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.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
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.
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.
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 espionage and detective thrillers but will 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.
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”.
I would not read or listen to this book again. I knew that the book was divided into three parts but I had hoped that each one would stand alone. it sorta did but you were expected to listen to the other two to get the whole story. I became too bored with the story to invest in the other two. The characters were well developed and the mystery was intense at least until you learned what was going on and then it was a letdown. There was not enough there for me to invest in further books.
Yes, and it was intense until the mystery became clear then a little disappointing.
not read any more books by this author.
With over 4,000 reviews, I'm sure there's nothing that I can add to the list of great reviews. I loved it. As soon as my mind adjusted to the "Twilight Zonish" feel to the book, I couldn't put it down. When I finished, I immediately purchased book 2. I sped through that in a day and was immediately onto book 3. It's a great trilogy! Just sad to see it end.
Other reviewers compare this book (favorably) to Twilight Zone, X Files, and Stephen King. But only in the most off-axis bizarro world of Twilight Zone, X Files, or Stephen King would this book be in the same league as Twilight Zone, X Files, or Stephen King. Without spoiling things, here's a quick plot summary: bad stuff happens to Ethan, Ethan is confused by the bad stuff, more bad stuff happens to Ethan. Rinse and repeat, over, and over, and over. That's not a plot, that's a prologue stuck on Repeat.
Oh, and the narrator sounds like he's reading a PowerPoint. This whole package just plain sucks.
I can't say I enjoyed this book, the protagonist whined about pain and discomfort over and over until I almost quit listening. The plot however took a twist that I didn't see coming and the overall point of the book is interesting.
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.
It didn't unravel the mystery until the end.
Ethan Burke wakes up in a strange place with a huge gap in his memory. He knows that he works for the secret Service, but without his ID and badge, he’s going to have a hard time proving it to the people of Wayward Pines.
This book takes us through a harrowing few days in Ethan’s life, beginning on the day that he wakes up by the river. The reader can feel his frustration and anger, the fear and the futility of his actions. We watch as he rides the rollercoaster of his life where nothing is as it seems. The story unfolds slowly building layers of mystery and Ethan just can’t seem to break through them.
This book is full of suspense and doesn’t reveal much until the very end. Ethan’s is someone you can sympathize with, and the problems he goes through make you sit on the edge of your chair, biting your fingernails. The town itself is creepy enough to terrorize the reader, and it just gets creepier. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and having just found that it is being made into a TV series, I think I will indulge in that as well.
Enjoyable story. Well performed. Has some holes but makes you think and consider the future uses of technology and our species
"Enjoyable and involving listen"
Paul Michael Garcia reading of this book is perfect and the writing is good enough to keep one listening through Ethan's extraordinary, and seemingly endless, travails, to the strangely compulsive end!
"Great story, told well."
if hour seen the TV show then you'll know the basic story but the book is so much better, original story has some key differences that !make mush more sense, move's along really well. so glad I gave it a go.👍
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