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Pines

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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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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-09-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I had no idea"

    One word, 2 letters. WOW! This offering from Blake Crouch and narrated exquistely by Paul Garci, is a winner, and moves to my all time best list.

    The plot twists, the choices the characters need to make, the challenges and nuances, are all there, with occasional gore and violence, but nothing gratuitous, at least in my estimation.

    Granted, there is some, if not a lot, of belief suspension required to complete the story line, but once you have digested this, the story plot does clarify, and the resolution does promote thought and consideration at the the end.

    I recommend this book to fantasy, sci fi and mystery readers most highly.

    43 of 55 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 2016
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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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    Kim Venatries 09-11-12 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Suspense and Thriller Fans - This is a Must!"

    Just finished one heck of a ride. I do not want to describe the plot for fear of disclosing too much. It is THAT kind of story. Plenty of twists and turns and a big bang ending. You will not want to stop listening. The story grabs you and does not let go. Great performance and great story. I really hope there is a sequel.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Murphy 11-18-15
    Mike Murphy 11-18-15

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "slow, frustrating, dark and ultimately pointless"

    I bought this book because it was being hyped (and reduced in price) by audible and Fox have made a series from it called “Wayward Pines” so, why not?

    “Pines” is competently written and well narrated. It just didn’t do it for me.

    Other than being persistent, dangerous and extraordinarily tough to kill, the main character is not very interesting. I really didn’t care what happened to him.

    The town of Wayward Pines is spooky and the “What the hell is going on here?” question kept me moving through the chapters.

    The more I read, the more violent and depressing the whole thing became.

    I’ve seen “Pines” compared to “Twin Peaks”. I don’t think the comparison stands. In the end, “Twin Peaks” was a series of cool scenes that made no sense. “The owls are not what they seem” – who cares? “Pines” does make sense. There is a compelling, if somewhat far-fetched, premise that explains everything.

    The problem I had was that, while the premise explained everything, it justified nothing: not the actions of the main villain, certainly not the actions of the delightful citizens of Wayward Pines, not even the ultimately pointless struggle of the main character. This is not one of those occasions where the truth will set you free. I found the whole thing anticlimactic.

    I could have lived with that, except that Blake Crouch put me through scenes of extreme violence and cruelty to get me to this, for me, unsatisfactory outcome. Crouch writes well enough that I will remember those scenes, even though, in retrospect, I understand them as exploitative.

    Still, he’s not to blame for me reading the scenes, nor how I reacted to them.

    There are two more books in the series. Someone must love them. Probably the same people who enjoyed “Prison Break” and “The Sopranos”.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 08-24-15
    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 08-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A lot of running, not much story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would not read or listen to this book again. I knew that the book was divided into three parts but I had hoped that each one would stand alone. it sorta did but you were expected to listen to the other two to get the whole story. I became too bored with the story to invest in the other two. The characters were well developed and the mystery was intense at least until you learned what was going on and then it was a letdown. There was not enough there for me to invest in further books.


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

    n/a


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, and it was intense until the mystery became clear then a little disappointing.


    Did Pines inspire you to do anything?

    not read any more books by this author.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Book tramp 06-27-15
    Book tramp 06-27-15
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    "Oh,no! More bad stuff is happening for no reason!!"

    Other reviewers compare this book (favorably) to Twilight Zone, X Files, and Stephen King. But only in the most off-axis bizarro world of Twilight Zone, X Files, or Stephen King would this book be in the same league as Twilight Zone, X Files, or Stephen King. Without spoiling things, here's a quick plot summary: bad stuff happens to Ethan, Ethan is confused by the bad stuff, more bad stuff happens to Ethan. Rinse and repeat, over, and over, and over. That's not a plot, that's a prologue stuck on Repeat.

    Oh, and the narrator sounds like he's reading a PowerPoint. This whole package just plain sucks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey Young 06-24-15
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    "Startling ending"

    I can't say I enjoyed this book, the protagonist whined about pain and discomfort over and over until I almost quit listening. The plot however took a twist that I didn't see coming and the overall point of the book is interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Webster, MA, United States 06-19-15
    Kristine Webster, MA, United States 06-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Similar to TV show"

    Interesting book, some disturbing parts. If you watch the show it is very close. I would recommend.

    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 2016
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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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    GLENNO 01-21-15
    GLENNO 01-21-15 Member Since 2013

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    "This story is OK. The trilogy is not."

    The premise and the revelation of what this town is about is very interesting. You might find it interesting too. But don't bother with the other two books in this trilogy. The last book especially will just make you mad. Really, it's just the missing ending to book two. And the ONE SENTENCE epilogue in that third book explains nothing.

    Very unsatisfying.

    The reader is not bad. That's the best I can say.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • 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 .

    9 of 9 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!'


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    1/5/16
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    "Gripping story. Keeps you on your toes."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrific book, gripping from the very start and very clever. It keeps you guessing. As the story progresses it is hard to pin it down to a specific genre - at some point it seems to be a psychological thriller but then maybe it is a crime mystery or maybe a horror or even a scifi? I looked for these audiobooks after enjoying the TV series based on the books so, before I started I already knew the big secret 'reveal' of the plot but this didn't spoil it for me. It is similar enough to the TV series to have the same haunting atmosphere but different enough to still be fresh. The narrator does a pretty good job reflecting the tension and mystery. A little gory for the squeamish but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for something exciting, compelling and a bit out of the ordinary.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    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.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Eastendelle
    London
    9/1/15
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    "Original thriller"

    Gripping storyline and moody athmosphere, you get attached to the characters, i was so captivated i listened to it in a day without noticing!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    7/22/15
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    "A different kind of dystopia"

    I love dystopic fiction and this trilogy was entertaining. The premise was refreshing and I'd say they were very easy and quite compelling to listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    DARLINGTON, United Kingdom
    8/28/15
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    "Great suspence"

    A brilliant twist and well read, this is a great novel, and will definitely look for other audiobooks by same Auther

    5 of 5 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

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    7/28/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Was hooked on the tv show and got into the books straight away. Love it

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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