Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town.
Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed.
But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond. It is a secret that has the entire population completely under the control of a madman and his army of followers, a secret that is about to come storming through the fence to wipe out this last, fragile remnant of humanity.
Blake Crouch's electrifying conclusion to the Wayward Pines series - now a major television event series debuting in 2015 on FOX.
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Not trying to harp on this ONCE again, but this trend of people POORLY rating audiobooks that came out less than 2-3 hours ago is RIDICULOUS! Not only is it UNFAIR & MISLEADING to the publishers, the Audible site, the author (likely trying to support themselves financially)...but MOST importantly, us the CONSUMERS.
I listen to around 4-5 audiobooks from Audible PER week, so I understand getting a DUD of an audiobook now and then. With Audible's No-Hassle Return Poiicy in effect, there is NO reason to poorly review a book based simply on first impressions, and that you have NOT completed (since cramming a 6+ hour audiobook into 1-2 hours is impossible last time I checked).
If you are like myself, the most IMPORTANT aspect of whether I use a hard earned credit on an audiobook, is BASED on the REVIEWS...There is a reason Audible's rating sytem is starred in 3 distinct areas; to allow a FULL and knowledged review of the ENTIRE production. There is NO star-rating category for anything like "first minute impressions" or "How good was the INTRO" lol. If you dont like the book after an hour, FINE. If you know the narrator isn't great early on, FINE. But don't come handing out ONE-STAR ratings in categories you HAVE ZERO ground to give out...you MIGHT be able to rate the "perfomance" but your creidbility to rate the Overall & Story categories is NULL in any case...because you did NOT finish the BOOK!
FYI - As to NOT be partial in my rating of this title, I will update and provide a FULL REVIEW once I have completed this title. But something had to be said about the unfair, early reviews posted for so many new books lately :)
My favorite genre is mystery/thriller especially espionage. I dislike the paranormal. Some non-fiction. 1000+ books in my Audible library.
NOTE: Pines, Wayward, and The Last Town are like one book. The 3 books MUST be read in order to understand what is happening. NOTE 2: These books are science fiction set almost two millenia in the future.
Books 2 and 3 were much better than Book 1.
The human race has evolved/devolved into wild killing animals, but a scientist who foresaw what would happen put approximately 500 people into a suspended condition in the early 21st century to be revived over 1800 years later. Those people are all that exists of the human race and they have their own town in Whispering Pines, Idaho. The town is surrounded by an electrified fence and protected by snipers. Most of the less the 500 people believe it is still the 21st century. The scientist has absolute control and identifies himself as god. That is just the background and does not include plot spoilers.
The Fox entertainment network had a TV series in 2014 and 2015 based on the Wayward Pines trilogy.
Frankly, I did not enjoy these books and wish I had not purchased them.
I'll preface this review by stating that I'm assuming that you've read the first two books in this trilogy. "The Last Town" is the final book in the series and I can't recommend it as a standalone novel.
With that out of the way, I can report that this book closed off the series nicely. Mr. Crouch is a very talented writer who knows how to make a reader empathetic with his flawed characters. Mr. Garcia, who has been retained throughout the series, continues with his flawless performances and greatly enhances the audible experience.
I think my greatest criticism for the story is in the form of "bad science". While laying out what appears to be a plausible story line, he author conveniently overlooks issues such as the unsuitability of matter over time. This is at odds with his careful explanation of other details, and is all the more glaring as a result. Other inconsistencies also pop up. As an example, they paved the roads of the Town, implying access to heavy machinery, yet had to hand dig a mass grave. In the end, these little things annoyed me a bit.
That all being said, it was a very entertaining book to close off a very good series. While "future horror" might describe the genre, the book does make you think about the possible future of the human species.
A very entertaining story, but too many times I had to suspend my disbelief. Too many times, I questioned "why?". Like: Why not tell the people what was going on? Why all the elaborate hidden surveillance? Why have them engage in ritual killings? I know there were rather weak reasons given for these things, but I really had to put all of it aside and just go with the story.
