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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,628 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Mosse Narrator: Julian Rhind-Tutt Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781101484494
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By the author of the New York Times bestselling Labyrinth, a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage

In the winter of 1928, still seeking some kind of resolution to the horrors of World War I, Freddie is traveling through the beautiful but forbidding French Pyrenees. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Dazed, he stumbles through the woods, emerging in a tiny village, where he finds an inn to wait out the blizzard. There he meets Fabrissa, a lovely young woman also mourning a lost generation.

Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories. By the time dawn breaks, Freddie will have unearthed a tragic, centuries-old mystery, and discovered his own role in the life of this remote town.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 2/15/2014

    " Yes - a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 2/14/2014

    " Enjoyed this. Romantic, historical and mysterious. Touching story of loss and finding yourself "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/12/2014

    " Not nearly as good as her other books (Labyrinth and Sepulchre), and a really quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 2/5/2014

    " An interesting story line re: a young man torn by war and for all intense purposes goes stray on a snowy road trip. Because of the way the story is written (ie language/tone) it is very difficult to get into the story and I find my mind drifting periodically...still worth the read though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/2/2014

    " This book helped me understand my father a bit more as it described the emotional trials of lossing a much loved brother to war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2014

    " A perfect little book for All Hallows' Eve. I enjoyed this quick read, Thanks to a friend who recommended it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/30/2014

    " Kate Mosse has taken the history of the Cathars, a persecuted religious sect in 14th century France, and made it her own. In her third novel, The Winter Ghosts, she departs from the archaeo-thriller genre to try her hand at a ghost story. Freddie Watson has lost ten years of his life to his grief over the death of his beloved brother in the Great War. Having recovered from a severe breakdown, he's mentally and physically fragile, and his physician recommends an extended holiday. Freddie decides to drive through the Languedoc, and, caught in a snowstorm in the Pyrennees, he crashes his car and must take refuge in a remote village. He's struck by the loneliness of Nulle, but is grateful to be given shelter by a kindly woman who runs a small inn. She invites him to the village fete, to which everyone wears medieval clothing. Feeling kind of silly, he accepts, and is pleased to make the acquaintance of a lovely young woman in a long blue robe. Both Freddie and Fabrissa have suffered shattering losses, and they are drawn to each other, sharing their experiences throughout the long evening. Ms. Mosse populates this evocative tale with cobbled lanes, hidden caves, mysterious ruins, and mountainous pathways. Because Freddie is psychologically exhausted, he's also more susceptible to the vibrations of violence, death, mourning, and compassion. Little by little, he comes to understand the shadows which darken Nulle, and to find release from his own shadowy struggle. Did he encounter some sort of "time-slip", or is his awakening attributable to his own psychological healing? While this is no horror story, The Winter Ghosts, with it's taut yet evocative prose and atmospheric setting, may continue to haunt you long after the last page has been turned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 1/29/2014

    " A good listen on audio book. Loved the musical interludes. A man, haunted by his brother's death in WW1, crashes his car on a remote French mountain road. His encounter with a lovely young girl and the town's people make for a very interesting tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Harkins | 1/28/2014

    " Mosse writes well enough, but her hero in this book is rather naive, delusional, and one-dimensional. I didn't need to read it all to figure out that Freddie was talking to a ghost. Like LABYRINTH, the setting is in the southwestern part of France. Again, the author centers the story around Catharism in medieval times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/27/2014

    " This was a book I kept on the nitestand and read over the course of 2 months just a few pages at a time. A good book. Have read 2 others by this author and enjoy them, but this is not my favorite author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/27/2014

    " Beautifully written and highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Blake | 1/24/2014

    " Beautifully written, beautifully read. The audio version of this ghost story was superb. The book early on establishes Freddy as someone wrestling with mental illness and deep pain. The reader feels compassion for him and cares for him. The plot, the character development, and the setting are all perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Robson | 1/22/2014

    " This is a lovely quick read with clean and concise prose, so clean and uncluttered, in fact, that I wondered if the author's target audience is really Young Adult, particularly in view of the black and white etchings in the book. That said, I wizzed through the book, enjoying both the setting and the subject matter. I'm looking forward to tackling her other two and will keep them on standby when I need a reading "lift". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooks | 1/4/2014

    " Simple story, quick read. More of a short story than a novel I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quyen Hutchinson | 1/1/2014

    " Good for a cozy night in "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Berenice | 12/31/2013

    " Another supernatural adventure - good idea for the plot and main character, but executed in a very obvious way - no surprises here! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/19/2013

    " Slow in some parts, but decent story. I would read this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MG2112 | 12/18/2013

    " I was a little disappointed that this book didn't grip me as much as Labyrinth and Sepulchre. It was good, but not as good as either of the previous works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/13/2013

    " THis is a good short story. It's not really a surprise what's going on, but the evolution of the main character throughout his experience is what is key here. This is a story about grieving and moving on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophia | 12/8/2013

