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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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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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    Serene Night 01-15-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Exciting, but how many times can a man get beat up"

    I really liked this one, granted I did think it started really slow, but after the the slow start, it picked up. You just can't help but want to know what is going on in the mysterious town of Pines. The only thing I didn't like was that the protag gets beat up and tortured like 3-5 times during this narration. It really started to get a bit ridiculous. The main character should only get beat up once in a story, and make it count, otherwise it becomes a bit silly.

    Overall, though I liked the ending. It was a zinger. Highly reccommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 02-04-14
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 02-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Blah, Blah, Blah"

    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!

    13 of 17 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.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    F. Parker 06-15-14
    F. Parker 06-15-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Captivating right from the start!"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim N Chicago, IL 12-05-12
    Jim N Chicago, IL 12-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Riveting Listen"
    What did you love best about Pines?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethan. The entire story revolves around his experience.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this, especially for fans of TV shows like The Twilight Zone or Persons Unknown.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 12-09-13
    Patricia 12-09-13

    Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.

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    "Maybe a B movie - definitely a D-- book"

    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.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 08-02-13
    Jacqueline 08-02-13

    Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and I'm thinking about my next book.

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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!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-28-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Edge of your seat brain twister"

    Wow, I just read a James Lee Burke book and this one blew it out of the water in so far as storyline and narration, I could not stop listening. Fantastic story about a man and his relentless need for freedom and answers, all the while fighting several personal inner daemons. The content and non stop action was at times, a real nail biter.  The mystery is not revealed until the very end, and boy what an ending, so very imaginative.  I could not come up with any viable guesses as to what in the heck could bring this story all together but Blake Crouch brought it home with a real bang.  The characters were real and I found myself rooting for the fiercely, resilient main character.  Paul Garcia's narration was outstanding. 

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-17-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 03-17-15 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Keeps you guessing"

    Something is not right in Wayward Pines, Idaho - that much is obvious from the start. After that Blake Crouch slowly reveals just how wrong things are as you experience the story from the perspective of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke. Ethan is not the type to let things go and the more he peels back the onion the more bizarre things get.

    If your listening experience is like mine then you will formulate and discard many theories as you listen until the big reveal finally comes. The reveal itself was a surprise but it wasn't completely fulfilling as some of the explanation given didn't resonate well with me. In order to avoid spoilers I really can't say more about it other than the author does explain it all and doesn't leave you hanging.

    This story is like one long Twilight Zone episode so if you like that type of fiction then give it a go otherwise this is not for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blenda Crestwood, KY, United States 12-24-14
    Blenda Crestwood, KY, United States 12-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Compelling"

    This was not my typical book. Could not stop listening. Finished the entire series in 3 days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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