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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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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

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  • Jill
  • buena Park, CA, United States
  • 09-04-12

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

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Intriguing

Pines was performed very well, and has a decent pace to keep me intrigued. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Ann
  • United States
  • 09-11-16

Great . . . For Awhile

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.

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 09-08-16

Pretty close to the TV series

Hard to rate this book since I watched the TV series before listening to it. The TV series kept pretty much to what was written in the book with minor character differences such as how the town sheriff was portrayed. I thought this book would cover at least the first season of the TV series but it does not. My guess is listeners who have not watched the TV series will like this book and want to listen to the next one. A pleasant listen although I pretty much knew what was going to happen next.

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Help! I've been reading this book for two years!

My feeling is this: I really hate to waste a credit, so. I. am. finishing. this. book.

The story-line is a good one and I still think it's full of awesome possibilities. However, here I am. Two years later and still trying to trudge through. I do feel compelled to reach out, though, so you out there know what your getting into.

For me, one of the main problems with the novel is the way the writer just keeps piling up one hopeless situation onto another without giving the reader room to breath. Personally, I enjoy the ups and downs in a story. That's what keeps me interested and invested into the characters. If you're with me, you might find this book too much of a sad, sad thing.
The main character is portrayed as a proverbial dead man walking. Is it really only about 8 hours long? It seems like it has been forever.

I must confess that I myself feel stuck in Wayward Pines. Very postmodern.
Kudos Blake Crouch?!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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

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Oh,no! More bad stuff is happening for no reason!!

Other reviewers compare this book (favorably) to Twilight Zone, X Files, and Stephen King. But only in the most off-axis bizarro world of Twilight Zone, X Files, or Stephen King would this book be in the same league as Twilight Zone, X Files, or Stephen King. Without spoiling things, here's a quick plot summary: bad stuff happens to Ethan, Ethan is confused by the bad stuff, more bad stuff happens to Ethan. Rinse and repeat, over, and over, and over. That's not a plot, that's a prologue stuck on Repeat.

Oh, and the narrator sounds like he's reading a PowerPoint. This whole package just plain sucks.

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  • Alexi Rain
  • Morro Bay, CA, United States
  • 09-23-14

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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Boring, Tedious, and Full of Logic Flaws

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I usually only write a review when I hope to save someone from the misery of a lousy listening experience. This is one of those times. I was bored out of my skull and the story, not all that long, dragged on forever.

What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

Even in a story in which you are required to suspend disbelief, I couldn't suspend it enough. No spoilers, but I kept thinking that X character wouldn't do that, the main character (Ethan) would have done Z--he's supposed to be a secret service agent which implies he would not be an idiot. But he is. And the idiocy just drags on. When you finally get to the end, it's like, "Really? I waited 6 hours for THIS?"

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was actually quite good, but he didn't have much to work with.

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

If I were the editor, I'd have sent an encouraging rejection letter--that this novel wasn't quite up to snuff but keep working on it.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • BennySaysRelax
  • 01-10-17

An excellent surprise

I really enjoyed this book. Like a modern Lovecraft tail, this was a surprise and very very enjoyable. Starting the second book right away. Narrator very good too.

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  • John
  • 12-06-16

wow. not sure what to say. stunned.

this book is absolutely brilliant. I've only had a few that hit the top notch. there has been 14, the beach, ghost country, runner, now this... pines. I'm downloading wayward now...

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  • ian
  • 12-06-16

Awesome

One of the best audios ive heard and ive listened to a lot.
Narrative superb and I could have listened in one go but sleep got in the way

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  • fiona gribbin
  • 11-01-16

Addictive

Bought this on daily deal offer and got hooked. I couldn't put it down. I then used two credits to purchase next two books in series. I've never written a full review before but this merited it. I can't wait to start second book in series.

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  • Bluelesley
  • 09-07-16

Frightening! Eerie and thought provoking.

A truly eerily scary story. A Dystopian that starts after the world as we know it has been destroyed due to mankind's careless regard for the Earth. I loved it and the narrater was so good, had a voice that kept the story hovering on completely menacing.... I will definitely be getting the second book. Am interested in how this translates to the small screen but i live in the UK so no Fox TV for me. Hopefully will be able to get hold of it somehow.

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  • P S.
  • 08-24-16

Good story for a good audiobook

I really enjoyed this audio book the story is gripping, fast paced, with a balance between descriptive and characterisation... with an excellent narrative.

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  • Posysmum
  • 08-22-16

A thrilling start but increasingly ridiculous.

Spoiled a good thriller with fsnciful post - apocalyptic nonsense. By the last couple of chapters I no longer cared whst happened. Disappointing,

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  • Miss H Tierney
  • 07-23-16

great story and performance

it was a fab story and performance. My only gripe with it was that it felt too short but I appreciate it is the first part of a trilogy.

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-04-16

Dissapointed

I was hoping for a cross between the X-Files and Twin Peaks. Instead I got a chase scene that lasted half the book. Seriously, 5 hours of running.
Will not be buying the next instalments in the trilogy.

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  • Dominic Wallis
  • 06-11-16

Twist and turn, there is no road out!

Knowing very little about this book before, I was pleased with the story - the story seemed organic and flowed in a manner that ties up any lose ends you may have. The performance was great, the voices used for the characters were varied.

All in all, and enjoyable book - but I bet the TV show sucks! For all accounts, this book cannot translate well to TV. Who knows? Maybe it's not too bad.