1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $24.95

Buy for $24.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award-winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with this installment in a thrilling new series featuring the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta's War sequence.

Summoned to the home planet of her family's business empire, space-fleet commander Kylara Vatta is told to expect a hero's welcome. But instead she is thrown into danger unlike any other she has faced and finds herself isolated, unable to communicate with the outside world, commanding a motley group of unfamiliar troops, and struggling day by day to survive in a deadly environment with sabotaged gear. Only her undeniable talent for command can give her ragtag band a fighting chance.

Yet even as Ky leads her team from one crisis to another, her family and friends refuse to give up hope, endeavoring to mount a rescue from halfway around the planet - a task that is complicated as Ky and her supporters find secrets others will kill to protect: a conspiracy infecting both government and military that threatens not only her own group's survival but her entire home planet.

©2017 Elizabeth Moon (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about Cold Welcome

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    394
  • 4 Stars
    156
  • 3 Stars
    62
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    6
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    357
  • 4 Stars
    127
  • 3 Stars
    51
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    13
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    363
  • 4 Stars
    131
  • 3 Stars
    45
  • 2 Stars
    14
  • 1 Stars
    6

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Suspenseful

I had read the Vatta’s War series and enjoyed it. I just discovered Elizabeth Moon has come out with an addition called Vatta’s Peace. "Cold Welcome" is the first book in the new series.

Kylara Vatta is a Grand Admiral now and is returning to visit her home planet of Slatter’s Key. Instead, her shuttle is sabotaged. Vatta and crew are stranded in the icy waters of the South Polar Sea. The story then changes to one of survival. This is a much different situation than I was expecting from a science fiction story.

The book is well written. The characters are intriguing. The plotting is great and the story is realistic. I remember Aunt Gracie and her fruit cakes from the first series. She is back in this story. The story has lots of intrigue and suspense. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

The book is fourteen hours long. Brittany Pressley does a good job narrating the story. Pressley is a singer, songwriter and voice- over artist. She has won several earphone awards for audiobook narration.

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Weak revival

I loved the original Vatta's War series, though there were a few discrepancies throughout the books and Ms. Moon went a little overboard with people's issues with Kylara's love life and it's impact on politics and her ability to perform her job. The new Vatta's Peace seems to be taking this ridiculousness to a whole new level. As a former member of the military I found the way the people who were stranded with her, especially a member of her own staff, behaved in their situation to be completely ludicrous. I know Ms. Moon is an outstanding author after having also read her Paksenarrion series so I am really hoping she will reign in some of the more silly plot devices as she continues the series.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Not What I Expected, but Not Bad

What made the experience of listening to Cold Welcome the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the narrator's performance, and there were multiple story lines that all came together fairly well in the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I guess I liked the main character, Kylarra, the most. She was competent and able to keep a cool head through all the terrible things going on around her, and I identified with her wanting to get away from her old life by the end of the book.

What about Brittany Pressley’s performance did you like?

The characters all had distinct voices that I was able to tell apart, even though I forgot their names I could at least tell when different people were speaking.

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

I couldn't listen to a fourteen hour book in one sitting even if I did want to, I'd explode.

Any additional comments?

I was honestly expecting more wilderness survival. Spoiler alert, but they seemed to pretty easily find shelter that had exactly everything they needed to survive. Still, I enjoyed the story and most of the characters. The Love Interest Guy whose name I can't remember was a bit dull. I didn't really care about the corporate espionage element, because like I said, I thought the story would have more elements of people having to survive in the wild on a strange planet, but overall it didn't really detract from the rest of the story. What really interested me was where all the prehistoric animals on that "uninhabited" continent came from. I mean, cloning probably, but why? I'd be open to reading/listening to the rest of the series when it releases.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Moon great as usual​, add Pressley and WOW !

