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.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
This novel is a bit creepy, a sort of Twilight Zoneish kind of writing. A real surreal sense of What the Hell???? happens to protagonist Ethan Burke when he arrives in, what appears to be a quiet Rocky mountain town. As the story arc continues the strangeness increases until the reader is just as confused as the protagonist..something I appreciate in a book-I like stories that I can't figure out ahead of time.
This plot takes a lot of left turns without signaling and I found myself having to really pay attention to what I was listening to..something I'm not in the habit of doing as audio books are a kind of "listen while doing something else" thing for me. I had to rewind (in a digital way) several times. Ethan suffers several prisoner of war flashbacks that seem to effect him as he tries to make sense of his missing phone, wallet, inability to contact the world outside Idaho and the listener starts to wonder if he is going thru mental instability and everything is really as it should be. There was a real "Children of the Corn" moment in the book, as Ethan finds himself being chased by The Pines children as he runs, naked, thru the town trying to get away all the time knowing that theres no way of leaving the town. I was listening to this while my grand daughter was reading and she told me to put on headphones as the story was scaring her-shes 9.
On the other side, I wondered why it took Ethan so long to decide thing in The Pines were not normal. Why didn't he go to a bank and tyy to contact his home bank for money? Why not call his credit card company and get a new card-and if he was unable to do these things, it seemed he would have figured out that the town was not normal sooner. It just wasn't what an average person would do, much less a Secret Service Agent.
I'm sure some will think the story should rate 5 stars for excitement alone...but for me, it didn't. I couldn't get away from the B movie or TV series feeling, an Under the Dome, Outer Limits, TZ version of sci-fi/fantasy. it was good, but not that good. It held my attention but seemed -well-too contrived. I went between 3 and 4 stars. for me 3 is an average novel-nothing sterling or wonderful/nothing awful either. Just Meh..its ok. But it was more than that. It was a different story arc with a lot of but....why is this his thinking?
I dunno. A strange book, worth a listen for a real fan of B grade movies and stories.
The narrator was great, however. I've never listened to Paul Garcia before but I'll be sure to check out other audio books he's done. His work was real solid 5 star for me-masculine but not Dick Hill-ish in tone. Dramatic but not overdone. He does the weird parts very nicely, with a touch of irony that kind of got me on occasion.
A good listen even for urban fantasy readers and a must listen for those who love the strange. Good luck!
Say something about yourself!
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!
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.
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).
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.
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 love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
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.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
This was a book that was so captivating right from the start, but I had no idea where it was going for a long time! The book sucked me in, the narrator sucked me in, and I wanted to find out what the heck was going on! This book was way too interesting and puzzling to put down. When I finally got to the point where things were coming together, and we as the reader finally find out what is going on … things just fell into place like tumblers.
The narration by Paul Michael Garcia was fantastic.
Anyone who enjoys a good suspense, mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy story would likely enjoy the book. I know I did.
I don’t want to tell too much about this book because it really would take away from it if you knew ahead of time. I thought the way I read it was best. I just read what was on the Audible website about it when it was on the one of the Daily Deals.
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.
really strong story although it was a little frustrating waiting for the twist to come ! gripping all the way though couldn't stop listening to the last quarter
"Not for me"
Didn't enjoy the story and remained with it under duress just to to hear the ending.
"Don't judge a book by its cover"
I downloaded several books before going on holiday and this one wasn't at the top of my list but it turned out to be one of the best. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was kept guessing until the end. I found the narrator very easy to listen to and would be happy to listen to more read by him.
Very glad to see there are other books by this author - can't wait to 'read' another one.
"Worth the wait....almost"
I was drawn to this having seen a trailer for the TV series and it being a Deal of the Day. The narrator was okay but took a bit of getting into as he had the more deadpan US accent that can get a bit wearing - especially after enjoying a number of recent British books. Overall though, it worked and I was drawn into an inventive and interesting story that you just prayed would have a revelation worthy of the time invested.
The relentless traumas suffered by the hero did get a little tiresome and I was more than thankful when things finally reached there climax. I did think the author got a little bit too much satisfaction out of the violence and some of it felt distinctly gratuitous - especially a detailed death towards the end.
That said the ending just about hung together and provided an enjoyable twist - I have now started the TV series so will be interested to see just where it differs...
I was taken with this book from the beginning, I didn't guess what was going on. My only critism was there was a bit to much action in it. I am glad I listened to it.
"Well-written tale and excellent narration"
I am not a great fan of sci-fi but I did enjoy the gradual slide into the sci-fi elements - the book starts with the main character Ethan in a seemingly believable world although there are strange details which maintain the suspense. The narrator has a fantastic hypnotic voice which envelops the reader and draws him or her into the plot. I would expect science fiction to give me more of an analysis or critique of the world we actually live in but the book does not really dwell on that aspect. I think this is an enjoyable listen and has convinced me to try other books in the genre.
"Stick with it it's worth it in the end"
I'm fairly new to audio books and this was my first step outside my normal paper book genre. I found the first few chapters a little confusing and almost gave up but I stuck with it and was rewarded in the end. Once you get into the thick of it, the story is compelling and I found myself sitting in the car wanting to listen to the book all day.
I found the American narration difficult at first and maybe that's why i struggled with the first few chapters but then it became like listening to a episode of some American TV series. Like others have said if you like X-files or similar stuff this is really going to be your cup of tea.
This was a Daily Deal well worth buying.
"Worth a listen"
This started as a surprising 5 star listen for me,. Suspend reality and think 'Shutter Island' , then it progressed to Stephen King with a fair mix of Justin Cronin and then . . . . . well let's just leave it there for you to discover. where it ends. For me there was just a little too much, including victorious fights with savage mutant beasts and our 'hero' surviving despite his repeatedly beaten and battered body, any one of which would have destroyed a lesser mortal. Still . . . . .suspend belief and do not question rationality and it is an entertaining book which despite my miserly 3 stars I do recommend you give a listen. I did enjoy the style and the narration and will revisit books in this series.
"Not what I expected"
I enjoyed the book, couldn't stop listening to it. Not what I expected, good story, lots of twists, keeps you guessing until the end.
"unusual plot and good narration"
finished the book in 2 sessions. easy to follow. good twist at the end. will definitely get the following books.
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