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The Wolves of Midwinter

By: Anne Rice
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Summary

It is the beginning of December and it is cold and grey outside. In the stately flickering hearths of the grand mansion of Nideck Point, oak fires are burning. The Morphenkinder are busy getting ready for the ancient pagan feast of midwinter. Everyone is invited, including some of their own who do not wish them well...

Reuben Golding, the newest of the Morphenkinder, is struggling with his new existence as a Man Wolf, struggling to learn to control his desires and bloodthirsty urges. His pure, luminous girlfriend Laura seems all set to join him in this new way of life, but Reuben is not at all certain he will love her if she becomes as he is.

Beyond the mansion, the forest echoes with howling winds, which carry with them tales of a strange nether world, and of spirits – centuries old – who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and taunt with their dark, magical powers. As preparations for the feast gather pace, destiny continues to hound Reuben, not least in the form of a strange, tormented ghost who appears at the window, unable to speak. But he is not alone: before the festivities are over, choices must be made – choices which will decide the fate of the Morphenkinder for ever.

©2013 Anne O’Brien Rice (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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I was expecting more from Anne Rice

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Anne Rice is not na author for everyone, and she has better books than this one. It wouldn't be a book that I would recommend to everyone.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I feel like the story in itself was small for such a big book. Comparing with the first, this story doesn't flow so naturally or is so interesting.

What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

I like his clean voice, that's easily understandle.

Was The Wolves of Midwinter worth the listening time?

I've been a fan of Anne Rice for a long time, so she's always worth listening too. She can't however always please all.

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Disappointing Sequel

I'm not sure if it's because "The Wolf Gift" was so good that this sequel was so disappointing, or whether it just wasn't up to much itself.

Either way, not much happens until the last third of the book, where Reuben's brother comes into his own.

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No, No, just No

Oh dear, I love Anne Rice books, her Vampires are the best I have ever read about but her Werewolf's, well they don't live up her standards or my expectation of her standards. I read this book because I had read The Wolf Gift, I had hoped that the 2nd book would recover the series, in a way it did, as in it was better then the first. But still it failed me. There was to many twisting plots that seem to take off the edge from each other, most never resolved themselves, plots were left hanging, as the reader I was left with more questions then answers. to think of a Werewolf pack as super hero's, little girls keeping secrets, the distinguished gentlemen with stories even they don't know and it all happening to Catholics. It needed more, maybe more books in this series are in the pipe line, if they are I will read them but thats because Anne Rice wrote it?
Sorry Anne Rice xx

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brilliant I want much more

absolutely loved this book the second in the series, I want a third please Anee Rice .
I want to see the future.,

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Breathtaking

This book is the first audio book that I go back too over and over again.
Ron McLarty has a liquid velvet voice, he truly brings all the characters to life, they become embedded and beloved, this is truly one of my all time favourite audio books, Ann Rice is a gifted author who's descriptions and attention to detail sets a scene that you become fully submerged in. Nideck point is a place I want to live.

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Not what I expected.

What disappointed you about The Wolves of Midwinter?

The names of the characters. The plot. Had to abandon just too hard a read for me.

What was most disappointing about Anne Rice’s story?

For the first time, her work felt old and tired

What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

he was an excellent reader.

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

disappointment.