Full of suspense, plot twists and wry humour, and peopled with interesting characters. If you are looking for an absorbing way to spend several hours, 14 is an excellent choice. It's not a particularly deep or meaningful book, but highly enjoyable.
He managed a cast of multiple characters easily, has a lovely voice to listen to, and is good at communicating a sense of humour.
The anticipation and anxiety it produced
He totally sounded like how I would picture the main character sounding
living life and happy about it
No because the ending is weak.
The first 3/4s of this book were very compelling and the mystery moved the book along very well.
No. But I liked his performance very much. He made each character very unique.
BEST - Main protagaonists were interesting people with good back stories.
LEAST - unsatisfactory explanations of the "other world" in general.
It seemed he used an Indian accent for multiple characters - and one wasn't Indian....However, his use of voice differences and accents made the story flow easy.
Since this was the 3rd sci fi type book I read/listened to mentioning Nikola Tesla - I looked up his life story and learned something about the evolution of the use of electricity beyond the basic fact that he worked for Edison and Westinghouse in various capacities.
I normally do not care to post a negative review, but I wish I had read one before listening to 14. This book was suggested by my interest in Historical Fiction. 14 could not be further from Historical Fiction. This is the first Syfy book I have ever read, and likely will be the last. I cannot even wrap my mind around the story line. There is so much bad about this story, I hardly know where to start. Wiki is a credible source? Squales? One dimensional characters? Over focus on characters and events that are of no value to the rest of the story? I wish I had been better warned,
I'll give everything a try
Overal, I thought this was pretty well written. The characters were fun to read about and their personalities were all so different. The plot was sometimes slightly predictable, but there were also many unexpected twists that totally got me off guard. Narrator's good, and I thought he read with a nice pace, that engages the reader in the story. The only thing I would say, was that the ending of some characters were quite abrupt.
A small coalition of unexpected allies living in an old, thread bare building, band together to uncover the building's strange "behavior." Their approach to the many mysteries and problems is unique and refreshing.
In a small way it is reminiscent of American Gods in its magical realism. While AG is epic, 14 is a tiny story that "jumps the shark" in the second half aspiring to the epic--but it doesn't quite succeed in doing so.
The protagonist is delightful, earnest young guy who works at a dead end, mind numbing job who comes into his own as a courageous leader of a tentative alliance of fellow building tenants.
The writing did manage to generate a few chuckles. I found myself cheering the characters on and believing in their (totally unbelievable) mission.
The narrator did a fine job of seamlessly and convincingly speaking for a very diverse set of characters. A fun read.
Never enough books
Yes, just when you thought things were tied up in a neat bow, things took a turn.
Yes, I have listening to the same short list of authors for years but wanted to try something new. I came across this book on the Best Sellers list and the synopsis looked like the kind of story I would enjoy. I was not disappointed. Peter Clines came up with a great combination of characters, mystery, puzzles, discovery, and fantasy while keeping a pace that never lagged. I love his writing style and Ray Porter does a great job of reading and representing the characters.
This was my first Peter Clines book but I have already purchased Ex-Heroes. My only concern is that Clines set the bar pretty high already with 14.
One of my favorite moments is after chemistry between two characters builds to the boiling point. When they dropped their inhibitions and gave in to their passions, they still keep their sense of humor and try to make light of it. It was a great side of the characters to reveal and a laugh out loud moment.
Ray Porter represents the characters very well making it easy to distinguish each of them while also giving them personality even through his voice. At the same time, I found his pace of the book and his pace of a moment was very effective. His pauses and quick jumps of dialog kept right in line with the story itself.
No crying but loved Clines' humor behind the characters. Several laugh out loud moments. Hopefully no one saw me in the next car.
Keep 'em coming!
This is a great story and performance held me all the way to the end and then i wanted more well done. whats next