Five minutes after the book ended, I was calling people I know to recommend it.
The narrator's interpretation of the sqwhale speaking. Creeeeppppyyyy. Yeah, that's sqwhale. Not sure how the author spelled it, but after you listen, you will understand.
Apartment 14. You gotta listen to understand.
I don't know, but they should SOOOO make this into a movie. I'd buy my ticket right now. It has everything for a great movie: humor, romance, mystery, thriller, sci-fi, monsters, villains, heros and you really don't see the twists coming.
I ended up listening to the book because it kept showing up on multiple lists. Funny thing is, I wouldn't have bought it if I realized it was Sci-Fi because I am not really into that genre. But this book starts out as a mystery thriller for the first 2/3 of the book, then goes into the hardcore sci-fi. By that point, I was so engrossed in the story and the characters that I couldn't wait to listen to what was coming up next. Author does a great job breathing life into the characters and the narration is one of the best I've ever heard. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Requires some SERIOUS suspension of disbelief. If you're able to do that, it's a fun thriller. If you can't, it's just plain ridiculous.
This is a good, well written and very nicely narrated story. The characters are fleshed out to a medium degree but kept my attention. It does have a "made for tv" feel about it [yes I know it's a book]. The style of writing conveys no sense of horror however. A huge disappointment for a book that invokes Lovecraft lore. Still a good listen if you're driving or going for a long walk. Moves quickly, decent mystery and has lots of action. If I were more into SciFi I'd be less critical of the lack of 'horror' and probably would have given this one more star.
fast paced; kept me guessing. Interesting characters.
too long for one sitting but I was glued to it for 3 days.
I've been stuck for months on a couple of very literary novels that were intellectually stimulating but put me to sleep. 14 was such a relief. It grabbed my attention and didn't let me go. The references to H.P. Lovecraft and others associated with early scifi/horror made me chuckle and relate at an entirely different level. Very suspenseful. I'm looking forward to more from this author and narrater.
Interesting book with a lot of different twists. I think it kind of falls off the rails at the end but still an entertaining read.
This story is a weird, yet fun, read. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Thursday Next series written by Jasper Fforde.
Mr. Porter adds a dimension with his expression that would be missed just reading.
This book kept my attention from the very begining until the end. A good twist on a sci fi story. Exciting.
I'm very into Sci-fi and decided to give this book a try. I was engaged throughout the entire novel. It's not in my top 10 favorite audiobooks but definitely worth listening to. The story slowly goes from a normal to sci-fi. The normal part of the book seemed a bit unrealistic but perhaps it was necessary to foreshadow what's to come.
The aspect of surprise. For the first half of the book I continued to make different theories and they continued to be false.
Definitely the main character.
How far would you go to unlock a secret?
"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis
This was a twisting, turning, suspenseful novel to the nth degree. Ray Porter did an almost perfect job of narrating it, and I really felt as if I was involved and rooting for the various characters, although I thought one of them should have been given more of a personality.
It was a surprise. I don't normally like surprises, but it reminded me of that movie that John Cusak did--Identity--in that you really didn't quite understand what was happening, but you were right on the verge of grasping it AT THE SAME TIME as the characters were.
I loved the relationships between all of the main characters, especially the way various friendships grew slowly and turned into something strong, and, what seemed as if something real and lasting. This is something that doesn't happen very often in books these days, there is too much of the "hurry up and get together" mentality going on. These friendships seemed to become something that would last well beyond the story, and that is really refreshing in a novel.
What just happened?
I virtually NEVER will get a book on reviews alone. Especially if nobody will give up any part of the plot! However, the fact that virtually nobody WOULD give up the plot intrigued me so much that I really felt that I had to hear it. I am so glad I did! I hope there is more coming from this author--as far as I can see he hasn't written very many novels and has mostly worked with graphic novels (which are not really my forte). And I really hate horror stories as a general rule, which is what I was afraid this would turn out to be. Instead it turned out to be similar to an extraordinarily good
I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, Stephen King, Indiana Jones, Buckaroo Banzai, War of the Worlds, Lee Childs, the Matrix, Hackers...etc. I could actually go on for a while. Enjoy!