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.
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.
Avid reader and listener. Especially (but not just) urban fantasy and romance
My feeling is this: I really hate to waste a credit, so. I. am. finishing. this. book.
The story-line is a good one and I still think it's full of awesome possibilities. However, here I am. Two years later and still trying to trudge through. I do feel compelled to reach out, though, so you out there know what your getting into.
For me, one of the main problems with the novel is the way the writer just keeps piling up one hopeless situation onto another without giving the reader room to breath. Personally, I enjoy the ups and downs in a story. That's what keeps me interested and invested into the characters. If you're with me, you might find this book too much of a sad, sad thing.
The main character is portrayed as a proverbial dead man walking. Is it really only about 8 hours long? It seems like it has been forever.
I must confess that I myself feel stuck in Wayward Pines. Very postmodern.
Kudos Blake Crouch?!
Down in the lower 50%.
I found the main character, who is supposed to be a CIA guy, pretty unbelievable. He didn't seem to have much savvy about him and did and said things that made me very frustrated with him. The end was a nice twist but, as a bit of a scifi fan, it seemed a bit naive.
I thought Paul did a good job.
Groundhog day meets the Stepford wives
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.
Ravenclaw. I like books that break my heart.
This audiobook was so frustrating! It's supposed to be, of course, but about half way through I was just really sick of not knowing what was going on at all. The big reveal seems to come a little too late and a little too prepackaged for me. However, the characters are interesting - even the ones I hated - and my interest is piqued enough to keep going with the series.
The narrator was fine, but not my favourite. His character voices were really excellent, but I didn't enjoy his narration of the story -the non-speaking parts.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
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”.
At the point at which I thought the book was finally taking off past the character development and the setup for the plot, it ended. It's one of the only series books I've read in which I won't even try the next book.
Not the author. I was disappointed in books 2 and 3 in this series. The problem that I had was the language and violence depicted. Really noticing beginning in book 2, constant "f" words, in my opinion. VERY distracting. I found it a bit frustrating that the author depicted all characters as speaking that way ( it seemed like, believe it or not, not everyone does) By book 3 both the language and violence seemed over the top and made it difficult to finish. The plot however, was interesting and unpredictable. Too bad that I find the other too distracting.
Performance was good by Paul Michael Garcia.
yes, unpredictable plot
I guess Theresa
It has two
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 .
"Don't miss this one!"
Vivid. Imaginative. Terrifying.
Brave New World and 1984. An imaginative and frightening vision of a possible future;
I sincerely hope Blake Crouch has got it completely wrong!
'You can check out any time you like... but you can never leave!'
"Gripping story. Keeps you on your toes."
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.
"All are welcome at Wayward Pines!"
I did like the idea of the story, but quite a few times it was a little slow going.
I thought his performance was ok. However he could have been a little more creative with some of the character's voices.
There are already 2 follow-up books to the Pines.
Gripping storyline and moody athmosphere, you get attached to the characters, i was so captivated i listened to it in a day without noticing!
"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.
A brilliant twist and well read, this is a great novel, and will definitely look for other audiobooks by same Auther
"A real must listen"
The best by far and I have listened to a lot. Loved it.
Watched films like this but not listened to a book like this.
Love listening to his voice, compare him to Sean Barrett
Yes WOW got this is good
Can`t wait to listen to the next book in the trilogy
Was hooked on the tv show and got into the books straight away. Love it
"Good if over-hyped"
The guy on the cover.
Great premise but it felt like it was being dragged out by the end.
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