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.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
I started to read this series before the tv show. The series is SOOO much better than the tv show.
The first in the series is actually my least favorite. The 2nd and 3rd book are much better. I understand the reviews from others where the book reminds of The Twilight Zone show.
The resolution was a little too pat. I feel that even though it was a 'hammer blow' as many people have said, it was more of a cop out than it could have been.
I didn't sleep an entire evening listening to this. I HAD to find out what was happening. The first 3/4's of this story is pure strange bliss. Anything was possible. I loved it. Pure bliss.
Very much worth listening to. I will look forward to listening to more Crouch books.
Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.
Definitely a must listen to audio. Pretty well written and narrated.
The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn
Ethan, of course.
They are making it into a TV show! I'm so excited!!!
What a wild ride this story was! Ethan Burke wakes up in the picturesque town of Wayward Pines with no memory of who he is, or how he got there. As the minutes tick by he regains bits and pieces of his memory, certain that he is a Secret Service agent that was sent to the town to search for clues about the disappearance of two other agents. Straight away Ethan notices there is something amiss in the not so quant town. And the town sheriff is a mean old bugger.
I was intrigued pretty early on, especially when the different realities inside Ethan's mind began to merge. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, the author threw me another curve ball. There were a few holes in the story, but this is the first book in a trilogy so I am confident they will be filled somewhere along the way.
If you are a fan of the Twilight Zone and Twin Peaks then you have to read this mind bending story.
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.
I wasn't sure where this was headed. But it was a surprise. If there are more I will check them out. Easy to listen to.
I am an eBay seller who listens to approx. a book a day while taking & editing photos of my items. I love a good suspenseful mystery!
Not one to listen to books more than once but yes, this one would be worth a second listen.
Well written, great mystery, great suspense, perfect amount of 'confusion' without being confusing. I normally stay away from anything considered sci-fi but this book is REALLY good!
Excellent narrator, articulate, easy to decipher between characters, easy to listen to without being one bit annoying.
This was a strange work that rapidly disintegrated into a disorganized, implausible story,. It is padded with lengthy "chase" scenes that, like the story itself, go on and on with no apparent destination or purpose in mind. The characters were shallow caricatures of persons, while the plot was simplistic and sloppy. The work cried out for wholesale editing.
I tried my best to go with this book, but could not wait to cross the finish line, as it just became more annoying as time passed.
I wonder if "Crouch" is a pseudonym? If so, the actual author is fortunate not to have "Pines" tethered to his literary neck as an albatross, going forward.
Mr. Garcia did a good job reading this work. He handled different characters of different sexes and ages with aplomb. In fact, his reading carried me over several cringe-inducing passages of this book.
"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.👍
"The best thriller I've ever heard / read"
This story will stay in my mind for a long time. The suspense never let up - it was agonising. But I had to keep listening to find out what happened next... An imaginative plot and a satisfying ending. Warning: this is no good to fall asleep to. It won't work!
"A wayward trail you'll follow 'til the end"
Blake Crouch can't half tell a story, from the start he paints an intriguing tale full of questions that tease and entice as you follow the instantly likeable Ethan Blake as he finds himself waking in the mysterious town after a car accident. As the answers fall into place, new questions are deftly posed with an effective juxtaposition of Ethan's backstory to make the crazy and completely unexpected slap of a twist really pay off. I thought I'd called it, but was quite impressed when I realised I'd gotten it so wrong.
The performance is also one of the better ones I've heard, giving believable weight to every character.
While the residents can't leave Pines, trust me, once you enter, you really won't want to.
Well worth the listen, keeps you guessing till the end, can't wait to listen to rhe next one
"Book 2 TV Series"
Have been watching the TV series and thought I should at least hear what the book was like. Really enjoyed the book and although it differs from the TV series, did find it a good listen. Am really thinking of buying the book and reading it!!! Am loving the series.
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