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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Henslee W. 09-03-14
    Henslee W. 09-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story. Excellent "surprise""
    Would you listen to Pines again? Why?

    Maybe, story has a surprise that once you know kinda "ruins" the fun of majority of book


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

    The girl, can't remember name.


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

    Science Fiction or possible Reality?


    Any additional comments?

    The book and ending go together very well. A surprise, but works.!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 09-03-14
    William 09-03-14
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    "Love conquers all!"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, unexpected, thought-provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    the nurse promising to withhold anesthesia for his surgery


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Garcia has a pleasant voice to listen to, and adds the right touch of emotion to bring the story alive.


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

    Yes, I wanted to see what would happen next and did race through it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pugmom 09-02-14
    pugmom 09-02-14
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    "a surprize at every turn"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    keeps you guessing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    when the problem was actually explained


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    that is such a silly question. Narrators either make or break an audio book. Steven King is one of my favorite authors however he can not read and get across the feelings of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The revell


    Any additional comments?

    I almost never review but this one deserved my time. This seemed so many times to be turning out to be usual; spy novel , science fiction , basic Apocalypse, no, no, and no.
    This was a book for anyone. My house has never been so clean just had to keep listening.

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    Zachary S. Wallace 08-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "WOW! a really great audio book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Pines the most enjoyable?

    The story was completely captivating! It was so engaging and interesting. It left us asking " what the HELL is going on?!?!" and we had different ideas about how to explain the excellent story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    THE TWIST! It's great. It's creepy. It's awesome.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reading was excellent.


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

    What OR WHO is hiding in the Pines?


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, it's a great book. Give it a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Stengle 08-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not bad, not good"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story line was not that bad, but I was so tired of hearing how tired he was, how much pain he was in... It is not often I fast forward as I did this book


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if he stopped being so tired and in pain...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MysteryFan77 08-29-14
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    "What a surprise...."
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a big fan of mysteries, I typically read a lot of crime stories. I saw this title and figured I'd switch it up a bit.Am I glad that I did! This book is the best I've read in years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethan Burke. I related to Ethan throughout the entire book since he was just as confused as I was as to what was going on. Each of his discoveries in the mystery of Wayward Pines was my discovery.

    His reactions, actions and logic as he tried to deal with his predicament made sense and flowed well.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Paul has a easy to listen to voice and his characters are not annoying or grating like other readers I've listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending, the reveal.......wait for it.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is not my traditional read, but I could not stop listening. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. When I found out it was part of a trilogy I downloaded part 2 (Wayward) and 3 (The Last Town) - glad I did, I'm hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy G St. Paul, MN United States 08-26-14
    Sandy G St. Paul, MN United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen!"
    Would you listen to Pines again? Why?

    Bought this one on a whim for a road trip. It was so good, I bought the next 2 in the series :)


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    Steve 08-24-14
    Steve 08-24-14
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    "Slow going"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Paul Michael Garcia?

    I might but it would not be without some previewing.


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

    The plot was okay but the author dragged out events to the point that I would lose interest and get very impatient while he described with way too much detail what the trees looked like or a car or just about anything else. I killed the pace of the story. I found myself skipping forward to the end of chapters quite often. I never do that.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration was good. But I cannot remember anything that either impressed me or disappointed me. I think I became too focused and impatient with the pace of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the concept of the story but man it was slow. I always get unabridged books and this one is the perfect argument for abridged. The author uses way to much flowery language to describe things. For the first time in ten years with Audible I found myself skipping chapters. And much to my surprise I did not seem to miss anything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joey MAROA, ILLINOIS, United States 08-20-14
    Joey MAROA, ILLINOIS, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Pines: Good/Bad/Niether"

    First Off I read this book because I read several excellent reviews; I'm here to say that those reviews were misleading. The story is confusing and it was not a page turner. It started out interesting/riveting but it fell very quickly. I already forgot the name of the leading man in the story, that's how good it is. So; let me just say save some money and time and tell you to go find something better to read.

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    L. Thomas San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA 08-18-14
    L. Thomas San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA 08-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not what I wanted... Misled by book description"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is in to SciFi. Book should be recategorized not as a Mystery/Thriller, but clearly into Science Fiction.


    Has Pines turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Won't go near anything by this author


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pines?

    I don't know if I would cut the book, but I would have written a different synopsis to indicate this is not your typical cop/law enforcement thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible and the publishers are doing this book a disservice by not making it clearer that this is not a mystery thriller, but is a SciFi thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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