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Seriously. I barely didn't get this book cuz the plot summary was so vague. But I was feeling desperate for a new book and figured I could always return it if I it was a dud. Forty eight hours later, I'm done listening to it and think it's one of the best books I've read in a long while.
If you like LOST, you'll love this book.
If you like mysteries, you'll love this book.
If you like horror, you'll love this book.
If you like Lovecraft, you'll love this book.
Seriously. Don't judge the book by the summary. It's intentionally vague cuz disclosing too much of the plot gives away the book's mystery.
Seriously. Read this book.
And, Ray Porter's reading is a winning combination. On top of a fascinating book, it's accompanied by a stellar performance
I loved that it truly properly fit the mystery/thriller genre. There were some real twists that I didn't entirely see coming (like the Lovecraft integration). Characters that you're pretty sure will stick around, don't but, it never detracts from the story.
I loved that it surprised me. Lovecraft has always struck me as... well... absurd. 14 does a great job of making it seem a lot less so. Sure, it's still ridiculous but, somehow, the story makes it fit almost believably.
Definitely worth the read. Let it surprise you!
This was a great blind-buy. I had no idea who this author was or what this book would turn out to be. Highly recommend.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very intriguing story with engaging characters whom you get to know like friends. The storyline becomes quite fantastical near the end, but it is all enjoyable. After finishing the book I missed the characters in it as if they were people from my own life - the narrator certainly contributed to the immersiveness of my experience - the accents and personalities were so well done.
The creativity of the story. It was just mind blowing
Difficult to say. Not so many contemporary fiction authors I know can pull this kind of story out. It is on the same line as TV series like Fringe.
The live he imprinted to the characters. The voice acting was amazing and the way he interpreted the funny parts really made a delight to listen.
Many. One of the best was the part of the discovery of the control room.
This would make a wonderful film. The story has so much potential. I was left with lots of questions at the end, many lose ends that we're not tied. This book could've been much longer, 12 1/2 hours felt short for the potential this idea has. Still, this doesn't take a star of the rating, this book rates there with the best of the best I have listened here.
One of the coolest things was how the author uses references that are contemporary to us, mentioning people from TV series like Fringe, actors like Bruce Willis or services like Netflix. And the humor was sharp, I was laughing a lot through the book.
Someone else compared this book to "Lost," and I'll agree: Great at the beginning, but the last third...I just couldn't stretch my belief that far, although I wanted to. Great characters, great dialogue, great narrator. Overall, worth the purchase.
This book couldn't hold my interest. I found my mind wandering....
Narration was fine
I don't recommend but to say anymore might spoil the story for those who wish to try it....
i like to read. i like to listen.
I was impressed by the fact that this was a great science fiction story, but still had impeccable characters and fantastic writing. a lot of SciFi stories are written with a more cheesy style...but I found this one thrilling and exciting.
this book was bone chilling. i honestly couldn't put it down because around every corner (literally) and behind every door (again, literally), there was a new mystery about the Kvatch building. not only was the story a good one...the science fiction aspect drew me in and scared the crap out of me...but the characters were all really well written.
Clines did a great job of making a building the central "character" in an engrossing and thrilling tale.
Ray porter should also be commended for bringing ALL characters to life. It was like I was listening to different narrators, one for each character!
Things that are too good to be true, often are. In 14, the insanely low rent apartment complex holds a great number of mysteries for its tenants and for the reader. Peter Cline does a good job of keeping the reader guessing through the first 3/4 of the book. I enjoyed the way that each discovery seemed to increase the overall tone of suspense as things became more distinctly Lovecraftian. The ending was perhaps a little heavy-handed in places and there were some small holes that left unanswered questions, but overall it was a very entertaining listen and I would not hesitate to listen to more from this author.
I'd rank it with my favorites.
The characters were strong. We had time to get to know them and that makes for a rich story.
First time with Ray Porter and he did a wonderful job. He made the book even that much more enjoyable.
It was very difficult to stop listening.
After a Huge disappointment with "The Diamond Age" I really needed something to get me back on track. I listened to the Hobbit again and then found "14". The ratings were high so I took a chance and I am so glad I did. I think I held my breath through chapter 79! Mr. Clines, that is a great piece of writing. Thanks!