let us be thankful for the fools but for them we would not suceeed. M Twain. I am a fan of Zombie books. Im a family man with two great kids
Go Peter you are a legend mate and cracked it in this one that's for sure. The Girls are smoking hot,the guys are mega cool and the monsters and baddies are ultra nasty.Yip i could hang out on the roof knocking back Steinlagers with this crew.There has to be a follow up story Mr Clines. You did kill off the coolest character but i will forgive you just this once.
There may be minor spoilers in this review.
I didn't really know what I was getting with this book. It was clearly a mystery, but I wasn't prepared for the science fiction component. I may be the only one, but I thought there were similar characteristics of "A Canticle for Leibowitz " by Walter M Miller, in that Nate and his Scooby Do Crew found very old schematics that they didn't understand. As in Canticle, there was the fanaticism surrounding them. Eventually the schematics were figured out and space became a new frontier.
At times I was carried away by the story. Other times I was so bored with it I was ready to quit. The whole Scooby Do thing became quite repetitive and overworked. I never watched any of the cartoons, but after I finished this book, I was quite well acquainted with them.
I thought that Cline built some interesting characters whose stories evolved over time. Nate was quite boring, which suited his role. I liked Veet the best with her sarcasm and witty barbs. If it wasn't for her comic relief, I'm not sure I would have continued with the book.
I thought Ray Porter's narration to also be a mixed bag. While he was fine when reading dialogue, he was quite stilted and perfunctory when reading the narration sections.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. = 3-1/2 stars
Someone who loves Scooby Doo....
Anti-climatic and disjointed
Yes, the narration was well done. The only redeeming quality of this audio book.
I'm was sorely disappointed as I picked up this book due to the reviews written. There is clearly manipulation of reviews happening here since it is impossible a book like this could be well liked by anyone, let alone the thousands of "positive" reviews. It is that bad. You have been warned!
What do you get when you mix alcohol with literature? Tequila mockingbird!
I was looking for a good scary story and decided to finally listen to this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was hoping for more terror than what I got. Nonetheless, this is still a good listen. The characters are believable (having lived in apartment complexes, I can vouch that people really do come in all types). The narrator does an excellent job doing a wide range of both male and female voices. Also, the storyline kept me guessing what would happen next. Any fan of H. P. Lovecraft will definitely enjoy this book!
I absolutely love the characters! The way they all fit into the story is great. As an avid book reader/ audible listener I've been through my fair share of bad purchases....but this book was such a fun listen!
Devourer of all books fantasy
I have read a few of Peter Clines books (Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots) and enjoyed them. I was eager to see what this new book was about. This was a very well done mystery/thriller/sci-fi/paranormal read. It is completely engaging and really keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
I got a copy of this to listen to on audiobook. The audiobook was very, very well done. I enjoyed listening to this even more than I think I would have enjoyed reading it.
Nate has a bad job and no girlfriend and needs a new place to live after his roommates move out. One of his buddies from work tells him about this apartment that is a great deal. Nate calls and there just happens to be a unit available. It’s super cheap, clean, and utilities are included. It seems like a dream come true until Nate notices strange things...like the glowing green cockroaches, the kitchen light that turns every light bulb into a black light, and the padlocks on apartment 14. Nate is drying to unravel the mystery...but at what cost?
This was a very well done and creepy book about a strange apartment that has secrets within it that are centuries old. The mystery is built slowly over time and is absolutely engaging. The characters are just regular people...kind of. As Nate talks to his neighbors he starts finding out that everyone has a few strange things in their apartment.
I really enjoyed watching the characters investigate all of the strange things they found and enjoyed how they had to piece everything together. You just never knew what “strange” thing would pop up next. Then you were forced to try and figure out how the heck it fit in with all the other strange things.
The mystery is absolutely engrossing. It was so hard to stop reading this story.
The characters are all great too. In the beginning they all seem like just normal people with not a lot of money who are dependent on the low rent the apartment building offers. As the book continues you find out they all have special skill sets and these skill sets may be exactly what is needed to unravel all these secrets.
The book is well written and easy to read. It’s a blend of lot of different genres; thriller, paranormal, sci-fi, steampunk. I am not going to say a lot more about the plot because it would ruin the story.
Overall I absolutely loved this book. The mystery is so well done and makes it impossible to put the book down. The characters are just ordinary people put into an extraordinary scenario where they have to use the skills they are best at to solve this mystery. Really really loved this one. I am eager to see what Clines writes about next.
The ending took a right turn that became weird in a manner that made me question if the book was written by two people.
The main character's introspective view of situations was interesting.
It was an OK book.
14 is a mystery adventure novel with a sci-fi twist. The mystery black-light in Nates new apartment would have been fine by itself, but as Nate begins to learn about all of the other mysteries his new apartment building has, it becomes his duty to come to the bottom of it.
Clines does a magnificent job of introducing a mystery and leading us along to its conclusion. I couldn’t wait to find out some new and strange quirk to the old building, and learning the reason behind the mystery seemed to bring on a thousand new questions that I needed answered. I don’t usually read this type of book, I’m usually a traditional fantasy reader, but this book is making me a fan of the urban fantasy/sci-fi or whatever genre it falls in exactly. It seemed to have elements that could put it one of 3 genres and none of them at the same time. It’s a great read that I full heartedly recommend.
I normally don’t read science Fiction but took a chance on this one---I couldn’t put it down. It had a way of drawing you back. Well written and preformed. Most importantly the thoughts behind it were different--somewhat predictable but it didn’t hurt the story. A good read.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
The book starts out like some of the best Twilight Zone episodes. A bunch of people find themselves in inexplicable circumstances and work together to figure out what's going on. I'd give the story a 5 for the majority of the book because it draws you in from the beginning and keeps you coming back just like the characters to see what's next. I felt that once you find out what's going on the ending is a bit drawn out so I can't give it 5 stars overall. Since I can't give it 4.5 it ends up with a 4. The performance is well done overall with good delivery and most of the time the characters are easily distinguishable. From time to time though I would be unable to tell who was speaking and needed to try to figure it out from the context so I give the performance a 4. All in all I recommend the book if you're looking for something a little different.