    " a simple story with a deep meaning about how we let things and events control our life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tessa | 12/7/2013

    " slow read. i think i like a fast-pace read. this has too much introspection and detailed and long description of his surroundings. i like the intertwining of history and the spirits wanting closure and peace. i found this beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LDuchess | 12/4/2013

    " on Kindle. I love Kate Mosse--read Labyrinth and Sepulchre. This is set in the same part of France. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ptaylor | 12/2/2013

    " Kate Mosse is an amazing writer. The Winter Ghosts is a ghost story, but it's also a story of grief and mourning, of losing those we love and how that makes us who we are. I really enjoyed it. I couldn't put it down once I started it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/19/2013

    " This book was a little gem of a ghost story. I loved the setting and the feel of the book. There isn't a lot of plot but rather a parable about grief and loss and war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 11/4/2013

    " Man haunted by memories brother who perished in WWI meets medieval ghost. Kind of weird and interesting enough to finish, but nothing mind-blowing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karalee | 11/3/2013

    " This book had a very heavy feeling to it. Interesting but not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mistiemae1 Downs | 10/15/2013

    " One man's tragedy simultaneously plunges him into madness and leads him to love and redemption in Kate Mosse's The Winter Ghosts. Though this book started off very slow for me, the ending was well-spun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/8/2013

    " A very well written, although largely predictable, ghost story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndie | 3/18/2013

    " This was a very short book that I pretty much read on a cross-country airplane flight over the weekend. I liked it. I really like Kate Mosse's other books. This was a short taste of her larger,longer fiction books -- Labyrinth, Sepulchre and I can't wait for the third to come out next year!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Piper | 2/11/2013

    " A lovely haunting and poignant Christmas-time ghost story. No real brain power required but a good read which, as Mosse often does, intertwines the past and the present. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 11/25/2012

    " Outside my usual reading patterns but this was a nice little tidbit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle Maddison | 11/18/2012

    " my first taste of Kate and just wow "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liney | 10/15/2012

    " I really enjoyed Labyrinth and Sepulchre but found this a real let down. The lack of characters I think is the downfall. We only really have one character to care about and he does not have enough going to make you care greatly about the outcome. Also all horribly predictable throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gemma Cook | 9/6/2012

    " The only reason I haven't given this book five stars is that it was too short! That's not to say it wasn't a brilliant, well-rounded story, there was nothing missing, I just loved it so much I just wanted more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 8/18/2012

    " One of my first audiobooks, and this was a great book to listen to. I had heard that Katie Moss was an excellent author, and I agree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/30/2012

    " Slow in some parts, but decent story. I would read this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 6/18/2012

    " A sweet romance about a ghost from the 14th Century who helps a soldier after WW1. Just read it because it deals with the history of the Cathars in the area we will be visiting in France. Liked it much better than Labrynthe. A quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margotreynolds | 2/13/2012

    " Concise ghost tale about the lost Carhars of France. I read in one sitting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patti | 2/6/2012

    " could have been a short story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marian | 10/8/2011

    " I really liked Labyrinth, so I thought I would give this a try... I didn't find it nearly as clever. It was a pretty short book, so that was nice, but I was underwhelmed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Roussety | 8/18/2011

    " so far great,hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 6/9/2011

    " Holiday read, I remember it being not as good as Labyrinth / Sepulchure and feeling disappointed by that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliann | 5/19/2011

    " Predictable, but I'm a sucker for a ghost story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/15/2011

    " Short, haunting, makes me dream of France. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maura | 5/13/2011

    " A very little book and story much like a not-so-scary Wilkie Collins tale where nothing much happens and there really is nothing scary at all - but - I still enjoyed it. Maybe because it was well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wrdwrrior | 5/8/2011

    " ok, but kind of bland "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karalee | 5/4/2011

    " This book had a very heavy feeling to it. Interesting but not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilla | 5/3/2011

    " Very moving tale.
    Quick read for a couple of afternoons.
    Don't be put of by the slow start. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebekah | 5/2/2011

    " Not as good as Labyrinth and Sepulchre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 4/25/2011

    " Not as good as her others but still good. "

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About the Author
Author Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is the author of the international mega-bestsellers Labyrinth, Citadel, and Sepulchre, with sales of more than five million copies in forty-two languages. A publisher for many years, she is also cofounder and chair of the board of the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize). She lives in Sussex, England.

About the Narrator

Julian Rhind-Tutt is an actor and voice artist. His audiobook narrations have earned five AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His film appearances include roles in The Madness of King George, The Saint, Les Misérables, Notting Hill, and Tomorrow Never Dies, while his television credits include Reckless, Dangerfield, and Richard II. His stage work includes Editing Process, The Way of the World, Catherine Howard, and as the Duke of York in The Madness of George III. He is also the recipient of the Carlton Hobbs Award from BBC Radio.