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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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    TupperwearHappy Oregon, United States 09-26-14
    TupperwearHappy Oregon, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Glad I stayed with it!"

    It took a couple of tries before I was hooked, but I'm glad I didn't give up. GREAT story! I"m looking forward to part 2 and 3!

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    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 09-26-14
    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2010

    mystery writer

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    "Wow! I was completely spellbound by this book!"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top one percent. I was completely and totally captivated by this story. I didn't want to go to work. I waited for the last possible minute in the parking lot at a doctor's appointment. Honestly, I just kept saying, "What the HECK is happening to this guy????" So many questions ran through my brain I could barely keep them in check. ;o)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's no question - the hero of the story wins this honor. Ethan Burke gets my vote because of his incredible strength, resilience, and courage. I wanna be him when I grow up.


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

    Mr. Garcia's performance was dependable, easy to listen to, and included just the right tough of emotion. Very well done.


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

    It made me crazy with curiosity. There are few books I've read or listened to that have done this to me. One was The Bird Box - but I hated its "non" ending. This book had a very surprising and satisfying ending. The only parts I really disliked were when the townspeople turned crazy and were so violent. I didn't think that was necessary and it seemed a little over the top. (too much gore, etc) I also didn't quite believe that Theresa would sit back and let her husband be killed so easily - she was upset, but not enough. My humble opinion, of course!


    Any additional comments?

    As a writer of 22 books, I sat back in awe at Mr. Crouch's talent with words. Wow. Truly an amazing presentation with secrets cleverly revealed, little by little. Outstanding plot, wonderful characters, believable dialog, amazing scene setting..overall, superb writing - absolutely beautiful.

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    Sound the Trumpet 09-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting plot & twist that I did not see coming"
    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    So that's why...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    Of course, toward the end when Ethan finds out why Pines seems so isolated


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

    Ethan


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    Alexi Rain Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-23-14
    Alexi Rain Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Overall awesome tale."
    Any additional comments?

    I won't say this story isn't without its problems. There is too much repetition in areas, and the main character swings between heroic and detestable. Certain events and feats of strength are highly improbable. And yet.... Wow, I loved this book! It kept my attention and turned me into a zombie, as I walked around listening. My family became annoyed. It buggered my dreams as I fell asleep listening each night. The narrator was FANTASTIC! I loved this book enough to immediately buy the next within minutes of finishing. A recommended read.

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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 09-20-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 09-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't see that coming"

    Surreal, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, thriller.

    All I can say is Wow!
    I love books that throw me for a loop. Pines did that and more.

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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.

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    MARCIA LINCOLN, NE, United States 09-18-14
    MARCIA LINCOLN, NE, United States 09-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "TWILIGHT ZONE"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    NOT SURE I JUST KNOW I KEPT THINKING THIS WAS LIKE A TWILIGHT ZONE SHOW FOR THOSE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER. IT TENDED TO GET ON MY NERVES BUT I DID LISTEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH. NOW I FIND OUT ITS A TRILOGY SO MAYBE THE AUTHOR WANTED TO DRAG IT OUT SO YOU WOULD LISTEN TO REST OF THE BOOKS BUT AS OF NOW I DON'T PLAN ON DOING SO.


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

    YES


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    MORE ANNOYANCE THAN ANYTHING PLUS THE AUTHOR GOT INTO THE SAME OLD MAN KIND KILLS ITSELF AND RUINS EVERYTHING AND IT RUTHLESS AND TOXIC


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    Janice Red Deer, Alberta 09-18-14
    Janice Red Deer, Alberta 09-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Dissapointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't love science fiction so was surprised! Decent enough story if it is your taste.


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    Robert Cartier Philly 09-15-14
    Robert Cartier Philly 09-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Robby Wonder

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    "Awesome - Glad I Made The Mistake!!!"
    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5... no doubt


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

    You kept trying to figure out... what the bleep is going on. Is it supernatural, is it aliens, is it all in his head???


    Any additional comments?

    To explain my comment above, i bought this by mistake. I enabled "1-Click" on my Amazon app. Bought it, and didn't even realize it till days later. I meant just to look into it. I heard it was good. I was real close to contacting Amazon to get my money back when i said..."Let's go for it."

    I haven't been this quickly pulled into a book since i read Justin Cronin's The Passage, and The Infection by Craig D. Anyway, it was an awesome read, and great build up to what's finally going on.

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    T. VanPool New Mexico, USA 09-15-14
    T. VanPool New Mexico, USA 09-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Suspenseful book with poor ending"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The book is an average book, and not one I would recommend readily. I can't really get into the reasons why I find the book disappointing without giving massive spoilers, but I will say that the ending doesn't make sense given the rest of the book. Rereading the book with the ending in mind caused me to just shake my head. I think I would recommend H.G. Well's _The Time Machine_ or something similar to a friend before I would recommend this book.


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