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The Final Winter

Narrated by: Chris Barnes
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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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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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!

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 09-16-14

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!

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Great story, fantastic narrator

Well I'd might as well admit up front that I LOVE horror or suspense novels set in the snow. Throw in isolation or wilderness, and I barely even need a plot. This story does have a very good plot, however, so you can imagine how I feel about it. Really, what's not to like?

The pervading mood is one of being closed in and set against by the storm. Characters are forced together first to wait it out, and then to deal with what follows. The dynamics are realistic and interesting. The setting happens to be Britain, but the story would be equally believable in Alaska (my home state) or small town Maine. I would have enjoyed this book at any time, but it is at its best on a cold winter day at home by the fire, tucked under a warm throw, with a hot mug of chocolate or cider in hand. Ah . . . lovely.

As for the narrator, he is utterly fantastic. Why haven't I heard of him before? His Scottish accent and tone are both mesmerizing and charming. Another reviewer cautioned others about perhaps not being able to understand the "heavy non-American accent," but I think this is making something out of nothing. For one thing, his accent isn't uncommonly heavy. Do we really want to be so homogenized as to shy away from any variant of English that isn't big city USA? For me the answer is a definite no!

Second, we are all English speakers here, and the Scottish accent is a beautiful thread in the rich tapestry of our language. If you can't understand a typical Scot, then you do yourself a disservice not to learn. And in that case, I can't imagine a better way to do so than to spend a few hours listening to Chris Barnes. You won't regret it.

Truly, I could not find anything about this book to criticize. Well done.

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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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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.*

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What a great book!!!

I want quite sure what to expect, but once it booked me I could not put it down. It kept me guessing throughout who were the good guys and who were the bad. I'm going to end my review at that, so as not to reveal any spoilers. Read this book....and keep on fighting to the end of times!

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The Final Winter

I thoroughly enjoyed this horror story!It reminded me of a Stephen King novel.Narrated brilliantly by Chris Barnes,we are in a world where it starts to snow...and may never stop.Peoples true colors show,eventually,even though they are trying to hide it.A weird 'man' is going thru town and saying to give him the 'sinner' and he'll go away.Will he if they do?Who is the most sinful?These people have a lot of baggage.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse

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Different

What made the experience of listening to The Final Winter the most enjoyable?

This was an interesting book. There was several turns that were not expected.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

That was different.

What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

I liked his voice and the way subtle changes were made for different characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You won't expect this.

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Love Apocalyptic Tales? You Need This Book!

Where does The Final Winter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Because Chris Barnes does an unbelievably good job bringing this story to life, The Final Winter is definitely one of my favorites.

What did you like best about this story?

I had already read The Final Winter before listening to the audiobook, but because it's such a great story, I couldn't wait to listen to it. It's different from any other apocalyptic story I've ever read, and I've decided that if the world has to end, I want Lucas to be there with me.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is one scene, around halfway through the book in which the Angels speak. Chris uses a fantastic sound effect which made me jump and giggle like an idiot. Although it was dramatic when I read it, the narrator's interpretation of the scene actually scared me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! When you combine a unique, well-written story with a narrator who gives life to some of the most interesting characters I've ever come across, you don't want to stop listening.

Any additional comments?

This audio book has some really disappointing reviews. It doesn't deserve them. Chris gives a voice to every character in the book (complete with fantastic accents!) and you'll be missing out on something great if you don't give this one a chance. Yes, he has a strong Scottish accent. However, it takes all of 2 minutes to get used to it. Try the sample, and you'll see what I mean. Don't spend your money on a book you can't understand, only to leave it a bad review. It's not fair to you, the author, or the narrator.

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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.

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  • serisa
  • 09-07-14

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.

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  • saskiadotritchieatgmaildotcom
  • 02-11-15

Brilliant

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-17

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...

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  • Desmond M.
  • 11-19-19

ok

good story...not sure about the irish accent though...sounds more like a geordie accent...not bad story

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  • Rose
  • 11-04-19

What a load of drivel

Well, that’s six hours of my life I won’t be getting back. Talk about utter drivel. I’ve never ead a horror book that was so full of moralistic nonsense as this one. For one thing. i don’t recollect aht British citizens use words like dove, snickeered, gotten or ass but apparenty according to this book we do. Utter nonsense that’s for sure. I really can’t say anything constructive about this book. Snow over the whole world for one sinner? Oh come on, really? The narration even leaces a lot to be desired. Is that really an Irish accent? I cannot recommend this book under any circummstances.

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  • White Socks!
  • 09-30-18

You're not missing much.

The story plodded along. Nothing amazing, nothing I didn't figure for myself either.
The narrator was I tad annoying, with his poor efforts at doing accents.

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  • Sandy mg
  • 09-25-18

Enjoyable

Lots of mixed reviews for this book but you really need to stay with it to the end to see how good it is. Lovely twist!!

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  • Martin
  • 09-20-18

Couldn't feel engaged.

I found this story to be cliché-ridden and amateurish. It seemed as if the author had a collection of (too many) things to be included, without regard for an overall story. The redemption was irrelevant because it was impossible for me to care one way or the other about any of the characters. Delivery was pretty good - except for a tendency for one particular accent to drift between Irish and Geordie!

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  • Stuart C
  • 07-01-18

A bit of a trudge...

I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately I found the story really hard going.
In all honesty I only finished it out of my stubborn streak coming out.
The narrator wasn't great with certain accents shifting between Irish and Geordie in the same sentence.
Not for me unfortunately.

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  • anthony
  • 05-26-15

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

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