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Pines

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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.

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    Derek 26/06/2014
    Derek 26/06/2014
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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 .

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Steena 25/06/2014
    Steena 25/06/2014 Member Since 2013

    Steena

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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!'


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Bristol, United Kingdom 05/01/2016
    Peter Bristol, United Kingdom 05/01/2016 Member Since 2013

    Listen to audiobooks mainly when driving (for work) and when walking (for fitness/relaxation)

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    "Gripping story. Keeps you on your toes."
    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrific book, gripping from the very start and very clever. It keeps you guessing. As the story progresses it is hard to pin it down to a specific genre - at some point it seems to be a psychological thriller but then maybe it is a crime mystery or maybe a horror or even a scifi? I looked for these audiobooks after enjoying the TV series based on the books so, before I started I already knew the big secret 'reveal' of the plot but this didn't spoil it for me. It is similar enough to the TV series to have the same haunting atmosphere but different enough to still be fresh. The narrator does a pretty good job reflecting the tension and mystery. A little gory for the squeamish but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for something exciting, compelling and a bit out of the ordinary.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 23/07/2014
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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.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eastendelle London 01/09/2015
    Eastendelle London 01/09/2015
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    "Original thriller"

    Gripping storyline and moody athmosphere, you get attached to the characters, i was so captivated i listened to it in a day without noticing!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jason DARLINGTON, United Kingdom 28/08/2015
    Jason DARLINGTON, United Kingdom 28/08/2015
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    "Great suspence"

    A brilliant twist and well read, this is a great novel, and will definitely look for other audiobooks by same Auther

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Reed Jones UK 09/06/2014
    Susan Reed Jones UK 09/06/2014 Member Since 2017

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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

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 28/07/2015
    Alan 28/07/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant"

    Was hooked on the tv show and got into the books straight away. Love it

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Manchester 25/07/2015
    Kindle Customer Manchester 25/07/2015 Member Since 2014

    CMD

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    "Good if over-hyped"
    Would you try another book written by Blake Crouch or narrated by Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes


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

    N/A


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Michael Garcia?

    Yes


    Could you see Pines being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The guy on the cover.


    Any additional comments?

    Great premise but it felt like it was being dragged out by the end.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 22/07/2015
    Jenny 22/07/2015 Member Since 2014

    Since I discovered Audible I have become addicted. I like my fiction with a twist. I'm a fan of sci-fi and literary fantasy.

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    "A different kind of dystopia"

    I love dystopic fiction and this trilogy was entertaining. The premise was refreshing and I'd say they were very easy and quite compelling to listen to.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Grace C.
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    28/08/12
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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.

    137 of 148 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda H.
    11/10/12
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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.

    79 of 89 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    Davis, CA, United States
    17/05/14
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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.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    31/03/14
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    "That's a Sign Post Up Ahead: Your Next Stop"

    The Twilight Zone
    The more I listened to this the more I thought the Twilight Zone. An isolated town. A man who does not know who he is. No road in or out. How did he get here? What do they want with him? What about the strange town folk?

    As I read other reviews, I found lots of people compared this to The Twilight Zone. The book is fast paced, with lots of twists and turns. It has fear and Science Fiction. This is the type of book I eat up. Every page, every sentence is exciting, no wasted space here.

    I had never even heard of Blake Crouch, but thinks to someone I am following, I was lead to this masterpiece. Finding someone who has similar taste to your own is the biggest benefit to being an Audible member. There are so many books and authors. Taste vary so much. Often I have been disappointed by books with high ratings, but rarely does that happen when I take the advise of this individual I am following. This is the sixth book, she has recommended that I have read and they were all five star books. I might just go down her list of five star books and listen to them all. I also like a reviewer who can tell you what books are not so good. Bad reviews often lead to unhelpful votes by those who love the author, but I appreciate knowing a story falls short, has a bad narrator, is chick lit, wastes the time of a person of my taste. If you have been burned too many times, take the time to find reviewers who match your taste. Don't follow me if I don't match your style, but do yourself a favor and find the people who do match your tastes and review books yourself, not just the books you love, but the not so good and the bad, someone may be depending upon you.

    This is the best book I have listen to in months.

    You've crossed over into The Twilight Zone.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Naka
    VA
    01/12/13
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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!

    42 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    SEATTLE, WA, United States
    09/09/12
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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.

    49 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • ANGIE
    Tennessee, United States
    28/07/15
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    "Finished The Whole Trilogy In 3 Days"
    Any additional comments?

    With over 4,000 reviews, I'm sure there's nothing that I can add to the list of great reviews. I loved it. As soon as my mind adjusted to the "Twilight Zonish" feel to the book, I couldn't put it down. When I finished, I immediately purchased book 2. I sped through that in a day and was immediately onto book 3. It's a great trilogy! Just sad to see it end.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Kim Venatries
    Philadelphia, PA USA
    11/09/12
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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.

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Liberty Lake, WA, United States
    01/07/13
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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!

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Mcdowell
    Muncie, IN, United States
    16/05/14
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    "Plot and Protagonist - Just Not a Good Fit"

    As the story unfolds it becomes less believable. We have an agent of the US government who appears to be marooned in a small town, and he seems to remain clueless and helpless through much of the story. It does remind me of the kind of artificial plot lines that showed up in some of the mediocre episodes of the Twilight Zone TV series

    The "reveal" at the end of the novel is even less believable. I can not see me ever buying any further installments to this series.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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