I liked the ideas in the book but not how they were expressed. This book had a lot of very interesting perspectives and twists. However, most of the dialogue sounded like two people making pointless small talk and attempting to see which one can say, "That is weird," the most. This is not a bad book, but it is not one I would recommend.
The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.
If you like those cheesy Sci-Fi channel movies that are made in week this books for you.
It just took the weirdness too far. I wanted creepy not stupid.
I really liked all of the characters but the voice of the monster saying "My prey" creeped me out! I was worried I would have nightmares!
This book was great until they opened a door into outerspace and the monsters were introduced.
I'm glad I listened to it. It confirmed to me that Sci-Fi is not for me.
I expect to very soon.
There are lots of visual scenes I want to hear again... lots of funny lines I like and hope to incorporate in to my day to day lexicon
after opening the door to 14 there was some discussion as to what to now... call NASA...
He lends great tonality to the story that I likely would not have brought to it. Each of the neighbors are very distinct even the women.
NASA... we have space in out apartment building.
Very interesting use of technical historical steam punk design language.
Original, Captivating and Addictive
I enjoyed the fact that the plot was so original that I was unable to predict where the writer was taking me. This book had me guessing to the last chapter.
Great narrator. I am new to his work.
When the building super tells you to stay out of dark corners, there's a reason. Some doors are meant to stay shut.
The narrator handles a number of character voices adeptly and you really forget just one person is narrating! The characters are interesting and, along with the suspense, there is humor to keep it engaging. The story sucks you in and I found myself sitting in my car and listening even after I had arrived at my destination. I couldn't stop listening. Well done all around.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
In the classic video game Myst, the player is dropped in an island with not much context or something to do but, rather, some mysterious, often mechanical devices. The game progresses as the player goes through the puzzles and gets to learn the true purpose of these contraptions.
14 is a modern revisiting of Myst in novel format. The story of a regular person who finds a new apartment and starts realizing that some things are amiss with the building - not in a scary or dangerous way - but just odd and intriguing. The hero finds other people in the building that are similarly intrigued and embark on a quest to find the truth about the building.
This quest is not disappointing and the author is quite good at keeping the reader interested by pacing the discovery and mystery very nicely. There is some nice investigation work, and also some unexpected but often refreshing action sequences, as well as some twists and the ultimate discoveries are imaginative and rewarding. If one may find a weakness with the book, it is that the characters lack substance and are not the main driver for the story. It's too bad but one should remember that the original Myst videogame was pretty much with no character to speak of.
Surprising - Courious - Intriguing
Yes! I couldn't stop listening because I NEEDED to know where it was going to next and what was going to happen.
This story went in a direction I was not expecting. Iv never read any of his books before this one and I REALLY enjoyed this book! I don't usually like this genera but this was very cool!
I wanted to try something a little different and, after reading lots of reviews, this is what I chose. Science-fiction and fantasy are my usual favorites and, at first, I was worried that this book might be too scary for me (I'm a big chicken), but it wasn't. It WAS a little creepy, but nothing worthy of nightmares. There was even a teeny bit of romance mixed in.
Overall, a very nice balance that would suit an avid reader of any genre, plus a top-notch performance.
This title lives up to all of the splendid reviews. Also, I can see sequels since not all loose ends are tied.
I was very happy to see that this novel did not include zombies. I avoided other Clines novels because they did appear to include zombies. Zombie threads are the biggest creative cop-out in modern Sci-Fi literature. Zombies are the 'Vampire & Werewii" of the 21st century and I usually pass-m-up.
This felt not so much like a novel but a long treatment for a proposed television series, ala something from the JJ Abrams universe.
The story was interesting, but there weren't any early hooks in the first part of the book that would make me want to care about what happened. Perhaps an early partial reveal would have helped but would have been, by far, much better, was an investment in character development. I don't care about what happens to any of these characters. I don't know their back stories, and so, I don't care. We're given caricatures, instead of actual characters: the underachieving lead, the former secretive CIA type, the nerdy woman of Indian decent... these and the others are all two dimensional, but they didn't have to be.
As for the story itself, yes, it is somewhat entertaining, but it's only carried forward by narration and dialogue. And, while the dialogue can be witty and fun sometimes, it's not enough to carry this story in a form that would make me want to care about it.
But, I've heard worse, and this by far is not that. If you want a brainless candy bar, then this could be your next book. And,there is nothing wrong with brainless candy bars. You just don't want to eat them as your sole sustenance. Such is, I guess, this book.