Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!
I am constantly listening to audible book and enjoy consuming a wide verity of genres. What has amazed me about this story is that despite many books later I can't get this one out of my mind. Peter Clines does a great job of intertwining suspension, good character development, humor and just the right amount of fantasy. If you are reading this review please stop, make the purchase and start reading! There are so many great reviews for this book I will not waste time reiterating what others have already said. Read and enjoy.
The story. If you liked the TV show Lost, you'll get along with the type of mystery this book offers.
The mystery and the reveals. Also the relationships between the characters. A couple of them end up together as couples, and that's a big payoff, especially with the main character.
It was very well delivered. I enjoyed his performance very much.
The reveal of what is actually in apartment 14 was my favorite part. My only problem is that the author didn't properly follow up with that particular element. He named the book after that apartment yet it only contained maybe a chapter of the book.
I liked this book enough to start the "EX" series by Peter Clines. The first of that series is on my "to-do" list.
The ending was ummm a bit out there. It was good but you have to be willing to suspend reality and fully embrace imagination.
Opening room 14 of course
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
This book had too many words. I enjoyed the story, and the characters; however I felt like sometimes it was just too wordy. There were entire paragraphs that really did nothing for the story but were there nonetheless.
This book was a mix of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror and love story all in one. I enjoyed the suspense of what was going to happen next and how was all the weirdness going to be explained. There were parts that were downright creepy on the very dark, cold, 40 minute commute to and from work.
Read it. It's good
Stephen King would be so proud. 14 is not a gorefest or an action packed thrill ride. It is a wonderfully written story of characters who are discovering an expertly woven mythology that is their building. If being around friends and neighbors popping a beer on the rooftop is grating to you, then I apologize for that. You should move along..
Most of the rest of us know these people. Some of them are coworkers, friends, mentors, annoyances, acquaintances you run into when you do your laundry. You have had a drink with each of them, and listened to them bitch and cheer. Anyone who has not met these people has never been single, working for a paycheck, and hanging out for whatever the next day brings.
The mood is set the minute the protagonist enters the building. Something just isn't quite right. Finding out what that means is the whole rest of the story. I could not stop listening, and I hated to leave the characters when the story ended.
If you like King, you will love 14. I have to say I was saddened to find that Mr. Clines other efforts are of the Zombie genre. I'll have to wait and see what else he comes up with outside that cliche.
It's a light book.
Lots of humor, both from interesting characters and humorous pop references. It occasionally approaches absurd but never actually gets there. Lots of suspense too. I was really surprised how well the two worked together. A little romance, social commentary, and Lovecraftian horror rounds it out.
Excellent momentum. The story moves quickly without seeming rushed. You get a good sense of the setting and characters without drowning in superfluous details.
The foreshadowing was nicely done -- not everything was given away but it didn't seem like plot devices were constantly popping out of nowhere. That kept the surprises and expected events nicely balanced. No real misdirection.
The narrator was great as well. He really fit with the main character. The other characters were clearly voiced as well, there was no confusion on who was speaking when several characters were talking.
My overall impression is fun, fast-past, and engrossing.
Yes, it's a terrific story. Totally different and odd, but I loved it!
I didn't know much about the book when I started, and I really thought it was going to move towards horror or supernatural, so I didn't see the sci-fi angle coming. That was a great surprise. Loved the historical tie-ins also.
The narration was just ok. I read on my Kindle at night and listen when commuting. Porter's voices for several characters didn't match what I had in my head, especially Veek and Tim.
Nitpicking here... but I wished there had been some tie-in with the mutant cockroaches in the building and their relation to the creeps in the later part of the book. I really wanted Clines to tie that up with a nice bow, but it never happened. Also, all the writing about Nate's job and his boss just seemed to go nowhere and never really tied into the story either.
The beginning was OK.
Frustration and disappointment.
I will listen to any genre as long as it is good book. This book started out good. But when it flew off into outer space it just became rediculous.
Absolutely! This is one of those reads that has you thinking in one direction while it's sneaking up on you from a completely different direction. Great characters, some intriguing subplots and even a good old red herring or two.
The ability of the author to gently guide the listener/reader along while building a solid mythos that comes at you from multiple directions at one time.
Amazing performance! Really easy to differentiate characters, moods and feelings. This narrator is one I would follow, no matter what the book he was narrating. He is THAT good.
I laughed out loud several times, but I do not want to give anything away here.
I had a big grin of satisfaction when I finished listening. Likable characters, good story, well read.