We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Pines Audiobook

Pines

Regular Price:$13.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (7372 )
5 star
 (2782)
4 star
 (2810)
3 star
 (1246)
2 star
 (327)
1 star
 (207)
Overall
4.0 (6658 )
5 star
 (2604)
4 star
 (2307)
3 star
 (1209)
2 star
 (332)
1 star
 (206)
Story
4.3 (6647 )
5 star
 (3086)
4 star
 (2480)
3 star
 (846)
2 star
 (142)
1 star
 (93)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 11-10-12
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 11-10-12 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1705
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    752
    287
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    300
    26
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Twilight Zone Meets Dystopia"

    Amnesia? PSTD? Mental illness? Head injury? Cryogenics? None of the above? This book kept me guessing all the way until the last 30 minutes! An enjoyable read about what some say are not such improbable consequences of our modern way of life. The narration was soothing and perfectly paced. . . great story and great narration.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-28-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    953
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    497
    475
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    162
    81
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Phillip Arlington, TX 02-10-14
    Phillip Arlington, TX 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    225
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    103
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    38
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12
    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12 Member Since 2014

    noveluse

    HELPFUL VOTES
    67
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1779
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    35
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-21-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5849
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1384
    908
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    200
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This novel is sci-fi, not mystery/thriller!"

    Pines is an interesting story but is not excellent science fiction. Thankfully the book was cheap. I plan to listen to the next one, Wayward, to see if it is any better.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    F. Parker 06-15-14
    F. Parker 06-15-14

    I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    72
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    48
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Captivating right from the start!"

    This was a book that was so captivating right from the start, but I had no idea where it was going for a long time! The book sucked me in, the narrator sucked me in, and I wanted to find out what the heck was going on! This book was way too interesting and puzzling to put down. When I finally got to the point where things were coming together, and we as the reader finally find out what is going on … things just fell into place like tumblers.

    The narration by Paul Michael Garcia was fantastic.

    Anyone who enjoys a good suspense, mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy story would likely enjoy the book. I know I did.

    I don’t want to tell too much about this book because it really would take away from it if you knew ahead of time. I thought the way I read it was best. I just read what was on the Audible website about it when it was on the one of the Daily Deals.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Angie 10-05-12
    Angie 10-05-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What an amazing story"

    Pines by Blake Crouch is not like any book I have every experienced. It keeps you on the edge. So many twists, i didn't want to put it down. Just when I thought I figured it out, the story goes in a different direction and the end caught me completely off guard.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 09-04-12
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    106
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    177
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    23
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Twilight Zone meets X-Files-Page Turner!"

    In the same tradition of a Twilight Zone meets X-Files story, secret service agent Ethan Burke goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, his mission is to locate and recover two federal agents who went missing.

    He wakes up next to a stream, in a black suit and white shirt speckled with blood stains. No wallet. No money. No ID. No keys. No phone. That's all I'll say, don't want to spoil the story.

    On every page, I kept trying to guess what would happen next, to no avail, and then the ending completely blew my mind!

    Blake's vivid descriptions, constant action, thrills, mystery and intrigue, reminded me of my favorite books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

    Intense and gripping, Pines is a masterpiece that had me thinking about the story, long after turning the last page.

    I read this book on Kindle and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get the Audio version to pass the time while on the road. LOVED the narration of Paul Michael Garcia, it was perfect and made the book even more enjoyable. Brilliant!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-27-15
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-27-15 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2558
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    469
    363
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    627
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Has a large "adventure story" component..."

    I haven't seen the TV show so only have the book's storyline to review. Overall I liked it but there are specific annoyances that drove me a bit crazy during the reading. In particular, the scenes where the main character is fleeing Wayward Pines and climbing the mountains... it went on for several chapters when it really should have been over in one or two. I don't need to hear the same scene details over and over so the author can up his page count. Which is what these scenes felt like - page filler.

    The "twist" was kinda interesting and a bit more original than what I had expected. Given the genre, it was even mostly believable - other than the town killing the dissenters... if you only have a limited resource, you're not going to waste them by killing them. Not sure what the solution for them would have been (I'm not a writer), but killing them was not logical. Well, at least not the females.

    Not sure how the next book will carry on this storyline since the huge twist has been uncovered and now it can only become another "life in a small town post [insert event here]"... along the lines of Under the Dome (very similar in many ways, though Dome has more characterization than Pines). Actually, Pines has very little in the way of characterizations... the main character is kinda fleshed out, but that's pretty much it; everyone else is there only to help or hinder him and have no real personalities.

    I'm not sure if I'll read more or not. It had a bit too much "adventure story" flavour and not enough noir/detective/sci-fi for my taste.

    The narration is very good. There is no sex, graphic content or swearing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 08-24-15
    Kindle Customer Charlotte, North Carolina 08-24-15 Member Since 2015

    cartec

    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    50
    48
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A lot of running, not much story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would not read or listen to this book again. I knew that the book was divided into three parts but I had hoped that each one would stand alone. it sorta did but you were expected to listen to the other two to get the whole story. I became too bored with the story to invest in the other two. The characters were well developed and the mystery was intense at least until you learned what was going on and then it was a letdown. There was not enough there for me to invest in further books.


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

    n/a


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, and it was intense until the mystery became clear then a little disappointing.


    Did Pines inspire you to do anything?

    not read any more books by this author.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.