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The Final Winter

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Iain Rob Wright (P)2014 Iain Rob Wright

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    Kim Venatries 09-12-14 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Bring Your Own Blanket and Hot Beverage!"

    Iain Rob Wright is a very skilled writer. His character driven books engage you completely. I've enjoyed this in print as well as the audio version. Both are excellent and highly recommended. The narrator did a fine job. However, you might want to listen to the sample if you find it difficult to follow heavy non-American accents. Mr. Barnes' Scottish accent is very much a part of the story. By the way, if I'm wrong and his accent is actually Irish, Welsh or something else, please forgive my ignorance! This is a great thriller!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-16-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-16-14 Member Since 2016
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    "This one will really mess with your head..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, heartily so. For some, the accents may be difficult, and the common language abit difficult to understand as well, but for overall interest and content, it is a wonderful story.

    It is difficult to speak of it without revealing plot details, but needless to say, it will leave the listener thinking, deeply.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nigel, for what will become obvious reasons to the listener.


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

    No, so no base line.


    If you could take any character from The Final Winter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Nigel, as noted above.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many layers and movements to this fascinating story. I think it is difficult to comment on it withou revealing details, so all I can tell the prospective listener is to get this book and you will enjoy it as much as I did!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 01-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So creepy!"

    This is my second book by Iain Rob Wright and I loved it!! The first one was a fun Zombie book but this one was darker and creepier.

    The plot was quite scary without the added supernatural element. Snow has been falling all over the world and nobody knows why. Not many places are open in the freezing English countryside, apart from the local pub where some of the normal patrons gather. As the snow gets worse, they start to realise that all isn't as it seems. With strange things happening, they have to try and survive the end of the world.

    That's just a basic summary of the plot because I don't want to spoil things but it goes much deeper than just that. There is a lot happening in the pub and the twists towards the end were amazing. It's a fast paced and intense plot but one you will not want to end. It captivated me from the start and I devoured the book.

    The characters were amazingly written. There are quite a few but we get a great sense of who they are. Each one has a story to tell and you can't help but root for them. Harry is one of the MCs, he has been drowning his sorrows in The Trumpet since a drunk driver took his wife and son from him. He doesn't know what to make of the snow but knows something is wrong. He was one of my favourite characters because he was real. He isn't a likely hero, he is flawed but he does what needs to be done, no matter the cost.

    Another character I liked was the mysterious Irish man that came into the pub. He was like the cam in the storm, though you just know that he knows more then he is letting on. While I'm talking about this character, I have to say that Chris Barnes nailed the Irish accent. Being Irish, I'm particular when it comes to people trying to do a decent Irish accent, often times they fail miserably, but not so here! Chris Barnes did it perfectly and clearly.

    Anyway, this was such a great read. It's labeled as a post apocalyptic horror, but it's not gory. It's definitely creepy and quite scary but fit for anyone who doesn't like too much gore. I loved everything about this and highly recommend!!

    Once again, Chris Barnes gave an amazing performance. The amount of accents he can do never fails to impress me, but with this book, he took it to a new level. So many different characters, yet he managed to give each their own voice. I never had a problem following who was talking, and as I said, his Irish accent was amazing too. He breathed life into this book and I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. He is one narrator I can recommend.

    *I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Moran 12-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "So cold... so very cold."
    What made the experience of listening to The Final Winter the most enjoyable?

    It's very atmospheric! It's very descriptive, and Chris Barnes's voice brings just that extra dose of realness to the book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Keeps you guessing- while you think it might be a sequel/prequel to another book by Iain Rob Wright, you really aren't sure until the very end.


