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.
If you like obsessively descriptive authors then you would love this book. I hate it when writers are trying to add words for the sake of filling the book. It takes at least 4 hours for the book to take off. Now if it were a 25 hour book I would be ok with that, but it is an 8 and half hour book. The book is extremely dark and disparaging. I hated it! The only good thing about the listen was the narrator he did a great job!
I do not know?
It was just a series of strange occurrences that did not suck me into the story. The character did not behave in a fashion that would be expected given his circumstances. The end was a total blind side that came from nowhere.
Performance was acceptable
It started out strong and then quickly became like a broken record. Repeated "wierdness" with no advancement in plot or character development.
This book was not for me, although from the other reviews it seems that many people enjoyed it.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Forward, to the past.
If you enjoyed Peter Clines 14, then you will love this this too. Absolutely recommended.
Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.
Ok, it was only $4.95, but the few good parts are highly derivative; the bad parts (for example all the parts where the main character is confused; having flashbacks; or getting punched out or otherwise physically assaulted) are too long, repetitive, and just basically not very interesting. Kind of like in one of those movies that never really make it to a theater. I really tried, but after three hours I don't care about the cardboard main character or what may or may not be going on. So I'm returning it, but writing this review first because the last time I returned a book before writing a review I wasn't able to write the review because the book was no longer in my library.
I loved the way the story developed, always hinting at it's central mystery while keeping the listener guessing, wondering, what was really going on.
Ethan. The entire story revolves around his experience.
His reading added a level of emotion, tension and drama that I don't think I would have experienced if I had just read the book.
I highly recommend this, especially for fans of TV shows like The Twilight Zone or Persons Unknown.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
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.
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--
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).
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
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.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
In "Pines," Blake Crouch has created an intriguing tale of mystery that will keep readers guessing till the end. Crouch created believable characters to people the mystifying town he creates in "Pines." Though, the main character, Ethan Burke, at times seemed a little off his game as a secret service agent
Waking on his back in a field on the edge of a town called Wayward Pines somewhere in Idaho, Ethan Burke, a secret service agent, has no memory as to who he is or where he is; only that he is surrounded by mountains and a beautiful blue sky. Try to sit up he finds he is injured and dazed. With no identification, money, or cell phone on his person Ethan treks into the town looking for answers. As bits and pieces of Ethan's memory return, the peaceful idyllic appearing town of Wayward Pines is not what it appears to be on the surface. For one thing he just cannot seem to get in touch with anyone on the outside of town beyond those scenic mountains. Although the people living in the Victorian style houses about town seem friendly enough at first, Ethan begins to wonder about the strange looks he receives and why no one wants him to leave.
Crouch has written a novel in which the words flow with a tempo that makes the reading easy and enjoyable. Also, Crouch easily conveys a sense of suspense within the mystery of the goings on in Wayward Pines. This mystery, science fiction, thriller will keep you wanting answers and therefore keep the pages turning.
However, during the first 100 or so pages (the book I have is 329 pages) I thought I was reading the script from an old Twilight Zone episode I had seen on television as a youngster. This is not to say the novel was disappointing. Quite the opposite, Blake Crouch's plot had similarities up to that part in the plot. As I continued to read the plot soon revealed itself to be quite different from that point on and Crouch proved inventive by conjuring up an interesting ending.
Crouch is not on a plane with King, or Koontz, yet. He does show potential for someday being on par with them. In summation this novel may not appeal to everyone, but if one takes time to read all the reviews I am sure many will decide to read "Pines." I give it 4 Stars; the final twist near the end (50 pages or so) boosted it from a 3 Star. It had a pleasing ending that was satisfying
"An excellent surprise"
I really enjoyed this book. Like a modern Lovecraft tail, this was a surprise and very very enjoyable. Starting the second book right away. Narrator very good too.
"wow. not sure what to say. stunned."
this book is absolutely brilliant. I've only had a few that hit the top notch. there has been 14, the beach, ghost country, runner, now this... pines. I'm downloading wayward now...
One of the best audios ive heard and ive listened to a lot.
Narrative superb and I could have listened in one go but sleep got in the way
Bought this on daily deal offer and got hooked. I couldn't put it down. I then used two credits to purchase next two books in series. I've never written a full review before but this merited it. I can't wait to start second book in series.
"Frightening! Eerie and thought provoking."
A truly eerily scary story. A Dystopian that starts after the world as we know it has been destroyed due to mankind's careless regard for the Earth. I loved it and the narrater was so good, had a voice that kept the story hovering on completely menacing.... I will definitely be getting the second book. Am interested in how this translates to the small screen but i live in the UK so no Fox TV for me. Hopefully will be able to get hold of it somehow.
"Good story for a good audiobook"
I really enjoyed this audio book the story is gripping, fast paced, with a balance between descriptive and characterisation... with an excellent narrative.
"A thrilling start but increasingly ridiculous."
Spoiled a good thriller with fsnciful post - apocalyptic nonsense. By the last couple of chapters I no longer cared whst happened. Disappointing,
"great story and performance"
it was a fab story and performance. My only gripe with it was that it felt too short but I appreciate it is the first part of a trilogy.
I was hoping for a cross between the X-Files and Twin Peaks. Instead I got a chase scene that lasted half the book. Seriously, 5 hours of running.
Will not be buying the next instalments in the trilogy.
"Twist and turn, there is no road out!"
Knowing very little about this book before, I was pleased with the story - the story seemed organic and flowed in a manner that ties up any lose ends you may have. The performance was great, the voices used for the characters were varied.
All in all, and enjoyable book - but I bet the TV show sucks! For all accounts, this book cannot translate well to TV. Who knows? Maybe it's not too bad.
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