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Night

The town of Yocum Valley is in for the longest, darkest night it has ever known. A night that will make some doubt their sanity, and others fear for their lives. A night when the heinous curse of its tainted ancestry will rise, in the form of a living horror, to seek savage vengeance....

Winter

The beast will stalk during the coldest, cruelest winter on record, in a place that is frozen, snowbound...and trapped at the mercy of something unspeakable, with a taste for human flesh and a thirst for human blood....

Death

It’s waiting in the cold and dark to strike, again and again. And the terrified, disbelieving citizens are about to find themselves under siege - by something partly human partly animal...and completely deadly.

©1990 Holly Randa Pedneau (P)2018 David N Wilson

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 10-12-2018

Unexpectedly good!!

It all starts when a man dies! An elderly lady tells everyone that unless he is buried properly right away, the curse will awaken. Nobody listens because the ground is too hard, and they call her a kook. But when Ernie is doing his rounds, he encounters the curse and nothing is ever the same for him again!

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot! It starts out slowly, but the tension builds continuously until the curse takes effect and then it ramps up even more. I enjoyed the take on the werewolf and how the curse takes effect, it was a nice twist. The characters were all well written and developed. It was easy to connect with them and become invested in their tale.

In all, this was an unexpectedly good read! I wasn't too sure what to expect, but what I got was a great werewolf read. I look forward to more from this author.

This seems to be Jon Oaks' first narration and he did really well. He was clear, easy to follow and read this well. I did find his voices for certain characters were very similar, but since it's his first time, I'm impressed with how good he did.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Heather S
  • 26-10-2019

Classic 90s Horror

Night, Winter, and Death was originally published in 1990, and it’s important to keep that in mind when listening to this book. It is a typical 90s monster horror story with lots gory deaths (including pets), vividly described sex scenes (two attempted rape scenes included), and the overt sexual objectification of women. If this had been a book written in the last decade, I would have stopped listening after the second chapter. With all that being said, I found this book surprisingly engaging and enjoyable if viewed from the perspective that it was written almost 30 years ago.

I have high standards for narration, and I thought Jon Oak’s voice was pleasant to listen to and a great fit for this story. I would happily listen to other books by this narrator. Both the pace of the writing and the narration kept me absorbed in the novel. While I wasn’t terribly invested in any particular character, and I found every single female portrayed in the book to be wholly unlikable (hysterical, senseless, and weak female characters being another common 1990s horror trope), I still felt a sense of satisfaction when the worst of the characters were killed off. As far as the monster is concerned, I appreciate the different approach to the typical werewolf. The transformation from nice guy to bloodthirsty fiend was well executed, and the “curse” being passed down from one generation of small town decedents to the next was an interesting twist.

On a funny side note, almost every character in this novel wets their pants when frightened. I understand that this can be a natural response to fear in some people, but when by the time the third or fourth person peed themselves, I couldn’t help but laugh. While this book certainly wasn’t scary enough to induce pants-wetting, I did find it entertaining, fun, and reminiscent of the 90s horror books I devoured as a teen.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • timj26
  • 06-10-2019

Excellent

When the oldest resident in a small town dies a curse is unleashed
I’m a sucker for classic horror and this is one of the better ones
A well narrated werewolf tale that stands the test of time highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-2019

The story was well written and beautifully read.

The narrator transported the reader to winter in the valley with his tone and style giving life to the written word.

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  • Deedra
  • 19-01-2019

Night,Winter and Death

Loved it! A perfect old fashioned monster book!Written in the 1990's,this book is before cell phones or computers.It is when you had to trudge through snow to ask questions about the possibility of shape shifters.I loved all the reminders of the age.Jon Oak was perfect as narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Rayc
  • 30-12-2018

A Great Listen

Night, Winter, and Death. A great read/listen, scary-no! but great fun to listen too. Characters are larger than life which gives the book humour in places. One of the best reads/listens this year.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Brian M
  • 26-12-2018

Fun Gory Creature Feature

So this book is from 1990 or earlier, it definitely shows. The beginning drags a little with some stereotypical archetypes and a number of characters you're meant to care about, but half of them come off too unlikable. The whole small town vibe is a boon to many stories but here just allows awful behavior. By the time these bummers start to add up the horror starts. That part is solid with all the gore and intensity you could want. It carries the last half of the book and keeps it a fun experience.