    What does Chris Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's got just the right accent and voice to really make all the characters come alive, be it a teenage shop girl or an older Irishman in a kilt.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm still not entirely sure about the ending- I felt it was a bit *too* neat, if you get my meaning- but it works well enough I suppose. One character seems to die for no reason and is pretty well forgotten. And just a warning to those who might be sensitive, there are some squick moments that do not involve the gore that you'd expect. But overall a good read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Oenophile 11-03-14
    Oenophile 11-03-14

    In vino veritas

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    "The Devil Is In The Details"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend this book for passing the time enjoyably. I found it to have an interesting take on the character of the Devil. I quite liked him, as a matter of fact.

    I don't know that I would read it multiple times, but once was certainly ok and maybe twice.


    What three words best describe Chris Barnes’s performance?

    Young, Scottish, unique.


    Could you see The Final Winter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I cannot see its being made into a series, but, perhaps a movie. I would put Kevin Ryan as the Devil, Orlando Bloom as the Archangel Michael and Benedict Cumberbatch as Harry. For females: Kristen Stewart as Kath and Evan Rachel Wood as Steph.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author needs to work more on character development. These were a bit like cardboard cutouts. The narrator has a Scottish accent, which I like, but for USA listeners, it may take a few minutes to get used to. The narrator is in his 30s, but sounds younger, so I did think him appropriate for this book. He did a pretty good Irish accent for the Devil. Needs a little more practice on differentiating other voices, but he is relatively new and I think he will get better. I found him easy to listen to and would have no problem listening to him again. The book had an interesting premise. Instead of making a deal with the devil, the main character has to cut a deal with God.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 06-30-15 Member Since 2013

    Todd W. Brown

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    "Chilling (See what I did there?""

    This is a good read with some nasty little sub-plots. There is a lot going on and I don't do spoilers, but it is easy to see why IRR is always lurking in the top 100 Amazon Horror Author's list. There will be some disturbing stuff here...be warned.

    As an American listener, it only took me a little while to get my brain around Mr. Barnes narration, but it seriously added to the atmosphere.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Opu Between the Lines 02-20-17
    Opu Between the Lines 02-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "'Clichéd' Doesn't Mean 'Not Entertaining'."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would warn them that while the overall plot was clichéd, the characters are unique and interesting and are more than what they seem. The voice-work is amazingly well-done, turning what would be an average apocalypse story into something special.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm not sure. Again, while the overall plot is fairly paint-by-the-numbers, the characters themselves were unique and what really carried the story, and avoids feeling too...trope-y.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Barnes – was your favorite?

    Lucas. Easily. Energetic voice work, excellent accent and a lot of personality behind the words.


    If you could rename The Final Winter, what would you call it?

    "The Cold Goodbye" maybe? "The Final Sin"? The Final Winter fits pretty well.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I'm repeating myself, but this book is a perfect example about how to take an established character trope and twisting it on its head somewhat.

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    kanina james 01-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed!"

    This started out great.. Middle was good but the last part disappointed me so much! I would have never bought this book had I known it was a Christian book! If Christian books are your thing, then you'll probably like it. I thought this was a thriiler/horror. It's only redeeming part was the reader. He was amazing. I had no difficulty understanding his accent but then my granddad was from Scotland. I'm returning this one!

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    Genevieve 06-19-15
    Genevieve 06-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A great story, and a sexy narrator!"
    What did you love best about The Final Winter?

    The mystery and the different sort of plot line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Final Winter?

    The deaths


    What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

    His accent! Yummy ... But also his excellent ability at separating the character voices.


    If you could take any character from The Final Winter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Peter ... So sweet and caring.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent character and story development. Very impressed by both the writer and the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-08-15
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "LOVED the twist and how this ended"

    Firstly, I have to admit that I am a fan of Iain Rob Wright. I have loved every book that I have read. He’s definitely not steered me wrong yet and it seems that he has the pulse of horror fans because he knows just what to talk about to make (at least me) cringe!

    This was no different. Unlike in some of his stories there was not as much gore in this one. Actually he leaves a lot of the creepiness just in the fact that it seems like the end of the world and nobody knows what is going on. Of course people go outside. I mean, this may be the end of the world but there is always a reason to go outside in the freezing cold! FREEZING. COLD. But, the reasons were there until a madman the size of a giant shows up with a sword and starts cutting people down. Need to go outside reduced to zero!

