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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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    Linda B Northeast USA 08-28-12
    Linda B Northeast USA 08-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Well done story"

    This was a very interesting and fast paced story. It has a solid plot and fairly well done characters and stays pretty riveting throughout. The ending is a surprise, and ties everything together in a way that makes for a really unique idea. The reader does a great job too. I wonder about its classification- it is listed as mystery/thriller. It does have that - there is mystery and at times it is thrilling. However, I would have classed it as science fiction since I think that was the most dominant genre- that and a touch of horror.

    One small complaint though, and this may stem from the genre the writer is trying to produce for - I think it would have been a stronger book without all the torture. I know that is popular and some peole are drawn to it - whole films have been made in recent years that revolve entirely around people being tortured in various ways. It isn't that I am too squeemish or uptight for it, though I do find it uncomfortable at times. More so I just don't find it particularly creative or interesting - ask anyone you know to think of the most horrible ways to hurt and kill someone. Everyone will quickly have lots of ideas. Particularly with a story as strong as this one, with so much that makes it interesting, and so much tension and mystery, I thought this was a major distraction at times. There were points at which clearly it made sense as it was integrated into the story and necessary, but for large portions I thought it served no real purpose and was far more detailed than it needed to be and found myself waiting for those bits to end so we could get back to the good stuff.

    Also, it seems like it would have been more interesting if the antagonists had ways of interacting with the hero and with the good guys in ways that didn't always have torture as the main defining interaction - if the " I will now torture and kill you in horrible ways" wasn't the main motivation at all times... It seems a constant threat and, in the end, when we find out what has gone on, what this was all about, it particularly doesn't seem in keeping with the purpose behind the story. I can't give examples without giving spoilers so will leave it at that... As I said, I know it is popular among some audiences, but I really think this author is solid and creative enough to write a really great story without all that - or at least without it factoring so large in the book.

    So those of you like me, who are not interested by that, and those of you that really hate that stuff have been warned. However, as I said, there is a lot going for this story and I found it very entertaining and was eager to find out what would happen and what all this was about... So overall, I think it is a pretty good experience and would recommend it.

    92 of 97 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 10-11-12
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 10-11-12
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    "SHOCKED!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book. I love the Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and The Dark Side television shows and this book combined with a little horror mimicked the style of these series. I could not stop listening and found excuses to continue listening. Horror for the sake of horror becomes boring but mix in a little mind twist, a dash of Sci Fi, and "I did not see that coming" and horror becomes the "PINES".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    The chase!


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

    OH YES!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit.

    59 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-17-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "A little above average, maybe?"

    While I listened to the entire story, it just didn't grab me like I would have wished it to. Too many aborted escapes, too many chases--this took up the great majority of the story. I would have enjoyed it a bit more had the protagonist been somewhat more developed and likeable. I felt I never got to know who this man was. He certainly wasn't the overdone superhero type, yet I found him to be somewhat of a cardboard character. I really didn't care what happened to him, thus there was no tension for me.

    On the positive side, I did like the ending. It was unexpected and different. However, it was not a theme I would want to revisit in a sequel.

    Additionally, the narrator did a good job which added to the ease of this listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka VA 12-01-13
    Mike Naka VA 12-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "be prepared to be blown away"
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    wow. what a great story! the pines is a great mix-up of different types of genres that come together that make up a thrilling listen. the story starts out simple enough.

    ethan burke wakes up in a field not knowing where he is or who he is. all he knows is that he's injured. as he shambles toward the town, he starts to remember a few things. he runs into a few kind people who notice his terrible bruises and offer him help, but he doggedly says he can make it the couple of blocks to the hospital. however, something's nagging at him. he's trying to remember a name, a name that has caused this pain. along his way, he stops at a phone booth and notices how skinny the phone book is. it's only 8 pages. so he starts reading through it until he recognizes part of a name- mac. that name arouses anger in him so he stalks off to confront mac.

    as ethan begins investigating the missing secret services agents, he notices things aren't what they seem in this small idyllic town. what follows is a creepy secret that is slowly revealed about the town, wayward pines. the more the story unfolded, the more engrossed i became in wanting to know what the heck is going on.

    the story is delicious to listen to. throw in a little shutter island to develop some intrigue, add a little tales from the dark side to get your heart pounding, add a dash of logan's run to keep you guessing, and finish with a red pill to add a matrix-like twist to blow your mind!

    overall, an excellent story that will keep you listening late into the night. it's definitely one of those stories you'll remember long after listening to it.

    NOTE: at the time of this review, the audio book is on sale for $4.95. I recommend you download it immediately as it is a steal. i paid regular price, and it was worth every dollar!

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-09-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I had no idea"

    One word, 2 letters. WOW! This offering from Blake Crouch and narrated exquistely by Paul Garci, is a winner, and moves to my all time best list.

    The plot twists, the choices the characters need to make, the challenges and nuances, are all there, with occasional gore and violence, but nothing gratuitous, at least in my estimation.

    Granted, there is some, if not a lot, of belief suspension required to complete the story line, but once you have digested this, the story plot does clarify, and the resolution does promote thought and consideration at the the end.

