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Pines Audiobook

Pines

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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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    NMwritergal 05-11-14
    NMwritergal 05-11-14
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    "Boring, Tedious, and Full of Logic Flaws"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I usually only write a review when I hope to save someone from the misery of a lousy listening experience. This is one of those times. I was bored out of my skull and the story, not all that long, dragged on forever.


    What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

    Even in a story in which you are required to suspend disbelief, I couldn't suspend it enough. No spoilers, but I kept thinking that X character wouldn't do that, the main character (Ethan) would have done Z--he's supposed to be a secret service agent which implies he would not be an idiot. But he is. And the idiocy just drags on. When you finally get to the end, it's like, "Really? I waited 6 hours for THIS?"


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was actually quite good, but he didn't have much to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pines?

    If I were the editor, I'd have sent an encouraging rejection letter--that this novel wasn't quite up to snuff but keep working on it.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 03-22-14
    Aaron 03-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A Page out of the X Files."

    Secret Service Agent Ethan Hunt is investigating the disappearance of missing agents in a small town in ...the Pines somewhere, maybe Idaho...
    Strange things are happening, and it may be more than the result of concussive head trauma. To his credit, author Blake Crouch does not feel the need to overly explain things, although, sometimes I wished for more "showing".

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-16-13

    Why must finding a solo book (not part of a series) be so very hard? WHO is writing stand-alone-story-that-wraps-up-cleanly books? I'll buy

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    "Unsatisfying storyline"
    Was Pines worth the listening time?

    Pines was not worth the time, the ending, although a twist, didn't satisfactorily justify the violent/crazy populace section, and the final choice of the protagonist did not make sense to me. That always grates against my sense of "balance" in a book.I would consider another book by Blake Crouch, but it would have to have five-star reviews, from hundreds, maybe thousands, of people.


    Any additional comments?

    Additional comments: To me, this was a book that had potential, but missed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-28-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "Edge of your seat brain twister"

    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. 

    8 of 13 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.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12
    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12 Member Since 2014

    noveluse

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    "A terrifying, frustrating situation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pines to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't know


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Kept getting kicked back


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    Burke


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

    What lengths to hide a town?


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! This novel really had me going. I was so angry at one point I put the novel down (overnight). I was completely taken in and I usually work everything out.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Ocoee, FL 06-21-15
    Melody Ocoee, FL 06-21-15 Member Since 2016

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Hold on - it gets better"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Buneary Thomas 05-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "crazy creepy little town awesome story!"
    What did you love best about Pines?

    I love that it is a 1950's style town. I wish I had been alive for that era and I like how simple and small it is. On the outside looking in Pine's seems peaceful and quiet, however once the sun sets and from the inside looking out you see a whole other side to pines. The dark and twisted creepy little town.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that first half of the book you don't know what is really going on in pines. You think it's just a town, and that Ethan is just being held captive for some reason and you just don't know why. Slowly he figures a few things out, and he tries to escape. You get sucked into this book were you feel like you yourself are living in pines and only when you stop playing the book do you realize your not IN Pines. I love where pines is, and the time and place. I hate what is going on and I want to help Ethan and then I realize I'm listening to his story and I'm not really there (thank god...). I hate the person in charge, and no I am not talking about the sheriff. I like how the abby's were described.


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

    No I haven't heard him before. I enjoyed his voice, I feel it was appropriate and he did different characters very well.


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

    Humanity preserved in one twisted town, on the face of the planet.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-19-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Sci Fi Not Mystery and Suspence"

    Story is good enough, but this one is out of my normal interest areas. I could pretty much tell that's where it was going. I listened to the whole thing, but won't be going for the next installment.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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