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Pines

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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angie holladay, Utah 08-13-14
    Angie holladay, Utah 08-13-14 Member Since 2015

    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!

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    "Don't Hesitate! This book is REALLY Good!"
    Would you listen to Pines again? Why?

    Not one to listen to books more than once but yes, this one would be worth a second listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator, articulate, easy to decipher between characters, easy to listen to without being one bit annoying.


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

    Yes!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 08-09-14
    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 08-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredulous and Padded"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Adams Gent 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 2015

    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 Reif San Diego, CA 05-14-14
    Shelley Reif San Diego, CA 05-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Shelley Reif

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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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    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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    NanaWillow 05-08-14
    NanaWillow 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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    heather Pleasantville 05-02-14
    heather Pleasantville 05-02-14

    Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️

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    "Not too shabby"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes, while I rated this book just okay I did listen to the whole thing, it was not to bad.


    If you’ve listened to books by Blake Crouch before, how does this one compare?

    I have never listed to any of his books but since I found this book decent I would listen to another one in the future.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did not aggrevate me which is huge these days, so I enjoyed his reading style.


    Did Pines inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you like books that have somewhat of the mystery factor and you can stand some small torture scenes you would like this book. The writer is not as intense as say Stephen King or Peter Straub so I liked that about this book. If you liked the book Shutter Island than this book while not as good is similiar.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-02-14
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Escape book, hero gets chased"

    In this book, hero wakes up in unknown place and tries to get back home. He is chased by all sorts of bad guys. Then he finds out "the truth". Just wasn't for me. I thought it might be like Shutter Island, which I enjoyed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • 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 .

    9 of 9 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!'


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    1/5/16
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    "Gripping story. Keeps you on your toes."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrific book, gripping from the very start and very clever. It keeps you guessing. As the story progresses it is hard to pin it down to a specific genre - at some point it seems to be a psychological thriller but then maybe it is a crime mystery or maybe a horror or even a scifi? I looked for these audiobooks after enjoying the TV series based on the books so, before I started I already knew the big secret 'reveal' of the plot but this didn't spoil it for me. It is similar enough to the TV series to have the same haunting atmosphere but different enough to still be fresh. The narrator does a pretty good job reflecting the tension and mystery. A little gory for the squeamish but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for something exciting, compelling and a bit out of the ordinary.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    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.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Eastendelle
    London
    9/1/15
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    "Original thriller"

    Gripping storyline and moody athmosphere, you get attached to the characters, i was so captivated i listened to it in a day without noticing!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    7/22/15
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    "A different kind of dystopia"

    I love dystopic fiction and this trilogy was entertaining. The premise was refreshing and I'd say they were very easy and quite compelling to listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    DARLINGTON, United Kingdom
    8/28/15
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    "Great suspence"

    A brilliant twist and well read, this is a great novel, and will definitely look for other audiobooks by same Auther

    5 of 5 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

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    7/28/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Was hooked on the tv show and got into the books straight away. Love it

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Manchester
    7/25/15
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    "Good if over-hyped"
    Would you try another book written by Blake Crouch or narrated by Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Blake Crouch before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes


    Could you see Pines being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The guy on the cover.


    Any additional comments?

    Great premise but it felt like it was being dragged out by the end.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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