The Fold

  • by Peter Clines
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


Audible Editor Reviews

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. —Sam, Audible Editor


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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This is a perfect example of why I refuse to even look at anything about a book other than the publisher's summary before listening to a book- especially reader reviews. If I had read most of the reviews here on Audible I would have had one of the coolest parts of this book spoiled for me. Seriously guys. Some of you are clearly the same people who would run around telling everyone that Vader was Luke's father or Bruce Willis was dead the whole movie. Learn to review without spoiling the plot. See below for an example.

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So, Clines has done it again. I walked into it with such high hopes after listening to '14'; I was not disappointed in the least. This author can tell a story. Incredibly likable characters that show a lot of depth, even within the context of a sic-fi thriller. Geeky pop-culture references, fast paced story, and interconnection that will surprise you.

It is hard for a lot of authors to keep the lines of a complex sic-fi plot that focuses on multiverses and quantum mechanics straight, but Clines does just that. At no point did I feel lost or rushed. There weren't even any gaps in the plot line or inconsistencies. On the contrary, it melded seamlessly into a much broader story that Clines is clearly working on. It was that seamless weld that had me nearly giddy with joy and upped my reverence of the author- I am officially a Clines fan boy now.

The ending will be a bit much for readers who aren't in the 'out there' mood, but that's OK. Ray Porter did a tremendous job once more with the narration. Adult themes throughout, would probably get an R rating for language (primarily) and some violence if it were a movie.

I cannot wait for Clines' next book and hope, very much, that he continues down the path he has set.

Highest marks, absolutely worth a credit.
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- Charles

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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- shirley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios