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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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    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 07-01-13
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2014
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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!

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 12-18-13
    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 12-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.

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    "Refreshingly original story - well told!"
    What made the experience of listening to Pines the most enjoyable?

    A most intelligently and well written book,performed by an excellent narrator, hooked me in the first couple of paragraphs. I had just ditched the 2 previous audiobooks because they had NOT hooked me within the first 40 minutes; finding I had wondered off and not payed attention to these supposed best sellers. Then along came this little known book by a writer I was not familiar with and, bam, within the first 5 minutes I knew I had a keeper!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The denouement; the moment towards the end of the book when Ethan finally discovers 'the truth.' For me this came as a complete surprise. The story in itself, thus far, had been a very satisfying mystery and thriller and with Ethan being a Secret Service Agent, I was bargaining on something a lot less apocalyptic than the actual truth of the story. It injected me with pure adrenaline the premise being so exciting and terrible. I also loved the very ending; as if Ethan in many ways had come full circle.


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

    The narrator did not simply read the book, instead he performed it with an unnatural skill. He, too, must have enjoyed the book, and seemed to be taken over by it and become a part of the book himself. I will be looking at his other work with interest.


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

    Forward, to the past.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Peter Clines 14, then you will love this this too. Absolutely recommended.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 08-26-14
    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 08-26-14 Member Since 2014

    There are few things in life better than losing yourself completely in a really exceptional story.

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    "Didn't Work For Me"

    I hate giving bad reviews but I spent a credit on this turkey based on some of the positive reviews I read, and then felt misled. I was bored from start to finish, and the only light at the end of the tunnel was the promise of a kick-ass reveal in the end. Well, that most certainly didn't happen. I'd have bought any number of explanations...except the one given. But honestly, I'd mostly checked-out by then anyway.

    In addition to a protagonist who I felt was never fully fleshed-out and therefore, unsympathetic, the storyline plodded along at the pace of paint drying. The writing was just average; not good enough to be inspired nor bad enough to be amateurish.

    Regarding the narrator, he did a decent job given what he had to work with, so I can't fault him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rip van Winkle 05-25-14

    Sleep junkie

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    "Coulda been something"
    What did you like best about Pines? What did you like least?

    The concept for this book is great. The early parts of the book were suspenseful and well written. But as it went on, the repeated danger scenes and descriptions of violence that went on and on made the going pretty slow. And worst of all, the hero doesn't discover the answer to all the weirdness -- the villain TELLS him. Groan. What a let down.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The concept is a winner for sure. Original enough to keep the reader guessing about where it is going. Too many of the obvious questions the reader will have do not get satisfactorily answered, however. And without satisfactory answers, those questions leave huge holes in the story.


    Did Paul Michael Garcia do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the reader was fine.


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

    Chris Pine. (No pun intended.) But the tell-don't-show aspect of the story would have to be redone by a better writer for this to succeed on the screen.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate being a party-pooper when the idea of this story is so good, but for myself, after a few days from finishing, I still can't shake the feeling that this listening was a waste of time for a fizzled out ending ( Although the end is okay. It isn't the resolution that's the problem; it's how we get there.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Mcdowell 05-16-14 Member Since 2000
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    "Plot and Protagonist - Just Not a Good Fit"

    As the story unfolds it becomes less believable. We have an agent of the US government who appears to be marooned in a small town, and he seems to remain clueless and helpless through much of the story. It does remind me of the kind of artificial plot lines that showed up in some of the mediocre episodes of the Twilight Zone TV series

    The "reveal" at the end of the novel is even less believable. I can not see me ever buying any further installments to this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-31-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "That's a Sign Post Up Ahead: Your Next Stop"

    The Twilight Zone
    The more I listened to this the more I thought the Twilight Zone. An isolated town. A man who does not know who he is. No road in or out. How did he get here? What do they want with him? What about the strange town folk?

    As I read other reviews, I found lots of people compared this to The Twilight Zone. The book is fast paced, with lots of twists and turns. It has fear and Science Fiction. This is the type of book I eat up. Every page, every sentence is exciting, no wasted space here.

