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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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    Laura Straub 12-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kind of fun until the big reveal"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    11 of 13 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!

    19 of 24 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.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Buneary Thomas 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "crazy creepy little town awesome story!"
    What did you love best about Pines?

    I love that it is a 1950's style town. I wish I had been alive for that era and I like how simple and small it is. On the outside looking in Pine's seems peaceful and quiet, however once the sun sets and from the inside looking out you see a whole other side to pines. The dark and twisted creepy little town.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that first half of the book you don't know what is really going on in pines. You think it's just a town, and that Ethan is just being held captive for some reason and you just don't know why. Slowly he figures a few things out, and he tries to escape. You get sucked into this book were you feel like you yourself are living in pines and only when you stop playing the book do you realize your not IN Pines. I love where pines is, and the time and place. I hate what is going on and I want to help Ethan and then I realize I'm listening to his story and I'm not really there (thank god...). I hate the person in charge, and no I am not talking about the sheriff. I like how the abby's were described.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't heard him before. I enjoyed his voice, I feel it was appropriate and he did different characters very well.


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

    Humanity preserved in one twisted town, on the face of the planet.


    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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    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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    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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    Jacqueline 08-02-13
    Jacqueline 08-02-13

    Say something about yourself!

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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 13 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 09-09-14
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "DIsappointed"

    First time with this author. I was lured by the exceptional reviews and the promise of a Twilight Zone/paranormal mystery series. Who knows what the story behind the Pines really is...I could not finish it! I kept waiting for the characters to become real, for the plot to go beyond the main character getting away from his captors and being captured again getting away from his captors and being captured again getting......The writing is 'almost' good, but I finally realized that I had listened to HALF the book and was still waiting for it to start. Gave up. No, I cannot recommend it (unless you have endless patience).

    4 of 5 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.


    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
  • Alan
    7/28/15
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    "Brilliant"

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

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 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
  • Aneurin Evans
    6/25/15
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    "Book 2 TV Series"
    Any additional comments?

    Have been watching the TV series and thought I should at least hear what the book was like. Really enjoyed the book and although it differs from the TV series, did find it a good listen. Am really thinking of buying the book and reading it!!! Am loving the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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