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The Wolves of Winter

Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
4 out of 5 stars (228 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny, this debut novel is in a postapocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Eleven but blazes its own distinctive path.

Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn't help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world.

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's been forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter.

But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community - most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined.

Simultaneously a heartbreakingly sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer of who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant.

©2017 Tyrell Johnson. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Beautifully written and compelling

Unlike so many novels in general, and apocalypse novels in particular, The Wolves of Winter is beautifully written. The story unfolds effortlessly. The author does not force anything. The characters are well developed but not exhaustively examined. It is difficult to put this book down. The action, like the rest of the story, occurs naturally. I really loved this read and look forward to more books by this author. Highly recommended.

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Good book! Wish there was more!

Better than a lot of the post apocalyptic reads out there. Much better actually! This is not your "prepper" style read so if your looking for the run of the mill, I'm prepared for anything, prepped style read you should move on. I was pleasantly surprised although i think there could have been a bit more to it and it seemed to die off a little towards the end. Nonetheless it is still better than several books out recently in this genre. I have to assume there is more coming or possibly more already out (I haven't checked yet) continuing this story. Matter of fact I'm gonna go look right now for. Oil two, three, etc...

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  • Nickal16
  • Irvine, CA, United States
  • 02-20-18

Great "End of the World" survivor story.

I enjoyed The Wolves of Winter very much. I'm a big fan of end of the world novels, and this one hit the mark. The story is told in present time by a young woman, with memories shared of how the end of the world started and how one family came to be living in the wilderness. I enjoyed the characters and the story was very different. The narrator did an excellent job with all the different characters.

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Great book!

I really enjoyed this book & was totally bummed when it was over. Great details, storyline & character building.

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Sub par. Felt like i'd heard it before...

I kept waiting for this to take a different turn, to give me something new. That never happened. The situation was basic and became tiresome. I quit after 4 hours.

Narrator Mattler was ok

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Good story

I enjoyed this book. It kept my interest from the early pages. The story was good, maybe a little predictable in a few spots but definitely worth the read.

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  • LINCOLN
  • LOS ANGELES, CA United States
  • 06-11-19

Young Adult 4+ for anyone older 2

This has a very simple storyline and contrived plot . The protagonist is 23 going on 16 years old. Character development is lacking, Just very YA overall.

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I Want Part Two!

I found this to be a cut above your average dystopian/post-apocalyptic type tale. The characters and situations were both interesting and believable and the narrator was excellent. I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out, therefore found myself listening well past my normal bedtime. This is, hopefully, the start of a new series. I would definitely use another credit for the next book...

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I enjoyed it

I don't usually like to listen to books written in the first person, but this one was good. I liked the characters and the story. The narrator was good too. I would try another audio book from this author.

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Instantly one of my favorites

The book is wonderful. The writing is nearly flawless, but flawed enough for you to think it's actually the thoughts of a normal person. The author made a story that wraps you in and makes you feel like you are a part of this world.