    I had never even heard of Blake Crouch, but thinks to someone I am following, I was lead to this masterpiece. Finding someone who has similar taste to your own is the biggest benefit to being an Audible member. There are so many books and authors. Taste vary so much. Often I have been disappointed by books with high ratings, but rarely does that happen when I take the advise of this individual I am following. This is the sixth book, she has recommended that I have read and they were all five star books. I might just go down her list of five star books and listen to them all. I also like a reviewer who can tell you what books are not so good. Bad reviews often lead to unhelpful votes by those who love the author, but I appreciate knowing a story falls short, has a bad narrator, is chick lit, wastes the time of a person of my taste. If you have been burned too many times, take the time to find reviewers who match your taste. Don't follow me if I don't match your style, but do yourself a favor and find the people who do match your tastes and review books yourself, not just the books you love, but the not so good and the bad, someone may be depending upon you.

    This is the best book I have listen to in months.

    You've crossed over into The Twilight Zone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 12-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow! What a knockout!"

    Bought this one on a sale day, got a great bargain, and a new author to follow. This book kept me on pins and needles trying to figure out the story. Ethan wakes up in a hospital with no memory. While regaining some recollection of previous events, he soon discovers he's in a strange town, with even stranger inhabitants, and trying to leave can be deadly. Pines is quite a story, a scary and suspenseful puzzle that is hard to pull away from when you start listening.
    You may feel you have things figured out, then as the story comes to an end, you realize that it wasn't that simple of a solution.
    On to Wayward (the sequel) and whatever else I can find from Blake Crouch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Serene Night 01-15-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Exciting, but how many times can a man get beat up"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 11-10-12
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 11-10-12 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Twilight Zone Meets Dystopia"

    Amnesia? PSTD? Mental illness? Head injury? Cryogenics? None of the above? This book kept me guessing all the way until the last 30 minutes! An enjoyable read about what some say are not such improbable consequences of our modern way of life. The narration was soothing and perfectly paced. . . great story and great narration.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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  • MICHELLE LOUISE
    NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom
    7/23/14
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    "All are welcome at Wayward Pines!"
    What did you like best about Pines? What did you like least?

    I did like the idea of the story, but quite a few times it was a little slow going.


    What aspect of Paul Michael Garcia’s performance might you have changed?

    I thought his performance was ok. However he could have been a little more creative with some of the character's voices.


    Do you think Pines needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are already 2 follow-up books to the Pines.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    6/26/14
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    "Simmering suspense"

    Good story, well written and keeps you speculating until the truth is revealed. I really enjoyed this novel and will get book 2.Touches of 'The Wicker Man' and 'The X Files' plausible characters and fast paced. Well worth a punt .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steena
    North Yorkshire
    6/25/14
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    "Don't miss this one!"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Vivid. Imaginative. Terrifying.


    What other book might you compare Pines to, and why?

    Brave New World and 1984. An imaginative and frightening vision of a possible future;
    I sincerely hope Blake Crouch has got it completely wrong!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'You can check out any time you like... but you can never leave!'


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Reed Jones
    UK
    6/9/14
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    "A real must listen"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best by far and I have listened to a lot. Loved it.


    What other book might you compare Pines to, and why?

    Watched films like this but not listened to a book like this.


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

    Love listening to his voice, compare him to Sean Barrett


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

    Yes WOW got this is good


    Any additional comments?

    Can`t wait to listen to the next book in the trilogy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Murphy
    London, UK
    6/5/14
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alastair Manderson
    5/20/15
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    "Incredible"

    Well read and this story kept me up at night letting me earn the "marathon" award. I would not in a million years have guessed what was actually going on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reginald pelle
    Winchester, UK
    4/26/15
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    "Remarkable and Outstanding!"

    Remarkably eerie, and an astounding and compelling account on a story, that is written without too much mention of people or of any place; just teleporting from weird scene to another. Another added bonus for future writers, to tap in. Worth listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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