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The Shuddering | [Ania Ahlborn]

The Shuddering

A group of close friends gathers at a secluded cabin in the wintry mountains of Colorado for a final holiday hurrah. Instead, it may be their last stand. First a massive blizzard leaves them marooned. Then the more chilling realization: Something is lurking in the woods, watching them, waiting.... Now a weekend of family, friends, and fun has turned into a test of love and loyalty in the face of inhuman horrors. The only hope for those huddled inside is to fight - tooth and nail, bullet and blade - for their lives. Otherwise, they’ll end up like the monsters’ other victims: bright pools of blood on glittering snow, screams lost in the vast mountains.
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Publisher's Summary

They only come when it snows, and nobody ever gets away.

A group of close friends gathers at a secluded cabin in the wintry mountains of Colorado for a final holiday hurrah. Instead, it may be their last stand. First a massive blizzard leaves them marooned. Then the more chilling realization: Something is lurking in the woods, watching them, waiting....

Now a weekend of family, friends, and fun has turned into a test of love and loyalty in the face of inhuman horrors. The only hope for those huddled inside is to fight - tooth and nail, bullet and blade - for their lives. Otherwise, they’ll end up like the monsters’ other victims: bright pools of blood on glittering snow, screams lost in the vast mountains.

©2013 Ania Ahlborn (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 06-30-13
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Holy Cow! AWESOME! Get it NOW!"

    Man, what a story! I LOVED this book! I love monster books and this is by far the best of this kind I have read. Just enough gore, just enough suspense, just enough comedy, just enough personal story etc. I have never in my life read/listened to a book that screams "hit movie" like this one does. Wow. Wouldn't need any rewrites either (hear that Stephen King / Under the Dome) If you don't like this I would be amazed.

    Rich twins, Ryan & Jane meet their best friend (and Janes old one true love) Sawyer with his new fiance at their father's mountain chalet which has been sold. One last snowboarding trip down memory lane. Jane also brings her best friend Lauren who hits it off wonderfully with playboy Ryan. Unbeknownst to them tall demon like beings are hunting............people. They are attacked and struggle to survive. They desperately try to make it out of the cabin in the midst of a horrible snowstorm. Not all of them survive.

    Characters are great, just enough backstory without overburdening us, everyone is believable and that goodness there are no "blond idiot running naked into the woods" moments (yes I can say that I'm blond)

    Like I said this would be an AWESOME movie. While you listen to this you can literally envision what's going on in your mind. It's as if someone just read me the closed captioning on a movie! Great book. Best I've read in a while!!

    You'll love it!!!!! I'm off to see what else Ahlborn has written.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Sausalito, CA, United States 09-20-13
    David Sausalito, CA, United States 09-20-13
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    "It had potential"

    This horror novel started out pretty good but slowly went downhill from there. I like the premise of this book-a group of twenty-somethings stranded in a Winter cabin but I feel the story bogged down and went off course focusing more on drama and "in-house" fighting between the characters and less on the actual horror aspect of the story." Ania Ahlborn(the writer) was on the right track but she fell short due to the lack of terror and suspense that I usually get from books in this genre. It felt more like a T.V. drama than an actual Horror novel. The best thing about this book was probably the narrative performance of Luke Daniels.

    Too much drama/bickering and not enough monsters/suspense = pretty weak Horror novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 07-07-13 Member Since 2010

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

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    "A Few Shudders and Too Much Soap"

    A few moments of terror wrapped in a tiresome junior high school level love triangle. Ultimately falls flat. Would have been better if the story had been more about the creatures and survival and less- way less- about the puerile relationships between a group twenty-somethings on a winter snow boarding vacation. The character development was clumsy and forced. The best parts of the story were the stalking creatures. The performance was just okay. The female voices were not so good. Two and a half stars. Not a total fail but definitely not a win.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 03-17-14
    Tams (TTC Books and more) JUSTIN, TX, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author.

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    "This was some scarey shit!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend to any horror fans, it was really scarey and suspenseful.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    From start to finish, because it never got predictable or boring.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The couple skiing.


    Any additional comments?

