It started off slow but then started slowly picking up speed. The emd was a bit anti climatic but a decent book. The narrarator did a great job and I think made the difference in this book. Decent book to add to your library.
The Bleak December by Dave Kelly
They knew it would be a bad winter, but not bad like this, this was supernatural bad. And only author Kevin Summers and his awesome narrator George Kuch could get me to keep on listening to something that goes from bad to worse and to worse still yet, but hey it was all to those New Englanders, Ayuh! This really is a awesome book that keeps your interest to the very end no matter what and the audio narrator George Kuch really is wonderful, he did such a great job with all the characters and is just a talented narrator.
I have now enjoyed this story from Kevin G Summers two times and the audiobook version narrated by George Kuch is a great enrichment to be sure! An exiting and alternative dystopian adventure in a mysterious corner of the US Northeast! A small town in New Hampshire, Stratford Corner, already isolated and, with deep snow falling, about to become more so: Winter is coming.
And so much more. With a superbly orchestrated start, the reader is taken on a panoramic ride around the town, meeting, even if only briefly, with those who are to become players in the oncoming story so that, by the time the action really starts, we already know them, even feel a little empathy with them.
They are already real people - and bad things are about to happen. The wonderful George Kuch enhances this feeling of knowing this little town and the people living there. His warm, gently gruff voice feels so familiar, comforting: he isn't just the narrator of a story, he is telling this personally, to you. Perfectly paced, never over dramatic, each character is an individual, and his homely accent as he unfolds the terrible tale makes the reader want to hang on to every word and beg for more, more And it is a scary story, feeling strange, but also somehow so possible, intriguing especially through the first two thirds of the book.
However, repitition of certain aspects of remembrance of, in particular, one of the main protagonists, seperated from his wife and daughter, began to to intrude and it was the narrator's honeyed tones which carried me through to the rather abrupt ending. Summers" power to draw in and involve his readers is excellent, as is his ability to bring his characters to full blooded life.
Plus, the imagination behind the story itself is good so, overall, a very decent book but one which could have been even better with a little trimming in the latter part. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to anyone, not of a nervous disposition, to wile away cold evenings.
Just don't go out into the snow Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? I found it long and tedious. Yes it was bleak.. Back story and history don't seem to fill in the gaps till it's too late. By then I am so annoyed with not knowing why something is happening, I don't care. Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin G. Have never listened to Kuch performance before. I think he is talented.
If this book were a movie would you go see it? Any additional comments? I have never written a review so negative. I think it's because there is merit to the story but it just drags on and on with character internal monologues. The waste of potential disappoints me and makes me irritable. I used a treasured point for this so, I was determined to finish it though.
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What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. Amazon Reviews. Sort by:. Most Helpful Most Recent. Alias Not a bad book I wasn't sure what to expect with this book and was glad to find that it was not bad at all. Maly C Different when I started this book I was not sure I would like it. Mindjacked Us Awesome They knew it would be a bad winter, but not bad like this, this was supernatural bad.
Seamus Dramatic Winter Tale I have now enjoyed this story from Kevin G Summers two times and the audiobook version narrated by George Kuch is a great enrichment to be sure! For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being. Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door—. Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,. But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only.
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour. Nothing farther then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered—. On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before. Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,. Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster. Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore—. Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore.
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But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,. Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;. Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking. Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore—. What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore. This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing. This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining.
She shall press, ah, nevermore!
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Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore! Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,. Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—. On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—. Is there— is there balm in Gilead? By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore—. Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,.
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It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore—. Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore. Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
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Leave my loneliness unbroken! The story wouldn't have missed her if she had been left out. The poker game goings on were wierd - what was up with all that? The drunk or drugged characters and the characters doing the druggi I knew this book was based on a historical event and that it was not going to be an actual history of the event but knowing that didn't keep me from being disappointed in where the story went with some of the characters. The drunk or drugged characters and the characters doing the drugging seemed over the top.
I found myself only interested with what happened to John the firefighter and Tara, the girl who John rescued from the first and second fires that occurred 20 years apart in the same hotel. I was relieved when I reached the end of the book. If I hadn't been reading this book towards my reading goal, I would have quit before the end of the first chapter. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Dave Kelly. Dave Kelly. Books by Dave Kelly. Trivia About The Bleak December. No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.