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Winter World

Auteur(s): A. G. Riddle
Durée: 11 h et 4 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (94 évaluations)

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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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  • Au global
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good

I am an avid sci fi reader. this is pretty good. not as silly as some, not hard science fiction either....

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  • Au global
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Stunning concoction of everything I love in a great story

Once again I hold a treasure of a story by A. G. Riddle filled with a magnanimous blend of science and AI with adventure, motivation, and determination. Each character is filled with distinguishable personality made even more prominent by exceptional actors giving life through astounding and synchronous voices.
The story advances with an excellent pace that readers / listeners will have no complications with. The story is entertaining, interesting, adventurous, educational, and extremely well composed. The humour and sarcasm mix well to enliven each conversation and person and enhance the listening experience. The story details are pieces together and released at well thought out points during the story and confirm Riddle has exceptional story telling abilities whilst maintaining faith in the readers and the way minds work to gather information and draw conclusions just in time to arrive at more information and better conclusions. Henry’s movie quotables are absolutely hilarious followed with James’ sarcasm. Such an enjoyable listen! But I will not divulge what happens. You must read this story to find out. You won’t be disappointed.
I can’t hardly wait to read book two. :)

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  • Au global
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Lacked detail

A good story line, however, I felt it should have been directed towards the younger teen reader. Overall somewhat simplistic.

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  • Au global
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His best book since Departure!<br />

Loved it. Look forward to listening to the next one in the series. The narration was also great!

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  • Au global
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    3 out of 5 stars

Good idea, poor execution

Great narration which sort of makes up for a somewhat cliche and predictable story with one dimensional characters. It has a original story idea which is why I kept reading because I wanted to know what would happen but I found the social interaction between characters cringey and distracting. The most cringey bits: 1. Every character seems to want to sacrifice themself for someone else which gets pretty circular and annoying 2. Every action a character that isn't James (even the female lead Emma) takes is meant to boost his ego or develop his character. I'm not interested in reading the sequel.

  • Au global
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Not What I Expected. ..

Worth a listen. Best narration I have heard yet. The story went in a completely different direction then I anticipate, I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Au global
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I enjoyed the story overall.

The main plot is great, I enjoyed Oliver. The relationship between the two main characters feels like it was written by a teenage girl who has never been in a relationship. How do you go so long without open communication with both parties accepting that.

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  • Au global
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great listen

the story was logical. characters were relatable and likeable. there was good continuity to the flow of the book

  • Au global
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Excellent

I enjoyed listening to this audio book, Winter World, by AG Riddle. Will now start book two in the series.

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  • historiker33
  • 2019-04-24

Really fun audiobook

Critical Stuff First:

My academic background is history, not science. Thus, when some reviewers have said that the science in Winter World is bunk, its not that I'm responding from a position of disagreement or doubt - rather, my lack of scientific expertise means that Riddle could have said the ship had a warp core, and I'd have ignorantly enjoyed the book anyway. If you have a strong science background, maybe some points in the book will bug you. Since I'm a humanities guy, I found the story thoroughly enjoyable.

I do see some people's points about Emma seeming underdeveloped. Shes NASA a mission commander, but she seems disproportionately assigned to "emotional" things, plus being good at building things. She definitely could have exhibited more 1) assertiveness/leadership 2) scientific expertise.

But Seriously, Everybody:

Those things aside, this is an awesome story overall. I'm a huge fan of Riddle's work, and I could listen to Ballerini read a phone book. His performance paired wonderfully with Cobb's, and I look forward to listening to the next installment in the series. Riddle takes the apocalyptic/dystopian genre and gives you a story thats much more than "omg you guys, a plague with no backstory or explanation. and zombies. and stuff". There is more depth to his plots than a lot of other stories you'll see, and it is so, so easy to get blissfully lost in his writing.

Summing up: Is it a perfect book? Of course not. Is it a great story and damn good audio book that I would absolutely recommend everyone buy? YES.

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  • Au global
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  • Will
  • 2019-06-04

Disappointed...

Both phases of this audio book, story and performance are frustrating. First the story feels very rushed and underdeveloped. The performances are just not interesting and both have a strange inflection and tempo that I found distracting. This is disappointing because every other AG Riddle book I very much enjoyed, however in my view they missed the mark on this one.

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  • Cynthia R Phillips
  • 2019-07-15

High school creative writing 101

While I've enjoyed both narrators on other productions, I truly felt put off by A.L.Cobb's version of the female protagonist - too 'teen'like for me personally; Ballerini also sounded off...personally speaking.

The story seemed contrived and forced. While I agree with much of the political statement, it was presented in a preachy nuance which was off-putting.

I've enjoyed other titles by Riddle better than this one, and I'm not certain whether I care enough about the characters to listen to the second in the pair.

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  • Melmom
  • 2019-03-08

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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  • Au global
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  • S. Morris
  • 2019-03-26

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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  • Au global
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  • Connor
  • 2019-03-22

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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  • Au global
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  • Legal beagle
  • 2019-06-18

Cliché. Maybe for teens or young adults

Great narration, but a couple pain points. First off, was the poorly scripted women. The lead female character is but a damsel-in-distress. Oh James, oh James, lets hold hands, oh James is so smart, oh James tell me what you’re thinking, oh my! whatever are we going to do James… Urgh! Other female characters also never quite seem to provide any applicable solutions to whatever predicament. They are either argumentative or overly sensitive. Even the apparently accomplished doctor is easily flustered by discord on the team she’s there to treat and ensure the well-being of.

My second pain point is the general intelligence and maturity level of humanity’s last hope. These characters and their respective internal dialogue lack the maturity, or portray the intelligence necessary to pull off the feat required to save earth. It’s like high schoolers playing grown up.

As an avid Sci-Fi reader, I can easily suspend reality and give the author wide berth, but this book is cliché and pretty deng annoying.

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  • Eric Callman
  • 2019-05-09

Exciting... Like an action movie.

This book was entertaining - with good characters and lots of suspense - but the technical details were terrible. If you enjoy big budget action/disaster movies - eg. The Day After Tomorrow - you'll probably like this. If you're looking for a hard-science fiction story, you should probably look elsewhere.

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  • Au global
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  • Brad Johnson
  • 2019-06-05

Interesting premise, then sappy

One part of SciFi is science. The author forgot that and turned scientists/astronauts into whiny overly emotional puppets. Rather than wasting time beating this turkey to death, just run away. Oh, Mr Bray was excellent as always.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Tim Tigner
  • 2019-03-11

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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