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.
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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.
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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.
Kneel Before Zod!!
I would recommend this to anyone looking foe something original with a twist, especially if they're fans of the twilight zone.
Really can't think of any book that compares at the moment.
When the man character is told the truth about the town he lives in.
yes,listened to it in 2 days.
Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.
Ok, it was only $4.95, but the few good parts are highly derivative; the bad parts (for example all the parts where the main character is confused; having flashbacks; or getting punched out or otherwise physically assaulted) are too long, repetitive, and just basically not very interesting. Kind of like in one of those movies that never really make it to a theater. I really tried, but after three hours I don't care about the cardboard main character or what may or may not be going on. So I'm returning it, but writing this review first because the last time I returned a book before writing a review I wasn't able to write the review because the book was no longer in my library.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I was so sure that I had figured it out ... but I was wrong. Just as one piece of the puzzle fell into place, another clanked on top of my theory, jarring me out of smug and misplaced confidence.
Basically, you will wonder if the residents of Wayward Pines are prisoners or monsters. No spoiler here! You have to listen to the whole thing to really know the answer.
Very, very good story!
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 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!