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Pines Audiobook

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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    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 07-01-13
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "WOW....just WOW"

    Masterful storytelling. Spun with just the right amount of suspense and character development. Not too much, not too little. I didn't see it coming and I loved it! The narrator was great and brought the character to life. My only complaint is that I was up half the night because I could NOT stop listening. I will be wanting more from the author. It was simply brilliant!

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Straub 12-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kind of fun until the big reveal"
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    The protagonist is a bit annoying but the story was fun trying to figure out what the heck was going on. When it's finally revealed it's so stupid and illogical that I wanted to throw my phone across the room. I don't know how to explain it without completely spoiling it so I will just say that if you like stuff to make sense as far as science, biology and psychology should work then you will not like the ending. The more I think about it the more irritated I become so I am just going to stop now and try and purge this from my memory.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-21-16 Member Since 2016

    My favorite genre is mystery/thriller especially espionage. I dislike the paranormal. Some non-fiction. 1000+ books in my Audible library.

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    "This novel is sci-fi, not mystery/thriller!"

    Pines is an interesting story but is not excellent science fiction. Thankfully the book was cheap. I plan to listen to the next one, Wayward, to see if it is any better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-27-15
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-27-15 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Has a large "adventure story" component..."

    I haven't seen the TV show so only have the book's storyline to review. Overall I liked it but there are specific annoyances that drove me a bit crazy during the reading. In particular, the scenes where the main character is fleeing Wayward Pines and climbing the mountains... it went on for several chapters when it really should have been over in one or two. I don't need to hear the same scene details over and over so the author can up his page count. Which is what these scenes felt like - page filler.

    The "twist" was kinda interesting and a bit more original than what I had expected. Given the genre, it was even mostly believable - other than the town killing the dissenters... if you only have a limited resource, you're not going to waste them by killing them. Not sure what the solution for them would have been (I'm not a writer), but killing them was not logical. Well, at least not the females.

    Not sure how the next book will carry on this storyline since the huge twist has been uncovered and now it can only become another "life in a small town post [insert event here]"... along the lines of Under the Dome (very similar in many ways, though Dome has more characterization than Pines). Actually, Pines has very little in the way of characterizations... the main character is kinda fleshed out, but that's pretty much it; everyone else is there only to help or hinder him and have no real personalities.

    I'm not sure if I'll read more or not. It had a bit too much "adventure story" flavour and not enough noir/detective/sci-fi for my taste.

    The narration is very good. There is no sex, graphic content or swearing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-06-15
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Welcome to Wayward Pines"

    Ethan Burke, secret service agent, is sent to Wayward Pines, Idaho to find and retrieve two missing federal agents. He soon discovers that things aren't quite what they seem to be in Wayward Pines.

    I won't give anything away, but I loved the ending, it was surprising; it left me wanting more, so I immediately moved onto "Wayward". Thank goodness I read this after the series was finished so I didn't want to wait for the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 05-25-15
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Detective Story meets Horror meets Sci Fi"

    Secret Service Ethan Burke has a problem. He and another agent were sent to locate two missing agents in Wayward Pines, Idaho. Right after pulling into town they are struck by a large 18 wheeler. After waking up in the hospital Ethan discovers that things are odd in this town. He can’t seem to get out of the town of Wayward Pines. He remembers his car getting hit by the truck, but the rest of his memories are vague. The whole town seems odd. The doctor doesn’t check on his patients. The sheriff is not at all helpful. All Ethan really wants is to phone home, to talk to his supervisor, and to find his wallet so he can get a hotel room and something to eat. Before long he makes a staggering discovery and things go from bad to worse.

    Now Ethan has to use all of his skills to stay alive and to escape the town. But how do you escape a town surrounded by steep cliffs and an electric fence? Why is everyone acting so odd. Who is the mysterious woman who seems to be helping him, but whose existence is denied by everyone else. The answers to these questions will leave Ethan stunned and changed.

    Pines is a fascinating book. I have to admit that I had several near misses with this book. It seemed really interesting at first, then it got a little weird and I thought it might be going a way I didn’t care for. I pushed on, still intrigued and started to like it again. Then it looked like it might be something in the same vein as the TV series LOST and I really wanted to stop. I didn’t like that particular series at all. But I pushed on and realized that I was wrong in my fears. By the end it had really gripped me. I can’t say much more about the plot than that. I don’t want to give anything away and this is a book that is hard to talk about without giving too much away.

