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Pines

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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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    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.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 12-03-13
    Amanda 12-03-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Shockingly frustrating!!!"

    Excellent story. I was getting quite frustrated for the character throughout the listen but could not put it down. Whipped thru it in a few days. Very unexpected conclusion!

    6 of 8 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.)

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 08-02-13
    Jacqueline 08-02-13

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    "- - -you've just crossed over into - - - -"

    Yes, the story is very like the Twilight Zone days -when we were so hooked on the bizarre events happening on our TV screens, there was no way to stop watching.

    With this book--there is no way to stop listening. It starts with Secret Service Agent, Ethan Burke, waking up in a quiet little town surrounded by mountains--a world that is completely unfamiliar to him, and one in which he has little control over what is going on. He's bruised and battered, yet doesn't know what happened to him. He has no identification or money, and his cell phone is missing.

    No one is very helpful, including the local law enforcement officer--who begrudgingly let's Ethan use his phone to try and call his wife---but not surprising, he is unable to reach her.

    I was shocked and surprised by the ending when it was finally revealed what was going on--I can't say more as I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. I'll just say it left me with a lot to think about.

    About the narrator--he was perfect. He voice blended into the background so well that I didn't really register his voice after awhile--

    Highly Recommended!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-19-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "It's me, not the book!"

    I mean no disrespect to the genre and I understand why so many readers love this. It's exceptionally well written and read. I loved the characters a well. I just cannot buy into the fantasy premise, nor am I interested in discovering the mystery. If I explained why it would spoil the story.

    So the low rating by no means reflects on the book itself, rather it's just not my cup of tea.

    12 of 17 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 2016

    For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.

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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.

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    russh 08-27-16
    russh 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not original, not good"

    This book has some great reviews but I can't seem to understand why. If you're 12 or 14 years old I can see it being exciting but as an adult this story seems to be poorly written. The story doesn't add up at all and the hollow characters quickly become boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SNAFU 02-23-16
    SNAFU 02-23-16
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    "Interesting concept but missing key facts"

    First, the protagonist suffers way too much physical harm and deprivation. No human being could endure the trauma, the physical and psychological stress, and be immediately available to handle the next similar crisis.

    The second concern was how the author assumed that technology would protect humans near the end of the book but there was no mention as to how technology would continue to provide functional helicopters and automobiles in the same New World.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 02-09-16
    Tiffany 02-09-16
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    "Comparing to tv show"

    While I liked the book, I think the tv show's version is a bit better. Still I enjoyed it.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-21-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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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.

    5 of 7 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
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    "Gripping story. Keeps you on your toes."
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    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
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    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
  • 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
  • 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 7 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

    6 of 7 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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