Pines was not worth the time, the ending, although a twist, didn't satisfactorily justify the violent/crazy populace section, and the final choice of the protagonist did not make sense to me. That always grates against my sense of "balance" in a book.I would consider another book by Blake Crouch, but it would have to have five-star reviews, from hundreds, maybe thousands, of people.
Additional comments: To me, this was a book that had potential, but missed.
Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.
This book will keep you hooked until the finish. The narration is great the tempo moves right along and no excessive swearing. Don't hold back get the book, you will enjoy it til the end.
I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.
I really enjoyed this book, the narrator, the story, the chacters. And the twist and turns of the story! If it starts slow to you, keep going. It will all of a sudden hit you... I promise.
I agree with Matthew's review. This is an AMAZING story, performed with such perfect timing that it came ALIVE! Mr. Garcia, gracias. Fantastic job!
And Mr. Crouch, you set the hook and reeled me in. Just when I thought I had it figured out -- BAM! Wrong again.
Seriously, why are there only 85 "ratings" after six months? People -- you need to read this. If you enjoy mystery, sci-fi, or just a great story, you'll love this.
I really liked this one, granted I did think it started really slow, but after the the slow start, it picked up. You just can't help but want to know what is going on in the mysterious town of Pines. The only thing I didn't like was that the protag gets beat up and tortured like 3-5 times during this narration. It really started to get a bit ridiculous. The main character should only get beat up once in a story, and make it count, otherwise it becomes a bit silly.
Overall, though I liked the ending. It was a zinger. Highly reccommend!
Would definitely recommend this story! Any book that can keep me guessing - wondering how in the world it could possibly all come together - is one that I like! I've never listened to anything by the author and am now on my way to buying a few more. His style of writing is excellent - not a bunch of fluff and filler. And the ending - you'll be so surprised!
Kept getting kicked back
What lengths to hide a town?
Wow! This novel really had me going. I was so angry at one point I put the novel down (overnight). I was completely taken in and I usually work everything out.
In the same tradition of a Twilight Zone meets X-Files story, secret service agent Ethan Burke goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, his mission is to locate and recover two federal agents who went missing.
He wakes up next to a stream, in a black suit and white shirt speckled with blood stains. No wallet. No money. No ID. No keys. No phone. That's all I'll say, don't want to spoil the story.
On every page, I kept trying to guess what would happen next, to no avail, and then the ending completely blew my mind!
Blake's vivid descriptions, constant action, thrills, mystery and intrigue, reminded me of my favorite books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
Intense and gripping, Pines is a masterpiece that had me thinking about the story, long after turning the last page.
I read this book on Kindle and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get the Audio version to pass the time while on the road. LOVED the narration of Paul Michael Garcia, it was perfect and made the book even more enjoyable. Brilliant!
I listen while I paint- classic or modern mysteries, true adventure, & books that inspire or motivate
Yes, the story is very like the Twilight Zone days -when we were so hooked on the bizarre events happening on our TV screens, there was no way to stop watching.
With this book--there is no way to stop listening. It starts with Secret Service Agent, Ethan Burke, waking up in a quiet little town surrounded by mountains--a world that is completely unfamiliar to him, and one in which he has little control over what is going on. He's bruised and battered, yet doesn't know what happened to him. He has no identification or money, and his cell phone is missing.
No one is very helpful, including the local law enforcement officer--who begrudgingly let's Ethan use his phone to try and call his wife---but not surprising, he is unable to reach her.
I was shocked and surprised by the ending when it was finally revealed what was going on--I can't say more as I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. I'll just say it left me with a lot to think about.
About the narrator--he was perfect. He voice blended into the background so well that I didn't really register his voice after awhile--
I loved the way the story developed, always hinting at it's central mystery while keeping the listener guessing, wondering, what was really going on.
Ethan. The entire story revolves around his experience.
His reading added a level of emotion, tension and drama that I don't think I would have experienced if I had just read the book.
I highly recommend this, especially for fans of TV shows like The Twilight Zone or Persons Unknown.