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!
I think this book should be classified as AY. and, even at that, it's puerile. The story is a mashup of fantasy-sci-fi cliches with predictable characters spouting trite and trivial dialogue. The audio production (Oh the audio-production) is awful. Having done audio production for Random House's Dr. Seuss series in the day, I know from whence I speak.The engineer inserts takes from later readings where the same character sounds totally different (room ambience, different studio, different energy level) in the midst of his dialogue. Often the narrator loses the thread entirely and uses the same voice for two different characters. Stay away from this garbage.
No. I love this genre. It turned me off from Peter Clines.
In the worst possible ways.
Anger at such a poor package.
The story is super silly, characters had no depth
The voice made for the women made the dialogs sound even sillier
No, it was a waste of time
Peter Clines is serious about his worlds ending. This book is what Chris Matthews is constantly calling everyone on The Bachelor/Bachelorette – a “fan favorite”. I discovered 14 by looking at reviews of another book on Audible, and someone had posted “This book is great but if you have to pick one book right now get 14! Get this one later!” The urgency convinced me. 14 is a creative apocalyptic-mystery/House of Usher/fun house at the carnival type read, very outside the box. A sort of steampunk-ish Clue game of our world’s end. One thing I think is really funny, another author gave this book a blurb that says ”A riveting apocalyptic mystery in the style of LOST.” The TV show? I think this book has more in common with… books.
transport to alternate dimension
started a bit slow, but the ppl seemed real and familiar
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was unique, creative. and entertaining..all things a sci-fi book should be! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars across the board is that too many questions lingered in my mind after this book wrapped up. Most of the questions were sub plots and it bothered me that they were never explained. For example, it was never explained why people in some apartments slept well and others left after 6 months due to not sleeping or having nightmares. Why even add this info if the author never explains why this occurs!? !It seemed that the book ended abruptly and was a little rushed.