I enjoyed 85% of this book. The narration was outstanding. Porter clearly defined the characters without overdoing and straying into theatrical performance. I was very impressed & performance is what held the whole work together for me.
I listened to this over several weeks as I ran. I was very much glued to it until the end, which played out in a surprising way that, to me, stretched the story too far.
I hope this gets made into a movie. It really was great. The story just went places that I was not prepared to go.
Say something about yourself!
This was an unexpected treasure to find! I listen while driving and found myself sitting in my car long after reaching my destination or driving around the block often with this book because I didn't want to turn it off!
This was magical, suspenseful, FUNNY and just fun to listen to. This is one of those books that would be great to give as a gift. I can think of quite a few people that would enjoy this as much as I did.
This one suckered me in! A lot like Stephen King, writing about everyday things/people until it turns to horror, this turned to Sci Fi. It is one of the few fiction books I found that had me sitting in a parking lot just wanting to hear a little more.
No one moment stands out, but I liked the way we got to know the individual characters.
I have not, but now I will look for him. His reading made it easy to form a mental picture of each character!
I loved this book! The story was intriguing and I loved the references to Walter Bishop and Torchwood. I thought the story would be over when they discovered the "mysteries" of the building, but it kept going! Love love loved it!
Unexpected Science Fiction
Can't Say I have read anything like it
He give the characters personality that I don't think I would gotten on the written page. The book was better for it.
I purchased this book based on reader recommendation and the story description. The story starts out interesting enough getting to now the characters and then builds into the meat of the story. I don't think that the story description does it justice. It builds into something more complex and bizarre than I expected. But I enjoyed where it took me.
Something's not quite right.
This is one of my favorite books. Chances are high I will re-listen to this book again.
The freaking door they weren't suppose to open. I just sat froze as I listen to them scrabble to fix their, "OF!"
His voice blended well with the character. It made it easier for me to visual the events in this book.
Some doors should remain locked, but curiosity is a bitch with no mercy.
I love a good story no matter what kind it is, and to me a good story is more that just good grammar, tight structure, colorful characters, or intricate plots. A good story makes a reader care about it.
I picked up this book quite some time ago during one of Audible's excellent sales because I listened to Peter Clines' other books (Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots) which I found to be entertaining. In the intervening time, I quite forgot the synopsis, so by the time I did actually queue it up I was going in blind. I was more than pleasantly surprised!
"14" tells the story of an apartment building and the group of tenants who follow the trail of oddities about the structure to unravel the secrets of its origins and purpose. I found the cast of characters to be quite engaging. While none of them were particularly fleshed out none of them felt like cardboard cutouts, either. I mean, I would have loved more history on the central characters, particularly the retired "publisher" Tim, but their dialogue and motivations were apparent enough that their actions made sense and felt natural. Everything in the story was well paced and each clue pointed to the next in a believable fashion.
Ray Porter deserves a huge round of applause for his ability to infuse the characters with so much personality. He made the interactions between the characters crackle with sarcasm and innuendo. The lazy vagueness of Eddie and the juvenile undertones of Roger help me see these characters more than the writers words alone could do. The way handled the scenes in which multiple characters bicker was just great.
I enjoyed the plot and appreciated the deliberateness with which Clines moved the story from simple curiousness to true mystery to genuine danger to shocking sci-fi. I truly did not expect the story to go so far in the Twilight Zone as it did but as the strangeness grew deeper I was not surprised by what was happening. Clines did flirt with plenty of stereotypes and cliches but never quite crossed the line so they become distractions.
This a good but not great story with an excellent performance. I would easily recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries but must also like things to get weird.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
I thought this was going to be a horror book. It ended up being the Scooby Gang in a sci-fi end of the world book with other dimensions! I know, right? Loved the characters and loved the twists.
My faves were Zeela and Tim because they were the most interesting and always had the best lines. Although I love Nate and Roger, too.
Tim was the best listening. He was awesome. He was interesting.
YES YES YES!
It's a good listen. Give it a go.
Ray Porter's reading made listening a real pleasure.
Twisted plot. Weird characters. Wild.
14 is one of the best audio books I own. I very much enjoyed the story and the narration by Ray Porter really enhanced it.
The development of the characters and the time spent on setting the scene. It pulled me in gradually and I had no idea how long I had been listening to it. Of course, the narrator was an essential part of making the characters come to life
This is the first time I've heard Ray Porter, but I will be looking for other performances for sure
1 star removed for the" convenience" factor by which I mean the convenience of having a character with the specific knowledge needed to solve the problems and challenges the group faced, especially the character of Tim. But then, if you allow for the fact that the building was being watched, then I suppose you can allow for the fact that Tim would exist.
Vague, i know but I dislike reviews that give away the plot. Listen and judge for yourself!