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 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.
If you are lucky enough to come across this book, just download it and start listening.
Yes, It held my attention throughout the entire read. The author, Mr. Peter Clines, has quite the imagination.
This is the first that I listened 2 by, Mr. Peter Clines. I will find my way 2 more of his audio books. I found this 2 b a very playful book. There r some very sad moments n it but I also found it 2 have authentic realism and dedication of the characters 2 one another and their purpose. I enjoy books that hold my attention throughout. There was always suspense mingled with a great amount of the unknown. U know it's a terrific read when n the end the hero can walk away with his love tucked under his arm.
Ray done a terrific job as usual.
As I mentioned b4, that the author has a great imagination. It did make me think of the great abilities of other people 2 make us laugh or cry. I did neither, I had a hunger 4 the hero 2 prevail.
While this was an engaging story, I would not likely listen to it again. The narration was well done, but the story itself wasn't altogether believable. One thing that makes great fiction is its ability to convince the reader of its reality and this just didn't do it for me.
Ray narration was very capable. His character voices and accents were convincing and his narrative was paced perfectly.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Part Sci-fi, part mystery, “14” does a good job of keeping the reader guessing what will happen next. The author does a good job a building the mystery piece by piece and while allowing the reader to get to know the characters. The book has a couple of twists and about half way through I thought I knew what going to happen and I was pretty close but way off on the who. The group is able to keep their heads throughout the tough parts of the story which makes it fun and entertaining. If you’re looking for a fun book with a mysterious plot and some jokes mixed I think it might be what you’re looking for.
Ray Porter does a great job narrating this between all of the characters voices and a couple of accents.
Just a regular guy
This book is about a building full of little mysteries. You'll keep asking yourself "why is that like that?" & "What does that mean?" & "How will the author explain that and what part does it play in the story?". By the end you'll get answers that all fit together. The characters are believable and several are a little mysterious themselves. I always was disappointed when I had to stop listening.