One of the first audio books I ever listened to. It was great!
I never knew where the next chapter would lead me. The plot was never obvious and while I generally can guess where an author is leading me, with this book it was truly mystifying. I bought the audio book to entertain me on my long train commute into the city, but, instead, I would stay up late at night listening and feverishly knitting along as I listened to "just one more chapter".,
The frantic demolition of the apartments to undercover the cryptic messages; I could visualize this perfectly in my head. Knowing that these undecipherable messages were urgently important, and yet, not knowing how to interpret them.....so menacing!
If you, like me, love to read books where everyday people get thrown into extra-ordinary situations, and have to first come to an understanding that something paranormal (I don't mean ghosts) is going on, then this book is for you. For me, the discovery part is what I love. Most books of this genre wrap up the discovery 1/4 of the way through the book. But with 14, it takes over 1/2 of the book before things start to reveal themselves, and even more before becoming fully understandable.
Clines has set such a high bar, I'm almost afraid to read any of his other books.
Absolutely. In fact I plan to start listening again right away.
It is such an ensemble piece it would be hard to decide; they are all great.
I really liked the beginning. The act of discovery, learning all the strange things about the building.
I was listening to 14 — the reader/actor is just terrific, by the way — while driving down the expressway in an area that is very familiar, somewhere I’ve been many, many times. Well there’s a big climax a little over half-way through and I was so into the story that I drove right past my exit, and I didn’t even care. Now that’s a good book!
Wow. Just wow. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in years.
14 is a Science Fiction Mystery Weird Horror SteamPunkish Historical Dooms Day Suspense novel that somehow manages to work on every level. It kept me guessing throughout and tied up things very nicely at the end.
The story starts slow, but carries you along, introducing the people who live in this incredible apartment building. The characterization is a little weak in spots, but the story is so compelling that you really don't care. This is a book that you just gobble up, reading/listening late into the night. And when you're done, you actually feel good about spending your time on it, satisfied, if a bit shaken and battle scarred.
I never read the book, but I think the Audio has to be better
A truly great story. You think ..What is 5 people in an Apartment about...Trust me on this, the levels of this book amazed me. They just kept going. It kept me glued.
Nate and Zeela.
I could have. I made the mistake of listening to this before I go to sleep..ha...the story kept going and kept me up late at night.
Probably one of the best overall stories I have listened to in a long time. I was sad when it ended, that is a mark of a great book right!
Different, interesting, funny
This is an interestingly different book with a novel idea. I thought it had some problems toward the end. It always bothers me when I feel like the author is stretching the book out and having the characters do stupid things. But all-in-all I enjoyed the book. The author can write and the narrator was excellent.
Say something about yourself!
This book introduced me to the work of Peter Clines, and I must say he made a great first impression, I will definitely be downloading more of his works.
Story gets you hooked within the first few very short chapters and the narrator provided a stellar performance. I can still hear some of the character voices near the end of the book... you will know which ones when you hear them.
Overall, the story was faced paced with just the right amount of tension, suspense and thrills.
Easily ranks in the top ten
Its so good I cant think of a single moment - without spoiling the story for others.
No this is a first for me. I dont usually listen to this kind of book but I picked it based on the user reviews.
A really great audio book, plenty of twists and turns. Heaps of suspense. The narrator does a fantastic job at separating the different characters.
I highly recommend getting this book - even if its not what you usually go for its well worth the listen!
long haul truck driver with eclectic tastes and numerous interests
recommend this. well written ray porter did a good job of narrating. flowed good.
the editing by audible on the break was off. the second part replayed about 15 minutes of the first part.
Accept for reading the reviews, I went into this audio book knowing nothing about it. The story was a little slow to start, but got better and better as the book went on. For the most part I liked Ray Porter's narration. I was impressed with his vocal range and how he represented each character uniquely. However, I found some of the female voices to be slightly annoying and off character. Overall, this audio book was a great experience.
i never heard of Peter Clines, so I also bought this book purely on the reviews. First let me say that the story is good. It is really, really good. It doesnt drag and just when you think it's over - it keeps going.
Second is the narrator. Ray Porter MAKES this story go from really good to awesome. Sometimes I forget he is doing every voice. He nails every voice...for example, when the female indian character is being sarcastic (which she is a lot), you can FEEL the drip in the narrators voice that she is ooozing. He's THAT good!
i just finished GONE GIRL (which I totally recommend) and was hoping I could find a book that:
1) i knew nothing about the story
2) would keep my interest from cover to cover
....this story did both - BRAVO!
nope - but i do plan on searching out what else he's recorded.
btw - the only narrator I would compare him to is Jim Dale who recorded the Harry Potter series (again, amazing!!!!)