The old timers knew it was going to be a bad winter, but no one could have predicted it would be this bad. A supernatural storm has fallen on New Hampshire and a cult leader is whipping the people of the Granite State into a frenzy. Now a handful of rugged folk from the North Country are all that stand between a tyrant and his plans for dominion. Snow is piling in the Great North Woods and the dead walk among the trees. Beware the winter wasteland.
©2016 Kevin G. Summers (P)2017 Kevin G. Summers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bret Wortman on 23-03-17

Still Feeling Cold

Only once before have I felt as bone-deep cold as I do having just finished "The Bleak December," and the book that did it to me was Dan Simmons' "The Terror", also in audio form.

The great thing about audiobooks is that you get every word the author wrote. There's no looking at the page, deciding it's all just description of some place that doesn't matter that much and skipping over it.

But if, like me, you listen to your audiobooks during your commute, you may find yourself rewinding more than usual to catch something in this one. Every time my attention wandered just a little, I found myself suddenly in the midst of a new situation or lacking some key detail. Summers writes leanly. Not as leanly as, say, David Morrell, but the focus of this book is very much on the story. And the setting. New Hampshire itself might as well be a character given how much it interacts with the other characters and services the story.

Some characters definitely distinguished themselves to me. Wes and Melody were immediate favorites. Gordon as well. The people in this story are real. Most are good, but flawed.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and if I didn't immediately want to dive back in and read it again, it was only because I need to warm up for a while first.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Alias on 09-03-17

A Small Town Tale of Survival

Where does The Bleak December rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow! One of the best pieces of fiction I've listened to. Kevin G. Summers' writing is all encompassing, it was like reading a Stephen King novel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bleak December?

I don't want to spoil it, but there was a distinct point where this amazing story with so many unique threads just came together.

Have you listened to any of George Kuch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I really enjoyed listening to Kuch. He has an enjoyable sound, sort of like Garrison Keillor from A Prairie Home Companion. He was the perfect choice for this book. His inflection, accent, and delivery were all pitch perfect.

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