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A Cold War Audiobook

A Cold War

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Publisher's Summary

Nina Granville believes her business trip to Alaska will give her a short respite from the merry-go-round that came with her engagement to Congressman Terrence Donnelly. But instead of allowing her the peace she craves, Nina's getaway from the public eye means that no one witnesses her abduction into a very cold hell.

Taken by a mountain man who calls himself Baer and then transported to a remote cabin surrounded by nothing but frozen wilderness, Nina descends into a nightmare of terror, privation, and bitter cold. Nina's privileged life did not prepare her for imprisonment at the hands of this survivalist trapper. If she is to live - and to escape - Nina realizes she must do it on her own.

Undaunted and with startling determination, Nina pits herself against her captor, her fear, and nature itself in a battle for her life - but can she win against such deadly opponents?

©2015 Alan Russell (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-26-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-26-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Excellent suspense novel"

    Choosing between 4 and 5 stars was difficult because the story is a superb one and the author spends far too many words on a specific part causing boredom on the part of the listener. Ideally about 60 to 90 minutes should be cut from the time that was devoted to repetitive details of Nina's being held by Baer in Alaska.

    On the very positive side is the creative use of the poem Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service. In my view use of that specific poem, with which Baer (the primary antagonist) was enthralled, added immensely to the story.

    So I give this novel 5 stars with some reservations. A Cold War is an excellent suspense novel with a nice surprise ending. The major weakness is that is repetitive and boring near the middle of the book.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    R Patrick 01-24-16
    R Patrick 01-24-16

    curled up with a book

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    "Kept waiting for it to come together."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It seemed to go on forever. I kept thinking if I hung in there it would be wrapped up with a great ending but it didn't.


    Has A Cold War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What about Teri Clark Linden’s performance did you like?

    I was surprised at how well she was able to switch voices. The main antagonist was not an easy character for a female to voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way. Too unsettling, gross, and too long without reason for it to keep going on.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't get all the great reviews. Felt like an editor should have stepped in and tightened this up. Too many odd plot parts that took away, not added to the story. Readers should know there is a lot of gross and crude dialogue that goes on with the main antagonist. Plus I couldn't find a character that I really liked. I think I was supposed to like the female lead but I just couldn't. Written well, especially dialogue but not tight, without likable characters or a realistic female lead. And it kept going on and on.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    LJM VO United States 01-22-16
    LJM VO United States 01-22-16 Member Since 2012

    Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!

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    "Interesting Premise"

    It was a good story and I was really into it, when suddenly it seemed like the whole pretense just derailed. I thought it was a tale of survival, which it was. That is where it should have ended.. I thought I was at the end of the book and then saw I had about 2 hrs left and thought "what more?." Then the whole story took a turn in a completely different direction. Kind of spoiled it for me.
    Teri Clark Linden did a fine job with the narration. All the different male voices in this one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-28-16
    Karen 06-28-16

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    ""Never Give Up""
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Cold War to be better than the print version?

    this was on Audible's good picks sale, a good find/listen. This needed a bit better editing, but not much. Author has good potential as this story had imagination and gabbed your thoughts from page 1 and never lets go. Worth the listening time.


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

    Yes as you are almost witnessing a POW"s plight.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Note must use new 1.25x speed to get the author's intended pace. This is a new reader for me. Good change of voices, but her main male character got on my nerves. She will need to work on that to become popular. The secondary male voices were ok


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

    yes, when our heroine first reads the journal.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please keep these type of sales coming as they help us listeners find a good listen

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Coffman MUSCATINE, IA, US 09-18-16
    A. Coffman MUSCATINE, IA, US 09-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping to the end."

    This was very engaging. I could visualize each senerio but didn't expect the ending. Keeps the reader engaged and waiting to see what happens.

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    JQ 08-29-16
    JQ 08-29-16 Member Since 2007
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    "good story if a little predictable"

    I found this to be engaging enough and thought it was fairly predictable except for to ending I was surprised. one note it may have ruined one of my favorite poems for all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth D. 08-12-16
    Ruth D. 08-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Unusual"

    I gave this book 5 stars based upon the type of books usually in the "thriller" genre. It's not going to be great literature, but it's a really good story. I appreciated that horror was conveyed without being graphic, and the tale was told without an overuse of profanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C Powell 07-18-16
    C Powell 07-18-16
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    "Monster begets monster?"

    A few details were unrealistic. For instance, the pain from a severed finger lasting only a few days, or the heroine surviving in an unheated cabin for days with just a blanket, or the way the heroine sprang from helpless victim to superhero, all in a few months. I thought it strange that her friend on the plane disappears from the story without another mention. All this aside, it was a good listen. I couldn't wait to hear how Nina would outwit her captor. I was disappointed with the end, where the actions of the heroine lower her to barbarism. She becomes just as horrible as the monster she fought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John C. McGinnis 07-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Real Thriller"

    Slow out start, then it grabs you and holds you - OUTSTANDING ENDING! Great naration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Carstens 07-10-16
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    "Never want to hear that poem again!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was interested because it was a story set in Alaska, but the plot was just ridiculous.


    What character would you cut from A Cold War?

    You can't cut the Monster, but he was so annoying with his poem and his ravings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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