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Pines

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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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    NMwritergal 05-11-14
    NMwritergal 05-11-14
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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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    Amazon Customer 09-16-13
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    "Unsatisfying storyline"
    Was Pines worth the listening time?

    Pines was not worth the time, the ending, although a twist, didn't satisfactorily justify the violent/crazy populace section, and the final choice of the protagonist did not make sense to me. That always grates against my sense of "balance" in a book.I would consider another book by Blake Crouch, but it would have to have five-star reviews, from hundreds, maybe thousands, of people.


    Any additional comments?

    Additional comments: To me, this was a book that had potential, but missed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-28-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "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 13 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Arlington, TX 02-10-14
    Phillip Arlington, TX 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12
    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 09-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Ocoee, FL 06-21-15
    Melody Ocoee, FL 06-21-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Hold on - it gets better"

    I started to read this series before the tv show. The series is SOOO much better than the tv show.

    The first in the series is actually my least favorite. The 2nd and 3rd book are much better. I understand the reviews from others where the book reminds of The Twilight Zone show.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Rice 05-22-15
    Cindy Rice 05-22-15
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    "crazy creepy little town awesome story!"
    What did you love best about Pines?

    I love that it is a 1950's style town. I wish I had been alive for that era and I like how simple and small it is. On the outside looking in Pine's seems peaceful and quiet, however once the sun sets and from the inside looking out you see a whole other side to pines. The dark and twisted creepy little town.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that first half of the book you don't know what is really going on in pines. You think it's just a town, and that Ethan is just being held captive for some reason and you just don't know why. Slowly he figures a few things out, and he tries to escape. You get sucked into this book were you feel like you yourself are living in pines and only when you stop playing the book do you realize your not IN Pines. I love where pines is, and the time and place. I hate what is going on and I want to help Ethan and then I realize I'm listening to his story and I'm not really there (thank god...). I hate the person in charge, and no I am not talking about the sheriff. I like how the abby's were described.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't heard him before. I enjoyed his voice, I feel it was appropriate and he did different characters very well.


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

    Humanity preserved in one twisted town, on the face of the planet.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-19-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sci Fi Not Mystery and Suspence"

    Story is good enough, but this one is out of my normal interest areas. I could pretty much tell that's where it was going. I listened to the whole thing, but won't be going for the next installment.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-19-14
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 09-19-14
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    "Almost good"

    This was a fascinating head-scratcher right up to the last chapter, and then it was a disappointment for me. I can't say more without being a plot spiller, but when it came down to the end, the pieces didn't fit. Having said that, I got the second volume, so maybe I will love that and eat my words.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    veruka. 05-02-14
    veruka. 05-02-14
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    "Not too shabby"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes, while I rated this book just okay I did listen to the whole thing, it was not to bad.


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

    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.


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

    The narrator did not aggrevate me which is huge these days, so I enjoyed his reading style.


    Did Pines inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • The Dogs Mum
    Delightful Dorset
    3/23/16
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    "Don't judge a book by its cover"

    I downloaded several books before going on holiday and this one wasn't at the top of my list but it turned out to be one of the best. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was kept guessing until the end. I found the narrator very easy to listen to and would be happy to listen to more read by him.
    Very glad to see there are other books by this author - can't wait to 'read' another one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perry
    3/11/16
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    "Worth the wait....almost"

    I was drawn to this having seen a trailer for the TV series and it being a Deal of the Day. The narrator was okay but took a bit of getting into as he had the more deadpan US accent that can get a bit wearing - especially after enjoying a number of recent British books. Overall though, it worked and I was drawn into an inventive and interesting story that you just prayed would have a revelation worthy of the time invested.
    The relentless traumas suffered by the hero did get a little tiresome and I was more than thankful when things finally reached there climax. I did think the author got a little bit too much satisfaction out of the violence and some of it felt distinctly gratuitous - especially a detailed death towards the end.
    That said the ending just about hung together and provided an enjoyable twist - I have now started the TV series so will be interested to see just where it differs...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Elizabeth Laker
    3/6/16
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    "Gripping"

    I was taken with this book from the beginning, I didn't guess what was going on. My only critism was there was a bit to much action in it. I am glad I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iris
    Paris, France
    3/1/16
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    "Well-written tale and excellent narration"

    I am not a great fan of sci-fi but I did enjoy the gradual slide into the sci-fi elements - the book starts with the main character Ethan in a seemingly believable world although there are strange details which maintain the suspense. The narrator has a fantastic hypnotic voice which envelops the reader and draws him or her into the plot. I would expect science fiction to give me more of an analysis or critique of the world we actually live in but the book does not really dwell on that aspect. I think this is an enjoyable listen and has convinced me to try other books in the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    2/26/16
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    "Stick with it it's worth it in the end"

    I'm fairly new to audio books and this was my first step outside my normal paper book genre. I found the first few chapters a little confusing and almost gave up but I stuck with it and was rewarded in the end. Once you get into the thick of it, the story is compelling and I found myself sitting in the car wanting to listen to the book all day.

    I found the American narration difficult at first and maybe that's why i struggled with the first few chapters but then it became like listening to a episode of some American TV series. Like others have said if you like X-files or similar stuff this is really going to be your cup of tea.

    This was a Daily Deal well worth buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Normandy, France
    2/24/16
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    "Worth a listen"

    This started as a surprising 5 star listen for me,. Suspend reality and think 'Shutter Island' , then it progressed to Stephen King with a fair mix of Justin Cronin and then . . . . . well let's just leave it there for you to discover. where it ends. For me there was just a little too much, including victorious fights with savage mutant beasts and our 'hero' surviving despite his repeatedly beaten and battered body, any one of which would have destroyed a lesser mortal. Still . . . . .suspend belief and do not question rationality and it is an entertaining book which despite my miserly 3 stars I do recommend you give a listen. I did enjoy the style and the narration and will revisit books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    2/18/16
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    "Not what I expected"

    I enjoyed the book, couldn't stop listening to it. Not what I expected, good story, lots of twists, keeps you guessing until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MARSHA DELVE
    2/14/16
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    "unusual plot and good narration"

    finished the book in 2 sessions. easy to follow. good twist at the end. will definitely get the following books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I OFarrell
    St leonards on sea, United Kingdom
    2/8/16
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    "Creepy suspense"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It didn't unravel the mystery until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Ethan Burke wakes up in a strange place with a huge gap in his memory. He knows that he works for the secret Service, but without his ID and badge, he’s going to have a hard time proving it to the people of Wayward Pines.
    This book takes us through a harrowing few days in Ethan’s life, beginning on the day that he wakes up by the river. The reader can feel his frustration and anger, the fear and the futility of his actions. We watch as he rides the rollercoaster of his life where nothing is as it seems. The story unfolds slowly building layers of mystery and Ethan just can’t seem to break through them.
    This book is full of suspense and doesn’t reveal much until the very end. Ethan’s is someone you can sympathize with, and the problems he goes through make you sit on the edge of your chair, biting your fingernails. The town itself is creepy enough to terrorize the reader, and it just gets creepier. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and having just found that it is being made into a TV series, I think I will indulge in that as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul@pjnetsolutions.com
    Watford, UK
    2/6/16
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    "Enjoyable"

    Enjoyable story. Well performed. Has some holes but makes you think and consider the future uses of technology and our species

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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