Paradox Bound: A Novel by Peter Clines

Posted November 22, 2017 by Quella in Reviews / 0 Comments

Paradox Bound: A Novel by Peter ClinesParadox Bound by Peter Clines
Narrator: Ray Porter
Published by Audible Studios on 26 September 2017
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

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“Paradox Bound” is a recently released, best-selling, and highly-rated audiobook novel written by Peter Clines.  The audiobook edition is skillfully narrated by Ray Porter; who is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators of the science fiction category.  Many may say that this book is just another time travel story, However, you would be incorrect in this assumption.  As you quickly learn, this is not about traveling through time, but instead, it is about traveling through history in search of a lost dream.  Take many aspects of a well-developed science fiction story, blend it with the suspense from a solid thriller, and toss in some fun humorous elements and you have a good idea of what you will find while listening to this book.  Even though at times the story may have been somewhat predictable, the number of times I was surprised and entertained made up for them.  If you are a fan of Clines’ work or just like a well-developed contemporary science fiction story, I recommend you pick up this book.

I found the book to be a combination of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, “Back to the Future”, “The Matrix”, and a little “Dr. Who”.  It sounds like a strange mix of stories, but it works in this novel.  Again, it is less a focus on time travel per se, but more a focus on traveling through history with a potential to impact the future; and present.  From the start of the book, it felt a little like the story of “The country mouse and the city mouse”, and what was even more funny was when the author said this in the book itself.  A young boy growing up in a small Maine town sheltered from nearly everything new (apart from a video store), who is thrown into not only the big city but the world and history which all depends on his success.

From the very beginning of the story, we are left wondering who these mysterious people are that the main character interacts with as a young boy.  He discovers a stranger who is riding in a strange vehicle and is being perused by even stranger people.  A few years later he again meets this stranger who is there and gone just as quickly as before.  It was not until a few years later that their paths once again cross and the main character is lead on the strangest adventure of his life.  The author did an exceptional job of keeping my interest by always having something new or unique on every page.  If you are a person who can suspend belief and loves well-told stories where there are paradoxes within paradoxes, I think you will really enjoy this book.

For me, the author did a very good job of developing the characters by giving them depth and personality.  As the story unfolds, you are treated to some interesting backstory details by way of flashbacks.  What better way of telling a story than to have a school bully, a girl you love, and a mission to accomplish.  All the foundations are there, and Clines’ pieces them together in a way that only he can.  In many ways, what often seems mundane, Clines finds a way of making it fun and interesting.  There is a fair amount of banter and amusement between characters which helps to relieve some of the built-up tension of the main plot line.  Take all of this and throw in some great technology, some old fashion cars, and even a train and you have a science fiction story with a slight Steampunk feeling.  I also found the location of the story of interest to me as I’m from the Northeastern United States.

The book’s narration was performed by one of the more prolific narrators on Audible, Ray Porter.  I have nothing negative to say about the narration or the audio quality; it was exceptional.  Even having to voice a female main character, he pulls it off where many fail.  His voice is rich and dark which added additional atmosphere to the story.  The characters felt unique and that each had their own voiced personality.  I personally have listened to thirty or more of his narrated books and enjoyed every one of them.

For parents and younger readers, there are some references to sex and sexual parts of the body in this story.  There is also some use of vulgar language throughout the story.  It is not as much as other books in the genre, but be aware it exists.  If these are items that may be offensive to you, I would recommend you find a different audiobook to listen too.

In summary, I agree with many who have rated this book highly.  The story and characters are likable, complex, and fun.  The technology is well researched, implemented, and not overly used.  If you are a fan of contemporary science fiction stories, I believe you will not be disappointed listening to “Paradox Bound”.  If you find yourself listening to the book, make sure you listen to the author’s notes during the last chapter.  I found his reasoning for the story, support from friends and family, along with the choice of subject matter interesting and it added to the overall story; I recommend you do not skip it.

About Ray Porter

Read the ABR Interview

I grew up in a small town in Indiana, got my B.F.A. in acting from CalArts and in 1990 went to work for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

I told my L.A. friends I’d be back in six months after I did “this theatre job”. I moved back to L.A. in 2008.

In the off seasons at OSF I would come to L.A. to do TV and Films. I started narrating at Blackstone Audio in 2007/2008. Since then I have been narrating for various audiobook publishers and love it.

My amazing wife is a costume designer for movies (I can’t tell you anything about her current project as assistant designer but Batman and Superman look great)and a six year old son who is brilliant (he’s doing his tutoring homework here at the table next to me and I needed to say that).

About Peter Clines

Peter Clines is the author of the genre-blending -14- and the Ex-Heroes series.

He grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and–inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons–started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, Lizard Men From The Center of The Earth(unreleased).

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper, and at the age of nineteen he completed his quadruple-PhD studies in English literature, archaeology, quantum physics, and interpretive dance. In 2008, while surfing Hawaii’s Keauwaula Beach, he thought up a viable way to maintain cold fusion that would also solve world hunger, but forgot about it when he ran into actress Yvonne Strahvorski back on the beach and she offered to buy him a drink. He was the inspiration for both the epic poem Beowulf and the motion picture Raiders of the Lost Ark, and is single-handedly responsible for repelling the Martian Invasion of 1938 that occurred in Grovers Mills, New Jersey. Eleven sonnets he wrote to impress a girl in high school were all later found and attributed to Shakespeare.

He is the writer of countless film articles, several short stories, The Junkie Quatrain, the rarely-read The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe, the poorly-named website Writer on Writing , and an as-yet-undiscovered Dead Sea Scroll.

He currently lives and writes somewhere in southern California.

There is compelling evidence that he is, in fact, the Lindbergh baby.

About Quella

I am someone who enjoys listening to a variety of audiobooks genres and also interacting with authors, narrators, and publishers about their work. I desire to write reviews that educate others and allow them to make an informed decision on if it is something they want to spend their hard earned money or credits on. My favorite genres include: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Technology (including fiction and nonfiction).

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