Winter : The Lunar Chronicles

  • by Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by Rebecca Soler
  • Series: The Lunar Chronicles
  • 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend - the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be, and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years.
Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national best-selling Lunar Chronicles series.
This audiobook includes an exclusive interview between the author and the narrator.

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captured, escaped, captured, escaped, lost, won...

If you have read the others in the series, you will love this and find it fulfilling.

I love these books. I have listened to Cinder more than 50 times, and Scarlet and Cress at least 15 times each. I am now listening to Winter for the second time.

Full of surprises, action, heroics and resolutions, this book is long enough to satisfy any of us Lunatics! I laughed, cheered and cried. I was surprised the book was so very long, but didn't want it to end, not really. There were so many reversals in the revolution that the excitement remained high throughout. The main characters and many others are required to reach within themselves to find strength and fortitude. Some find they have it, and others find they do not.

This series is about opposites, among which are blame and responsibility, fear and courage, goodness and evil, truth and lies, reality and illusion, coercion and self will. It is also about biological warfare, medical testing on humans, subjugation and human rights. It is set many hundreds of years in the future with some sci-fi technology, yet incorporates the features and details of the old tales of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. One could argue that Beauty and the Beast are here also. Each detail is masterfully worked in without forcing the plot so you just smile and nod and say, "hmmph!"

All of the female characters are distinct and strong in their own ways. They exhibit the psychological effects of their childhoods and the treatment they received. Of course Cress would be timid, shy and awkward never having been around people. Of course Winter would be psychotic. But they still have that strong center core of the hero. All four grow in this last book as they are confronted with needs they must fill.

The men, too, are no mere pretty boys. Each has his character and his flaws, and each must decide between personal choice and the safety of the world. Thorne still gets the best lines and chuckles, but Winter surprises with wit and wisdom: "One should never save cake for later when it can be eaten now" and "Well done,...you didn't trip! The hard part is over!"

I love the philosophical conundrum of the question of whom Cinder is more like--Channery or Levana. There are more similarities between Cinder and Levana to be discovered here, (and not mentioned by me) but notice that Levana uses her glamour to cover her true face and Cinder uses her gloves. Levana uses her gift and Cinder uses her brain interface. Both claim to be working for the good of the people; Channery never did that.

I was a little disappointed in the final face-off. I was expecting something like Yoda fighting for the first time, or Gandalf facing the balrog, or at least Cinder sparking and glowing as she did at the ball.

This book has far fewer mistakes than Cinder did, but is still rife with grammar, collocation and word choice errors to the extent that at small moments it sounds as if English is not Ms. Meyers' first language:

"No matter how bad of shape her body was in..."
"No sooner had he disappeared did Winter slip off the bed."
The use of "predator" as if it is worse than "manic killing monster." It's not.
"I am a vestibule of [peace and tranquility]" (vessel, receptacle, repository)

And I have never read a book with so many mentions of knuckles, elbows and stomachs. People using their knuckles to caress or to wipe away tears. Who does that? People touching others on the elbow, all the time. People hunching over their stomachs.

Rebecca Soler's narration is outstanding. Her voices are varied and perfect. She doesn't sound like a woman deepening her voice; she sounds like Thorne (one of her best voices) and she sounds like Iko. She makes a few pronunciation mistakes and muddles the other Earthen leaders' voices and accents, but these others are so well-done that we can overlook it.

Despite the lack of a final editing, this is a fantastic finale to the series. It is sufficiently substantive to fill our hearts and souls. We would always love more, but this is good. This is good.
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- Trudy Owens

LOVE this series!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Toss up between Winter and Cress. Both get what loving means. They embody a Christ like love for others. Such a breath of fresh air for that character trait/gift to be shown--there really are people like that!


What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

LOVE her!! She is amazing. I have to admit though that often her voice for Cinder turned into Cress and/or Winter towards the end of the book. It was all pretty exciting at the end and I'm sure it was hard to stay in character. But all in all she is an outstanding reader. I'd listen to another book just for her.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! I had a hard time turning it off and yet at the same time I never wanted to get to the end.


Any additional comments?

Wonderful series. One I will listen to time and time again just to revisit the characters. I hope Meyers keeps writing and keeps writing fairytale inspired books. She is completely clean and all her books can be read with the soccer kids in the car! Love that too.

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- A. Arrington "lover of good books"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio