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Winter's Exile Audiobook

Winter's Exile: Guy Winter Mysteries Book 3

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In Winter's Exile the Mystery Man is exiled to the country to recover and recuperate from his injuries. Inevitably, there is no escaping the war. When the son of the local Squire is found dying within hours of a German bomber crashing in a nearby field Guy Winter is suddenly back in his element. However, what initially looks to be a an open and shut, tame whodunit, soon takes on new and sinister proportions as the Mystery Man finds himself in the middle of what seems like a long-running family feud in a rural backwater that, despite appearances, is anything but divorced from the brutal realities of the war.

©2015 James P. Coldham (P)2017 James P. Coldham

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    Bill 22/05/2017
    Bill 22/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Winter in The Countryside"
    What made the experience of listening to Winter's Exile the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the continuing story of Guy his family and aquanticed with the backdrop of wartime Uk and all that meant for communities and individuals. I enjoyed being out in the sticks with the squire and all that. It I did miss the atmosphere of being in London. So many wartime stories are set in London that it feels like a personality in its own right.


    What does Melanie Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Melanie is a very classy narrator and is very well suited to this series. She purrs along like a Rolls Royce but can easily bring in deep emotion and passion. I listen to books because Melanie is the narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I wanted to savour it rather than binge.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Inishowen Cailin 07/05/2017
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    "Great series- a firm favourite."
    What did you like best about this story?

    What I enjoyed most about this story was that we got to see more Of Guy Winters as the family man and not just the Mystery Man. I feel that he has grown as a character and for me he is much more likeable in this book.

    I enjoyed the role his daughter played in this story. She played a key role in the investigations and kept a cool head in difficult situations.
    Her involvement marks a shift in the way women have typically contributed to Guy Winter's investigations. Up to this point women within Guy's world have chiefly been useful for sex. Their role amounted to reporting back intelligence gleaned from pillow talk with the men they had been sent out to spy on.

    I love historical fiction and the fact that this series is set during the second World War makes it much more interesting. It is the perfect backdrop for the spying game and an endless source of suspense and intrigue.


    Have you listened to any of Melanie Fraser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have listened to the series so far and the narration is consistently excellent. I know what to expect when I see Melanie's name on a production and I wouldn't hesitate to make a purchase safe in the knowledge that her narration is not going to disappoint.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I would have listened to this book in one sitting if I had been able to. It is a story that I will go back and listen to again.


    Any additional comments?

    I was gifted a copy and I have voluntarily written a review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zena 05/07/2017
    Zena 05/07/2017
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    "Winter on Leave"

    This is a rather splendid example of a murder-mystery in rural wartime England with Winter's clever detecting and solving this the murder.
    He is recovering from some rather serious wounds and spending this time off with his new wife and his 16-year old daughter, but of course he can't let a murder go unsolved.
    This is a very easy read/listen, the words flow evenly and the characters are quickly developed.
    Melanie Fraser has once again done a splendid job with her voices making this story more interesting and a delight and I am quite happy to recommend the book/audiobook.
    I received a free audiobook from the narrator and this is my unbiased review.

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  • Terminator Fan
    07/09/17
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    "Nice!"

    Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    I'm very late getting this review in, as I actually finished this months ago. :( Trying to get caught up on things now.

    This entry in the Guy Winter series was an improvement over the first two. Not that I completely disliked the first two. WWII history is interesting to me, and this series takes place during that time. Also, it's a mystery/crime drama, which is another genre I like. And Melanie Fraser, the narrator does an excellent job of bringing these characters to life. But there were issues with the first two novels that kept me from marking it up as high as the marks for narrator performance (which I've already elaborated on in the previous reviews).

    However, this book seems to have resolved some of those issues. I'm not sure if it's because of the change in setting, or if the author made changes to the writing that helped make it easier for a listener/reader to follow. Or ... maybe I'm just finally used to this series and the characters to the point that the previous issues don't matter anymore. Whatever it was, this particular book was easier to follow and I felt more engaged as a listener. I hope this trend continues because there's something about this series that keeps me coming back for more. :)

    Recommended.

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  • LilMissMolly
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    01/09/17
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    "Best Book in WWII Series!"
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    Winter’s Exile by James Philip is the 3rd book in the Guy Winter series featuring the Scotland Yard detective during WWII. Unlike the previous two books in the series, you could easily listen to this story without having read the previous two books or the prequel (it is also significantly shorter than the first two books). In fact, it’s the best book yet and it reads more like a cozy mystery rather than an espionage thriller.

    Unlike the other books in the series, Winter’s Exile is set in Buckinghamshire rather than London. Resting and recuperating from multiple injuries sustained at the end of Winter’s Revenge, Guy Winter is on his honeymoon when he discovers a local man's dead body and a German airplane crashed nearby. Despite wanting some down time, Winter can’t resist the temptation of solving the murder.

    Winter’s Exile held my attention more than the previous 3 books, if you count the prequel. There were not as many characters and you got more character development with those who were in it. In particular Winter’s 16-year old daughter, Emily, was great. Although shy, Emily is observant like her father, but a better judge of character. Winter’s wife Elspeth was also a joy because she knows when to listen to her husband and when to ignore him (it was refreshing having a wife from that era who was not a mere doormat).

