This was my first WhisperSync audible purchase and I loved going back and forth from Kindle to Audible. The story was suspenseful and filled with entertaining characters--best described (as the author does throughout) as Shaggy, Daphne, Velma and Fred. Oh how we cheer for "Shaggy" and adore the sharp-tonged, Russian "Velma" and the blue-haired "Daphne" as they solve all the riddles of the universe locked in apartment.....oops, spoiler alert.
As with most Sci-Fi, when you finally look behind the curtain it is never quite as thrilling as the pages you just raced through to get there. But Peter Clines does not hold back on any of the potential for other-worldly adventure.
All that being said, by far the best feature of this audio-book is the narrator--Ray Porter. For my next audible purchase, I will definately seek out another book based on his narration. He was able to use different voices for each of the characters in this vast ensemble--not an easy task with the various ethnic backgrounds and the different women involved. And he did so masterfully. When the final threatening voices are added at the end of the tale, Mr. Porter nailed the haunting/threatening voice which sounded (to me at least) similar to Gollum. Bravo on an outstanding narration!
If you want to spend the next 9-10 hours solving puzzles and running for you life--this is absolutely the story for you!
Ray Porter really mastered the characters in voice, dialect, spirit and nuance of language relevant to the character. Young, old and neither, it was a great listen.
for me it stands on its own, I can't really compare it to another book.
There were a number of great scenes throughout the book, some being very small subtle moments between characters, others where a good solid round of sarchasm made all the difference, and some where the length and breadth of the suspense was very well played. I like others, can't really speak to some of the best stuff with out omitting spolier-ship.
Be careful what you look for, it may find you.
great listen, highly recommend
Definitely the narrator. You always knew who was talking and his timing was perfect!
Without giving it away, 14's doorway...
Any and all interaction/conversations between Veek and Nate.
I found myself laughing out loud with the witty dialogue.
You won't be sorry purchasing this book. I had a very hard time turning it off....wanted to listen to all 12 1/2 hours of it in 1 sitting.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was easy to follow while I was driving to work. The plot has lots of twists with likeable characters. The reader gave a top notch performance. It is mostly family friendly, it has plenty of action and has one mild sex scene.
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
A bit of a surprise this one! Don't expect a sweeping mythology with a deep story. Strictly a modern reinterpretation of similar twilight stand alone stories from the past. However it is very well written and narrated. I highly recommend the story for a light bit of fun.
I was concerned this was going to be yet another zombi/vampire story. I tried to find out from the reviews but to no avail. I can now happily say there are none in this book.
The story is great and I was very glad that none of the reviews gave anything away. If I had know before I started it wouldn't have been as good.
Hope you enjoy it too.
This novel hooks your from the first sentence and remains suspenseful .
I would definitely recommend this book
I would love to have the author write a prequel to the main story
Fun, creative, and fairly entertaining. I agree that this is in the vein of "Lost". I'd also add that it is similar to the Twilight Zone franchise. I'm debating between 3 and 4 stars, sticking with three for now. It was fun while I read it, but like a fun summer action film, I don't know that it will be that memorable. Maybe I'll revise my review in a few weeks. I wasn't terribly drawn to the characters. It's odd to say this, but I don't feel like I really know Nate. He seems like an ordinary, average joe in his late 20s / early 30s. And he'd really like to be doing something he's passionate about. That's all you ever learn about him.
Ray Porter does a great read.
I have to say that since reading "14" I have been noticing odd panels around my house. I don't know what any of them are for...
This book is probably good for sci-fi fans but it is not a scary horror novel (as some of the reviews stated).
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I think the print version might be better only because the mysteries are passed quickly in an audiobook. The narrator, Ray Porter, does a fantastic job but as expected, he does not repeat important parts. He narrates the book once over whereas in the print version a reader can reread or re-examine certain important clues. In truth I had to rewind to re-listen because at times I had a little trouble understanding/picturing what the author was trying to convey.
I enjoyed when Nate and his friends (other tenants) were in the process of discovering the strange situations within their Kavach building and their individual apartments. We go along with them as they spy into locked places, hidden spaces and discover things that are in plain sight along with deciphering clues that are embedded into the walls, halls and beyond the bolted and chain-locked doors. I could hardly stop listening to the first half of this audiobook, which began with mutant cockroaches that are green, have one extra leg and never eat. There are numerous small mysteries that lead to the larger, greater mystery and these paired with the peculiar characters kept me interested/listening for hours on end.
Nate is the main character and he is the most aggressive about wanting to snoop around his building. I also liked Xela because she is a punk-artistic, siren who is intelligent, witty, brave and charming in a sexy sort of way, but to be fair the rest of the characters, like Tim, also have interesting personalities, backgrounds, habits and relevant knowledge, derived from their expertise or what they do for a living; and the combination of all these elements are what is needed to solve the mysteries of the Kavach Building.After listening to this audiobook I was reminded of The Twilight Zone more than the hit tv series Lost. I can see how this story and the final, most devistating mystery can fit into a Twilight episode.