By Peter Clines
Narrated by Ray Porter
Length 12 hr. 34 min. 48 sec.
Let us start with the narrator. This is a professional. From the get go the reader was absolutely sure who in the book was busy speaking at any given moment. His pacing and his cadence was expertly done and intrigued and never ever bored or annoyed. Brilliant. 5 * job.
I buy books based on covers or known authors. I fell in love with this cover and only read the blurb while I was already listening to the audio book. So according to me the cover is 5*
A good mix of mostly everyday people with no special talents or extra sensory perception was refreshing. Given Tim could do a few things the average Joe cannot but then so could Veek. I fell in love with the characters and the author threw me for a loop with one of them turning out to be other than I figured.
Amazing. Need I say more?
Fresh, new, familiar enough to be comfortable and in that lies the crux. It is this same familiarity that drew me in thinking…ok so the fuss is? By the time the fuss is explained I was already hooked and could not put the book down. I did not want to put the book down. Amazing story.
So to recap.
If you are looking for a thriller written by a master in the genre this is the book for you.
If you love plot twists and unexpected happenings, this is the book for you.
If you, like me, love an ending that is neatly wrapped and done then this is the book for you.
So. What are you waiting for?
The plot of 14 is awesome and will keep you wondering what in the world is up with the new apartment the protagonist has moved into. Narration was good, although I think the accents and female parts came off a little odd at times.
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So how is it that I loved this book? I couldn't stop listening! A 5 Star story and performance, I urge you to give it a try. I'm going to see if there's anything else by this author.
Yes, and already did.
Now, if I told you that, I would spoil the fun, wouldn't I?
Ray Porter is a brilliant narrator that could make you see the scenes and visualize everything written in the book as if you've watched it as a movie.
A very important part of my audible experience was the talent of Mr Porter.
A completely unexpected story line. I could never anticipate what will happen next.
A whole lot of puzzle pieces that slowly come together, but unlike a regular jigsaw puzzle, you never have the chance to take a glimps at the picture until it's completely solved and then you figure it out like a kick in the stomach!
I had to give it only 4 stars because of some small unsolved issues such as the riddle of room 16 (I don't want to make any spoilers), the big machine room on the roof, and the mystery of the black light.
It left me with some questions that had no answers, but other than that - a must listen to any thrill seekers!
This book felt like a project that was missing some parts. The story revolved around the weirdness of the building, giving the reader some puzzles to play with. Some of the items introduced to the reader really didn't go anywhere - it just felt like filler. And then the shift at the end was a bit abrupt, as the ending.
The Narrator sounds exactly like Brian the dog off Family Guy. I couldn't stop picturing Brian talking to me or waiting for Stewie to show up.
Here is how I rank this book among some current entries in the paranormal fantasy genre:
1. Dresden series by Jim Butcher
2. Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia
3. Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne
4. John Dies at the End by David Wong
5. 14 (This Book)
6. This book is full of spiders by David Wong
I put it toward the bottom. It was slow and didn't seem to know where it was going. I mean it was ok, but nothing I'd get excited about and I don't think I'll read his other stuff.
If you like "lost" this the book for you. That was one of the reviews I read before buying and I kept waiting for something to happen as I waited when I was watching "lost". Peter Clines knows how to pick his times. You get in touch with characters and I felt I was leaving the whole thing.
There is one moment when they start to reveal what is going on. When they go to the basement and find the big "thing" and start really investigating and joining all the clues. I really loved that part.
He is great. I think this is the first book I read that is narrated by him but he does a great job. He keeps his voices very consistent and even when I got lost on the narration, I knew I could recognize all the characters.
When they opened apartment 14!!!!
If you liked "lost", this is the book for you. I have enough for now of this kind of book, but I really want to listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter.
If this is your first Peter Clines book, be prepared for the unexpected ... frequently. What a mind. This trip of fantasy is like no other. You will enjoy every minute. Ray Porter does a fantastic job. Have fun!
The book was very good until the last few chapters or so. The ending started to take a turn and when they *Spoiler Alert* entered the parallel universe it took a turn for the worse. I was very disappointed once the book was over and felt that the ending should have been a little different.
The narrator was excellent.
I enjoyed the way the author brought computer hacking, societal misfits and a mystery together in this book. There are elements of "Ready Player One" feel to the book with references to the culture of the 90's.
I bought this one on sale, and I would say it was a good purchase. I am recommending this for those of you that enjoyed "Ready Player One.
The performance was good and the variation in voices made it easy to follow the characters.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
You move into a new building and like most places there are a few building quirks... well a little more than quirks. So what is the average guy to do.... why of course try to figure out what is going on and enlist the majority of the building tenants to help. What a great way to meet the neighbors.
It was really fun to listen to a story about normal people being thrown into an extraordinary situation. Ray Porter brought the characters in Peter Clines' story to life and gave each of the characters their own voice and personality.
It is definitely not your standard horror story which is a good thing because I have the tendency to turn all the lights on in the house & hide under the covers when listening to those.