Fantastic to see The Vatta series continuing with Vatta's Peace. Character development through the series continues with this work and the Admiral's years of experience is portrayed in the story very well. The addition of Brittany Pressley as narrator was a masterful stroke. After this book, in my mind, she has become the voice of Kylara Vatta.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Pure Survival and Murder Mystery Story

This new series is two books in length and fully takes place in Slotter Key. There isn't a lot of science fiction so much as straight murder mystery and survival story. But by the second book, it neatly ties up all the loose threads in the Vatta's War universe and looks to be the final books we will get from these characters. Just don't expect logic or any kind of attempt at serious science fiction here.

Story: Kylara returns to Slotter Key to do required PR work as well as shore up family matters at the home base there. Unfortunately, she never makes it to her meetings as her shuttle suffers damage and crash lands in a remote and uninhabitable area of the planet. Stranded in arctic conditions with what is looking more and more to be sabotage and murder, Kylara must get her military escort to some form of safety while also wondering who among them might be aiming to finish the job that the crash did not.

With this first volume in Vatta's Peace, Moon returns to the same story structure as the first Vatta's War novel: dealing with survival under desperate conditions (as with the job she had to do taking care of the political prisoners in an increasingly unraveling situation on her trade shape in Trading in Danger). The survival parts of the book may be a bit frustrating in length, especially for those who really just want to read straight space ships and star battles. But bear with it and by the middle of the book things start to happen other than freeze and starve.

As with so many other plot machinations in previous books, the believability and logic can really go missing. It's more pronounced in this volume as Kylara gets either very lucky or just has things fall into her lap at the right time. The bad guys are still cartoonishly 'eeevil' and stupid and yes, Stella is still as annoying. Character reactions are very odd to various situations and there is an 'off note' throughout. But that aside, if you turn off your brain it is entertaining enough.

This book is about Kylara surviving and in the next and final book in the Vatta series, her family will uncover the local traitors of Slotter Key and ensure they can never harm a Vatta family member again.

Note that I listened to the audio version of this book and this narrator was actually worse than the previous series' narrator. She has all kinds of weird tics and characterizations that are so distracting, the first half of the book was nearly unlistenable. She loses most of the strangeness by the second book, fortunately, but it is still a very stilted narration.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Unimpressed

I had trouble suspending disbelief on many key elements. Foremost, that people would live on a planet for hundreds of years without bothering to explore a continent. The utter lack of curiosity by the main characters regarding mysteries in the story was frustrating. The characters lacked emotional depth and conflict. The end was rushed and cut off in what felt like the middle of a chapter.

The performance for the audiobook was also lackluster. The reader seemed only to have two or three voices which all sounded the same and rather flat and monotone. The performance did little to bring life to the characters.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not her best effort

A struggle. I cannot recommend this book. It is incomplete with no resolution of the base story. I suppose it is ment as a precursor to the follow on books in the series, which I shall NOT buy or read.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Great Vatta story, shitty execution.

The Vatta saga continues with another major discovery but the railroad to get there fell short. This story shows that the author researched emergency equipment and procedures, but failed to extrapolate this to a star fairing race. I finished the story, but the initial emergency can be skipped.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

very disappointed with storyline

I am very dissapointed in the logic of the storyline. Ending poorly written and rushed

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good story, terrible orator

The story was good, but the last reading it has two voices. Female and robot. She also whispers far too often, do not get this if you plan to listen while driving.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for cabby
  • cabby
  • 08-28-21

a wonderful new work

the plot is steady with a good amount of characters. I like the thought process involved a great listener experience

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mr. G.L. Lock
  • Mr. G.L. Lock
  • 06-30-17

Too long for what happens

Well written, well performed but a poor story. It might have made a short story but this was way too long.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Vanessa
  • Vanessa
  • 05-01-17

God, I've missed these books!

Elizabeth Moon is one of my favourite authors and I was most definitely not disappointed with this one. The story was very good and I badly want to see that under ground base and work out what or who built it! Just like the rest of the series there was plenty of action without overdoing the techno talk, good characters and more then enough left unexplained for another couple of books. Hope we don't have to wait to long for the next one. 😁

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-21

Narration poor

After listening to the preceding audio books the narration on this book is extremely poor. Stiles and flat. Detracts from the book.