The narration is good, though I'll admit there were a few times I wish the narrator didn't try female voices. On the whole however he did good and his narration aided the frenetic intensity of the work.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review. It's a pretty straight forward creature feature but it's fun and definitely worth checking out if that sounds up your alley.

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  • willee
  • 04-12-2018

The Curse

This is not your typical werewolf story when the changes occur with full moons the horror starts when Horatio is not buried and stored until the ground thaws. Poor Ernie Mulligan ex-cop who does paroling for several companies including the cemetery where he encounters the ancient curse and the action and horror begins. Enjoyed the character development favorites were Zach, Mona and Scottie and Mrs. Gladys Roberts. Recommend if you enjoy horror and werewolves. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU

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  • Jonah Simmons
  • 19-05-2021

Ix-nay the orn-pay please

Can I just get a werewolf book WITHOUT graphic descriptions of people’s genitalia please? Is that too much to ask for? Or can we at least have a heads up that this kind of crap is gonna be in here? I get the idea of “adults being adults” but you can do that without going into a xxx rating.

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  • blue beal
  • 07-04-2021

Good story, but has anoying issues

Why, why. Why can some authors not write a female character without describing her breasts every other sentence. Or over sexualizing E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. she does. Suoer cringey. Overall a good story but come one

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  • col2910
  • 24-10-2020

Surprisingly enjoyable

I suppose I could claim to be getting into the spirit of Halloween with this novel of a werewolf legend coming to life, but in truth I'm not a massive fan of the celebration. It existed when I was growing up, but it always felt a bit American and a bit faked, but only in the context of being an imported celebration. I did enjoy the book though, maybe a bit more than I expected to. I was reminded of reading Richard Laymon, way back before I discovered crime fiction, not that I could put my hand on heart and say Laymon ever penned a werewolf book.

Small town setting, remote, isolated, cut off when the weather is bad and obviously it gets bad here, the death of the oldest resident and the reactivation of the curse, which sees the unburied man biting nice guy, ex-cop, security man Ernie. Ernie then morphs into a werewolf and terrorises the town.

Simple plot as such, but I enjoyed the focus on the townsfolk, in particular, Ernie's niece, the young police chief, the kid reporter and the local author. A lot of the drama focuses on finding out more about the legend, concerns over Ernie and his health before he goes full-blown werewolf, investigating the murders, worrying about a pregnant wife, fighting off the unwelcome attentions of the town mayor who seems to think he can co-erce sex from Ernie's niece (name escapes me) who is also a teacher, a horny woman running an old folk's home and grabbing sex with the young employee and lots more.

It's a busy book, which as it progresses gets faster and wilder as the tension mounts. I think Pedneau might have had fun writing it. I hope so because I had fun reading the thing. I think the characters made the book ... their interactions, the conflicts, the sex, the legend backstory, the school scenes, the teenage lovers, the morphing and the escalation, with widespread panic, leading to vigilantism and mob fear.

Parking my realism/credibilty meter at the door, before entering this one, it was quite satisfying.

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Dave Pedneau has been enjoyed before - A.P.B.

Read - (listened to) October, 2020
Published - 1990
Page count - 288 (10 hrs 46 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
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Night,winter and death

Loved it! A perfect old fashioned monster book!Written in the 1990's,this book is before cell phones or computers.It is when you had to trudge through snow to ask questions about the possibility of shape shifters.I loved all the reminders of the age.Jon Oak was perfect as narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Chris Christo
  • 15-02-2020

A lot scarier than I thought!

This book seems like a light horror read at first but is in fact pretty heavy going! I thought it would make an excellent movie as well. The narrator is very skilled and does males and females with different accents well. I really enjoyed it! Don’t listen if you are squeamish!

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 10-01-2020

Unexpectedly good!!

It all starts when a man dies! An elderly lady tells everyone that unless he is buried properly right away, the curse will awaken. Nobody listens because the ground is too hard, and they call her a kook. But when Ernie is doing his rounds, he encounters the curse and nothing is ever the same for him again!

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot! It starts out slowly, but the tension builds continuously until the curse takes effect and then it ramps up even more. I enjoyed the take on the werewolf and how the curse takes effect, it was a nice twist. The characters were all well written and developed. It was easy to connect with them and become invested in their tale.

In all, this was an unexpectedly good read! I wasn't too sure what to expect, but what I got was a great werewolf read. I look forward to more from this author.

This seems to be Jon Oaks' first narration and he did really well. He was clear, easy to follow and read this well. I did find his voices for certain characters were very similar, but since it's his first time, I'm impressed with how good he did.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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