Listen free for 30 days

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

When Gabriel Warner loses his job, he and his deaf 10-year-old, Anne, hit rock-bottom. So when a new opportunity presents itself, Gabriel jumps at the chance, even though it means heading into the biggest blizzard to hit upstate New York in 20 years.

But hope turns to peril when they're derailed by a car accident.

Desperate for shelter, they find refuge in an empty house deep in the woods.

Jake Pryor has been a broken man since the senseless loss of his family during a home invasion.

Hell-bent on protecting his new wife and children, he's constructed an impenetrable fortress to keep them safe. However, while he and his family are out of town, he's alerted about a break-in.

Able to remotely operate the security system, Jake activates the VaultMode feature, ensnaring the intruders until he can arrive with the authorities.

Gabriel and Anne are now trapped without electricity, communication, food, or water.

They managed to escape the storm, but will they escape their shelter?

©2019 Erica R Stinson (P)2019 Erica R Stinson

What listeners say about Shelter

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

fantastic

what a great novel and I love the fact that one of the main characters is a deaf girl. it was a fantastic listen with wonderful narrative to go with a well written book xxx

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

A pretty little thing

The premise behind Shelter is excellent but, sadly, the execution almost totally negates the impact of the story and it certainly fails to live up to the 'gripping suspense' part of the subtitle. Some thirteen years prior to the main events of the novel, the home of millionaire Jake Pryor was invaded whilst he was out by two men dressed in black who raped and murdered his wife and killed his teenager daughter, Georgie, when she was knocked down the stairs. This incident nearly destroyed Jake who blamed himself: the gun he'd purchased and left in the safe for just such circumstances was one with super childproofing aspects and, because of these, in her terror his wife had been unable to defend herself from her assailant despite having the gun in hand, pointed and fired at him: to no avail the safety aspect stopped the gun from firing. Later, re.arrived and with young twin children, he has a house built for his new family which is n not only remote but gifted with the highest security systems available, including notifications of intrusion and camera observation, and remote control of the system including the activation of a vault lockdown in time of emergency. Unfortunately, before the new home is fully finished and Jake and new family are holidaying in Paris, an unemployed single father arriving in the area for a job interview, with his young, deaf daughter, have an accident in the blizzard which arrived unexpectedly and take shelter in the empty house with predictable (to the reader) results. Rather like this review, the book rambles on for over half the content before reaching the awaited adventure - the house, the lock in, and the survival, if that is going to happen. Setting a scene and building character is fine but does the reader really need to know all of the sweets and snacks young Anne wants to buy, or every item of clothing in their wardrobes - OK, an exageration, but it did begin to feel like that. There was also constant repetition about teenage angst, mixed with too much doting sentimentality, all seemingly to deliberately delay getting to the actual advertised adventure part of the story. The book needed serious editing and pruning. This should have been a tense, near horror experience, so needed to be sharp in presentation not just meander ever onwards. And, although it is more difficult to fault language usage when read by a decent narrator, it is difficult to overlook such uncorrected as a man 'laying' on the floor - laying what? Eggs? There is certainly promise in this author's work: the story idea was clever, the characters well thought out, even if poorly delivered, and the addition of a young, deaf girl as one of the main protagonists was a welcome and clever addition. But the writing style badly needs work. A good exercise would be to trim and rewrite this as a short story, maintaining only the essentials, much more difficult than rambling for short novel length but with far greater impact if done well. Narrator J.Bruce McRell has a pleasant voice, fairly deep and rounded, and he reads well, with empathy. However, in the earlier part of the story, he has a song song cadence which is somewhat disconcerting after a whi!e. Fortunately, this does not persist throughout and his performance is otherwise good. It is never pleasant to give reviews which are less than praiseworthy. But the expectations established with the given synopsis were met, but only after a long haul struggle through too much domestic tedium. My thanks to the rights holder of Shelter, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Story Origin. Despite the obvious promise shown, this is not a book I would recomment: best wait for the revised edition.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

From one hell to another.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Gabriel and his 10 year old Daughter are on a journey to new beginnings when they are in a car accident . They find a house in the woods and seek shelter and that’s where their horror starts , will they escape ? Edge of the seat listening!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great story

