The protagonist is a bit annoying but the story was fun trying to figure out what the heck was going on. When it's finally revealed it's so stupid and illogical that I wanted to throw my phone across the room. I don't know how to explain it without completely spoiling it so I will just say that if you like stuff to make sense as far as science, biology and psychology should work then you will not like the ending. The more I think about it the more irritated I become so I am just going to stop now and try and purge this from my memory.
Say something about yourself!
Excellent story. I was getting quite frustrated for the character throughout the listen but could not put it down. Whipped thru it in a few days. Very unexpected conclusion!
The concept for this book is great. The early parts of the book were suspenseful and well written. But as it went on, the repeated danger scenes and descriptions of violence that went on and on made the going pretty slow. And worst of all, the hero doesn't discover the answer to all the weirdness -- the villain TELLS him. Groan. What a let down.
The concept is a winner for sure. Original enough to keep the reader guessing about where it is going. Too many of the obvious questions the reader will have do not get satisfactorily answered, however. And without satisfactory answers, those questions leave huge holes in the story.
Yes, the reader was fine.
Chris Pine. (No pun intended.) But the tell-don't-show aspect of the story would have to be redone by a better writer for this to succeed on the screen.
I hate being a party-pooper when the idea of this story is so good, but for myself, after a few days from finishing, I still can't shake the feeling that this listening was a waste of time for a fizzled out ending ( Although the end is okay. It isn't the resolution that's the problem; it's how we get there.)
For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.
I hate giving bad reviews but I spent a credit on this turkey based on some of the positive reviews I read, and then felt misled. I was bored from start to finish, and the only light at the end of the tunnel was the promise of a kick-ass reveal in the end. Well, that most certainly didn't happen. I'd have bought any number of explanations...except the one given. But honestly, I'd mostly checked-out by then anyway.
In addition to a protagonist who I felt was never fully fleshed-out and therefore, unsympathetic, the storyline plodded along at the pace of paint drying. The writing was just average; not good enough to be inspired nor bad enough to be amateurish.
Regarding the narrator, he did a decent job given what he had to work with, so I can't fault him.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Pines is an interesting story but is not excellent science fiction. Thankfully the book was cheap. I plan to listen to the next one, Wayward, to see if it is any better.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
I bought this book because it was being hyped (and reduced in price) by audible and Fox have made a series from it called “Wayward Pines” so, why not?
“Pines” is competently written and well narrated. It just didn’t do it for me.
Other than being persistent, dangerous and extraordinarily tough to kill, the main character is not very interesting. I really didn’t care what happened to him.
The town of Wayward Pines is spooky and the “What the hell is going on here?” question kept me moving through the chapters.
The more I read, the more violent and depressing the whole thing became.
I’ve seen “Pines” compared to “Twin Peaks”. I don’t think the comparison stands. In the end, “Twin Peaks” was a series of cool scenes that made no sense. “The owls are not what they seem” – who cares? “Pines” does make sense. There is a compelling, if somewhat far-fetched, premise that explains everything.
The problem I had was that, while the premise explained everything, it justified nothing: not the actions of the main villain, certainly not the actions of the delightful citizens of Wayward Pines, not even the ultimately pointless struggle of the main character. This is not one of those occasions where the truth will set you free. I found the whole thing anticlimactic.
I could have lived with that, except that Blake Crouch put me through scenes of extreme violence and cruelty to get me to this, for me, unsatisfactory outcome. Crouch writes well enough that I will remember those scenes, even though, in retrospect, I understand them as exploitative.
Still, he’s not to blame for me reading the scenes, nor how I reacted to them.
There are two more books in the series. Someone must love them. Probably the same people who enjoyed “Prison Break” and “The Sopranos”.
Ethan Burke, secret service agent, is sent to Wayward Pines, Idaho to find and retrieve two missing federal agents. He soon discovers that things aren't quite what they seem to be in Wayward Pines.
I won't give anything away, but I loved the ending, it was surprising; it left me wanting more, so I immediately moved onto "Wayward". Thank goodness I read this after the series was finished so I didn't want to wait for the next book.
Something is not right in Wayward Pines, Idaho - that much is obvious from the start. After that Blake Crouch slowly reveals just how wrong things are as you experience the story from the perspective of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke. Ethan is not the type to let things go and the more he peels back the onion the more bizarre things get.
If your listening experience is like mine then you will formulate and discard many theories as you listen until the big reveal finally comes. The reveal itself was a surprise but it wasn't completely fulfilling as some of the explanation given didn't resonate well with me. In order to avoid spoilers I really can't say more about it other than the author does explain it all and doesn't leave you hanging.
This story is like one long Twilight Zone episode so if you like that type of fiction then give it a go otherwise this is not for you.
This was a strange work that rapidly disintegrated into a disorganized, implausible story,. It is padded with lengthy "chase" scenes that, like the story itself, go on and on with no apparent destination or purpose in mind. The characters were shallow caricatures of persons, while the plot was simplistic and sloppy. The work cried out for wholesale editing.
I tried my best to go with this book, but could not wait to cross the finish line, as it just became more annoying as time passed.
I wonder if "Crouch" is a pseudonym? If so, the actual author is fortunate not to have "Pines" tethered to his literary neck as an albatross, going forward.
Mr. Garcia did a good job reading this work. He handled different characters of different sexes and ages with aplomb. In fact, his reading carried me over several cringe-inducing passages of this book.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
The Twilight Zone
The more I listened to this the more I thought the Twilight Zone. An isolated town. A man who does not know who he is. No road in or out. How did he get here? What do they want with him? What about the strange town folk?
As I read other reviews, I found lots of people compared this to The Twilight Zone. The book is fast paced, with lots of twists and turns. It has fear and Science Fiction. This is the type of book I eat up. Every page, every sentence is exciting, no wasted space here.
I had never even heard of Blake Crouch, but thinks to someone I am following, I was lead to this masterpiece. Finding someone who has similar taste to your own is the biggest benefit to being an Audible member. There are so many books and authors. Taste vary so much. Often I have been disappointed by books with high ratings, but rarely does that happen when I take the advise of this individual I am following. This is the sixth book, she has recommended that I have read and they were all five star books. I might just go down her list of five star books and listen to them all. I also like a reviewer who can tell you what books are not so good. Bad reviews often lead to unhelpful votes by those who love the author, but I appreciate knowing a story falls short, has a bad narrator, is chick lit, wastes the time of a person of my taste. If you have been burned too many times, take the time to find reviewers who match your taste. Don't follow me if I don't match your style, but do yourself a favor and find the people who do match your tastes and review books yourself, not just the books you love, but the not so good and the bad, someone may be depending upon you.
This is the best book I have listen to in months.
You've crossed over into The Twilight Zone.