I normally LOVE Peter Clines. I have read and recommended many of his books, so when I heard there was a new one, I was thrilled.
Cut to my bewilderment as I listened to a book led by a completely uninteresting lead, full of useless characters, with a plot that, while imaginative simply turned out to be useless and dumb.
I'm sad. I adore Ray Porter's voice, and that is the only way I made it to the end of this very very pointless book.
My advice, save a credit and read one of his older works.
146 of 160 people found this review helpful
I only listened to this audiobook once, so I may have missed some important key piece of information that would have made the rest of the book actually interesting. But I doubt it. It reminds me a little bit of Field of Dreams where "the voice" tells Kevin Costner to drive to Boston to find James Earl Jones, and then "the voice" tells both of them to go to Minnesota to find Burt Lancaster, but it turns out they need the Burt Lancaster from 40 years ago when he was a young aspiring base ball player, and eventually they find both old Burt and young Burt. But Field of Dreams WORKS. It is playful and fantastical but also compelling and inspiring. Paradox Bound is none of those things. It is just a confusing mess, with only the very slightest touch to the 14/Fold universe.
I have listened to 14 and The Fold numerous times, happily going wherever the story took me, enjoying every listen and every voice by the talented Ray Porter. But every writer can have a stumble, and you do him no favor if you slather him with undeserved praise based on his past work instead of honest criticism of the current book. I am going to give this book one more try, but if it doesn't get a whole lot better the second time around, it's going to get returned.
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105 of 117 people found this review helpful
Sorry, Peter, this book was just not up to what I've come to expect from you. The story was sophomoric, the characters shallow, and over all was a plain snooze-fest. I finished it, hoping for some strange bugs, but alias, another disappointment. But don't let this latest release get you down, we know you can do better. Come back strong.
Ray Porter was the one saving grace of this read. I could listen to him read the dictionary.
50 of 56 people found this review helpful
I'm a big fan of Peter Clines other books, but this book has been painful to get through, simply because EVERY dialogue plays out similarly:
Someone makes a statement, Eli says "What", "Who", "How", "Why", "Where", or "When", then the person repeats the exact same statement, just for Eli to try another interrogative, and so on.
I began to play a game where I would yell out what I thought Eli was going to say next, and got probably 80% accurate by the end.
The book could have been 8 hours long and a whole lot less tedious without this song and dance.
41 of 46 people found this review helpful
Clines' is definitely not a one-hit wonder. I've read his past three novels and all of them manage to exceed my expectations. I haven't read the Ex-heroes series yet but if they're anything like his recent releases, they have to be good.
I love how imaginative his novels are. There are no cliche characters, no guessing the ending by chapter two - I literally have no idea what's going to happen next. And can't stop listening, which for me is unusual. A lot of times I end up zoning out or skipping through audiobooks, wishing it would just be over. I've never done that with this author/narrator pairing. It's like Ray Porter was born to read Clines' novels. I honestly hope he never uses anyone else.
If you're debating whether or not to pick this as your next listen, if you're even remotely into, as another reviewer calls it, "strange" sci-fi or alternate reality type stuff, I promise you it will be worth your time. Even if it's not your usual cup of tea, it's still a really great book.
107 of 122 people found this review helpful
14 is Clines' high water mark (IMO) and this new work doesn't quite reach even the level of The Fold for pulling you in and keeping you engaged. I WANTED to connect with the characters but never quite got there.
Porter doesn't have the range of some narrators and offers no new voices here, but does an adequate job.
Still, its a fun little story and kept me entertained on a few long runs. I didn't like it as much as I wanted to when I picked it up but don't regret the credit.
32 of 37 people found this review helpful