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Snowblind | [Christopher Golden]

Snowblind

In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade - a work reminiscent of early Stephen King - Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age. The small New England town of Coventry had weathered 1,000 blizzards...but never one like this, where people wandered into the whiteout and vanished. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same. Now, as a new storm approaches 12 years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow.
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Publisher's Summary

In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade - a work reminiscent of early Stephen King - Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age. The small New England town of Coventry had weathered 1,000 blizzards...but never one like this, where people wandered into the whiteout and vanished. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same.

Now, as a new storm approaches 12 years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow. Photographer Jake Schapiro mourns his little brother, Isaac, even as - tonight - another little boy is missing. Mechanic and part-time thief Doug Manning’s life has been forever scarred by the mysterious death of his wife, Cherie, and now he’s starting over with another woman and more ambitious crimes.

Police detective Joe Keenan has never been the same since that night, when he failed to save the life of a young boy...and the boy’s father vanished in the storm only feet away. And all the way on the other side of the country, Miri Ristani receives a phone call...from a man who died 12 years ago.

As old ghosts trickle back, this new storm will prove to be even more terrifying than the last.

Spellbinding in scope and rooted deeply in classic storytelling, Snowblind is a chilling masterpiece that is both Christopher Golden’s breakout book and a standout supernatural thriller.

©2014 Christopher Golden (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Cheryl 03-21-14
    Cheryl 03-21-14
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    "Overwrought"
    What would have made Snowblind better?

    While the story itself is interesting, the slang-heavy language just does not work. Characters react to everything that happens as if it is either the most dramatic event in history, or utterly mundane. There is also an unpleasant overuse of phrases like "Queen Bitch" that stick out and seem both unrealistic and somewhat misogynistic.


    What could Christopher Golden have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Golden needed to dial back the drama and add some actual character development.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    Berkrot was just a terrible choice for this book, his particular reading style only served to emphasize the overwrought language.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did find myself caring about the relationship between Ella and TJ, but that was about it.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 01-26-14
    Jan 01-26-14
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    "Snowblind.. It's Quite a Party!"

    This novel's strength is it's original storyline. It held my attention throughout...which is not easy to do... I'm a picky reader. Narration is solid and character-consistant. Horror fans will love the creepy winter overtones and how the storyline weaves in and out of the blizzard's path. The ending is unpredictable. The reader is satisfied, but definately feels that Golden is not finished with his story or it's charcters.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Delmar, NY USA 02-22-14
    Amazon Customer Delmar, NY USA 02-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Scary... that I spent that much time on this book!"

    This book just didn't do it for me. It came off more like a made-for-TV movie you'd see on the Lifetime network or something. I didn't find the story lines or situations to be especially suspenseful or scary. Relationships between the characters were stereotypical and trite. Too much of the book went on with the supernatural occurrences being treated as things that just happened, with no real exploration or back story.

    The narration was passable, although some male narrators just don't sound right when they are voicing female characters. I think Peter is one of those narrators. It's probably the combination of the gruffness and the higher pitch he uses with these characters.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Livaudais New Orleans, LA 05-22-14
    Rebecca Livaudais New Orleans, LA 05-22-14 Listener Since 2010

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    "Spooky with ghosts and monsters"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love ghost stories set in the dead of winter. Just a perfect setting for a scary story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This story has a great crescendo.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this would make a great movie. The narration was a bit overly intense, but not enough to distract me. Ghosts and monsters...a great combination wrapped up in a good exciting story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 03-16-14
    Jennifer 03-16-14
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    "Enthralling"
    Would you listen to Snowblind again? Why?

    YES! It is almost spring now, but next year in the middle of a blizzard I will be returning to this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator did a great job.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've heard this voice before, can't remember on what book, does a great job always.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    SCARY!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 06-10-14
    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!

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    "Edge of your Seat good"
    What did you love best about Snowblind?

    I enjoyed the character development and non stop action


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snowblind?

    I love the Ending, Perfect!!


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his ability to make you understand the character, motivations, and the Suspense of each scene


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PJPackwood 03-26-14
    PJPackwood 03-26-14 Member Since 2004

    I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.

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    "Predictable"

    This book was not 'too bad'. It kept my interest to some degree but I found it to be somewhat predictable. There was not real 'mystery' and I didn't find it that 'suspenseful'. To be honest I skipped some chapters toward the end because I could figure out what was going to happen. No real surprises. If you want something easy to listen to on a long trip I would suggest this story. It will not distract you from driving too much because it is an 'easy' listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 03-08-15
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 03-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Terrifying and Thrilling"
    Where does Snowblind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was pretty good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Ella. She was a strong character>


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but it was good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the icemen took the little brother.


    Any additional comments?

    Eerie story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie CROWN POINT, IN, United States 02-19-15
    Laurie CROWN POINT, IN, United States 02-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Good traditional ghost story"

    This was a good story for a snowy night. The idea of something hiding in the snow while people hibernate during a storm was very good since I listened to this during a decent snowfall.
    I would recommend this to people who are able to suspend disbelief enough to imagine something might be out there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Rochester, NY, United States 02-18-15
    James Rochester, NY, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great book! Highly recommend"

    This is the second winter in a row that I have listened to Snowblind. I suspect I will again next year when we get to blizzard season. Spooky....and has great characters. It unfolds at a great pace, with twists and surprises throughout. The narrator is fantastic. This is one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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