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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Athol Dickson Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781436145312
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Thirteen years after Vera Gamble’s little brother ran away from their Texas home, his body washes ashore on the remote island of Winter Haven, Maine. Vera goes to claim the corpse and discovers the impossible: her brother hasn’t aged a day since last she saw him. Determined to uncover what happened, she is confronted by unearthly fog, disturbing locals, and stories of lost colonies and a vengeful witch.

Beyond the forest where no creature dares to live, her only hope is the mysterious owner of a dilapidated mansion on a rocky cliff. But will this solitary man assist her, or is Vera Gamble doomed to disappear forever into yet another winter haven legend?

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  • Athol Dickson’s prose is sterling, his story pure gold. Kathryn Mackel, author

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mar | 2/18/2014

    " It came together at the end, but I'm not a fan of some of the freakyness. Decent work, but not my kind of novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 2/11/2014

    " This one just couldn't hold my interest very well. I wound up skimming through it. Didn't really connect with any of the characters and found it too predictably Gothic for my taste. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 2/8/2014

    " The description on the jacket of this book sounded great, but it turned out to be just silly. I don't know why I read the whole thing, except that I guess I kept waiting for it to get better! It never did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 2/7/2014

    " The author is really in to analyzing the psyche... Almost to the point of blotting out the plot. For example: I found myself skimming over pages at a time to keep the continuity of a single simple conversation. Then I would have to go back and re-read the character's lengthy self analysis of her thoughts as she spoke to whomever she was speaking to. It just didn't seem to flow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Steinle gummel | 1/26/2014

    " Winter Haven by Athol Dickson is a unique story, bordering on supernatural activities. I liked the transition into the story. Beginning in Texas it moves to Maine where the story reveals itself. A brush with unexplained phenomena frightens our protagonist and she tries to unravel her brothers death. In her travels she meets a mysterious stranger who lights a spark in her. Worries of who to trust makes think she's going mad. When the circumstances of her brother's death is discovered she may have found out more of herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/24/2014

    " A very nice story. A little mystery, action, and romance. A nice read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/20/2014

    " Like Vera, the main character of this book, I was completely taken in by it's mysterious supernatural occurences and couldn't put it down until the truth had been uncovered. Vera is startled out of her workaholic existance by a phone call from an islander off the coast of Maine saying that they have found the body of her brother--the brother that disappeared when Vera was just a child. Vera goes on a quest to claim his body and bring it home--but becomes immersed in the mystery of the island where he died, and the mysery of his death. Dickson weaves a skillful tale that shows our perceptions may not always lead us to a true vision of reality. I definitely recommend this one for when you are in the mood to savor a intricately told story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marliss | 1/16/2014

    " I loved this book. It was very spooky, but in the end, totally satisfying. I highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/8/2013

    " Couldn't put it down. Lots of "atmosphere." Can't wait to read Dickson's other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Miller | 7/22/2013

    " Amazing story. I loved the suspense, spirituality, and connections that tied this story together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/15/2013

    " Ending was kinda cheesy - but I loved the mystery of it all. Very surprising! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/15/2013

    " Amazing how perspective can change a whole set of circumstances from one thing to another. Quite the book! Rather creepy in some places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 5/5/2013

    " This is a great mystery that keeps you guessing as to what is real and what isn't. The eventual explanation is clever and simple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Housley | 2/2/2013

    " A bit different. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/23/2012

    " This is a great book if you like thrillers, mysteries, and/or paranormal novels. It's almost science-fictiony too. Great book. Always interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 5/9/2012

    " Best suspense novel I've read in a while! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/24/2012

    " A Christian Gothic romance?! Wow...right up my alley! It was very pleasing with its rocky shores of Maine, mists, and mysterious legends. It was very enjoyable and had Biblical principles woven in nicely! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalya | 1/20/2012

    " It was really slow. But the ending and theme redeemed it. Dickenson created a unique story, I only wish he had a more engaging writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 9/10/2011

    " Last chapter made this book even better. Enjoyed the story line and wanted to keep reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 3/16/2011

    " This was a fun Christian mystery book. It was light on the "being saved" aspect so that was nice. The solving of the mystery also solved the question in the protagonists life of "why would God do this to me?" which was very cool. I liked it. It was good escapism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalya | 2/13/2011

    " It was really slow. But the ending and theme redeemed it. Dickenson created a unique story, I only wish he had a more engaging writing style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elisa | 2/23/2010

    " I have not idea what to say about this book. It was listed as inspirational fiction. I am sure it was supposed to be but I didn't find it that way. Not a bad book. In fact the basic plot was pretty good. I just didn't care for the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/26/2010

    " Good - but with not quite the depth of Dickson's River Rising. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trudy | 10/24/2009

    " Don't bother. This was so erratice in the writing that I had a hard time getting through it. The only reason I finished the darn thing, was to find out if there were supernatural goings on or just weird goings on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 11/21/2008

    " This is a great mystery that keeps you guessing as to what is real and what isn't. The eventual explanation is clever and simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 11/18/2008

    " Best suspense novel I've read in a while! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 9/22/2008

    " The description on the jacket of this book sounded great, but it turned out to be just silly. I don't know why I read the whole thing, except that I guess I kept waiting for it to get better! It never did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/13/2008

    " Amazing how perspective can change a whole set of circumstances from one thing to another. Quite the book! Rather creepy in some places. "

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About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award and forty-two AudioFile Earphone Awards.