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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Zen Flower 05-17-14
    Zen Flower 05-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I love my audiobooks! Great for traveling.

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    "Great suspense novel!"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Great. Mysterious.Well-narrated.


    What other book might you compare Pines to and why?

    I guess it would be a Stephen because of the sci-fi element.


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

    Each character narrated, you can feel the emotion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not laugh or cry. It did make me think about the future of man; what does evolution have in store for us.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually listen to my audio books while I take my commute. There are very few that I actually listen to outside of my commute, i.e. at home relaxing. But this novel I found myself listening to before going to bed at night. I rated it 4/5 because there was one question that was unanswered or perhaps I missed. How everyone that came to Wayward was hit by a truck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Mcdowell 05-16-14 Member Since 2000
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    "Plot and Protagonist - Just Not a Good Fit"

    As the story unfolds it becomes less believable. We have an agent of the US government who appears to be marooned in a small town, and he seems to remain clueless and helpless through much of the story. It does remind me of the kind of artificial plot lines that showed up in some of the mediocre episodes of the Twilight Zone TV series

    The "reveal" at the end of the novel is even less believable. I can not see me ever buying any further installments to this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Cerda San Diego, CA 05-14-14
    Shelley Cerda San Diego, CA 05-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Tori Cerda

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    "Not what you expect"
    Any additional comments?

    I got this book on the Deal of the Day and wasn't sure what to expect. The story is good and it definitely takes a plot twist you won't expect with a really great tie to civilization as a whole. Worth the read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 05-12-14
    Elizabeth 05-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "WOW WOW WOW"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Thriller, nail bitter a must read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethan He drew me in.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Suspension


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so good, I had to read the second immediatley and want more. This is an amazing thriller, the best I have read in a long time. Great job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-09-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 05-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't see that coming!"

    This was a really good listen. It was well crafted and kept me guessing throughout. It had horror story overtones and would have made a great Twilight Zone movie. In fact, if this isn't put out as a movie, I will be surprised. Read it before Hollywood ruins it.

    There are a few small faults, of course, and one is the thin explanation of the science and theories behind how Whispering Pines came to be. If you can get over that and accept it for the background it's meant to be, then you will enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Hewes 05-08-14
    Robin Hewes 05-08-14

    Tell us about yourself! I am a retired senior who enjoys reading, literally and audibly. I play games on the computer (BFG) and Playstation

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    "Pines"

    This is another bargain I tried, this is how I try other authors. This is a sitting on the edge of your seat read (audible). I found myself about half the way thru trying to figure out how it would end. There is so much action that it wore me out. I wondered is there no end to what the main character goes thru? I find that as of late I have been picking up many of this type of book, action, action and more action and not always getting anywhere.
    I did enjoy the book and the performance. I was going to go on to the next book but found out there was going to be a series and opted for that instead. Don't get me wrong and gave it high marks, but I am 75 and need to balance some of my reading, listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 05-01-14
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 05-01-14

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Weird semi si-fantasy. Quite creepy"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-31-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "That's a Sign Post Up Ahead: Your Next Stop"

    The Twilight Zone
    The more I listened to this the more I thought the Twilight Zone. An isolated town. A man who does not know who he is. No road in or out. How did he get here? What do they want with him? What about the strange town folk?

    As I read other reviews, I found lots of people compared this to The Twilight Zone. The book is fast paced, with lots of twists and turns. It has fear and Science Fiction. This is the type of book I eat up. Every page, every sentence is exciting, no wasted space here.

    I had never even heard of Blake Crouch, but thinks to someone I am following, I was lead to this masterpiece. Finding someone who has similar taste to your own is the biggest benefit to being an Audible member. There are so many books and authors. Taste vary so much. Often I have been disappointed by books with high ratings, but rarely does that happen when I take the advise of this individual I am following. This is the sixth book, she has recommended that I have read and they were all five star books. I might just go down her list of five star books and listen to them all. I also like a reviewer who can tell you what books are not so good. Bad reviews often lead to unhelpful votes by those who love the author, but I appreciate knowing a story falls short, has a bad narrator, is chick lit, wastes the time of a person of my taste. If you have been burned too many times, take the time to find reviewers who match your taste. Don't follow me if I don't match your style, but do yourself a favor and find the people who do match your tastes and review books yourself, not just the books you love, but the not so good and the bad, someone may be depending upon you.

    This is the best book I have listen to in months.

    You've crossed over into The Twilight Zone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    General Zod Springfield, IL 02-04-14
    General Zod Springfield, IL 02-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Kneel Before Zod!!

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    "Twilight Zone: Pines"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone looking foe something original with a twist, especially if they're fans of the twilight zone.


    What other book might you compare Pines to and why?

    Really can't think of any book that compares at the moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the man character is told the truth about the town he lives in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes,listened to it in 2 days.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 12-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow! What a knockout!"

    Bought this one on a sale day, got a great bargain, and a new author to follow. This book kept me on pins and needles trying to figure out the story. Ethan wakes up in a hospital with no memory. While regaining some recollection of previous events, he soon discovers he's in a strange town, with even stranger inhabitants, and trying to leave can be deadly. Pines is quite a story, a scary and suspenseful puzzle that is hard to pull away from when you start listening.
    You may feel you have things figured out, then as the story comes to an end, you realize that it wasn't that simple of a solution.
    On to Wayward (the sequel) and whatever else I can find from Blake Crouch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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