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March 1928. The Great War has been over for 10 years, but Freddie still hasn't recovered from the loss of his brother. Even now, on holiday in south-west France, he cannot escape his grief.

When his car crashes, Freddie stumbles down from the hills to a village nearby. There he meets Marie, a beautiful young woman who is also mourning a lost generation.

Her story of the fate of her family moves him deeply. But it will also lead Freddie to the caves above the village - and to the heart of a shocking secret. By turns thrilling, poignant and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.

©2009 Mosse Associates Ltd (P)2009 Orion Publishing Group

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Good reader shame about the book

I am always reluctant to leave a negative review for anything; after all people have worked hard to produce something which I myself could not do, why then cast aspersions? I do so on this occasion principally because I wish to save any other trusting soul from wasting a good credit and 5 hours of their life on this wearisome tosh.

Marketed as ghost story it is less frightening or shocking than just plain dull; the characters are never more than two dimensional and the sentiments expressed never less than trite. This is the first book by Kate Mosse that I have ever read or listened to and it will be the last. I only thank my stars that I started with a novella rather than one of her epic novels!

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excellent reader

I gave this review 3 out of 5 stars only because if you've read Kate Mosse's Sepulchre and Labyrinth, you know the formula for this book. If you're a fan--it's worth the read. I was disappointed that the book was so short--pretty much a glorified short story. The reader, however, does an INCREDIBLE job and really brings the story to life. Definitely worth an Audible credit, I just wish the book was longer.

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More wistful than frightening

Lots of good things about this book, a loner haunted by grief arrives in a strange town, grappling with an uncertain reality. As you'd expect from Mosse, there was nicely-researched Cathar history.

I found the overall effect far more wistful than frightening, however. Although atmospheric, the book's pace was too languorous to build real tension. It may have benefited from a hard edit.

Despite this, well worth a listen as an Audiobook. Nice, understated narration, though I wish they'd not interspersed it with the toe-curling music.

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The winter ghosts

This audio book held my attention right through and I was totally entranced. The characters are well rounded and believable, so is the setting. I was right there, in France, during a snowy winter. This book is an expansion of "The cave", a very short novella for the adult literacy project, but "Winter ghosts" stands alone. The story begins after the First World War and the main character is a man whose brother died on the Somme. He is still mourning and has travelled to France in an attempt to recover from a breakdown. His car skids and he makes his way to a village where they are preparing to celebrate an annual festival.
Downloading this book in audio format was great for me as I do not speak French. It was wonderful to listen to the narrator reeling off the French names and places in an impecable accent which was a pleasure to hear. I would recommend this audio book without reservation.

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A nicely set atmosphere

I was attracted to this book, having read Labyrinth and because it is, once again, set in the wonderful French countryside. The story is a simple one, but the atmosphere is built up well. The reader portrays the two main characters well and his voice is very good to listen to. A very enjoyable 'read'.

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Winter Ghosts - absorbing!

This was a curious read, interesting and absorbing, it was like being transported in time. I recommend it if you would like something a little different.

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Lovely story

I found this a lovely story of a gentle man altered by grief in a very believable way. It was well read and successfully immersed me in the life of the story. I look forward to listening to it again.

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What is the clue?

Maybe I am not clever enough, but I really could not see the clue in this book, it feels like the story has to still start at the end. Thank god it was short.

It was my second Kate Mosse book, I loved Labyrinth but did not think much of this one and was very disapointed.

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UNMEMORABLE

This book was chosen by my reading group, so I had to read/listen. On previous performance, I would never have read another Kate Mosse book by choice, and this one lived down to my expecations. I just do not "get" Kate Mosse. This was a boring rather daft story involving spirits of the dead. A waste of space.

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Just a bit boring!

The main character is not very interesting! It makes the narrative hard going and makes the story hard work. I really couldn't care less what happens to him and his ridiculous obsession with Fabrissa grates pretty quickly.
Sorry - the story just went on a bit too long for me.

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  • 06-11-11

Deadly boring

I'm not sure there's a plot here. Just self involved ruminations by a young man regarding his dead brother. There's no suspense and no "ghosts". The only interest was the setting in rural France which does give a touch of "atmosphere." Unfortunately the narrator is a boring as the "story."

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  • Bill Taylor
  • 16-05-10

Another Great Kate Mosse Book!

The Winter Ghosts is in some ways very different from Kate's previous books, but also similar in other ways. It is a great "read/listen" and I highly recommend it!

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  • 07-01-16

loved it!

what a great story. the characters are well developed and the story moves along nicely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-13

Terrible narration

What disappointed you about The Winter Ghosts?

The narrator has such a thick accent that you cannot understand a word he says. I stopped listening within 15 minutes of starting so I have no idea if this would be a good story or not.

What was most disappointing about Kate Mosse’s story?

Narration

Would you be willing to try another one of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performances?

NO

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration - could not understand a word the narrator spoke