    Melanie Fraser did an outstanding job narrating this audiobook. She provided distinct and consistent voices for each character, including several German accents. Simply put, Melanie’s reading was very enjoyable and entertaining. Why is she not narrating for one of the large audiobook publishers yet?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    24/06/17
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    "A good book."

    A very good story. The narration makes it better. I received this audiobook for free and voluntarily reviewed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley Hedden
    23/06/17
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    "Good Read"
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    Winter's Exile by James Philip was a good read. This is the third book in the Guy Winters series. It's set in England during World War Two. I can't wait to read more by James Philip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lidia Chymkowska
    22/05/17
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    "A mysterious murder in the times of war..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend the book to a friend of mine who likes classic detective stories set in the English countryside. The book has this distinctive feel of Agatha Christie type of crime novels mixed with the Foyle's War films, taking the best from both... We have a small group of characters here who at first sight have nothing in common with each other and then there is the crime, and suddenly nothing is what it seemed to be... Add to it some German pilots crashing almost in the middle of the village, suspisions of them being the murderers, an almost-lynch situation and Inspector Winter in the middle of it all... and you have a great detective story here:)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked a lot of characters in the book, so it's really difficult to choose just one... I liked Emily Winter, Guy Winter's 15-year-old daughter a lot - she is lively, intelligent and turns out to be a good observer and a great judge of people's characters. And although she is a kind of background character in the story, she stands out from the crowd and at times she is the one whose actions and ideas move the plot forward.


    Which character – as performed by Melanie Fraser – was your favorite?

    Again, a tough choice...:) I don't think I can choose between Elspeth and Emily (the wife and the daughter of the main character's) - both are given great "voices" and really come to life in Ms Fraser's interpretation. Elspeth is warm, loving, really caring both for her husband and her stepdaughter; her emotions and fears carried out expertly by Ms Fraser... And Emily, as I already mentioned, comes out as this sweet teenage girl who is just about to turn into a young woman, tender but intelligent, brilliant at times, and on the verge of being in love for the first time - all these just spot on in this interpretation:)

    Generally, I think Ms Fraser's interpretation of the book is very good - the "voices" of the characters quite match their personalities and the narrator is very good at showing emotions the characters feel. Also Ms Fraser has no problem with reading the male characters' parts of the story and differentiating the voices enough for the listener not to get confused as to who is speaking (and there are quite a few men in the book:)). I also like the fact that when Guy and Emily are supposedly speaking German, we can instantly hear it - the "German accent" is nicely done (at least to my ear, though I'm not an expert on accents, being only a Polish teacher of English, mind you:))


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well, you may not have extreme reactions to this book (this is not a kind of "I love / I hate this" story), but generally it's a very good book to listen to if you like this type of detective/crime novels. There are some good twists and some "red herrings" of course, enough to make you curious of what will happen next... And the characters - most of them - are interesting enough to make you care what happens to them and why they do what they do...


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Camilla
    18/05/17
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    "Great narration as Guy Winter returns..."

    Interesting mystery during WW2. I like the narrators voice and how she speaks.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie F.
    12/05/17
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    "Series is getting better"

    I was given a copy of the Audible edition of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I have to say that I enjoyed this book the most out of the three I've read in this series so far. What bothered me in the previous books was Guy Winter's character and all his extramarital dalliances. There wasn't so much of that in this book, but his new wife makes a comment about how she wouldn't have fooled around with him while he was married to his former wife. It kind of bothers me how everyone is so flippant about the subject. Other than that, this book kept my attention a little better than the previous ones. I really liked Melanie Fraser's narration (as I have for all the books in the series). She does a good job with the characters and stays true to the time period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    United States
    07/05/17
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    "Winter's Exile: So Far Best In Series For Me"

    Winter's Exile was a terrific addition to this series. I"ve listened to all but book 2 and I felt it picked up right where it left off for me. This was very well-written with a nicely descriptive setting during the war. I enjoyed the characters who are familiar and fully developed. I think James Philip has brought Guy Winter up to a top-notch character and series not to be missed. Recommended.

    Melanie Fraser's performance was exquisite. She's one of my favorite female voice actors whom has the ability to portray the women very femininely while adding a bit of huskiness to the men's voices. Always just right and I love her accent.

    I received this audiobook as a gift and this is my honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Patterson
    04/05/17
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    "Life in aristocricy England"
    What did you like best about Winter's Exile? What did you like least?

    Learning of daily life in their times. Didn't like the snooty class distinction.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Philip? Why or why not?

    No, too bland.


    Have you listened to any of Melanie Fraser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I like listening to an English accent.


    Could you see Winter's Exile being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, not enough action and content.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simona
    03/05/17
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    "This series is getting better!"

    I wasn't very fond of the first two books in this series, but this 3rd book held my attention, although it's still not one of my favorite series. The story was better this time and I was more connected to the characters, as I felt I got to know them better.

    This is definitely a very well-written series and the author knows exactly what he's doing - for that, I will have to give 4 stars. However, sometimes a setting just doesn't feel right for everybody, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't feel right for you.

    I love Melanie Fraser as a narrator and as usual she did an excellent job. She has the perfect voice for this genre, sounding very majestic and aristocratic. 5 stars to Melanie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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