    I really liked the characters but again, the characters and plot are on point with Iain Rob Wright’s other books. There are a few twists and those were surprising! I loved the reasoning behind everything but be sure to put in the full time for the book. If you stop early (which I don’t anyone would for one of his books but just in case) you are going to miss out on the fabulous surprises!

    The narration also surprised me. It’s rare that a narrator matches the atmosphere of the book. Chris Barnes had a great way of adding the essence of horror into his voice, but even more important I could feel what the characters were feeling. Only side note, and this has nothing to do with Chris Barnes but my own ears, his accent is gorgeous but so thick that it took me quite a while to get used to it! I normally listen to audiobooks at 1.5 speed but I kept it at 1 to help clue me into his accent. Once I got used to it I was able to speed things up again. And now that I am used to it I could listen to Chris Barnes read all day long!

    In short: This was fantastic! The plot and the narration fit perfectly together to create a fabulously different horror. LOVED the twist and how this ended. Once again Iain Rob Wright shows why he is a writer. Recommended to everyone!

    Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    9/7/14
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    "Another narrated masterpiece by Chris Barnes."
    What made the experience of listening to The Final Winter the most enjoyable?

    Another great story by Iain Rob Wright with brilliant narration. The story builds up well and not everyone or everything is as it seems.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Damien a young man with his own issues who's misunderstood. Most people think he is a thug but is he?


    Which character – as performed by Chris Barnes – was your favourite?

    Lucas, the lovable Irish rogue. Is Lucas all he seems to be?


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

    When people realised they were wrong about Damien.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this audio it's a must listen for any lover of horror stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • saskiadotritchieatgmaildotcom
    2/11/15
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    "Brilliant"

    I really enjoyed this scare fest with a twisty tale, believable characters and too much horror for night driving and listening (for me)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    2/3/17
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    "Narrator was excellent! Made the story come alive"

    This is the first book Ive read by this author! I was losing all hope that I had read all the good books.
    The story was good, grabbed my attention by the first couple of chapters. During the middle, I did feel there could have been a bit more detail of the characters and plot. But overall a great read. I will definitely read more from this author...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Geordie Horse
    7/25/16
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    "I wanted them all to die!!"

    The story was bad enough, but the reader made it a thousand times worse by attempting accents he could not perform and by assuming what I can only describe as a simper to portray female characters!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • zena h
    3/3/16
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    "Not a good Ian Robb Wright - crude and dull"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Males aged 20+ who find crude language, putting women down and poor story lines appealing.


    Has The Final Winter put you off other books in this genre?

    Have read several other books by same author and they were excellent, Sea Sick is brilliant and the space adventure excellent.

    This book seems crude and ill thought out to the extent am surprised it was written by the same author. The male lead keeps contradicting and sniping at the female character who behaves dumb blond. Really if you are buried in an avalanche, then find the ski resort abandoned and are in danger - the obvious thing to do is stand in the lobby with husband then 'get on your knees', being tactful here! This is just one example of how the couple do not react to what is going on around them.


    What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

    Chris Barnes is much better than the content, reads clearly with good pace and attempts to put emotion into this poor work.


    What character would you cut from The Final Winter?

    The male lead could be cut, put a dog in , anything but him. The whimpy woman is not much better. In fact cut out both leads and just do it with a dog!


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid and go for sea sick instead it is brilliant.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • anthony
    5/26/15
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    "twist in the tale"
    Would you try another book written by Iain Rob Wright or narrated by Chris Barnes?

    a well paced and twisting tale let down a little by a limited repetoire of voices, not all of which were believable - still enjoyable though


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    7/30/15
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    "Awful"

    I did not finish this book. Narrator was fine but the story was poorly written with stilted dialogue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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