Meanwhile, someone is poisoning foodstuffs at a local supermarket chain. When the owner receives threatening demands to pay up or be put out of business, it is up to Frost to catch the blackmailer. As all leads dry up and Frost faces questions over the handling of the cases, he faces a threat to his professional life with the arrival of DCI Skinner at Denton Police Station. Is this the end for Jack Frost?
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This is the real Frost, rude and crude, unlike the sanitised version shown on TV with his contrived 'romantic interludes'. Multi-layered storylines, characters that jump off the page and a satisfactory conclusion. It is really sad to think that this will be the last Frost story because of the recent death of R D Wingfield. Luckily I have all his other stories on tape and will continue to enjoy them for years to come. 'A Killing Frost' is a worthy end to the series.
I loved this book. The irascible frost,swearing, scruffy, but underneath it all a bloody good copper. Great character!! The plot was fast paced and gripping, and clever. I didnt want it to end. The narrator Stephen Thorne was outstanding. Can we have more, of these titles, unabridged and read by him...please !!!
I've just finished listening to this audiobook, and found it riveting. Unlike the Frost TV series, this had several mysteries intertwined, which provided compelling listening from start to finish. If you enjoy Frost, Morse, Lewis, Midsomer Murders then this is the download for you.
I was interested to compare the original incarnation of DI Frost with the screen version with David Jason. Not suriprisingly the book has much more complex and multi-stranded story-lines. These are gripping and excellently narrated: tthe characters brought to life by different accents.
The big difference between the two mediums is that the original characterisation of Frost is of a misoginistic, foul-mouthed and dishonest policeman.
My name is Mrs Eastwood. Not just Mrs! I have been virtually chairbound for the last three years and Audible books are good company
Inspector Frost at his best, rebellious, sensitive at times and, of course, very clever! The story is fast moving with some spinechilling events taking place. The characters are well drawn and, since we all know him from the glorious TV Series starring David Jason, Inspector Frost and others are already familiar to us and it is inevitable that we put faces to the characters as the story proceeds. However, it appears that Frost, as we know him, is a much sanitized personality. In reality he is quite a rough diamond and, tut, tut, he really should eat 'Lifebouy' sandwiches to clean up his mouth. I thought I was very tolerant but it became quite irritating that the text throughout was peppered with continual bad language. I forgave all for the sake of the yarn which I really had to keep listening to to hear the eventual outcome. However, perhaps more sensitive listeners should be warned that the bad language is very strong throughout. That aside, an excellent listen.
Another great, many layered tale from R.D. Wing field. That unreconstructed male Frost is forced to request a transfer out of Denton before his appalling habits see him off but he lives to fight another day. Great narration.
The read by Stephen Thorne is first class, as always. He presents a completely different range of voices compared to, say, his Cadfael performances. A master of characterisation who seamlessly switches from narrator to male and female characters of all ages and backgrounds. Always a joy.
As to the story: this was my first Frost novel, though it clearly comes well into the series. Fans will know what to expect: the plot is convoluted and Frost is a chain smoker, a boozer, always late, knackered, dishonest, a schemer who ducks and dives. Nevertheless, sympathy is generally with him as the underdog in the battle with equally unappetising superiors. As to whether he gets his man or woman (men or women?) -- no spoilers here!
There are certain tropes that you expect in a Jack Frost novel: sleep deprivation, working against the system, discrimination, and a sense of law and order's futile interaction with criminal underclasses. Normally Wingfield balances this with black humour, gritty dialogue, and the triumph of the underdog, and the result is an endearing anti-hero who charms and lucks his way to victory. For whatever reason, it just doesn't work in this case. Perhaps it makes more sense when it's read in the traditional format, but in the audio version you can't help but start asking yourself "he's been awake for 'how' many days now...??" This combined with the discrimination overkill makes for a fairly exhausting narrative experience, which makes this an uncharacteristically low point in an otherwise great series. If this is the first Frost you're thinking of downloading then leave it well alone and choose any of the others.
No, but it would put off someone who was not used to this character or this type of book.
Let's face it, these books are best when read by David Jason (sorry Stephen...). But other narrators attempt to mimic David Jason's Frost, and do so hideously. What Stephen Thorne does is ignore the pre-constructed stereotypes and read the book in a consistent, non-intrusive, very listenable way.
Overall, I enjoyed this story - it was a little dated - but that wasn't a spoiler for me. My only objections are the amount of swearing - albeit 'bleeding and bloody' rather than the more commonly used F word used nowadays. My other compaint is that Frost is not above a bit of dishonesty and ignoring procedures.