    Twins Ryan and Jane Adler are heading to their family cabin in the Colorado mountains, trying to escape for a few days from life and their parents impending divorce. The cabin had been put up for sale, but Ryan hopes for one last hurrah with his sister and some friends to revel in all the happy memories they had at the cabin, as a family.
    But something is lurking in the mountains, hiding in the shadows, and unbeknownst to the twins, someone has gone missing.
    The tension in the cabin is stifling. Ryan is enamoured with his sister’s best friend, Lauren. And Jane who was hoping to reconcile with her ex, Ryan’s best friend, is devastated when he shows up with his fiancé in tow. Tempers are flaring and everyone is hyper aware of what’s going on around them. Except for what’s going on right under their noses, outside, in the woods.
    A woman goes searching for her husband who never came home, following his trail what she finds just might kill her.
    Ryan and Jane are starting to take notice to something that’s just not right in the woods that surround the cabin. As well, two of their guests see shadows outside their bedroom window at night, and hear strange noises. The tension in the house is almost to the breaking point. Snowed in and running out of food and patience, they have to decide to wait out the storm, or try to get back down the mountain.
    A couple get into an arguement on the ski slopes, and take a dangerously wrong turn that has deadly consequences.
    What the HELL are these things?! When Ryan, Jane and their group of friends attempts to make it down the mountain they are finally confronted with the danger they didn’t fully comprehend they were in. The monsters aren’t hiding anymore, and if they can’t make it back to the safety of the cabin, they are all as good as dead.
    Two roommates who work the snow plow are up in the wee hours of the morning, getting coffee and getting ready for work. Let’s just say, the roads shant be plowed today!
    I absolutely loved this story! The mystery and suspense at the start with the random side stories of people going missing, then tying those stories into to Ryan and Janes story. The tension building in the cabin all the while they are clueless to what’s happening outside, I was standing on my head screaming, “LOOK OUT THE WINDOW!” and, “ DON’T GO OUT THERE!” Yes, on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
    And you never do quite fully recognize the creatures, or monsters or what they truly are. But that is just one more thing that adds to the suspense. And the narrator was fantastic, capturing the perfect voice and shriek for a teenage girl scared out of her mind, watching her friends fall around her.
    This is a must read for hard core horror fans. I have a friend that doesn’t do audio, she got a paperback copy and thoroughly enjoyed reading it as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 11-07-13
    Gina 11-07-13
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    "Too much silly relationship drama..."
    What disappointed you about The Shuddering?

    Was this supposed to be a horror book? Did I miss something? The first chapter hooked me, but but then it went all character building and relationship drama for the first third (at least) of the book. I finally gave up because I couldn't deal with the 90210 storyline, I didn't really care what happened to the characters anyway.


    Has The Shuddering turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope.


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    The female voices were very bad. :( Otherwise, he was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. For sure. I'm not sure I will read anything by this author again.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rickard Katrineholm, Sweden 07-08-13
    Rickard Katrineholm, Sweden 07-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bad ending, good Narrator."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really did not like the ending, that was the biggest problem i had with the book. change that and it would have been better. It was also a little slow in my opinion.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hopefully horror with a better ending


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Both of the twins in the book, but i he did a great job with all of them.


    What character would you cut from The Shuddering?

    Most of the people that was in the book just to keep the body count up.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Luke Daniels, but i id not lidke the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    joe Merredin, Australia 03-30-14
    joe Merredin, Australia 03-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Typical Werewolf book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Read one werewolf book, read them all


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

    The whole story. Werewolf books are all the same. With all the vampire/ werewolf movies that are out at the moment ...


    Any additional comments?

    Please. Enough with the were wolves and vampires. I used to read them when I was 13.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • jennifer
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    "Gripping"

    This was a brilliant story just some folks taking a break in the woods in the snow,but they are not alone ,they get trapped and cannot escape the thing that is lurking in the woods,its gory in places too and gripping has you so want them to all get out alive I enjoyed every minute of it just wish it was longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • craig
    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    1/21/14
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    "Dull"
    What disappointed you about The Shuddering?

    I found it very hard to like any of the characters. In fact the one character you were clearly meant to not like was the only one that kept me listening. Until i lost the will to live & skipped 3 hours worth of this to listen to the 30 minutes....& then be bored again.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ania Ahlborn again?

    Doubtful


    How could the performance have been better?

    Did the best he could with pretty weak material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit... get The Martian instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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