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The Fold

Written by: Peter Clines
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Editors Select, June 2015 - Obligatory lecture: If you love audio, and you have not yet checked out 14, you should. That said, The Fold – which is set within the same universe, but stands on its own – may just as easily make a Peter Clines groupie out of you. This sci-fi mystery follows Mike, a not-so-ordinary high school teacher hired to investigate the scientists behind The Albuquerque Door, a machine that has made teleportation possible. It seems to work fine... but as he digs deeper, Mike soon realizes the scientists are hiding something. It's a signature Clines story, full of puzzles, fun characters, and plenty of weirdness. The cherry on top is 14 narrator Ray Porter, who so perfectly embodies the authors' characters and tone, mastering his unique blend of sarcasm and suspense.

Publisher's Summary

Step into the fold. It's perfectly safe.

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

Far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to "fold" dimensions, it shrinks distances so a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step. The invention promises to make mankind's dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the door is completely safe. Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn't quite what it seems - and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there's only one answer that makes sense. And if he's right, it may be only a matter of time before the project destroys...everything. A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you'll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuine pause-resister science-fiction thriller. Step inside its audio and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.

©2015 Peter Clines (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"Narrator Ray Porter deftly captures the emotions of a group of people who are caught up in a force they don't understand.... Porter ably voices a wide range of characters--from the gruff team leader to the foul-mouthed female engineer and the stammering alien leader. Porter is an affable travel guide on this thrilling trip to a frightening world." ( AudioFile)

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Couldnt. Stop. Listening.

Seriously, I read the book in two days when it came out and then found the audiobook and died and went to heaven. Like every Clines novel, the Fold is breathtaking. I can't recommend it highly enough. I didn't think it could get any better after I read it and then I listened to Ray Porter narrate and it blew me away. Cannot wait for more! And if you haven't listened to 14 or Paradox Bound yet, add them to your list! They are equally as original and enthralling.

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Tech mystery with surprising plot twists and turns

Picked up the audiobook in an Audible sale and was pleasantly surprised. Don't think I've read anything by this author before, but I generally like science fiction and I definitely enjoyed the frequent twists and turns of the plot of this one.

Briefly, high school English teacher Mike is finally persuaded to help out his DARPA buddy Reggie by investigating some scientists who are trying to build an instant-travel gate (step in here, step out miles away... or on the other side of the world). And they've actually got it working! But Reggie doesn't know any of the details of why or how, and the scientists aren't talking, just insisting it needs more testing, and Reggie has a hunch something feels weird. So in goes his trusted buddy Mike, with a massively high IQ and an eidetic memory, to try and pinpoint what feels "off" and figure out what - if anything - they're hiding.

Mike is, needless to say, not welcomed warmly by the scientists, but does his best to figure out what's going on and whether there's a problem or whether it's all legit. And the tech really is very puzzling. Clearly it works, but nobody can give him a clear answer why or now ... and then he starts to notice strange things happening also. And, due to his eidetic memory, he actually does notice them, unlike most people who'd just shrug and assume they misremembered. Soon Mike is on the track of a bigger problem and eventually, without going into spoilery details, it seems the fate of the world hangs in his hands...

I really liked the teleportal tech (the "Albuquerque Door"), and the fact that Mike himself is slowly trying to figure out exactly what it is and why, allows the reader to be introduced to concepts at a slower pace without turning into a science exposition dump. I also liked that the plot took several unexpected turns that I didn't see coming, and turned into quite a suspenseful mystery which I wasn't expecting from what I thought was a sci fi tech story. I wasn't quite so keen on the characters themselves; Mike was a bit of a deus ex machina, a flawless hero who can know everything and solve everything due to his magic memory. The other characters were all pretty shallowly drawn. It was nice there were 2 tech-oriented women among the scientists, but everyone was pretty two-dimensional so you didn't really get much acquainted with any of them.

Overall though it definitely kept my attention and I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. I particularly liked the implication at the end that multiple sequels could possibly follow... but don't have to, for this book to end satisfactorily.

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  • Bob
  • 2019-08-26

Outstanding Read (Listen)

I really loved this story. The book is so well written. The author’s flow is so natural that you don’t question any of his phrasing. And the narration is great too.
The story line builds in a believable way even though the story itself is science fiction based. Overall, a very enjoyable read. I’d love to see a second book follow-up.

