Lives depend on two women when a train derails high in the remote Alps, but an unforgiving mountain, avalanches, crevasses, and other perils stand between them and safety. Associated Press reporter Hudson Mead is an extreme skiing enthusiast who has covered war zones and natural disasters during her long and distinguished career, but nothing could have prepared her for the challenges she'll face when the snow train she's riding is decimated by a massive avalanche.
Librarian Steffi Graham, on her first trip abroad, is anxious to hone her rock-climbing skills in a new and unfamiliar terrain of ice and snow. She gets much more than she bargained for when her talents put her on the team that goes for help. As the two strangers struggle to reach civilization, they must compromise and learn to trust each other, a task that may be nearly as difficult as the journey itself.
©2014 Kim Baldwin (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I love audio books and listening to them while I draw or paint. They help to level me and take away the stress while drawing.
I listened to this overnight instead of sleeping, and I'm finding it hard to rate the story. On the romance side, scores average, but in terms of a gripping survival, disaster tale, it's pretty good. The novel starts slow, setting the stage and the introducing the main characters. Kim spends a lot of time introducing and developing a number of characters each with unique personalities and backgrounds, as the story progresses.
The main f/f romance focuses on Hudson (self-sufficient international journalist) and Steffi (Librarian and hobbyist cliff climber). To me, the romance is a small part of the story, with the majority of this in the last couple of chapters. It reads more as a survival adventure. I did enjoy it, because I like stories which involve many characters and seeing them interact in an affirming way. But also the author did a great job of maintaining suspense and interest as the victims try to survive.
Despite the environment and challenges in which it was set, I did feel the romance and conflicts of the romantic leads could have been more dramatically played out. For example the trust thing could have resulted in many arguments, or incidents. I also was disappointed that Steffi was not the one to signal the helicopter at the last minute.
In terms of the narration, I did find this hard to follow. I don't know if it was my settings or the Coleen Marlo. But she spoke very fast, and I could not slow this down with the speed settings. So I don't know if this is an issue with the posted audio rather than the narration. So please check the sample before you buy. That been said she does a great job of handling all the different nationalities involved.
In the end it’s an enjoyable read, but perhaps more as a disaster/survival adventure then a pure romance.
It's always a gamble when choosing a book, this is one I had for ages but couldn't really get into it, eventually I was left with little choice so embarked with hope....didn't take long to find it very average, very similar to other formulaic books that to my amazement and disappointment get published. I've read some fantastic books and some dire, this falls in between, not being of much substance, and soon becomes predictable.
The story isn't very plausible, though it makes one wonder how the same story would be written in the hands of Waterman, or Zimmer..to name a couple..., could they have made it believable, gripping, tense and less obvious about thr outcome?
We'll never know. So if you want something that won't rock your world and is easy going, this is just such a book.
If like me you keep your favourites for another read, this isn't one of those.
As the outcome is so very predictable, if you've been enjoying it, the end doesn't disappoint...it's as expected which I suppose makes the ending satisfying if you care.
As I said, not the best, but not the worst. Average.
I really enjoyed this book. The first one from this author for me and not the last. The story is fab from the start with a great story line and a brutal disaster that will keep you urging the characters on.
Highly recommended and a great performance by the narrator.
"This book will not disappoint."
This book was unbelievably well written, and the characters so real. I felt like I was with them every step of the way. It brought out so many emotions. I was on the edge of my seat time and time again. I was hooked from the first chapter, and couldn't put the book down once I started it. The narration was also excellent. Coleen Marlo didn't just narrate, she performed and beautifully.
I really like the part when Anna was "taking care of" JT after his injury. I kept thinking, yes there is justice, as I cheered her on.
I especially like Stephie as performed by Coleen Marlo. You could see her transformation from a shy and somewhat timid individual, to someone willing to take daring chances for another.
One particular thing that moved me, was how many of the trapped people stepped up to the plate and exhibited kindness and worked for the common good.
I've never read anything by Kim Baldwin before. She's great, and I intend to rectify this problem in the very near future.
"Wonderful story and great narration!!"
This book literally kept me on the edge of my seat. I laughed, I cried, I felt like my stomach was dropping; I was there with Steffi and Hudson. Ms. Marlo did an incredible job brining the entire book to life and Ms. Baldwin's attention to detail made me feel like I was dangling on the edge of a mountain as well. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. Well worth it!!!
Kim Baldwin I can't get enough of your stories you are fantastic and Coleen Marlo your voice and narrating is fantastic. Thank you both for an incredible journey. I have listen to it twice. Love it !!!!
Enjoyed the story thoroughly, would like to see other books with Hudson. Once I began listening, I couldn't stop.
"Worth listening to"
I really have enjoyed ALL Kim Baldwin's novels. If you like adventure this is yet another great story to listen. Coleen Marlo sounded like she had a cold, but, I got so into the storyline and the characters that I felt I was watching a movie. And Narrator does a great job with different emotional reactions. Overall a must have book!!
"great story and narrator!"
loved the characters, excitement and suspense. narrator did well, not exaggerated or forced, pleasant voice and natural flow.
"It's like being there"
It's such a wonderful story. Kim Baldwin (the author) has a way of making you feel not only like you are there - but wanting to actually be there in the story, interacting with the characters.
[somewhat of a spoiler follows, but really, it's a romance novel, so duh]
The declaration of love!
I'm not sure if I have, and since it's been a couple of weeks since listening, I don't quite remember everything about the narration; however, I do remember that voices were done well enough that I knew who was who, and the reading was smooth. Definitely helped me get more into the story.
Hudson - not only because she was the main character, but because of how her interactions with all the other characters made me understand who she was underneath.
Lots of adventure and a little bit of romance. Highly recommended for both genres, and especially if you enjoy the emotional part of falling in love with someone.
"Sounded good, but missed the mark"
The fact that it was talked about how quickly Stefi moves with relationships, I would have LOVED to have seen it not move that exact way. The payoff was disappointing as well.
First the narrator. Secondly, the relationship felt so rushed and there was never a build up. Just "ok here it is. 10 hours of listening later, a quick moment together annnnnd we're done." Just seemed - off
Probably not, no. The male voices were SO male it was almost laughable.
"Great Action Romance"
This was a well-written story and the narration was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and highly recommend it.
The pacing on the story was superb with action and slower moments that felt natural and made it engaging. The tension built from beginning to end making it a real page-turner – or whatever the audio book equivalent is.
This is the perfect action novel to listen to when you have some time. You will be unhappy to stop listening so make sure you have no distractions around when you start.
"Wonderful, suspenseful, survival adventure!"
Wonderful narrator, suspenseful and very sweet romantic story lines.
Great character development and wonderful descriptions of landscapes - a European adventure!
Several.. was intrigued throughout. The two women making the final trek to safety, building and sleeping in ice caves.
Looking forward to another book by this author!
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