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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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    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.

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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.

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    George Clinton, MD, United States 08-17-14
    George Clinton, MD, United States 08-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed it!!"
    What did you love best about Pines?

    The suspense was very enjoyable. The story line was not predictable. It was a good read.


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

    The main character.


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

    The family coming together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger 08-16-14
    Roger 08-16-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Wish I'd seen"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Paul Michael Garcia?

    more reviews before I bought this book. Narration was fine, but the story so ridiculous that I suffered through it and didn't have the sense to stop listening.


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

    Didn't realize the genre


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    Angie holladay, Utah 08-13-14
    Angie holladay, Utah 08-13-14 Member Since 2015

    I am an eBay seller who listens to approx. a book a day while taking & editing photos of my items. I love a good suspenseful mystery!

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    "Don't Hesitate! This book is REALLY Good!"
    Would you listen to Pines again? Why?

    Not one to listen to books more than once but yes, this one would be worth a second listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written, great mystery, great suspense, perfect amount of 'confusion' without being confusing. I normally stay away from anything considered sci-fi but this book is REALLY good!


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

    Excellent narrator, articulate, easy to decipher between characters, easy to listen to without being one bit annoying.


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

    Yes!


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    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 08-09-14
    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 08-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredulous and Padded"

    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.

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    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 08-08-14
    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 08-08-14

    teri@asylum-sf.com

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    "pass"

    i had high hopes but this story went from mysterious to ridiculous - buy on sale, but don't waste a full credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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