And if the mad scientist's purpose was to repopulate the Earth, then why wasn't there any emphasis of pregnancies? It seems they certainly had no qualms killing lots of people. Wouldn't they be concerned about the gene pool reduction?
Don't get me started, I just have to go with the flow.
Love Crouch's gifted imagination, the nimble dialogs and his overall narrative voice. It seems especially crafted for storytelling (think campfire) - for his craft shines on Audible!
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This book was nothing like the first two books, and it was incredibly violent. I feel like the author ran out of a story line and got in touch with his dark side.
I am not sure, maybe if it had not been written.
He is just a really decent narrator, smooth voice.
No, not one.
If you enjoyed the first two books, I would recommend not reading or listening to the third. The author went from decent mystery to full blown horror. I honestly was sick listening to this book, overkill.
I became attached to the Wayward Pines series after the first two. This book was a bit of letdown, mostly because I found the sequencing of events (between pre-suspension and post-suspension), for example, with a chapter that begins "five years earlier." Earlier than what? The story is good, but lost its way it a bit this time.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
I am sorry to hear this series come to an end. If you’ve read the first two books in the Pines series you must hear how it all ends. A memorable, action-packed and thought-provoking story.
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I enjoyed the series,overall this conclusion was good, but left me wanting more. I feel it did wrap things up nicely but the author could probably do more books if he wanted, and I certainly would like more. As always the narrator was great and Ethan certainly handled himself well. If you read the first two, keep it going.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
This was on sale for $2.95. Even at this bargain price it was a waste. Set in the future, the world is overrun by what are called abnormals. They are like Golum with claws. This entire book is dedicated to the remaining humans being mauled, and mauled, and mauled by these creatures. Page after page and chapter after chapter of nothing but people being shredded. Book # 1 was good. Book # 2 was OK, But this third book is abnormally bad. Stop at #2. You cannot start series with this book because you will have no idea what is going on.
A excellent book from Blake Crouch with plenty of nail biting action, twists and turns and imaginative storytelling which was all excellently conveyed by Paul Garcia.
"Predictable but satisfying"
Please start breathing deeply. Take the time to smell the flowers.
Predictable but satisfying listen.
"Waste of time"
Illogical story, bad dialogue, chapters you can't care about. It doesn't feel like the author researched the science at all so the world he struggles to describe doesn't come close to feeling real.
Thoroughly enjoyed all three Waywood Pines books. Fantastic ideas and very well written. The narrator complemented the whole listening experience.
While I would love there to be another Waywood book, this had a great ending for me and it would be difficult to better it.
I would definitely recommend this book and the audible version to friends.
"Hope we get another one!"
Was not sure at the first of these books but got totally hooked and now will be watching for another in the series. Want to know what happens next!
Loved it - great ending. Was held in suspense at every step along the journey, couldn't help but wish there was a 4th book.
Full of fear, possible hope and further anxiety; as a community of people, work out how to move on, as well as survive.
"Much better than the second book"
When I read the first book I was completely bowled over by it. It was so consuming, different from anything I had ever read before. I eagerly awaiting the next book but found it very disappointing as a lot of the book just reiterated what had happened in the first. The third book however did not do this, it just carried on from the second and I enjoyed it immensely, straight down to business. So basically you have to read the books in order otherwise you will not be able to follow the story.
The whole concept and the humane emotions involved. What would you do in this situation.
The end, where you realize there could yet be another book.
It is full of intense emotions.
If you read the first and enjoyed it but found the second disappointing as I did, do not hesitate to read the third it is much better thought out. I also hope there will be another book but hopefully a bit longer in length.
"A trip to the future"
What a surprising and riveting story. Excellent from start to finish. Narration brilliant. Will definitely look for more by Blake Crouch.
"Good final book for the trilogy"
Great concept and storyline, kept wondering how it was going to last for 3 books but it held up.
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