    The characters are interesting. There is a full picture of Ethan that develops throughout the book. The writing is very good and the pacing is perfect. I really enjoyed the first novel and plan to read the next. The novels have now been turned into a series on FOX. Check out this book if you like mysteries with a touch of science fiction. Don’t stop reading the book until you have reached the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-17-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-17-15 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Keeps you guessing"

    Something is not right in Wayward Pines, Idaho - that much is obvious from the start. After that Blake Crouch slowly reveals just how wrong things are as you experience the story from the perspective of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke. Ethan is not the type to let things go and the more he peels back the onion the more bizarre things get.

    If your listening experience is like mine then you will formulate and discard many theories as you listen until the big reveal finally comes. The reveal itself was a surprise but it wasn't completely fulfilling as some of the explanation given didn't resonate well with me. In order to avoid spoilers I really can't say more about it other than the author does explain it all and doesn't leave you hanging.

    This story is like one long Twilight Zone episode so if you like that type of fiction then give it a go otherwise this is not for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-19-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Sci Fi Not Mystery and Suspence"

    Story is good enough, but this one is out of my normal interest areas. I could pretty much tell that's where it was going. I listened to the whole thing, but won't be going for the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-19-14
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-19-14
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    "Almost good"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Manchester
    7/25/15
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    "Good if over-hyped"
    Would you try another book written by Blake Crouch or narrated by Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Blake Crouch before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes


    Could you see Pines being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The guy on the cover.


    Any additional comments?

    Great premise but it felt like it was being dragged out by the end.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    6/8/15
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    "Odd but strangely compelling!"

    Frustrating at first as I kept saying 'why don't you...' But got over that and then got stuck into it and had to listen at every available opportunity til the end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Murphy
    London, UK
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    "Love this book. Well read, good story."

    Brilliant book. Had me wondering what on earth was going on right until the end. Quite suspenseful and I found myself sneaking in some reading at lunch and whenever I could. I've got the next one but I'm rationing it out! :o)

    Very well read as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I taylor
    2/8/16
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    "Creepy suspense"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It didn't unravel the mystery until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Ethan Burke wakes up in a strange place with a huge gap in his memory. He knows that he works for the secret Service, but without his ID and badge, he’s going to have a hard time proving it to the people of Wayward Pines.
    This book takes us through a harrowing few days in Ethan’s life, beginning on the day that he wakes up by the river. The reader can feel his frustration and anger, the fear and the futility of his actions. We watch as he rides the rollercoaster of his life where nothing is as it seems. The story unfolds slowly building layers of mystery and Ethan just can’t seem to break through them.
    This book is full of suspense and doesn’t reveal much until the very end. Ethan’s is someone you can sympathize with, and the problems he goes through make you sit on the edge of your chair, biting your fingernails. The town itself is creepy enough to terrorize the reader, and it just gets creepier. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and having just found that it is being made into a TV series, I think I will indulge in that as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul@pjnetsolutions.com
    Watford, UK
    2/6/16
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    "Enjoyable"

    Enjoyable story. Well performed. Has some holes but makes you think and consider the future uses of technology and our species

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
    2/4/16
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    "Enjoyable and involving listen"

    Paul Michael Garcia reading of this book is perfect and the writing is good enough to keep one listening through Ethan's extraordinary, and seemingly endless, travails, to the strangely compulsive end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    2/4/16
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    "Great story, told well."

    if hour seen the TV show then you'll know the basic story but the book is so much better, original story has some key differences that !make mush more sense, move's along really well. so glad I gave it a go.👍

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Booklover
    England
    2/1/16
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    "The best thriller I've ever heard / read"

    This story will stay in my mind for a long time. The suspense never let up - it was agonising. But I had to keep listening to find out what happened next... An imaginative plot and a satisfying ending. Warning: this is no good to fall asleep to. It won't work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    12/12/15
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    "A wayward trail you'll follow 'til the end"

    Blake Crouch can't half tell a story, from the start he paints an intriguing tale full of questions that tease and entice as you follow the instantly likeable Ethan Blake as he finds himself waking in the mysterious town after a car accident. As the answers fall into place, new questions are deftly posed with an effective juxtaposition of Ethan's backstory to make the crazy and completely unexpected slap of a twist really pay off. I thought I'd called it, but was quite impressed when I realised I'd gotten it so wrong.
    The performance is also one of the better ones I've heard, giving believable weight to every character.
    While the residents can't leave Pines, trust me, once you enter, you really won't want to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dale
    7/3/15
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    "Gripping"

    Well worth the listen, keeps you guessing till the end, can't wait to listen to rhe next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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