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A luxury mountaintop chalet.

The opportunity of a lifetime.

Until guests start to disappear....

The unmissable new thriller from the queen of the modern-day murder mystery.

Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make-or-break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot-com buyout that could make them all millionaires or leave some of them out in the cold. 

The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask - would someone resort to murder to get what they want?

©2020 Ruth Ware (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Disappointing- both the narrative and narration

I did not finish listening to this audio book for a number of reasons - the story line was repetitive, drawn out and became tedious while the reader's differing voices never really convinced and often proved irritating. The avalanche that started the drama could well have been caused by the constant thudding of hearts, shaking bodies and plummeting stomachs - I lost count of the number of times Ware used these descriptions. Jokes aside this was a disappointing audio experience.

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One for a road trip

A fantastic gripping narrative with as many twists and turns as you would expect when skiing high in the mountains. Fantastic voice over and interestingly written from the perspective of the two main characters. Well worth a listen to on a long road trip, as I did.

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  • ClareBC
  • 11-21-20

This story format is very overdone.

If you have read The Hunting Party or that author's subsequent book, you've already read this. Bunch of not very likeable people, trapped by avalanche/snow, with no Wi-Fi or phone start to die one by one. I had to skip the last 3+ hours as I couldn't stand the overegged melodrama...racing hearts, pounding blood in ears yada yada.. no tension and obvious killer and generally wishing they all died asap. Cannot believe good reviews for this book.

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  • Jaimed
  • 11-15-20

I couldn't stop listening to it!

This was a great story! I couldn't stop listening.


A creepy murder mystery but not too scary or gory.
I loved the setting and I liked the mix of characters.
I think the narrator did a great job.
This is the first book I've listened to by this author but I will definitely be looking at more by her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-21

Fun if you can bear the narrator!

The narrator has a thankless task pulling off all the voices and if you can get past the cringing interpretations of Danny and Tofa it’s and enjoyable holiday read but I wish I’d read the book instead!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-21

Could be better

The first third of the book was a bit boring since nothing happens and they barely explain a bit of the characters and I actually find Liz to be a bit annoying complaining all the time though in the second half which is where the exciting parts happen everything get a bit better. Finally the end, it wasn't bad but it wasn't that good either. The positive thing I could say about the audiobook is that the narrators made a very good job conveying the emotions of the characters.

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  • SarahC1985
  • 01-30-21

Freezing fear

This is one of the best Thrillers I’ve read for a while. Cold, claustrophobic, then a deadly chase between life and death. Maybe I’ve read a few two many of these because I had the suspect in my sights only a few hours in. But it was like trying to hold on to something in a fast moving avalanche. Ruth was trying to put me off with false thought and red herrings, but I kept hold of my metaphorical skee. I knew who it was and would not be deterred. I’m not sure why we needed their snoop ID’s every time, but it is part of the story. I have absolutely no sympathy what so ever for the person in question but I did for Erin. Tofa was a sexist guy and Karl was the typical lawyer. I didn’t like Maranda… felt sorry for Elliot, but especially for Annie. I didn’t feel at all sorry for the person for what happened to them at the end. They deserved it. Fantastically written and kept me listening right up until the very end. If you want a claustrophobic, suspenseful chiller, in every sense of the word, read this.

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  • Miss LPE Howard
  • 01-16-21

Wrong narrator

I really did not like the narration of this audio book. In fact I’d go as far as saying it’s the worst I’ve listened to (and I have listened to a lot) In particular the accent used for Danny the chef was just terrible. The story itself is very weak. Trying for Agatha Christie and coming up so short. There were so many flaws in the plot. The characters were one dimensional and just non entities. It was all just very poor and badly written.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-21

don't bother, terrible 👎

just dragged out, predict able, bad story,, slow and just save your credits and your time

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  • Dr Ian
  • 10-29-21

Abysmal Recording

What an absolutely appalling recording. Whoever recorded this should be the victim in the next Ruth Ware story. While the narrator darts around trying to win an Oscar with her 1980s improv-style act, the recording lurches from practical silence to loud, jarring rants. This means I can have my Echo device set to volume 4 and hardly hear some parts, while other parts are shouting out at me.

There's something called compression which is used to even out the dynamic in recordings. Every decent sound engineer knows about this. Essentially the quieter parts are made louder, and the louder parts made quieter. In that way, you can set your audio device to a listenable level, and know that you'll get to hear everything. Whatever idiot was overseeing this spectacular recording failure, has ruined this whole audio book. And it really is absolutely ruined. If someone would like to hire me to fix this, then I'm available.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-21

Very disappointing

This sounded like it would ve interesting at the start but it became harder and harder to listen to. Lots of irritating voices and a story that loses suspense and purpose as it continues. Poor ending that goes on for too long

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  • Mrs S L Perkins
  • 10-06-21

On the slopes!

Loved this book - just enough twists and turns to keep you hanging until the end!
Thought the narrator did a great job giving all the characters their own identities. If you like a good murder mystery then would highly recommend.

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  • Joybell
  • 10-19-21

One by One

I really found the few hours hard going but once I was half way through I started to enjoy the story line.

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  • Alice
  • 08-17-21

unlistenable - too low

the volume was really low. I had my device turned up to max but still struggled.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-21

had potential

I finished it and it was pleasant enough. A little predictable where there was scope for a real thriller. The narrators performance was good.

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  • jazz wilson
  • 05-27-21

Not a fan

Didn't enjoy the narrative very much, I found the plot quite predictable, but there were some good suspense parts of the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-21

At least the cook was fun

Contrived Whodunnit that pushes and breaks the boundaries of plausibility. There are better books in this genre.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-21

Excellent

Great “who done it?” Storyline, with excellent narration! Worth the credit. I will be looking for more Ruth Ware stories to listen to.

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  • Sophie Masson
  • 01-27-21

Tense and atmospheric novel, beautifully read

Tense and atmospheric, this novel by bestselling author Ruth Ware translates beautifully to the audio format. With its majestic and dangerous setting in the French Alps, sense of mounting dread and vivid portrayal of a group of cool tech types on a corporate skiing trip that turns very deadly, juxtaposed with the sharp observations of the long-suffering chalet staff, it is an absorbing and immersive experience.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 11-19-20

Love Ruth Ware

Terrific thriller this is really good Ian’s I enjoyed it enormously if I have any gripe Imogen church the narrator is a little weird.
Still I do hope Ruth is writing more they get better and better