The Final Winter audiobook review
I downloaded this audiobook after I’d seen adverts for it all over FaceBook. Overall, I felt this was a good book, but that it had a very slow build up. For me, it didn’t really kick off until about halfway through, when a Wright introduced us to a new viewpoint. Looking at the reviews on Amazon, it appears that I wasn’t alone and that many people found it a slow start building up to a satisfying climax.
All of the ingredients of a great story are here: an isolated, snowbound village and a diverse range of characters coming together to fight against obliteration by both nature and something more sinister. However, it took me a while to feel any real connection to the characters or their plight.
I believe this might be because the beginning suffered from the lack of a clear, direct threat to the characters. I felt that the main threat they faced was dealing with the snow and, as someone who has grown up with regular snow drifts and power cuts in North Yorkshire, I personally didn’t feel that being snowed in was anything to get excited about. However, once the “villains” of the piece start to be revealed and once the winter takes a turn from nasty to unusually harsh, the story definitely starts to pick up pace.
I liked the ending because it was a nice twist on what I had been expecting all the way through. I had spotted early on the character that I thought would be the lynchpin or catalyst for this story, and I thought I’d figured out his nature and motivation. I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. It was really this character beyond all others that kept me listening to see what would happen, so it was an eminently satisfying twist.
The appeal of any audiobook also lies somewhat in the skill of the person narrating it. Chris Barnes, with his Scottish accent, has his work cut out with all the accents that are required for the characters in this novel. He does remarkably well and soon settles into them, developing individual voices for each of the characters – not an easy task for a man from Central Scotland doing an Irish accent!
This book is a good read or listen, and will certainly while away the hours. If you like guessing “who done it” or rather “what done it”, then this is a book that should be on your reading list.
REVIEWED BY CHARLOTTE BOND
The snow was just the start....
On a night when it begins snowing in every country of the world, an ordinary group of people gather at a rundown English pub to take shelter from the cold. At first they assume the weather is just some random occurrence, but as the night goes on, strange things happen, and it isn't long before the group begin to realize that something far more sinister is at hand than just the weather. Something that none of them could ever have imagined. By the end of the night, not everyone will make it, and those that do may wish they hadn't.
Special edition bonus content Includes 6 short stories set during the events of The Final Winter and one additional, unrelated, gruesome tale,The Peeling Of Samuel Lloyd Collins.