It was very fun to go on this journey, I would definitely listen to this again.
Some minor flaws that I noticed but that wouldn't deter my recommendation:
1. There were a few loose ends, a few unexplained things, some of which I suppose could be excused because of the nature of the house, but others I felt just weren't adequately realized but could have been.
2. In an attempt to sound casual, the narrator tends to narrate in run-on sentences, then awkwardly pauses or elongates mid-word. Narrating female characters is definitely not his strength. That being said, he was very good at giving a different voice for every character, male or female. I never wondered who was talking.
Possibly. It seems to fit todays trend.
The vacuum of being drawn into outer space.
I didn't realize it was going to be a sci fi book as that's not my favorite genre, but I was captivated and easily stayed to the end.
Ray Porter as Narrator really brought these characters to life. While the protagonist and supporting cast are somewhat stereotypical and one dimensional, Mr. Porter gives them life through his reading. This made it a wonderful listen, and moved my rating of the story higher because of it.
There were moments that made me laugh throughout the book. Clever twists of phrase and situations that kept me invested.
This is a solid yarn. I didn't learn anything deep or life affirming through my listen, but there are enough twists and surprises throughout that I was throughly entertained.
It did keep you coming back... the new intriguing apartment oddities grab your interest.
Like others have said, I won't spoil anything by delving into plot details... but this was a good listen. Interesting twist half way through the book just when you think the action has come to a climax, things get way more intense.
The book is well performed, too. Consistent character voices and accents, and a solid enjoyable voice.
Overall, 14 probably won't go down in history as a hardcore "favourite" of mine, but it was enjoyable and worth a listen. :)
I read the reviews about this book and they seemed so good, but I have to say I was quite disappointed. It took me a little while to get used to Ray's narration, as I found he spoke too quickly, but I got used to it by the end. However, by the time I actually got to the end the story was so unreal and uninspiring I was counting down minutes for it to finish. The beginning was interesting, and so was the journey the characters took on their mission of discovery, but once they opened number 14, it all kind of went downhill in my mind. It was not all bad though, despite my initial dislike of the narration, I did find that Ray did a great job with the characters - each had such a distinct personality, and he managed to pull if off very well.
SYFI is not my preferred choice but my book club chose this. This book goes along well then gets somewhat out there at the end. I liked the characters. If they rained in some of the out there stuff I would have given it a 4. I have watched, listened to and read awful SYFI that kept going and going so if you a SYFI geek you will love this one. The reader was very good.
I can't say enough good things about this book. I absolutely loved it. The story is amazing--you literally are on the edge of your seat while you listen. I was hooked beyond belief and listened to it with every spare moment I had. This was just a perfect book. When it was over, I had the worst case of post book depression ever. Nothing else sounded good for several days! I certainly hope Mr. Clines writes more books in the future.
Mr. Porter was a spectacular narrator, in fact I think he spoiled me for other books as he did a great job with all of the characters in this book. I enjoyed his performance very much and felt it enhanced the book.
You can't miss with this one. A compelling, fascinating story and a super narrator.
I can't remember why I bought this audio book but boy am I glad I did. '14' is an excellent tale for anyone who likes their mystery with a tinge of the supernatural.
I won't divulge much of the story because not knowing what you're in for is half the fun. While Nate may be the main protagonist, the real main character is the Kevatch building that he moves into, which contains a lot of curious anomalies and is the driving force behind the story. Peter Clines' writing moves at a steady pace, holding your interest and dangling the carrot of intrigue just far enough in front of your nose to keep you invested and wanting more.
This descriptive and well-written book is brought to life by a rock solid narrative performance by Ray Porter. He provides a variety of different voices and emotions to suit the characters, who are all very relatable, and sets an appropriate tone throughout the novel.
Although the story starts veering toward the ridiculous around the three-quarter mark, there is still a lot to highly recommend about '14'.
This is a new take on the strange, mysterious building story. Ghosts? Nope. It's worse than that! But it is not a horror story, unless you consider Fringe or The X-Files as horror. It's a very intriguing and suspenseful tale, but it is difficult to go into detail without spoiling the plot, which I will not do. This is regular people stumbling into an amazing reality.
Ray Porter is an excellent reader, easy on the ears and handling all the voices with a steady and engaging hand.
I did want to listen to then entire book in one sitting, but couldn't. In fact, I tried to read it while I shopped and quickly decided I wanted to give the section I was reading more attention than that and put it aside for later.
I'm now solidly addicted to Peter Clines and was glad to see more of his titles here on Audible. I'm off to scoop them up. Can't wait.