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Very epic!

What a great story with tons of plot twists that keeps you gripped till then end. One of the best sci fi I read this year.

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awesome sauce

story is great, character development is great, performance is great. listen to 14 first. 100 thumbs up.

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A few chapters too many

I don't want to give out any of the story but the last few chapters I didn't like, other than that the book was beautiful.

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thoroughly enjoyed it

I'm new to Peter Clines, having just read "14" which I loved. This book takes place in the same universe, and although it's a different story, it is just as entertaining. I've come to really enjoy Ray Porter's narrations, even if his women do tend to sound the same (hey, only so much you can do with a male voice!). This book quickly became a "page turner" (the audiobook equivalent: walking around the house all day with headphones on!) and I even listened to it well into the night. I highly recommend this book as well as 14 (Paradox Bound was not as good as these two, IMO).

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Good premise, average execution, poor ending.

Just my gut feeling that the beginning of the book would lead to somewhere/something more extraordinary or imaginative. I was not let down per say, but nor was I surprise. Ending did not really feal like a closure, or if it really wanted to make a second; did not put forward a story arc appealing enough to make me want to further explore... Characters are somewhat generic, mostly one-dimensional with a bit of surprise when there is actually some depth in one or two of them... Actors performance are great though. Keep it in your wishlist for when you do not have anything else better to get.

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  • Brian G
  • 2017-09-01

Had so much promise

The premise is great and the story had legs for the first half, gets slow the drops off a cliff. Narration is good. 14 was a better book.

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  • J. Klinghoffer
  • 2015-08-06

Fun premise, great performance, weak story

Have seen quite a few reviews praising this as being an original and even "out-of-the-box". It's not. It borrows heavily from the plot lines of several 1990's video games and ends with a scene ripped straight from a 1997 blockbuster sci-fi movie.

What it is, however, is a great opener, with an interesting mystery and a couple of initially intriguing characters. The setup is sort of trope-y (secret govt science, ominous signs of something going wrong, super competent hero-protagonist), but the prose, banter and character development of a genius English teacher are slick enough to make you feel that anticipation you get as you slowly climb to the first apex of a roller coaster.

Unfortunately, for me, it was all anticipation and no rush. The plot was close to transparent from outset, which of course dims the payoff, but it was really the characters themselves that really irritated me.

First, the protagonist was never really developed beyond the opening chapters. All we ever manage to learn about him is that: a) he likes being an English teacher, b) he's really, really smart and c) he has a perfect memory, which can be a burden. We are given the barest glimpses of the internal workings of a mind that, by all rights should be running NASA, but instead chooses to be a high school teacher.

Second, the conclusions and decisions of the characters do not prove out the premise that they are extremely intelligent scientists and a super-genius. With my middling IQ, I sorted out what was happening to the science team in the first chapter with little more than the title and cover graphic to go on. Yet, the super-genius protagonist couldn't rationalize it with several traditional clues, even as a far flung possibility, until much later on. This theme would run throughout the book, with the protagonist failing to make connections and manage obvious risk until it was too late to prevent bad things from happening. It started to feel like a Hollywood action script where characters are forced to make poor decisions for no better reason than to expedite the plot. Indeed, there were times when I actively disliked the characters I was supposed to be rooting for because their obviously terrible decision making was putting billions of fictional lives at risk.

If you are someone who easily suspends disbelief and don't get too wrapped up in the logic of how a story progresses, this could be a fun, fluffy, sci-fi romp. If you are looking for something equally lightweight and fun, but with intelligence, check out John Scalzi.

P.S. Vocal performance was excellent!

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  • Ido
  • 2018-02-21

starts elegantly, ends as bad as it gets

The book opens elegantly, witty and smart. It's mysterious and riddle like. Then in some point it seems that a different author takes place - a 14 years old teenagers that turns the book into Marines vs bug prople. And the book goes to toilet.

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  • shirley
  • 2015-06-03

Loved it until the last couple of hours.

I have the same issue with this novel that I did with "14" - the ending just kind of went off the deep end into weirdness. Don't get me wrong, I loved the story! However, once the "secret" was revealed then we went from an engaging mystery to a horror film with several action sequences. It's almost as if both stories deliberately jumped from one genre to another.

