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.
Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️
Yes, while I rated this book just okay I did listen to the whole thing, it was not to bad.
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.
The narrator did not aggrevate me which is huge these days, so I enjoyed his reading style.
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.
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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
The Twilight Zone
The more I listened to this the more I thought the Twilight Zone. An isolated town. A man who does not know who he is. No road in or out. How did he get here? What do they want with him? What about the strange town folk?
As I read other reviews, I found lots of people compared this to The Twilight Zone. The book is fast paced, with lots of twists and turns. It has fear and Science Fiction. This is the type of book I eat up. Every page, every sentence is exciting, no wasted space here.
I had never even heard of Blake Crouch, but thinks to someone I am following, I was lead to this masterpiece. Finding someone who has similar taste to your own is the biggest benefit to being an Audible member. There are so many books and authors. Taste vary so much. Often I have been disappointed by books with high ratings, but rarely does that happen when I take the advise of this individual I am following. This is the sixth book, she has recommended that I have read and they were all five star books. I might just go down her list of five star books and listen to them all. I also like a reviewer who can tell you what books are not so good. Bad reviews often lead to unhelpful votes by those who love the author, but I appreciate knowing a story falls short, has a bad narrator, is chick lit, wastes the time of a person of my taste. If you have been burned too many times, take the time to find reviewers who match your taste. Don't follow me if I don't match your style, but do yourself a favor and find the people who do match your tastes and review books yourself, not just the books you love, but the not so good and the bad, someone may be depending upon you.
This is the best book I have listen to in months.
You've crossed over into The Twilight Zone.
I really liked this one, granted I did think it started really slow, but after the the slow start, it picked up. You just can't help but want to know what is going on in the mysterious town of Pines. The only thing I didn't like was that the protag gets beat up and tortured like 3-5 times during this narration. It really started to get a bit ridiculous. The main character should only get beat up once in a story, and make it count, otherwise it becomes a bit silly.
Overall, though I liked the ending. It was a zinger. Highly reccommend!
Real surprise endiing
You didn't even have a clue what was going on until pretty far in the story. It was fun to discover clues along with the main character.
Easir to listen than to read sometimes.
What's really going on?
I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
I have tried several times to listen to this novel and each time I get unbearably bored with it in about a quarter of an hour.
this story's main character is the worlds worst Federal SS agent. The last half of the book is all a long chase scene that was full of holes and not believable. (ie: if you're running for your life and stumble on a weapon, you don't leave it. Nope, you just dont, sorry.)
The SF elements I liked and they could have served as basis for a good book, but ended up as a weird mashup that didnt work for me. All the ptsd flashback "Blackhawk Down" torture stuff just takes away from what could have been a much better story. And, there was way too much of it. To me it added zero to the story.
final thoughts: it's a so-so SF book with action aspects.
Seeking the Truth
Excellently narrated by the gifted Paul Garcia. The first two-thirds of the novel is an interesting mystery, kept moving along quickly by the narrator. The last third of the story? Not so good. Science fiction takes over completely, and nothing original -- nothing we haven't all read before in another context -- occurs. The let-down continues through to the ending, and the reader knows exactly what will happen long before the last word is spoken.
The premise really has potential, but the way it was written feels like: questions, chase scene, questions, more chasing, more questions and endless chasing until at the end the answers are basically spoon fed & narrated to the protagonist (and thus the reader). It was a struggle to finish this one and by the end I was just rolling my eyes at every new chase scene and inevitable injury. There were also very vivid descriptions of violence and torture. I will not be reading the rest of this trilogy.
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