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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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.
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.
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.
Down in the lower 50%.
I found the main character, who is supposed to be a CIA guy, pretty unbelievable. He didn't seem to have much savvy about him and did and said things that made me very frustrated with him. The end was a nice twist but, as a bit of a scifi fan, it seemed a bit naive.
I thought Paul did a good job.
Groundhog day meets the Stepford wives
First, the protagonist suffers way too much physical harm and deprivation. No human being could endure the trauma, the physical and psychological stress, and be immediately available to handle the next similar crisis.
The second concern was how the author assumed that technology would protect humans near the end of the book but there was no mention as to how technology would continue to provide functional helicopters and automobiles in the same New World.
Ravenclaw. I like books that break my heart.
This audiobook was so frustrating! It's supposed to be, of course, but about half way through I was just really sick of not knowing what was going on at all. The big reveal seems to come a little too late and a little too prepackaged for me. However, the characters are interesting - even the ones I hated - and my interest is piqued enough to keep going with the series.
The narrator was fine, but not my favourite. His character voices were really excellent, but I didn't enjoy his narration of the story -the non-speaking parts.
At the point at which I thought the book was finally taking off past the character development and the setup for the plot, it ended. It's one of the only series books I've read in which I won't even try the next book.
Not the author. I was disappointed in books 2 and 3 in this series. The problem that I had was the language and violence depicted. Really noticing beginning in book 2, constant "f" words, in my opinion. VERY distracting. I found it a bit frustrating that the author depicted all characters as speaking that way ( it seemed like, believe it or not, not everyone does) By book 3 both the language and violence seemed over the top and made it difficult to finish. The plot however, was interesting and unpredictable. Too bad that I find the other too distracting.
Performance was good by Paul Michael Garcia.
yes, unpredictable plot
I guess Theresa
It has two
"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.
Had been curious for some time, and the TV show prompted me to finally go for it. Liked it a lot; now curious about what the sequel might hold.
had me gripped start to finish, first audible book I've completed, fantastic way to spend the evenings
Well read and this story kept me up at night letting me earn the "marathon" award. I would not in a million years have guessed what was actually going on!
"Remarkable and Outstanding!"
Remarkably eerie, and an astounding and compelling account on a story, that is written without too much mention of people or of any place; just teleporting from weird scene to another. Another added bonus for future writers, to tap in. Worth listening!
"Pines-Suspense category should have been fantasy island, terrible"
Pines-Suspense category should have been fantasy island, terrible.
I don't know how so many people thought this a good book!!
It was utter rubbish, the thing that kept me going was to see if 'super human' Ethan could get out & back to his family.
To be then kept alive under suspended animation for a thousand years was just to bizarre.
1 good thing was I did like voice of narrator
"Ok, but not one for my favourite list"
I found this story very difficult to get into. It turned out ok in the end but there were quite a few occasions where I nearly gave up.
The narrator was very good. Would listen to more by him any time.
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