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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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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-19-14
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-19-14
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    "Almost good"

    This was a fascinating head-scratcher right up to the last chapter, and then it was a disappointment for me. I can't say more without being a plot spiller, but when it came down to the end, the pieces didn't fit. Having said that, I got the second volume, so maybe I will love that and eat my words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barb 06-10-14
    Barb 06-10-14

    Greater Seattle area real estate broker that loves to read...or listen.

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    "Wow! What a Surprise! You won't believe it!"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pines was my intro to Blake Crouch - and I'm hooked! Pines is a bit different, an ideal that you won't see coming nor likely ever thought about.


    What other book might you compare Pines to and why?

    There is nothing to compare it to!


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wayward, the next novel in the series. Garcia is fantastic for this series.


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

    I will never forget the line " Are fences there to keep people or things in, or to keep them out??"


    Any additional comments?

    A Scientific Thriller everyone can relate to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zen Flower 05-17-14
    Zen Flower 05-17-14 Member Since 2013

    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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    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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    Phillip Arlington, TX 02-10-14
    Phillip Arlington, TX 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Works as starting point for series"

    "Pines" works well as the starting point for the Wayward Pines series. I would have actually given it a 3.5 were the option available plus, the book is an entertaining read on its own.

    In "Pines,"We are introducted to Ethan Burke, the story's protagonist, as he awakes in the hospital, delirious and confused, in the town of Wayward Pines. As his memories slowly return, we learn that Ethan is a special agent in the Secret Service and has come to town in order to investigate the disappearance of two of his fellow agents a month earlier. But something is off in Wayward Pines. Speakers hidden in bushes play the sound of crickets chirping. All food is sold fresh, nothing pre-packaged. And most disturbing, an electrified fence encircles the town trapping everyone within its borders...or perhaps keeping something else out. And for some reason the people of Wayward Pines seem to be conspiring against Ethan, seemingly in an effort to drive him mad. Or, perhaps he is simply a paranoid delusional personality?

    "Pines" is certainly worth a credit if no other reason than it is necessary in order the read its fantastic sequel, "Wayward." As I said, the book is an entertaining enough on its own but the follow-up is certainly superior. Read this...so you can read that.

    5 of 7 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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  • MICHELLE LOUISE
    NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom
    7/23/14
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    "All are welcome at Wayward Pines!"
    What did you like best about Pines? What did you like least?

    I did like the idea of the story, but quite a few times it was a little slow going.


    What aspect of Paul Michael Garcia’s performance might you have changed?

    I thought his performance was ok. However he could have been a little more creative with some of the character's voices.


    Do you think Pines needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are already 2 follow-up books to the Pines.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    6/26/14
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    "Simmering suspense"

    Good story, well written and keeps you speculating until the truth is revealed. I really enjoyed this novel and will get book 2.Touches of 'The Wicker Man' and 'The X Files' plausible characters and fast paced. Well worth a punt .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steena
    North Yorkshire
    6/25/14
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    "Don't miss this one!"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Vivid. Imaginative. Terrifying.


    What other book might you compare Pines to, and why?

    Brave New World and 1984. An imaginative and frightening vision of a possible future;
    I sincerely hope Blake Crouch has got it completely wrong!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'You can check out any time you like... but you can never leave!'


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Reed Jones
    UK
    6/9/14
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    "A real must listen"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best by far and I have listened to a lot. Loved it.


    What other book might you compare Pines to, and why?

    Watched films like this but not listened to a book like this.


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

    Love listening to his voice, compare him to Sean Barrett


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

    Yes WOW got this is good


    Any additional comments?

    Can`t wait to listen to the next book in the trilogy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Murphy
    London, UK
    6/5/14
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    "Love this book. Well read, good story."

    Brilliant book. Had me wondering what on earth was going on right until the end. Quite suspenseful and I found myself sneaking in some reading at lunch and whenever I could. I've got the next one but I'm rationing it out! :o)

    Very well read as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alastair Manderson
    5/20/15
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    "Incredible"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reginald pelle
    Winchester, UK
    4/26/15
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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