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Paradox Bound

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Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (462 ratings)
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Summary

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake.

So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave?

Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

The one who's being pursued by...something.

So when the mysterious traveler finally reappears, Eli's determined that this time, he's going to get some answers. But his hunt soon yields far more than he bargained for, plunging him headlong into a dizzying world full of competing factions and figures straight out of legend.

To make sense of the mystery at its heart, he must embark on a breakneck chase across the country and through two centuries of history - with nothing less than America's past, present, and future at stake.

©2017 Peter Clines (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A rousing adventure novel that marries steampunk aesthetics to the seminal concept of protecting American liberty." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"A superior time-passer, a wonderfully amusing yarn." ( Publishers Weekly)

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The American Dream

I love the idea of the American dream and that the founder fathers of America had a grand plan. This book gripped me from start to finish. Gutted to have finished the book but would love a Koturoverse universe book in the near future. Special mention for Ray Porter who narrated the book beautifully.

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Pretty good, with the usual time-travel problems.

Ray Porter's narration is excellent, as usual.
The writing is good, the story well told, the characters interesting.

There are a few twists, some that I saw coming, some that I didn't.

But, as is the case with so many time travel stories, there are elements that just don't add up. I accept that there is usually an element of that in this type of book, but it left more holes and contradictions than some other attempts.

Overall, an enjoyable book, but don't think too hard about the details.

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Unusual...but it fell flat

I did finish this audiobook so that is a plus, however I kept expecting something else....something to happen. I thought that it would explore far more of the time travel...and it didn't. So in this way it fell flat. I was wait for the vavooom which just didn't happen for me. As a non American, the American dream was confusing.

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Well worth a listen, but one thing bothered me...

Not really a spoiler but I am going to mention some things from the book, so best say SPOILER ALERT just in case.

Cars run on water by separating it into hydrogen and oxygen with a catalyst, throwing away the oxygen and burning the hydrogen.
Perhaps a useful plot tool, but burning hydrogen combines it with oxygen to give you...water. So you would never run out of water as it comes out the exhaust, and you are also getting energy by magic. Water in, same water out..

That said, I happily accepted time travel and everything else with 'certainty', so best not to get hung up on it!

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Paradox Enjoyed

I like Peter Clines writting style. He always seems to deliver a straightforward book, well written with an intriquing idea that comes to a satisfactory conclusion. This book is no exception.

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Not your everyday relationship romp through history

Somewhat America centric, so an appreciation of the classic US environment is helpful as there are references to places and behaviour that are unknown to British people but a fun listen that led me to resent reaching work or home and having to stop listening.
Well narrated, with personality in the different “voices”.

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great book <br />

really well written and well read my ray porter. if you like time travel stuff you'll like this.

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loved this book, so much.

Reviewers suggested it was inferior to previous novels but I think it was just as good but different. If it's the first time you've read Peter Clines I'm sure it won't be the last.

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A whimsical adventure in America

I must confess I loved this book, I like many who do, are the ones who scratch their heads during the time travel episodes of Star Trek. It felt like a Lewis Carroll inspired road trip through American history, a great premise and real page turner. I loved 14 and the fold which drove me to read his latest novel and a recommend it whole heartedly.

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  • 08-11-17

Excellent as always from Mr. Clines

I've enjoyed all of his previous novels. This is a standalone adventure, fast paced, and thoroughly enjoyable. I liked the narrator as well.

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  • Debra
  • 07-10-17

Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

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.

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  • Anon
  • 21-03-18

Great

I am surprised by the negative reviews for this offering from Clines. While I agree, this wasn't to the level of 14 (and so few are), I thought it was perfectly enjoyable and a full head and shoulders above the vast majority of other sci-fiish books to come out in the past few years. The concept was fun and well delivered, Porter was great, and it had a satisfying conclusion. It was light, hopeful, and interesting.

It seems people are forgetting that Clines is the same guy who wrote the Ex-Heroes series. That's not exactly the pinnacle of hard hitting sci-fi. I love those books, don't get me wrong, but they're intentionally pulpy.

Lighten up and enjoy the time travel. Well worth a credit and your time.

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  • Angela Spencer-mukes
  • 04-10-17

I tried SO hard, I really did!

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.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 04-11-17

Traveling through history rather than time

Peter Clines' Paradox Bound is another gem of a listen. Eli keeps bumping into a young woman who always seems to run into car trouble in his home town. He first encounters her as a young boy, then again as a teenager and finally again as young adult. Determined to break free of his home town that never seems to change and believing the woman is in danger, he sets out on an adventure that eventually involves history travel as opposed to time travel, by finding the places where time seems to have stopped or passed the location by. What he learns is a vast array of fellow travelers all searching for the lost American dream (lost since 1963).

The sci-fi elements are quite muted as history travel is dependent on finding &quot;slick&quot; spots around places where time seems to have passed by.The usual paradoxes inherent in time travel are creatively addressed and play into the plot resolution. The faceless men are equally enigmatic in terms of origin and make-up. In spite of little explanation, the story works.

The narration is solid with an excellent range of voices and good pacing throughout.

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  • Bree Salyer
  • 27-09-17

Beware the faceless man...

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.

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  • S.A.
  • 03-10-17

Frustrating dialogue

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 &quot;What&quot;, &quot;Who&quot;, &quot;How&quot;, &quot;Why&quot;, &quot;Where&quot;, or &quot;When&quot;, 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.

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  • Log Cabin Pat
  • 13-11-17

Confusing time travel entry

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 &quot;the voice&quot; tells Kevin Costner to drive to Boston to find James Earl Jones, and then &quot;the voice&quot; 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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  • 16-11-17

Huge Fan, Except This Time...

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.

57 of 67 people found this review helpful

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  • Aaron
  • 28-09-17

Fun read

Great book. Made me laugh quite a few times.. If I had to compare it to something it would be like a crossover of National Treasure and the Matrix and it would air on the history Channel. Loved it!

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  • Liz
  • 02-10-17

What happened?

I loved The Fold and 14 and thought I'd found a new favorite author, but I could not get interested in this book.

I tried, started over several times, never could find it interesting at all.

I'll be returning this book.

45 of 56 people found this review helpful