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Winter World

Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)
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Summary

The ice is coming. It was the last thing we expected, but the world is freezing. A new ice age has dawned and humanity has been forced to confront its own extinction. Billions have fled the glaciers, crowding out the world’s last habitable zones. They can run from the ice, but they can’t escape human nature: a cataclysmic war is coming. 

In orbit, a group of scientists are running the Winter Experiments, a last-ditch attempt to understand why the planet is cooling. None of the climate models they build make sense. But then they discover an anomaly, an unexplained variation in solar radiation...and something else. Close to the burning edge of the sun, they catch a fleeting glimpse of something that shouldn’t be there....

Suddenly humanity must face the possibility it is not alone in the universe. And the terrifying possibility that whatever is out there may be trying to exterminate us.  

©2019 A.G. Riddle (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Solid Opening Gambit!

Having meant to try one of Riddle's books for some time I finally took the plunge with Winter's World, first of a two-book series set in a future where the Earth is dying during a mysterious ice age like phenomenon which threatens all of mankind. It's good fun too, written from the dual perspectives of the two lead characters, a sassy astronaut commander, Dr Emma Matthews and a brilliant and enigmatic scientist of robotics, Dr James SInclair. This dual POV format worked very well with the two narrators who deliver high-quality work throughout and this setup very much added to my enjoyment of the interplay between them.

The story itself has plenty of action played of course against the highest of stakes, as befits a good apocalyptic thriller. I really enjoyed how Riddle developed the overall story arc making this a very satisfying read with a suitable conclusion for its own story while also setting the scene for the follow-up, Solar War. However, the publisher talking about this being The Martian meeting Interstellar is possibly setting expectations a little high albeit there is some stylistic truth there. For who they were the characters came over a little soft for me and I thought Riddle's pacing was a little variable with really major things like the emergence of a miraculous rescue mission over in a few sentences while family dramas received protracted coverage. So, I wouldn't quite attach it to books of the calibre of The Martian myself.

It is an entertaining listen though and it does the job of a series opener very well by completing its own story arc and setting an intriguing scene for the conclusion with a mostly action-packed journey along the way.

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I’m not liking this book

I’m nearly finished listening to this and to be honest I don’t really care anymore how it ends, I just want it to end. The premise of the book enticed me, but the story line and writing comes across as if for YA. The most annoying thing is the way the author won’t give away the reason why the main character was in prison, as if he were using this to keep the reader/listener attention right to the end. The male narrator was good but the female was just too American for me. I do actually prefer a good American reader to an English reader.
All in all, a poor listen, but maybe that’s partly because I’d just finished listening to a Philip k dick story, which was excellent.

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Riddles best yet!

This book is fascinating and totally absorbing. I think it’s his best to date and I can’t wait to listen to whatever he writes next!
The two narrators are perfect in their delivery and I congratulate the producers.

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Well paced, good plot didn't see revelation.

Interesting idea. good character mix, kept me listening and whilst maybe predictable in places, I didn't see the revelation on why he went to prison coming. thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • Melmom
  • 08-03-19

I felt title and genre was misleading.

It was not a bad story, was looking for a hard science fiction story ended up a love story in space with barely a nod to the problems of intersystem space travel. As a love story, it would rate at least a four start review by someone more talented in exposition than I.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-19

Excellent!

I devoured this book. Excellent hard sci-fi with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing without being totally implausible.

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  • Tim Tigner
  • 11-03-19

Best book since The Martian

Winter World is The Martian meets Armageddon meets Star Trek TNG, all of which this consumer found outstanding. It's been years since the last time I had as much difficulty putting my earbuds down.

As a fellow suspense author, I read a ton of competitive works but rarely review them. Doesn't feel right judging my peers. But this book is so well written and so artfully performed that I was strongly compelled to sing its praises.

Yes, there is a fair amount of suspension of belief required, but the characters are so artfully constructed and the tale told with such tension that it's easily ignored. For all 11 delightful hours, you just have to know where Riddle is going to take this book. Fortunately, the ultimate answer is: to a sequel. (Don't let that knowledge deter you. Winter World is a complete and satisfying story.)

My highest recommendation.

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  • Connor
  • 22-03-19

Entertaining but nothing special

It’s a beach read. Plot is entertaining but very predictable. Writing is amateurish. Nothing to write home about but worth a read. Narrators are pleasant to listen to.

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  • mary741
  • 12-03-19

loved it.

AG Riddle slams you with suspense, global problems with human frality and strength .Riveting and exciting.

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  • Barb
  • 11-03-19

Plausible

Excellent sci-fi with lots of turns and actions to keep me going. LOVE A. G. Riddle books and this is not an exception. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking adventure and apocalyptic situations.

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  • S. Morris
  • 26-03-19

One Dimensional Characters, Bad Science

The premise of this book was interesting, which is what led me to purchase it, however I was disappointed for a number of reasons.

1. The character of Emma was really poorly executed. Her entire reason for existing in the story seemed to be to validate all of the things James says and does. This is the epitome of a male author writing a part for a woman without having a clue about women. Making an astronaut play the part of a damsel in distress was embarrassing to read.
2. The science was bunk. A lot of inaccuracies in how things would play out were the planet to undergo massive cooling. I've heard some reviewers compare this book to "The Martian" for some reason. The Martian managed to get the science right.
3. Many of the "plot twists" were completely predictable, chapters in advance. Many plot points were never followed up on or glossed over. The author really seems to have phoned in some of the effort on this one, and the editor also doesn't seem to have done much to help either.

All in all, I was super disappointed in this book. I wanted to like it but it just didn't deliver. I'm definitely not going to bother with the sequel.

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  • Maria
  • 10-03-19

Highly entertaining!

I loved this book! One of the rare ones that kept me listening nearly all the way through. I loved the flawed characters, the science, the love story... all of it. The narrators were terrific. I got all excited listening to the info at the end about the sequel, but realized it wasn't out yet. Bummer.

Highly recommend for those who like science fiction, particularly apocalyptic sci-fi.

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  • Montgomery Harris
  • 09-03-19

a great ride!

not goind to say much and risk q spoiler. read it. you will love it.

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  • Ryan Hooey
  • 09-03-19

Brr its cold in here

This audiobook was witty, smart and very very techie. It had me hook line and sinker right from the get go. It is a combination between outerspace and back on earth. Riddle gives us characters that you just cheer for and love all the way through the book. The story unravels just like the secrets that each character holds and it stays true all the way through. What an ending! I did not see that one coming and could not put this one down through the last two hours or so of the audiobook. Riddle mixes his imagination with what undoubtedly is some major research he had to do for this book and it blends together so nicely. I cannot say enough good things about this one. The performances were very well done it is duel narration between a male and female performer and they were both very well done. Each provides their own flair and unique way of presenting characters throughout this book. There is some mystery left at the end as well which will be revealed in the second book. I am so excited this has turned into a series. The second book sounds just as fascinating as the first.

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