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A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage - and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween, he has returned to the dying town of Elm Haven, his boyhood home, where he hopes to find peace in isolation. But moving into a long-deserted farmhouse on the far outskirts of town - the one-time residence of a strange and brilliant friend who lost his young life in a grisly "accident" back in the terrible summer of 1960 - is only the latest in his long succession of recent mistakes. Because Dale is not alone here. He has been followed to this house of shadows by private demons who are now twisting his reality into horrifying new forms. And a thick, blanketing early snow is starting to fall.
©2009 Dan Simmons (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Jan on 01-05-16

Exceptionally Well Done


“Winter Haunting” is the sequel to “Summer of Night” by Dan Simmons. Summer of Night was a coming of age horror story involving a group young boys living in a small rural town who live through a horrific series of supernatural events during one summer of their lives. It was lengthy and nostalgic, but excellent.

Winter Haunting is the story of Dale, one of the 11 yr. olds from that summer, who comes back home 40 years later to reconcile memories and face his demons.

Winter Haunting is one of the rare sequels that is equals or surpasses the first novel.This second novel is more urgent, more compact, and more suspenseful. This horror novel is eerie and subtly spooky. I couldn’t put it down.

The narration by Bronson Pinchot was unique and outstanding. As Dale's character begins doubting his sanity and starts to mentally deteriorate, Pinchot’s voice also deteriorates and reflects the stress and overwhelming confusion Dale is experiencing.

I can’t believe I missed this novel when it came out, but am so glad I eventually found it. This is one great listen.

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By Todd on 08-17-15

Been waiting for this audiobook for YEARS

What made the experience of listening to A Winter Haunting the most enjoyable?

This great ghost story finally making it to audio form. Dan Simmons' best.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Winter Haunting?

They all be spoilers

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

Yes - excellent as always

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By sarahmoose2000 on 08-07-15

Sequel to "Summer of Night" - Read it First!

As noted above this was the sequel, and I would recommend you read/listen to it first as there are a lot of references to it here.

This book was like discovering an old photo album and re-uniting with friends you hadn't seen since childhood. Reliving the incidents of the kids' summer was great and reminded me of old school holidays when you were pretty much left to yourself all day.

Dale has grown up now and returns to the house of one of his friends to write about that summer. We are re-introduced to background characters who now play pivotal roles in the town and Dale is never quite sure who to trust. Enjoy it, I did!

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By Paul on 10-22-15

Good low key follow-up to Summer of Night.

Interesting, if not particularly scary story, well paced with an excellent perfomance by Bronson Pinchot.

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