However, I found the stories good, but find it unbelievable that members of the public can SHOUT demand at Police officers and be quite aggressive towards them. I laughed at Frost's acerbic wit.
"This is a favorite"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh when I didn't expect it. I loved the language and the way the narrator put just the right inflection in every word. I will be recommending this book to whoever I can. I hope there are more audiobooks coming from this author/narrator combo.
"A most pleasant surprise"
I am not the type to rate my reads, and this rating represents my first ever.
I happened to run across A Killing Frost, and was hesitant to download something written by an author from whom no other titles were available. Before this title, I had been reading the Douglas PReston and Lincoln Child's "Pendergast" series of books and, having run out of them, browsed for something new. Boy am I glad I went ahead with this download. I cannot remember ever enjoying a book as much as this one.
This book is suspenseful, while at the same time riotously funny. I laughed so hard at times that I had to pull the car over, pause my Ipod, and enjoy the laugh before I could continue to drive my car and listen some more. If I were going to make a criticism, it would relate to the overusage of some of the vernacular used in the book within the dialog. The words "flaming", "sod", and other colloquialisms are used time and again, but since I am American, perhaps this is simply the way the locals speak there.
Regardless, this book is absolutely incredible. It has a great storyline, and as I have said, it is simply gaffaw-ingly funny. The combination of textures from the grim plot juxtaposed against the sarcasm and wit of the detective is simply brilliant. I cannot find the right words to try and encourage everyone to give this book a try. I think you will love it.
I am disappointed, having done an Amazon.com search, to find that there are in fact half a dozen other books written by this author which are apparently available to European customers, but alas are NOT available for sale to U.S. customers. I wish that would change.
"Tops of the list..."
For those who like a fully fleshed out set of characters, narration, multiple layers of action, drama/mystery/crime you are set. It like PD James has an affair with Ian Rankin who collaborated with Adrian Mckinty and was proofread by James Lee Burke.
Top 5 out of the over 500 audiobooks I have listen too.
NEED MORE OF THIS AUTHOR!
This is just absolutely amazing I've heard the audiobook several times over and over and still want more. The sense of humor of Jack Frost is really hilarious, and I especially like the voice of the narrator, Stephen Thorne. I hope the author R.D Wingfield releases a sequel to this because it's just really amazing. Very good work Mr. Wingfield and beautiful narration Mr. Throne, I think you for making this part of my life as it has made happy.
"I'd like to see more by this author/series"
My opinion is with the majority. I enjoyed this book. I loved the British humor. It was refreshing to have a murder mystery without the main character being in and surviving some fantastic and unbelievable situation. Though the murders were brutal the violence wasn't a major part of the book. I'd love to listen to another of the Frost mysteries.
One of the most enjoyable listens I have had. A perfectly enjoyable story and great narrator.
After downloading a couple of duds recently, I got lucky and stumbled into A Killing Frost. This is no comedy but I laughed a lot. Anyone that has ever worked in an office or corporate structure will get a kick out of this book. It is Londons answer to Barney Miller, but with drama, body parts, and brutal murder. Many irons in the fire throughout the book. It takes a lot to get me to review, but this is a good one.
"Great Frost book"
Having read the entire Frost series by R.D. Wingfield and seen many of the episodes of the Frost BBC series, I found this audiobook a great addition.
The characters are well-rounded and thoughtfully described. Completely in the genre of police procedural in Britain and a great listen. You are pulled into Frost's many dilemmas and urge him to pull it out. Wingfield writes this story keeping to Frost's character, where luck or the lack of it and his innate detective ability, creates a great, enthralling story. Frost adds a touch of reality and human failing to the British detective that I find refreshing and charming.
I only wish there were more Frost books on audible.
"Narration is fantastic."
The narrator brings these characters to life in a way few narrators do. What a pleasure to listen to. The story was good but the characters and narration put it over the top.
An excellent police thriller featuring the most excellent, sloppy, darkly humorous, problematic and deeply politically-incorrect Detective Inspector Jack Frost. The tale itself is well-constructed, with plenty of red herrings and side-issues, to tax the brain, and make the situation more realistic. Warning: Senior police officers and ardent Welshmen could be offended, and , for them, parental guidance is suggested. Narrator Stephen Thorne does a marvelous job. What a pity this is the only unabridged Frost audiobook on Audible.
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