I would have been supremely satisfied if the story had wound up two hours earlier. But that's just me. I'm not a fan of horror scifi. It's why I've never read any of Clines' zombie books. Just not for me. The mystery though, FANTASTIC, if a bit predictable.

Narrator does an amazing job!

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-01-09

Star Trek: Q-Squared

GAME OF THRONES
First, you got to like a book that starts out with references to Game of Thrones, the best drama ever, with or without boobs. Although, I prefer with. This starts out a bit slow, but than about chapter 24 hits on all cylinders and Clines never lets up on the gas. At first I thought maybe Clines made a mistake going all hard Sci-Fi, but than he starts with the crazy stuff and it was great.

Star Trek
Throughout the book are references to Game of Thrones and Star Trek. If you are not familiar with these shows, you will not get some of the references. Course if you are not familiar with these, you probably would not be reading this. I enjoyed the book, as I have enjoyed most of what Clines has wrote and I hope he writes more along these same lines.

Ray Porter
One of the best narrators. He does not do a lot of voices, matter of fact these characters all sound the same as the Joe Ledger characters. Porter is the master of inflection and tone. He knows how real people talk and does a perfect job of bringing across the meaning of the writer's words.

Q-Squared
If you are a big fan of the theme of this story and a fan of Star Trek, you will want to check out Q-Squared by Peter David.

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  • Meview
  • 2018-03-22

Repetitive & too many plot holes, a bit annoying

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was entertaining to listen to but although it's a fiction the book doesn't make sense in many ways that even a sci-fi shouldn't have plot holes. I won't spoil it but many things do not align and the rules the author makes up in this world seem to change to contradict what he is trying to show. It was incredibly predictable in what the "mystery" the scientists are trying to hide, you can tell from the very beginning what the door does and he draws out that part like it's some sort of giant surprise. It was hard for me to like many of the characters.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The book was more enjoyable toward the beginning then it became more and more ridiculous with things that did not work together. Most of the characters were not that likable. The females were not portrayed in a great way which was annoying, one said "F*&% me" every other phrase... and they are supposed to be highly intelligent scientists.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Ray Porter did a great job of changing voices for the male characters but all of the female characters sounded like the same unintelligent female with an incredibly annoying voice.

Any additional comments?

It's not the worst book and it started out okay but I would pass on this, there are better options out there.

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  • Anaya Behan
  • 2017-10-11

The Fold could have used The Fold to shorten the book

The concept of the Fold is a good one, although a somewhat tired concept. The main issue of this book is that 99% of the book is the same dialogue, over and over. The characters describe the same scenario. They mention the same fears. They repeat the same pseudoscience explanations for their experiments. It made the book exhausting rather than enjoyable.

By the time the climax finally hit, I didn’t care. Plus, it didn’t make sense. The entire tone of the book changed. What started as a study of the dynamic between the characters, turned into something different. (Trying not to spoil)

The nerd references were way too overdone. This book will be dated in a year, becoming a toss away. It felt more “how do you do fellow kids” rather than authentic references. It was forced.

The romance was cringy. The “grabbing ass” moments were so bad it tightened my stomach. The dialogue in general was poor. There was a moment where two characters, in the midst of chaos, said the same thing at the same exact time. A character that repeated the same line over and over as a gimmick. It hurt.

This book is skippable.

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  • Josh P
  • 2015-06-03

Especially good if you've already read "14"

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Peter Clines is quickly becoming my favorite thriller / mystery / horror writer. While "The Fold" is a stand-alone novel much of mysteries that where solved in "14" are revisited in this book and serve as a foundation for the new mysteries in this book. You don't have to read "14" to understand "The Fold" but I believe you will find the solutions to the mysteries of this book more satisfying with that back ground. At first I thought "the fold" was completely new standalone novel that had no connections to his other works. Then I read what I thought was a cameo/shout out to some green iridescent roaches. That put a grin on my face. I don't want to say anything further so as not to spoil anything but I really suggest reading "14" if you haven't done so. As a note of warning, I would not read "The Fold" 1st and the "14". Some of the things discussed in "The Fold" are answers to the main mysteries the protagonist and his friends are trying to solve in "14".

