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review 2018-03-18 19:35
The Fold (audiobook) by Peter Clines, narrated by Ray Porter
The Fold - Peter Clines,Ray Porter

Mike is a small town English teacher who would prefer to stay a small town English teacher forever. However, an old friend of his has finally found a project that intrigues him enough that he's finally willing to use the abilities he's locked away as much as possible.

Mike is sent to learn as much as he can about the Albuquerque Door project and report his findings back to his friend Reggie, so that an informed decision can be made about whether to renew the project's budget. Mike, with his high IQ and eidetic memory, is uniquely qualified to do this job - he can get up to speed faster than anybody else Reggie might have on staff. And one of the things Mike quickly figures out is that the Albuquerque Door folks are hiding something from him. The Door does exactly what it's supposed to do, allowing people to travel a great distance in just a single step, and the hundreds of tests that have been performed have all gone perfectly. So why is everyone so secretive and so adamant that more tests need to be run?

I've listened to this three times and am just now getting around to writing a review about it. The first time I listened to it was a couple years ago. I knew going in that it was a loose sequel to Clines' 14, which meant that I had a set of expectations as to what the Door was and how things were going to go. The first half of the book didn't compare favorably to 14 at all. It was very slow, and I got frustrated with how secretive everyone was. The second half was more fun and occasionally surprising, considering what 14 had led me to expect.

My re-listens went better than my first time through. The first half wasn't quite so frustrating because I knew going in that it was going to take a while for the characters to let their guard down, and I enjoyed looking for signs of the twist I knew would be happening later on.

Mike's abilities were cool, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they had very little in common with what having an eidetic memory is like in real life. His recall of visual information was perfect, and he could "rewind" and look at any scenes he'd ever witnessed as much as he'd like. He could even take massive amounts of data from documents he'd seen and create graphs and charts with it in his head. The bit with the shooting near the end struck me as a being a bit ridiculous, even with

the setup Clines did earlier on in the book, showing how Mike could throw stuff into a trashcan without looking or move around in a dark room without trouble. Throwing stuff into a trashcan is one thing, but had Mike ever even held a gun before?

(spoiler show)


Just as in 14, Clines presented readers with a likely love interest for his main character and then paired him off with someone else. The sex scene bothered me even more during my re-listens than it did the first time around, because the detail that Mike missed became even more obvious. I suppose lust shut his brain off?

The monsters were a little cheesy, especially in audio, but I actually thought The Fold's monster part was better than 14's monster part. I did find myself wishing that Sasha hadn't had such a limited swearing vocabulary, though.

All in all, The Fold was pretty good. I felt it was more consistently enjoyable than 14 but that 14 had a much better setup. Crossing my fingers that Clines writes another book set in this world. And maybe allows his next hero to stay single.

Oh, and a slight spoiler: all the animals

technically make it through okay.

(spoiler show)

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2018-01-22 15:48
8 hours and 29 minutes in
The Fold - Peter Clines,Ray Porter

Olaf keeps calling Sasha's theories about what's going on "sci-fi nonsense," which is pretty laughable considering their situation.

 

I wish I could remember what happens to Glitch.

At the moment he's gone, whisked away to another dimension, hopefully not one of the deadly ones. He's been replaced by Tramp, the dog that the group accidentally killed in their own dimension.

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text 2018-01-18 19:26
4 hours and 17 minutes in
The Fold: A Novel - Peter Clines

I'm having trouble with searches on Booklikes right now, so the best I could do was link this post to another edition of The Fold.

 

"If something went wrong, then it's been going wrong every single time we've used the Door and nobody ever noticed anything."


Someone has died, and now everybody is scrambling to figure out why this has happened now, when the previous hundreds of tests went perfectly fine. In some ways this has been better the second time around than it was the first, although I think I still prefer 14. Certain lines keep jumping out at me.

Olaf and his complaints about the "prank," Arthur and his wedding anniversary, Jamie's explanation of what Johnny does.

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text 2018-01-10 22:47
Relistening - hey, I did forget some stuff (47 minutes in)
The Fold - Peter Clines,Ray Porter

Oh man, I forgot about the dog. D-:

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text 2018-01-10 17:40
Relistening
The Fold - Peter Clines,Ray Porter

I first listened to this back in 2016. Maybe this time around I'll actually write a review for it. After less than an hour of listening to Ray Porter I think I've recalled most of the things I liked and disliked about it.

 

The beginning was really good, and really horrifying and tragic now that I'm listening to it with full knowledge of what's going on.

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