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!
"This one will really mess with your head..."
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.
Nigel, for what will become obvious reasons to the listener.
No, so no base line.
Nigel, as noted above.
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!
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.*
"Chilling (See what I did there?""
This is a good read with some nasty little sub-plots. There is a lot going on and I don't do spoilers, but it is easy to see why IRR is always lurking in the top 100 Amazon Horror Author's list. There will be some disturbing stuff here...be warned.
As an American listener, it only took me a little while to get my brain around Mr. Barnes narration, but it seriously added to the atmosphere.
"So cold... so very cold."
It's very atmospheric! It's very descriptive, and Chris Barnes's voice brings just that extra dose of realness to the book!
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.
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.
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.
"The Devil Is In The Details"
Yes, I would recommend this book for passing the time enjoyably. I found it to have an interesting take on the character of the Devil. I quite liked him, as a matter of fact.
I don't know that I would read it multiple times, but once was certainly ok and maybe twice.
Young, Scottish, unique.
I cannot see its being made into a series, but, perhaps a movie. I would put Kevin Ryan as the Devil, Orlando Bloom as the Archangel Michael and Benedict Cumberbatch as Harry. For females: Kristen Stewart as Kath and Evan Rachel Wood as Steph.
I think the author needs to work more on character development. These were a bit like cardboard cutouts. The narrator has a Scottish accent, which I like, but for USA listeners, it may take a few minutes to get used to. The narrator is in his 30s, but sounds younger, so I did think him appropriate for this book. He did a pretty good Irish accent for the Devil. Needs a little more practice on differentiating other voices, but he is relatively new and I think he will get better. I found him easy to listen to and would have no problem listening to him again. The book had an interesting premise. Instead of making a deal with the devil, the main character has to cut a deal with God.
"A great story, and a sexy narrator!"
The mystery and the different sort of plot line.
His accent! Yummy ... But also his excellent ability at separating the character voices.
Peter ... So sweet and caring.
Excellent character and story development. Very impressed by both the writer and the narrator.
"LOVED the twist and how this ended"
Firstly, I have to admit that I am a fan of Iain Rob Wright. I have loved every book that I have read. He’s definitely not steered me wrong yet and it seems that he has the pulse of horror fans because he knows just what to talk about to make (at least me) cringe!
This was no different. Unlike in some of his stories there was not as much gore in this one. Actually he leaves a lot of the creepiness just in the fact that it seems like the end of the world and nobody knows what is going on. Of course people go outside. I mean, this may be the end of the world but there is always a reason to go outside in the freezing cold! FREEZING. COLD. But, the reasons were there until a madman the size of a giant shows up with a sword and starts cutting people down. Need to go outside reduced to zero!
I really liked the characters but again, the characters and plot are on point with Iain Rob Wright’s other books. There are a few twists and those were surprising! I loved the reasoning behind everything but be sure to put in the full time for the book. If you stop early (which I don’t anyone would for one of his books but just in case) you are going to miss out on the fabulous surprises!
The narration also surprised me. It’s rare that a narrator matches the atmosphere of the book. Chris Barnes had a great way of adding the essence of horror into his voice, but even more important I could feel what the characters were feeling. Only side note, and this has nothing to do with Chris Barnes but my own ears, his accent is gorgeous but so thick that it took me quite a while to get used to it! I normally listen to audiobooks at 1.5 speed but I kept it at 1 to help clue me into his accent. Once I got used to it I was able to speed things up again. And now that I am used to it I could listen to Chris Barnes read all day long!
In short: This was fantastic! The plot and the narration fit perfectly together to create a fabulously different horror. LOVED the twist and how this ended. Once again Iain Rob Wright shows why he is a writer. Recommended to everyone!
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.
This was an interesting book. There was several turns that were not expected.
That was different.
I liked his voice and the way subtle changes were made for different characters.
You won't expect this.
"Love Apocalyptic Tales? You Need This Book!"
Because Chris Barnes does an unbelievably good job bringing this story to life, The Final Winter is definitely one of my favorites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Another narrated masterpiece by Chris Barnes."
Another great story by Iain Rob Wright with brilliant narration. The story builds up well and not everyone or everything is as it seems.
I liked Damien a young man with his own issues who's misunderstood. Most people think he is a thug but is he?
Lucas, the lovable Irish rogue. Is Lucas all he seems to be?
When people realised they were wrong about Damien.
Really enjoyed this audio it's a must listen for any lover of horror stories.
I really enjoyed this scare fest with a twisty tale, believable characters and too much horror for night driving and listening (for me)
"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...
"I wanted them all to die!!"
The story was bad enough, but the reader made it a thousand times worse by attempting accents he could not perform and by assuming what I can only describe as a simper to portray female characters!
"Not a good Ian Robb Wright - crude and dull"
Males aged 20+ who find crude language, putting women down and poor story lines appealing.
Have read several other books by same author and they were excellent, Sea Sick is brilliant and the space adventure excellent.
This book seems crude and ill thought out to the extent am surprised it was written by the same author. The male lead keeps contradicting and sniping at the female character who behaves dumb blond. Really if you are buried in an avalanche, then find the ski resort abandoned and are in danger - the obvious thing to do is stand in the lobby with husband then 'get on your knees', being tactful here! This is just one example of how the couple do not react to what is going on around them.
Chris Barnes is much better than the content, reads clearly with good pace and attempts to put emotion into this poor work.
The male lead could be cut, put a dog in , anything but him. The whimpy woman is not much better. In fact cut out both leads and just do it with a dog!
Avoid and go for sea sick instead it is brilliant.
"twist in the tale"
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
I did not finish this book. Narrator was fine but the story was poorly written with stilted dialogue.
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