Neither though is this book a true sequel to "14". Maybe it could be considered a spin-off Though as a stand alone book and you could enjoy it by itself. The closest experience I've had with something like this was watching Stargate Atlantis. I had never seen the original Movie or StarGate SG1 series before watching season 1 of Stargate Atlantis. I really enjoyed Stargate Atlantis so while I waited for season 2 to premier I went back and watched SG1 and the original movie. Doing that made Atlantis at the more enjoyable for me as I started to pick up on a lot more background things that I wouldn't have noticed without watch the earlier show. "The Fold" and its predecessor "14" bring out that extra information and world building in that same way.

Unlike "14", "The Fold" starts of with a more thriller vibe. To me the book really felt like I was listening to a Lincoln Child / Douglas Preston type novel for the beginning 2 hours.Our protagonist "Mike", who is blessed/cursed with a high IQ & Idetic memory being sent to investigate a secretive project being funded by DARPA, (unlike our everyday day joe hero of 14 just falling into the middle of a mystery). After those first 2 hours, the mystery kicks into high gear and all the things I loved about the way "14" was wrote started to appear. The character development and character relationships appear and you slowly see it change from the protagonist curiosity being the driving force to the entire group becoming interested working together.

This book is in my personal opinion a lot rougher than "14". If your expecting the same formula as "14", the core elements of it is there but there are also many changes. This time your even working with a governmental oversight viewpoint right from the start rather than just a group of friends. Does this make it better or worse than "14"? To answer I would go back to the StarGate analogy. I know some people really loved Atlantis & others where die hard SG-1 fans. IMHO, they where both good and I while I did have my own favorite of the two, both shows complimented each other so well that I could enjoy either show. That's what "14" & "The Fold" are in a sense. Two stories that compliment each other. You'll probably having a favorite among the two but having already read "14" will make you enjoy "The Fold" all the more, especially if you go in with the knowledge that it will feel quite different at least to start with, but all core elements that made "14" so good will eventual find a way into the story.

As for narration/voice acting. Ray Portor continues to give a stellar performance. If I see his name as narrator and it's a genre I like it's nearly an automatic buy. I can't think of anybody I've listened to with his narration that was a disappointment. It's kinda like Micheal Kramer and epic fantasy. I've been willing to purchase epic fantasy 20+ hour books whose authors I've never heard of and their plot summary I only find vaguely interesting, just because they do such a good job with narration, I'm willing to take a risk. Ray Portor is easily in my top 5 narrators and he does his gives his regular outstanding performance in this book.

So if you haven't read "14" I suggest you read that and then come back and read "The Fold" to maximize your enjoyment of the story. If you didn't like "14", I also suggest you give the "The Fold" a chance because it's just different enough from 14 that whatever you may not have like from "14", might have been replaced with a different writing style that you may enjoy more. Finally if you were expecting a "14" continuation/clone may I suggest you read at least halfway through before giving up. I believe all the things that made "14" such and enjoyable book are in "The Fold" in some form or another even if it's not immediately obvious. I do hope that Mr. Clines eventually picks something to put in the titles of these books to show that they are connected so future titles that occur in this "world" will be easy to spot. I do apologize if I rambled a bit in this review or came across as vague but found it extremely difficult to talk about any similarities between both books or make direct comparisons without spoiling any of the story/mystery. To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed "The Fold", I finished it in one non-stop binge and as for "14" I think I read it at least 6 times in the past year. All I can say is that I hope you will give both "The Fold" & "14" a try and that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • John
  • 2018-02-13

How many times can one character say “F*** me”?

The Fold started great, but failed to deliver. This having been a semi-sequel to 14, I had high hopes for it. The quantum science behind it is a great plot device. But the characters and rehashed dialogue have me yelling at my stereo in annoyance. I won’t stop listening to Peter Clines, but

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  • Patricia
  • 2019-07-14

written for young adults

I was hoping that this was going to be good. But it looks like I need to not rely on the views so much. This book was a lot like Room 14. which I really didn't like either Lots of strange creatures trying to slip into the this world and kill people. Boring underdeveloped characters and silly Sex scenes. Wish I hadn't wasted my credit.

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