This was a fascinating head-scratcher right up to the last chapter, and then it was a disappointment for me. I can't say more without being a plot spiller, but when it came down to the end, the pieces didn't fit. Having said that, I got the second volume, so maybe I will love that and eat my words.
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.
Greater Seattle area real estate broker that loves to read...or listen.
Pines was my intro to Blake Crouch - and I'm hooked! Pines is a bit different, an ideal that you won't see coming nor likely ever thought about.
There is nothing to compare it to!
Wayward, the next novel in the series. Garcia is fantastic for this series.
I will never forget the line " Are fences there to keep people or things in, or to keep them out??"
A Scientific Thriller everyone can relate to.
I love my audiobooks! Great for traveling.
I guess it would be a Stephen because of the sci-fi element.
Each character narrated, you can feel the emotion.
I did not laugh or cry. It did make me think about the future of man; what does evolution have in store for us.
I usually listen to my audio books while I take my commute. There are very few that I actually listen to outside of my commute, i.e. at home relaxing. But this novel I found myself listening to before going to bed at night. I rated it 4/5 because there was one question that was unanswered or perhaps I missed. How everyone that came to Wayward was hit by a truck.
I got this book on the Deal of the Day and wasn't sure what to expect. The story is good and it definitely takes a plot twist you won't expect with a really great tie to civilization as a whole. Worth the read!!
Thriller, nail bitter a must read.
Ethan He drew me in.
This book was so good, I had to read the second immediatley and want more. This is an amazing thriller, the best I have read in a long time. Great job!
This was a really good listen. It was well crafted and kept me guessing throughout. It had horror story overtones and would have made a great Twilight Zone movie. In fact, if this isn't put out as a movie, I will be surprised. Read it before Hollywood ruins it.
There are a few small faults, of course, and one is the thin explanation of the science and theories behind how Whispering Pines came to be. If you can get over that and accept it for the background it's meant to be, then you will enjoy this book.
Tell us about yourself! I am a retired senior who enjoys reading, literally and audibly. I play games on the computer (BFG) and Playstation
This is another bargain I tried, this is how I try other authors. This is a sitting on the edge of your seat read (audible). I found myself about half the way thru trying to figure out how it would end. There is so much action that it wore me out. I wondered is there no end to what the main character goes thru? I find that as of late I have been picking up many of this type of book, action, action and more action and not always getting anywhere.
I did enjoy the book and the performance. I was going to go on to the next book but found out there was going to be a series and opted for that instead. Don't get me wrong and gave it high marks, but I am 75 and need to balance some of my reading, listening.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
This novel is a bit creepy, a sort of Twilight Zoneish kind of writing. A real surreal sense of What the Hell???? happens to protagonist Ethan Burke when he arrives in, what appears to be a quiet Rocky mountain town. As the story arc continues the strangeness increases until the reader is just as confused as the protagonist..something I appreciate in a book-I like stories that I can't figure out ahead of time.
This plot takes a lot of left turns without signaling and I found myself having to really pay attention to what I was listening to..something I'm not in the habit of doing as audio books are a kind of "listen while doing something else" thing for me. I had to rewind (in a digital way) several times. Ethan suffers several prisoner of war flashbacks that seem to effect him as he tries to make sense of his missing phone, wallet, inability to contact the world outside Idaho and the listener starts to wonder if he is going thru mental instability and everything is really as it should be. There was a real "Children of the Corn" moment in the book, as Ethan finds himself being chased by The Pines children as he runs, naked, thru the town trying to get away all the time knowing that theres no way of leaving the town. I was listening to this while my grand daughter was reading and she told me to put on headphones as the story was scaring her-shes 9.
On the other side, I wondered why it took Ethan so long to decide thing in The Pines were not normal. Why didn't he go to a bank and tyy to contact his home bank for money? Why not call his credit card company and get a new card-and if he was unable to do these things, it seemed he would have figured out that the town was not normal sooner. It just wasn't what an average person would do, much less a Secret Service Agent.
I'm sure some will think the story should rate 5 stars for excitement alone...but for me, it didn't. I couldn't get away from the B movie or TV series feeling, an Under the Dome, Outer Limits, TZ version of sci-fi/fantasy. it was good, but not that good. It held my attention but seemed -well-too contrived. I went between 3 and 4 stars. for me 3 is an average novel-nothing sterling or wonderful/nothing awful either. Just Meh..its ok. But it was more than that. It was a different story arc with a lot of but....why is this his thinking?
I dunno. A strange book, worth a listen for a real fan of B grade movies and stories.
The narrator was great, however. I've never listened to Paul Garcia before but I'll be sure to check out other audio books he's done. His work was real solid 5 star for me-masculine but not Dick Hill-ish in tone. Dramatic but not overdone. He does the weird parts very nicely, with a touch of irony that kind of got me on occasion.
A good listen even for urban fantasy readers and a must listen for those who love the strange. Good luck!
"Pines" works well as the starting point for the Wayward Pines series. I would have actually given it a 3.5 were the option available plus, the book is an entertaining read on its own.
In "Pines,"We are introducted to Ethan Burke, the story's protagonist, as he awakes in the hospital, delirious and confused, in the town of Wayward Pines. As his memories slowly return, we learn that Ethan is a special agent in the Secret Service and has come to town in order to investigate the disappearance of two of his fellow agents a month earlier. But something is off in Wayward Pines. Speakers hidden in bushes play the sound of crickets chirping. All food is sold fresh, nothing pre-packaged. And most disturbing, an electrified fence encircles the town trapping everyone within its borders...or perhaps keeping something else out. And for some reason the people of Wayward Pines seem to be conspiring against Ethan, seemingly in an effort to drive him mad. Or, perhaps he is simply a paranoid delusional personality?
"Pines" is certainly worth a credit if no other reason than it is necessary in order the read its fantastic sequel, "Wayward." As I said, the book is an entertaining enough on its own but the follow-up is certainly superior. Read this...so you can read that.