We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Bleak December Audiobook

The Bleak December

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The old timers knew it was going to be a bad winter, but no one could have predicted it would be this bad. A supernatural storm has fallen on New Hampshire and a cult leader is whipping the people of the Granite State into a frenzy. Now a handful of rugged folk from the North Country are all that stand between a tyrant and his plans for dominion. Snow is piling in the Great North Woods and the dead walk among the trees. Beware the winter wasteland.

©2016 Kevin G. Summers (P)2017 Kevin G. Summers

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (21 )
5 star
 (7)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
3.7 (21 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.2 (21 )
5 star
 (11)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Bret Wortman Virginia, USA 03-23-17
    Bret Wortman Virginia, USA 03-23-17 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    79
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Still Feeling Cold"

    Only once before have I felt as bone-deep cold as I do having just finished "The Bleak December," and the book that did it to me was Dan Simmons' "The Terror", also in audio form.

    The great thing about audiobooks is that you get every word the author wrote. There's no looking at the page, deciding it's all just description of some place that doesn't matter that much and skipping over it.

    But if, like me, you listen to your audiobooks during your commute, you may find yourself rewinding more than usual to catch something in this one. Every time my attention wandered just a little, I found myself suddenly in the midst of a new situation or lacking some key detail. Summers writes leanly. Not as leanly as, say, David Morrell, but the focus of this book is very much on the story. And the setting. New Hampshire itself might as well be a character given how much it interacts with the other characters and services the story.

    Some characters definitely distinguished themselves to me. Wes and Melody were immediate favorites. Gordon as well. The people in this story are real. Most are good, but flawed.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and if I didn't immediately want to dive back in and read it again, it was only because I need to warm up for a while first.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J.Ansp 03-09-17
    J.Ansp 03-09-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Small Town Tale of Survival"
    Where does The Bleak December rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wow! One of the best pieces of fiction I've listened to. Kevin G. Summers' writing is all encompassing, it was like reading a Stephen King novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bleak December?

    I don't want to spoil it, but there was a distinct point where this amazing story with so many unique threads just came together.


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

    No, but I really enjoyed listening to Kuch. He has an enjoyable sound, sort of like Garrison Keillor from A Prairie Home Companion. He was the perfect choice for this book. His inflection, accent, and delivery were all pitch perfect.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Norma Miles 04-26-17
    Norma Miles 04-26-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    45
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    66
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    ""And then it went black.""

    A small town in New Hampshire, Stratford Corner, already isolated and, with deep snow falling, about to become more so: Winter is coming. And so much more.
    With a superbly orchestrated start, the reader is taken on a panoramic ride around the town, meeting, even if only briefly, with those who are to become players in the oncoming story so that, by the time the action really starts, we already know them, even feel a little empathy with them. They are already real people - and bad things are about to happen.

    The wonderful George Kuch enhances this feeling of knowing this little town and the people living there. His warm, gently gruff voice feels so familiar, comforting: he isn't just the narrator of a story, he is telling this personally, to you. Perfectly paced, never over dramatic, each character is an individual, and his homely accent as he unfolds the terrible tale makes the reader want to hang on to every word and beg for more, more ...

    And it is a scary story, feeling strange, but also somehow so possible, intriguing especially through the first two thirds of the book. However, repitition of certain aspects of remembrance of, in particular, one of the main protagonists, seperated from his wife and daughter, began to to intrude and it was the narrator's honeyed tones which carried me through to the (rather abrupt) ending.

    Mr.Summers" power to draw in and involve his readers is excellent, as is his ability to bring his characters to full blooded life. Plus, the imagination behind the story itself is good so, overall, a very decent book but one which could have been even better with a little trimming in the latter part. I was gifted The Bleak December by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom: thank you so much. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to anyone, not of a nervous disposition, to wile away cold evenings. Just don't go out into the snow ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Senora Maven 04-14-17 Member Since 2008

    I own 605 Audible Audio books. (See my Stunned Look) That can be a good or bad thing. Either way I'm always entertained and enlightened!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    120
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    288
    38
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So Not Stephen King..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I found it long and tedious. It was a story reminiscent of Stephen King but no where near as brilliant, entertaining/enlightening. Yes it was bleak..boy was it bleak. Back story and history don't seem to fill in the gaps till it's too late. By then I am so annoyed with not knowing why something is happening, I don't care.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin G. Summers? Why or why not?

    No


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

    Have never listened to Kuch performance before. I think he is talented.


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

    noo..way!


    Any additional comments?

    I have never written a review so negative. I think it's because there is merit to the story but it just drags on and on with character internal monologues.The waste of potential disappoints me and makes me irritable. I used a treasured point for this so, I was determined to finish it though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.