They managed to escape the storm, but will they escape their shelter? I enjoyed this book from start to finish

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for timj26
  • timj26
  • 02-08-19

Great story

After a Family is torn apart a millionaire builds the Ultimate safe house only to trap a father and daughter in need of shelter I really enjoyed this story of tragedy And overcoming it Well narrated and a great ending highly recommended I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nick Neagle
  • Nick Neagle
  • 09-09-20

Certainty Twisted

As a parent, this was a challenge to begin reading, but the book was worth the read. Some of my worst nightmares, but the story of the characters and how their lives pushed together and worked together worked well. The author does a great job with the descriptions of the sense and building the characters without wasting time. The novel was to the point and the action never slows down.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Susan
  • Susan
  • 26-08-20

A chilling story

A great story about courage, love & truth. Gabe had a rough time. The loss of his job & all the bills. We all know how that is. Then to have a horrific accident in the middle of nowhere. The house that they took refuge in was another scare. Bravo for Ann being so brave. Great story.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-20

Keeps your attention

Down and out man falls victim to one unfortunate event after the other. I liked the narrator's performance. The story was interesting and definitely holds your attention. But, things take a turn toward the improbable and then wrap neatly up in a bow at the end. The author pushed my ability to "believe" and "identify" with the story way too far. 4 star book that I wouldn't recommend to a friend. I think that says it all. It is good, but not for me.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Georgia McNabb
  • Georgia McNabb
  • 31-07-20

OMG! What a intense Thiller Suspense!!

This story is 2 stories really coming together in one final story. There are actually 3 main characters in these come together stories. I can not imagine going through any of there horrible situations that lead up to these things happening. I do not want to put in Spoilers so can not say much other then a FANTASTIC listen/read and highly recommend this book. Narrator did a very good job on this book, since I listened to it on Audible.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tdavid
  • Tdavid
  • 13-07-20

Definitely a must

A book that takes you into the depravity of people then also lifts you to the goodness in people. I listened every chance I got. It felt like the time flew by; it was a excellent listen. with the details you could imagine each aspect of the story. Definitely a must!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for 💕 Amanda Urbinato 💕
  • 💕 Amanda Urbinato 💕
  • 24-06-20

Pretty Goodish....

For the most part, I really enjoyed listening to this book. I found the first 75% to be really very good. The writing style was nice and it seemed like it was leading up to a really good last quarter of the book. But I actually found the ending to be a little lackluster. I don't know, maybe it was just me. My only other problem with this novel was the narration. I'm really not usually very critical of narrators but wow. This guy kind of seemed like her was yelling at me the whole time. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I mean it wasn't awful, but it wasn't great. This book was given to me at my request (Thanx StoryOrigin). I am providing a voluntary and honest review. <3

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sarswnsne1
  • Sarswnsne1
  • 26-05-20

Loved the book

I really enjoyed this book. I recommend this book for mature readers. There's a rape scene towards the beginning of the book but it helps tie the story together. I would love to read other books from this author. I received this book for free from the author for a honest review.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Becky
  • Becky
  • 21-05-20

Two fathers "sheltering" their families.

This has been a great Audible listen! Well told by both the author and the narrator. The narrator was very easy to listen to. He had just the right amount of inflection in his storytelling to make this book intense. In fact, I was tempted to quit listening because it was all so believable and real. I hated what was happening to these men and their families. I'm so glad I stayed around for their HEAs in the end. I liked the way this author describes and/or explains all the little details without somehow being tedious. I felt what it is like to be deaf, to be poor, to be hungry, to be desperate. So scary, frustrating, helpless. Well done. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for R. Robinson
  • R. Robinson
  • 22-03-20

Not really a suspense thriller but enjoyable

I don't think this book was a gripping suspense thriller. There was some suspense but I wouldn't classify it as a thriller. It was basically a book about when bad things happen to good people and how they react. It starts with a robbery and murder of Jake's family. Then we meet Gabe and his deaf daughter Anna as Gabe has just lost his job. How these two families meet and what the outcome is is the subject of the remainder of the book. I don't want to spoil the story but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I received a free copy of the audiobook from Story Origin. The narrator did a great job and was very easy to understand. I look forward to reading more of Ms Stinson's work.