Let me start with: I'm not a mystery buff, I don't go searching for them. That being said, I do enjoy being left in suspense to try and figure bits of the story out myself. This book fits that description. It touches on names and characters from other cherished stories (no spoilers). The problem as I see it though is that this book takes far too long to get going. It's 8 hours of character and plot development in uninteresting surroundings, maybe 2 hours of genuinely interesting mystery (what is this, why is it this way, who made it) and 2 hours of fairly interesting action at the very end. The narration was fantastic compared to some, with a variety of voices for the various characters. This book touches on science and the occult for it's scifi elements. I would recommend this book to those interested in a way to pass the time between truly engaging titles. The idea for the story is fantastic, as well as all the nods to other authors and persons from the past, but the author just took too long getting there.
I am a children's librarian and an overall book junky. My reading tastes swing wildly.
Pretty good book. The apartment building Nate moves into is strange and he gathers a bunch of other tenants to try to figure out what's going on. Things get pretty weird as they start to read the writing on the walls and it turns suddenly science fiction two thirds of the way through. It was a great read. I'm hoping there is another book on the way because Clines created a lot of amazing characters that I'm not willing to give up on yet. Some people have said it was a horror story...I really don't think it fits that criteria. But if blood leaves you horrified, it might be horror.
I usually don't even look twice at books when audible promotes them or when I see them on the best seller list. Generally this is where they stick the pop culture cheap thrills that I generally can't stand. Its like the top review on a google search, you never click on it because it always just a paid ad and never what your really looking for.
But this book kept popping up in forums around the net and I finally decided to give it a try.
And boy, am I glad I did. The thing is though, this is actually a rather hard book to describe. In some ways it makes me think of Harry Potter for adults, not in the plot but in the feel and pacing of the story. For much of the book the characters are more or less comfortably making there way through their lives while getting to know each other and the building they live in. Each of them has discovered some mysterious facet of their apartment and most have simply accepted it. Unlike most 'mystery' books these characters are not merely monster fodder but likable and interesting. They feel like real people, struggling to pay the bills, looking for romance and simply enjoying the sunset.
Things start to pick up when the new guy, our protagonist, decides to systematically explore the mystery. Soon he has a team of fellow renters who are helping him and over several weeks they realize that there is a lot more to the mystery than they first thought.
This is where the plot turns from Harry Potter like everyday exploration into H.P. Lovercraftian horror with a good chunk of steampunk thrown in. Yes, I said Steampunk, there is a lot of in this book although you won't know that until your half way through.
Is this mystery? Is this fantasy? Its both really, and its all good.
Most of the books in my audible library I've listened to only once, some twice. This book was so enjoyable that upon finishing it I immediately started it again.
I didn't expect to enjoy the book as much as I did. It was a wonderful escape! Part mystery, part fantasy-SF. I don't want to give too much away. I never would have predicted where the story took me. I finished it in marathon listening sessions. The narration was excellent and I could keep track of the different characters easily by the way the narrator voiced them.
I'd say this book would rank somewhere towards the bottom of my top 10 all time favorite books. It is not my favorite story but it is definitely up there. A must read.
I love how the author draws you in with these mysterious little clues that keep you on your toes. I would call this one a real "page turner", I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Just when you think you have it figured out, you find another little mystery.
This was the first time I had downloaded a book narrated by Ray Porter. He was one of the best narrators I have heard. I actually sought out and downloaded another book (Patient Zero) right after finishing "14", primarily because he was the narrator.If ever there are awards for best narration, Ray Porter should win or at the very least be nominated.
I can't precisely pinpoint one moment that moved me in the story. However, I was quite excited when I had my "Aha!" moment when everything started to click into place in my head.
A well put together story with a little history, a little sci-fi, a little love story, and a lot of mystery and suspense.
Porter's narration of this inventive tale was spot on, with vocal mastery that delighted us and kept us going over the last hours of our vacation road trip. The characterization was fabulous! We were invested fully in the fascinating group of misfits who live in the Kavach building, especially slacker Nate (the narrator) and Veek, resident geek goddess.
Great elements: Historic L.A. brownstone. Multi-padlocked doors. Odd apartments. Mutant cockroaches.
Apparently this is a bit of a departure for Clines. Think Twilight Zone and be forewarned: the first half is heavy tech mystery with maybe secret government agency undertones. Around chapter 60 you find yourself in serious sci-fi land. By then you'll be so fascinated by the tale and the characters, you'll stick with it...and be glad you did!
This isn't the type of book that I could summarize in three words but let me give it a shot:
"Suspense-filled, riveting and perplexing."
The narrator was exceptional, while I've never heard any of his other performances I can't compare it to anything else however he is definitely an exceptional voice actor.
In short get this book if you are a fan of science fiction, mystery or horror.
I have never read the print version
Wow, I couldn't compare it to any other book. It's the first of it's kind I've read....
I actually thought he did a great job with the voices - some I even forgot it was him doing the voices... was really good
I loved how real historical people were brought into the storyline when the people in the story were researching the building
This is one book that I will be promoting everyone read. It's up there in my top 10 list. Loved it
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The reader uses their voice to help add excitement and tension to the story. The story could be in any large city with very old buildings with mysterious doors and shadowed pasts.
I enjoyed the concept of investigating a creaky old building to discover it's mysteries. And the feeling that some of the tenants became invested in each other helped to make the reader interested in what they might discover on their hunt for clues.
He can make the phone book sound exciting, especially while running through the Fs and Gs. The inflections and accents help you tell who is speaking and helps paint the picture.
I really enjoyed this book until the last 22 minutes or so. The book was well paced until just before the end and suddenly it seemed rushed and slightly unfinished. The depth of detail became lost in the hurry to wind everything up in the last chapter.
I am new to Peter Clines and not a huge fan of sci-fi but this book was very entertaining. I listened to this book while training for a marathon. I actually looked forward to long-runs. Mr Porter was very engaging as the narrator. He was a perfect fit as Nate. Loved this book.