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Winter World

Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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The ice is coming. It was the last thing we expected, but the world is freezing. A new ice age has dawned and humanity has been forced to confront its own extinction. Billions have fled the glaciers, crowding out the world’s last habitable zones. They can run from the ice, but they can’t escape human nature: a cataclysmic war is coming. 

In orbit, a group of scientists are running the Winter Experiments, a last-ditch attempt to understand why the planet is cooling. None of the climate models they build make sense. But then they discover an anomaly, an unexplained variation in solar radiation...and something else. Close to the burning edge of the sun, they catch a fleeting glimpse of something that shouldn’t be there....

Suddenly humanity must face the possibility it is not alone in the universe. And the terrifying possibility that whatever is out there may be trying to exterminate us.  

©2019 A.G. Riddle (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Simon
  • 27-02-2019

Solid Opening Gambit!

Having meant to try one of Riddle's books for some time I finally took the plunge with Winter's World, first of a two-book series set in a future where the Earth is dying during a mysterious ice age like phenomenon which threatens all of mankind. It's good fun too, written from the dual perspectives of the two lead characters, a sassy astronaut commander, Dr Emma Matthews and a brilliant and enigmatic scientist of robotics, Dr James SInclair. This dual POV format worked very well with the two narrators who deliver high-quality work throughout and this setup very much added to my enjoyment of the interplay between them.

The story itself has plenty of action played of course against the highest of stakes, as befits a good apocalyptic thriller. I really enjoyed how Riddle developed the overall story arc making this a very satisfying read with a suitable conclusion for its own story while also setting the scene for the follow-up, Solar War. However, the publisher talking about this being The Martian meeting Interstellar is possibly setting expectations a little high albeit there is some stylistic truth there. For who they were the characters came over a little soft for me and I thought Riddle's pacing was a little variable with really major things like the emergence of a miraculous rescue mission over in a few sentences while family dramas received protracted coverage. So, I wouldn't quite attach it to books of the calibre of The Martian myself.

It is an entertaining listen though and it does the job of a series opener very well by completing its own story arc and setting an intriguing scene for the conclusion with a mostly action-packed journey along the way.

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  • Gramski
  • 26-03-2019

I’m not liking this book

I’m nearly finished listening to this and to be honest I don’t really care anymore how it ends, I just want it to end. The premise of the book enticed me, but the story line and writing comes across as if for YA. The most annoying thing is the way the author won’t give away the reason why the main character was in prison, as if he were using this to keep the reader/listener attention right to the end. The male narrator was good but the female was just too American for me. I do actually prefer a good American reader to an English reader.
All in all, a poor listen, but maybe that’s partly because I’d just finished listening to a Philip k dick story, which was excellent.

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  • Christine
  • 02-03-2019

Riddles best yet!

This book is fascinating and totally absorbing. I think it’s his best to date and I can’t wait to listen to whatever he writes next!
The two narrators are perfect in their delivery and I congratulate the producers.

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  • Paul
  • 13-04-2019

Well paced, good plot didn't see revelation.

Interesting idea. good character mix, kept me listening and whilst maybe predictable in places, I didn't see the revelation on why he went to prison coming. thoroughly enjoyed.