So Cold the River

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (959 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It started with a documentary.

The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life.

In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past - a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once intermingled. Long derelict, the hotel has just been restored to its former grandeur.

But something else has been restored, too - a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to settle a decades-old score. And with every move, Eric inches closer to the center of the building storm.

©2010 Michael Koryta (P)2010 Hachette

Critic Reviews

"A cataclysmic finale will put readers in mind of some of the best recent works of supernatural horror, among which this book ranks." ( Publishers Weekly)
"This book builds like a summer storm. Beautiful to watch until it shakes the house and knocks out the lights, leaving you alone in the dark. Another masterful work from Michael Koryta, So Cold the River is guaranteed to put the cold finger down your spine." (Michael Connelly)

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Not bad

I listened to this book after seeing all the high ratings. It was worth listening to, but in the end it wasn't great. The narrator is good, and the book starts off quickly. I was really enjoying it until about half way through. The story just kind of dies, and becomes predictable. The bad guy wasn't in the story enough to be really scary, and the end seemed to be rushed, fixing all the questions at the very end. Worth a listen, but not the best book out there.

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Enjoyable Read

Creepy without being gory or actually scary, kind of like the old Twilight Zone shows. I consider this a good thing. This one is not as good as The Cypress House or The Ridge, but worth a listen. The narration is excellent.

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A Terrific book, even better narration

I agree with the other positive reviews. I am a fan of the "old" Stephen King ( with the exception of " Under the Dome, that is, great book) and it is somewhat like that, the old King but even better.Like King, the appeal is not in the horror (there is little of that) or ghost story ( a bit more) as much as the character driven story - characters you begin to care about, whose dialogue is real. I listened to the whole thing in @ 4 days I was so interested, and, as a treat, you get 5 minutes of his new book to come in Jan 2011 ( which I will immediately download). Superb narration, wonderful. 5 stars!

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a little bogged down

I'll begin by telling you that the only thing that kept me from abandoning 'So Cold the River' at about the halfway mark was Robert Petkoff's superb narration. Despite Koryta's mastery of no-scene-wasted construction, I kept feeling as though the story was meandering. While the story has an excellent plot, sub plots and themes which Koryta ties up into a satisfying resolution, I kept wanting to shake him, "get on with it, willya???"

While I enjoyed the experience, listening to 'So Cold the River' never really grabbed me.

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Incredible!

This is an author I was not at all familiar with, but this book seemed to be so highly recommended that I took a chance. I am very glad that I did! The writing is so descriptive that it grabs your imagination in the first sentence, and keeps you captive to the very end. The narration is very well done, and the background sound effects tasteful. I live in Ohio and have visited French Lick many times. I will look at it differently next time. This is an author that I will add to my list of favorites. He reminds me a bit of Stephen King with a little of the mystery of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes tossed in. It's one of those books you can't put down, and know that it is also one you will read again. Fantastic!

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Worth a credit

This was a very good book. Although it is a fiction book, it is historically accurate. I grew up in this area and have heard some of the same stories about an energy in that place. The hotels are described in exact. Whether you are a Hoosier or not you will enjoy this story.

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And So Long the Story

Brevity would have helped this read, but that doesn't make it a bad one. The author belabored the plot in such a way that I found myself wanting to fast forward to the next piece of action. The characters were great, the descriptions of the settings superb, it was just the pace of the unfolding of the story and resolution of the mystery that had me wanting.

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You Never Know Which Way Koryta's River Will Run

I find Koryta novels, as well as his writing style, original and different with each book. You never know what kind of fiction you are going to get. This novel is centered around a documentary being made regarding a small town's history, which includes a mysterious little bottle of water that is believed to do amazing things. Original storyline and well written. Petkoff is excellent, as always. There is a lot of talent in this audiobook.

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Wow

I generally don't read this genre, but I enjoyed the author's previous books. Michael Koryta takes writing to a new level. The narration was one of the best I have listened to in all my years of audible. The descriptions were crisp with memorable characters. At 13 hours, I thought there would be some slow parts, but the pacing was brisk with great suspense. If you like Stephen King, you will love an author who has nudged himself into the elite. He has a tremendous imagination. Enjoy!

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went on and on

although I enjoyed the beginning of this book and the concept of someone being able to see lives through the camera lens, I got ever so tired of the lead character's headache. The book seemed to go on and on. By the end, I really didn't care what was going on with the water.

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