Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I really don't know if the audio edition of 14 would be better than the print version. I did enjoy the narrator's different accents for different characters, but I did not read the print version. The suspense was very good for the first half of the book, however the ending was far fetched, and a little bit confusing.
I don't think so. Although overall I enjoyed '14,' it's just not my normal genre. I like horror but I am more into Stephen King and Jack Ketchum. Without giving away spoilers, this book is sort of 'HP Lovecraft' (who incidentally is mentioned in the book and is a key piece of the puzzle.)
I have to say that I like Nate and Veet. I was surprised with all of the suspense and the 'What is going on with this building?' questions, Nate and Veet were still able to start a romance. I liked their characters the best. They were tough, thoughtful, and they were the strongest characters. Tim was also very strong, and we find out why in the end. The cast of characters were mostly very likeable.
I would have to say that '14' is a good title and tag line because it gives the reader the urge to find out what '14' stands for. The beginning of the book is very suspenseful and exciting, we want to find out what the big secret is in the strange building where these tenants live.
This book sort of dragged at times, and the end was confusing and kind of silly in my opinion, but it was still worth the listen.
Absolutely not. It was basically Scooby Doo for adults (sea monsters and all). The beginning seemed so interesting but then the story started taking absurdly weird turns. The characters never developed and the plot became a joke.
Ray Porter's performance was excellent throughout this book.
No. I wanted to like this book and I wish I had a better idea of how it would progress.
As a longtime horror fan, I gotta say, this isn't Stephen King. Heck, it's not even Dean Koontz. I was so optimistic after reading all the reviews, but am just totally underwhelmed. The narrator was annoying; it was as if he assigned each character a very distinct stereotypical persona- the everyman, the Indian neighbor, the R. Lee Ermey military guy, the surfer "Far-Out, Dude!", the sexy weird girl... This book also kind of insulted my intelligence. You don't need to explain every conversation, every nuance. (I'm thinking of one instance where one character described the creatures as "squales," which another character had to follow up with, "Squales?" And then the first character had to lay it out... "You know, squid-whales?!") I wanted to like this book, I really did!! But, how I wish I'd saved that credit and not wasted those hours on it.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
only certain friends. it is not my kind of book. i purchased it based on reviews.
either a john steinbeck book or "those across the river"
he portrrayed the individual characters very well.
NO. maybe some people mite. i probably won't read from this author again. unless i see a book that really sounds good...then this one sounded good. it would be good for sifi lovers.
when authors write and write. sometimes they should quit while they are ahead. this book was pretty good until it got strange. if you like sifi you will like this.
Only if they were Sci-Fi Fantasy aficionados, and then, only on the strength of the performance of Ray Porter.
He could have filled in the holes of the plot. I know this was fantasy but his characters went from acting like morons to scientists within three sentences.
The Indian hacker.
I will seek more of Ray Porter's work.
Ray Porter's performance made a bad story into one worth sticking with. I honestly don't regret buying this silly story.
This is the first time the audible reader reviews fooled me into getting a real clunker.
Just bad. Ridiculous story line.
The book was disjointed, childish and felt like the whole concept came from a California dude who never grew up. In the midst of almost certain death, we are suppose to accept that the characters are making Scooby Doo references and giving each other friendly "bitch" rejoinders to childish put-downs.
Certainly, it will make me very skeptical of believing Audible.com stellar reviews.
Doesn't matter who narrarated it. It was a lost cause.
The book needs a complete rewrite.
This book was amazing and had me wanting MORE. It really had the potential to be one of the greatest. But towards the end it gets way bazaar and totally ruined it. It was still a awesome book with a great narrator, but dang it could of been awesome.
Characters were not “believable” and their behaviors/reactions implausible. Characters set in 21st century LA had personalities and behaved more like 1970's Iowa. Example. Character determines that an unknown variety of bugs "die on demand" at a specific location, so she drops the idea of studying them because she cant get a live one to the lab. A twelve year old would recognize that bringing something like that to the attention of any researcher at any university would bring down scientists from all over the world, but these characters just grunt and forget it. All in all the premise/plot seemed pretty thin. The plot had that 70's feel, where an author could just throw in anything without any believable, realistic, naturalistic, scientific foundation being laid down first. Maybe I expect too much from a "horror story," but I like for it to be "believable."
Reader is pretty good. He tries but is not very good with "accents."
Except for the 2012 references, iPads, cell phones, etc. the book had the "feel" of 1960's or 70's plots that didn't require efforts at establishing believability. Plot seemed to have that Twilight Zone, Outer Limits kind of "feel." Maybe a good plot for a made for TV movie, but not a 12 hour read.
I will definitely avoid Ray Porter as a narrator, though I can't fault him for the whole thing. The sound engineer had some blame, too. You quickly discover that they recorded one instance of "said Nate," and then used it throughout the audiobook. Only, there's a slight pause between the words that makes it not flow, and it gets REALLY annoying.
And Peter Clines, the author, has GOT to get a better editor. One who will tell him that one does not "take a hit off of his beer," and that even if he did, we, the readers, really don't want to hear about EVERY FREAKING SIP that the character takes! The minutiae that the author chose to include in the narrative really boggled my mind. I kept thinking that it was some kind of clue or something, and that it would explain itself in the end. But, no. It was just the author not knowing what to put in and what to take out. Which is typically the editor's job. So, narrator, sound engineer, author, and editor all share the blame on the fact that I only listened to the end to find out how it ended, not because I was enjoying myself.
As an editor, I'd have taken a harder look at whether all of the facts lined up. Considering this was a pseudo-mystery novel (not my typical genre to read), I'd have expected there to be no internally inconsistent facts. They call a major piece of the puzzle (no spoilers from me!) by one name, then determine that it couldn't be the name, but then revert to calling it by that name for the rest of the book. Make up your mind, Peter Clines!