Say something about yourself!
It was sold to me as a suspenseful mystery, but it is much more Si-Fi. If that's your thing, you might enjoy it; however the characters are not particularly authentic or compelling.
I'd seen this book featured before on the main site but wasn't convinced by the write-up and a few mixed reviews, but I bought it on the daily deal. Wow. I totally would have spent the credit on it. Great listen!
It's hard to say much without giving things away. It's like an X-files, ScoobyDoo crossover. The plot is pretty crazy, so don't expect a traditional mystery, it's definitely more of a sci-fi novel. The overall premise was super cool, but some individual plot points were kind of predictable. Still great though: funny without trying too hard, mysterious, over the top, just great.
The thing that really stood out for this book for me were the characters. I find Nate and the other younger characters in particular very relateable. Conversations they have on how they came to be where they are in life could be things my friends and I say to each other. One thing that I didn't see mentioned in other reviews, which is another great point in my books is that even though there were lots of characters in the main group, I never had trouble telling them apart. Sometimes I have go to back and listen/read a book again before I get a real feel for whose who, but not here. Partly the author, I'm sure partly also the narrator, who was great. Definitely a new favourite. I'll be looking into other things this author has written.
When "14" first came out on Audible, I read the both the publishers blurbs and customer comments, and on the basis of that, put it on my wish list. I'd never heard of the author or the book, so I tend to rely mostly on customer reviews -- of which there weren't many, in the beginning. More to the point, there weren't any that said, openly and clearly, that this was a book of science fiction -- or maybe fantasy, a distinction I won't discuss any further for fear of spoiling the story for someone who does likes that sort of thing.
I don't. Or at least I haven't liked science fiction since I was about 9. I'd read ALL of the SF books in that impoverished little school library we had, and I loved them -- until I found myself totally blown away by the fact that I'd read a whole book -- an entire ADULT book -- about the dastardly doings in the world "Urth" without ever realizing, up to the very end, that it was EARTH they were talking about. Jeepers!
It's not nice to fool either me or Mother Nature about things like that, so I promptly dropped the genre.
The problem for me was, all the customer reviews referenced only a "mystery" behind that secret closed door. None of them hinted -- nor will I -- what actually lay behind it. Given that I'm totally consumed by detective fiction, my mental image focused on a room full of dead bodies, say, or maybe a few million in stolen loot. What actually WAS behind the green door -- no, wait, it wasn't really green, was it? -- was something very different, and not my cup of tea, so to speak.
When "14" appeared as a "Daily Deal" I didn't investigate it any more, I just snapped it up, which wasn't a bad thing at all. I loved the first three-quarters of the book. Peter Climes assembled a delightfully diverse and eccentric group of adventurers, people I greatly enjoyed reading about. The way Climes worked in their back stories, each of them in turn, was just great. Loved the early adventures, the run-ins with Oscar, the nasty building manager, Nate's story, the times and trials of being a data entry clerk at a magazine -- who knew? -- and about all the beer consumed on that scenic roof top. Sounded like fun, actually. I enjoyed it.
Then it went weird on me. I got to the heart of the book, and suddenly it wasn't about eccentric women who sunbathed in the nude -- in public -- a habit the lady tossed it off with "Oh for crying out loud. It's just BOOBIES! Haven't you ever seen any before?" which made me laugh out loud. "14" got serious, with lions and tigers and dragons and things, and my mind started to drift.
I quit an hour before the end -- tick tock, tick tock, tempus fugit and all that -- and I decided not to waste any more of it on this book, which had already gone way beyond my tolerance level for non-reality-based fiction. I quit.
Still -- good book, and I'm glad I listened to the first part. Special kudos to narrator Ray Porter. He mastered a strange assembly of characters of varying ethnicities -- listening to him, I could picture every one of them.
If you like well-written weird, this one's for you.
This book took a major turn for the worse for me when they opened the door. There was a whole lot of build up, with a semi- ridiculous climax.
If only I knew. Maybe Game of Thrones
I was prepared to consider this book "filler" until I got more credits. I didn't expect to like it. However, I became totally engrossed in part 1 and almost wrote a review at that point stating how really interesting the plot evolution was.
Then came part 2, and the (SPOILER ALERT!) evil flying squid-whales in a false universe (a la Matrix) stretched my interest a bit far. At this point, I was just marking time for it to come to its predictable conclusion. It's not that I don't love Matrix-like plots, but this got a bit ridiculous, especially with all the Scooby Do references.
All in all, though, I think it an acceptable read (I would probably stop at the end of part 1), especially if you don't spend a credit on it. The author can build a plot, and he just needs to restrain the urge to leap into never never land.
JD Robb fan!!
Awsome! Wish this was a series! Leaves you wanting the story to continue!
Would love to see this story continue with a book 2, 3, exc!
Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?
I don't know if this is a misprint from Audible or they need to make revenue for their in house production division (Audible Frontiers), but I have no idea how "14" got nominated for Audie Award for science fiction of the year. For anyone that love science fiction, burn this author out of your library and get something from Neal Stephenson, China Mieville, Peter F. Hamilton, and William Gibson. Stick with those authors for sci fi and you won't be disappointed.
As for Peter Clines and "14", I only have to gag on how stupid the entire story was. The book is not science fiction or a thriller, or even a mystery. It's more like a movie episode of Scooby Doo, but without the Great Dane. There are so many references of the cartoon in the book, that I was expecting a Scooby Snack at the end.
All of the characters are really stupid. I don't know the best way to describe them, but they are all a bunch of leftovers from remedio class. The book reminds me of "Ready Player One", which I didn't liked. There is a lot of pop culture in the plot, but just with stupid characters.
Did I mention how stupid "14" was to read? I'm only a few listeners that gave this book 1 star. I really don't understand how "14" got so many raving reviews, like, "Must Read." Maybe I was deprived as a child from eating MSG.
To live, to love, to leave a legacy.
The pacing was perfect and the characters remember-able. I'll miss going up to the roof for a drink
Opening the door to 14.
1st listen. Porter was masterful and transitioned in and out of characters with remarkable fluidness.
***Spoiler Alert*** Veek and Nates first kiss.
I took a chance on this audio book based on the genre and the glowing reviews and I am glad I did. Clines is a very gifted writer who took the time to care for the characters he created. I will start on the Ex series next.
Fun, Mysterious, Different
I can't think of another book to compare it to. There's mystery, monsters, other dimensions, and everyday life.
Yes, it made me laugh several times. There were movie references that caught me off guard and 'Ah HA' moments that kept me listening longer.
This fantasy mystery book was well written. I enjoyed learning about all the characters and wondering about what they would do next or where the story was going. I've never read a Peter Cline's book before. I can't wait to try another one of his books.
Not sure why I was surprised, I thoroughly enjoy Peter's "Ex" series, and this was even better. Characters are nicely developed (maybe a little cliched, but it works), story is interesting with well placed twists and turns, and the narrator is great.