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Pines | [Blake Crouch]

Pines

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…
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Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

©2012 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-02-14
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Keeps you on the edge, very different ending."
    Would you listen to Pines again? Why?


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    What a great story! the pines is a great mix-up of different types of genres. Mix in a little mind twist, a dash of Sci Fi, and "I did not see that coming". I did get frustrated with the main character throughout. Bad Axx Secret Service Agent and he don't follow procedure. I did like the twists and the end is really out there. good listen.

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    VicVA 10-01-14
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    "Held my attention for the first half"

    Started out as an entertaining book with a lot of promise but started stall in the middle. By the second half of the book I was bored and fast forwarding a lot. I finally finished it but it was difficult to get through it didn't maintain the pace and suspense throughout the book.

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    dave 09-30-14
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    "Not my usual"
    What did you love best about Pines?

    The second guessing, especially at the beging


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I was interested to see what it was all about. I got this title on a daily deal, and would not have tried it otherwise. Now, what are the chances that the follow up would be a daily deal,,,,,


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    Solid performance


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Do you really want to escape?


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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 09-27-14
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 09-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "M. Night Shyamalan, anyone?"

    I don't know who read which one first, but both author and filmmaker must have been separated at birth.
    Besides this, and despite my suspension of disbelief, I actually enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and not poorly written and easy on the ears.
    I didn't know it was a series, so I reserve final judgment until I hear the sequels.

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    Kat Ferguson 09-27-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Not Completely Sold"
    What made the experience of listening to Pines the most enjoyable?

    Idea of what happens next.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointing.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    It was very good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The workup was excellent but the ending became contrived & ridiculous. The very ending was ok, but the workup was less than ideal.

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    TupperwearHappy 09-26-14

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    "Glad I stayed with it!"

    It took a couple of tries before I was hooked, but I'm glad I didn't give up. GREAT story! I"m looking forward to part 2 and 3!

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    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 09-26-14
    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Wow! I was completely spellbound by this book!"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top one percent. I was completely and totally captivated by this story. I didn't want to go to work. I waited for the last possible minute in the parking lot at a doctor's appointment. Honestly, I just kept saying, "What the HECK is happening to this guy????" So many questions ran through my brain I could barely keep them in check. ;o)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's no question - the hero of the story wins this honor. Ethan Burke gets my vote because of his incredible strength, resilience, and courage. I wanna be him when I grow up.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Garcia's performance was dependable, easy to listen to, and included just the right tough of emotion. Very well done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me crazy with curiosity. There are few books I've read or listened to that have done this to me. One was The Bird Box - but I hated its "non" ending. This book had a very surprising and satisfying ending. The only parts I really disliked were when the townspeople turned crazy and were so violent. I didn't think that was necessary and it seemed a little over the top. (too much gore, etc) I also didn't quite believe that Theresa would sit back and let her husband be killed so easily - she was upset, but not enough. My humble opinion, of course!


    Any additional comments?

    As a writer of 22 books, I sat back in awe at Mr. Crouch's talent with words. Wow. Truly an amazing presentation with secrets cleverly revealed, little by little. Outstanding plot, wonderful characters, believable dialog, amazing scene setting..overall, superb writing - absolutely beautiful.

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    Sound the Trumpet 09-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting plot & twist that I did not see coming"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    So that's why...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    Of course, toward the end when Ethan finds out why Pines seems so isolated


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    Ethan


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    Alexi Rain Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-23-14
    Alexi Rain Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Overall awesome tale."
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    I won't say this story isn't without its problems. There is too much repetition in areas, and the main character swings between heroic and detestable. Certain events and feats of strength are highly improbable. And yet.... Wow, I loved this book! It kept my attention and turned me into a zombie, as I walked around listening. My family became annoyed. It buggered my dreams as I fell asleep listening each night. The narrator was FANTASTIC! I loved this book enough to immediately buy the next within minutes of finishing. A recommended read.

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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 09-20-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 09-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't see that coming"

    Surreal, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, thriller.

    All I can say is Wow!
    I love books that throw me for a loop. Pines did that and more.

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