    I recommend this book to fantasy, sci fi and mystery readers most highly.

    37 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 09-11-12
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 09-11-12 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Suspense and Thriller Fans - This is a Must!"

    Just finished one heck of a ride. I do not want to describe the plot for fear of disclosing too much. It is THAT kind of story. Plenty of twists and turns and a big bang ending. You will not want to stop listening. The story grabs you and does not let go. Great performance and great story. I really hope there is a sequel.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 07-01-13
    Linda Liberty Lake, WA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "WOW....just WOW"

    Masterful storytelling. Spun with just the right amount of suspense and character development. Not too much, not too little. I didn't see it coming and I loved it! The narrator was great and brought the character to life. My only complaint is that I was up half the night because I could NOT stop listening. I will be wanting more from the author. It was simply brilliant!

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Johan Sweden 09-03-14
    Johan Sweden 09-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Heard it before, except better..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Pines is basically the Twilight Zone, with a dash of the X-Files and a little bit of Stephen King. A secret service agent wakes up in a Mayberry-style town in the middle of nowhere, and of course nothing is as it seems.

    The story is tired and has been done before. The first third of the book is Ethan running around being confused and frustrated. As a reader, I was simply bored. After that, the pace picks up, but there are few nail-biting moments, the characters are wooden, and they make constant irrational decisions.

    Worst of all, in order to try to keep the mystery until the very end, three quarters of the dialogue in the entire audio book are Ethan (or his wife) asking questions about the situation, to which the other persons always reply something silly like "You'd never understand!" or "It doesn't matter!" or "I can't tell you now, I will tell you later!". It gave me horrific flashbacks to the worst parts of the second Matrix movie.

    As a final comment, the author's prose is basic but functional. It's miles ahead of Monster Hunter International, but you shouldn't except China Mieville or Cormac McCarthy. However, when writing a book that's based around tension, mystery, and an unknown, seemingly supernatural threat lurking in the shadows, quality prose is paramount.

    I've been told the later books in the series get better, but for me, this was far below average. I can't understand how it became a hit. Then again, so did Twilight and Anita Blake, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and the Road by Cormac McCarthy.


    What aspect of Paul Michael Garcia’s performance would you have changed?

    I don't think Garcia is a poor narrator, and he is skilled at intonation and keeping a smooth flow to the story. The main problem is the pitch and tone of his voice, which doesn't quite fit a secret service ex-military main character, or a suspense novel. In addition, mr. Garcia's portrayal of women's voices is grating. His voice develops a high-pitched, whiny tone that made me unsure if I should laugh or wince.

    All in all, comparing with my other audio books I'd say better than some, worse than others. A weak 3, leaning towards a 2. I'm certain in different genres he would be a far better fit!


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

    I would probably have downsized the first third of the book to about 2-3 chapters. It's not entertaining to listen for hours to a story about someone running around in total confusion for days.


    Any additional comments?

    Pines is the start of a series that supposedly gets better.
    + If you're a big fan of the Twilight Zone, this could be a good fit.
    - You should not be picky about originality or strong prose if you buy this. In addition, the dialogue almost exclusively revolves around "What is going on?" being answered by "You can't handle the truth!".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 12-18-13
    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 12-18-13 Member Since 2009

    I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.

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    "Refreshingly original story - well told!"
    What made the experience of listening to Pines the most enjoyable?

    A most intelligently and well written book,performed by an excellent narrator, hooked me in the first couple of paragraphs. I had just ditched the 2 previous audiobooks because they had NOT hooked me within the first 40 minutes; finding I had wondered off and not payed attention to these supposed best sellers. Then along came this little known book by a writer I was not familiar with and, bam, within the first 5 minutes I knew I had a keeper!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The denouement; the moment towards the end of the book when Ethan finally discovers 'the truth.' For me this came as a complete surprise. The story in itself, thus far, had been a very satisfying mystery and thriller and with Ethan being a Secret Service Agent, I was bargaining on something a lot less apocalyptic than the actual truth of the story. It injected me with pure adrenaline the premise being so exciting and terrible. I also loved the very ending; as if Ethan in many ways had come full circle.


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

    The narrator did not simply read the book, instead he performed it with an unnatural skill. He, too, must have enjoyed the book, and seemed to be taken over by it and become a part of the book himself. I will be looking at his other work with interest.


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

    Forward, to the past.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Peter Clines 14, then you will love this this too. Absolutely recommended.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda IL United States 12-03-13
    Amanda IL United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Shockingly frustrating!!!"

    Excellent story. I was getting quite frustrated for the character throughout the listen but could not put it down. Whipped thru it in a few days. Very unexpected conclusion!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • MICHELLE LOUISE
    NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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 .

    1 of 1 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!'


    1 of 1 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Murphy
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    "Love this book. Well read, good story."

    Brilliant book. Had me wondering what on earth was going on right until the end. Quite suspenseful and I found myself sneaking in some reading at lunch and whenever I could. I've got the next one but I'm rationing it out! :o)

    Very well read as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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