Peter Cline, never again.
The sophomoric dialogue.
Performance was fine but hard to divorce from Cline's horrible writing.
It's too awful to edit. It needs to be completely rewritten.
How this received so many positive reviews is beyond me. The plot is completely ripped off from Lost, mixed with a little Lord of the Rings imagery. The writing is so sophomoric that it is difficult to read at times. The characters have no depth whatsoever and if not for the different inflection and accents used by the narrator, would be completely indistinguishable. The dialogue reads like it was written by a high school kid. The characters have no meaningful interaction. Rather they have these short, awkward exchanges that end when one says something like "f*ck you" or "nice try loser". For example, at the apex of the final action scene (no spoiler here) one of the main characters has what is supposed to be a suspenseful, heroic moment which culminates in him shouting "f*ck you bitch" at one of the other characters. What would otherwise be interesting plot points get completely destroyed by explanatory dialogue like "I read in a book that your nose bleeds when stuff happens to your brain." And corny retorts like "YOU read a book?!" It's as if the author's own social awkwardness comes through the characters. He is not even creative enough to imagine how emotionally mature adults interact. Even worse is the author's attempt at description. Phrases like "the day crawled by like a dying man crawling through the desert," made me think of fill-in-the-blank simile exercises from elementary school. The narrative is also peppered with Cline's own brand of low-brow humor. For example, a running joke about who most resembles which character from Scoobie Doo and sexual innuendo that can only be described as that of a giggling, adolescent girl. Although most people were apparently able to look past these flaws, fair warning to any readers with even a modicum of taste - this writing will grate on your ears like the twangy shtick of a low rent stand-up comedian.
The characters in this book are not just 2D, they are fully developed. I felt like I was literally in every scene - I felt like I *lived* in Kavatch...
Details, thats what this book is about - relationships and details... its engrossing.
Once again - the characters - I felt like Nate was a buddy of mine. I wanted to hang out with him and Tim on a Friday evening watching the sunset on the roof!
This is my first... But Ray has set the bar very very high. I'm a huge Ollie Wyman fan, but Ray blew him away on this one...
Both - like I said - you will fall in love with the characters. When things happen, you care... Its truly my new favorite book. I've listend 4 times, and going on my fifth as I write this.
Dont think - just get it.
Sci-Fi, Horror, Steampunk, Cyberpunk (a tiny bit), Suspense, Detective work - its all here...
this is what audio books should be - great material read by world class narrators. Can't recommend this one enough.
Bought on prior recommendations of other Audible members.
This proved reliable & the book did not disappoint.
Despite the number of characters, the narrator does a great job & it's easy to tell who's who as you listen.
Listen to books EVERY DAY driving in Atlanta traffic! I love exciting non-fiction, mystery, series and lengthy books. Every once in a while I will listen to rock start autobiographies to break up the routine.
Yes. I like Mr. Clines sense of humor. I found myself laughing at some of the most bizarre moments in the book due to the characters' sense of humor. I enjoy books that can bring out a smile in very serious moments.
The most interesting aspect was the building and figuring out the concept. The least interesting was the main character's work life. I yawned through most all of that.
The kooky blue haired Zela was my favorite character by far. Very funny and a poor little rich girl.
I probably would not go see this as a movie, as I feel movies suffer in the making and take away too much of the story of the book.
Unpredictable plot, Never really knew what was next, Great character development throughout the book.
Veek, gotta love a Velma getting thrown into the mix, especially when she is willing to get her hands dirty.
I really like the way Ray Porter voices characters, I've listened to him narrate several books and he seems to develop voice for each character book to book, it doesn't feel like the same voices carried over from the Joe Ledger novels.
Definitely, I was almost late for work several times due to wanting to listen to just a little more.
Like any mystery, the magic happens on the first read (listen). I wouldn't listen to 14 a second time.
It has to be Velma, not Daphne.
Jinkees! The best way to describe 14 is an homage to Scooby Doo with fate of the universe overtones. You have to pardon the author for spending so much time "in the mystery", but it's that and the quirky characters which make the story enjoyable.
Really enjoyed the narrator, and the story was a fun read a little quirky at the end but Iwould reccomend.
It's in the top tier. I believe it was categorized under mystery or fantasy, It's more science fiction to me. (Weird Fiction is the most fitting name) Sci-fi fans should not be afraid, this book is great, though it takes a while to get to the really cool science stuff.
Nate, the main character is hard not to like but I think Tim's secret past made him more entertaining.
The narration was above average, I'm not sure what it added though. It would have been better if the character voices were a little more discernible. All the women sounded the same, and not very feminine. This is not a reason to avoid, I'm just nit-picking!
If we can count on you - Scooby Doo - I know we'll catch that villain!