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Frozen Out Audiobook

Frozen Out: Gunnhildur Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvik's police sergeant Gunnhildur into deep waters. Although under pressure to deal with the matter quickly, she is suspicious that the man's death was no accident and once she has identified the body, sets about investigating his final hours. The case takes Gunnhildur away from her village and into a cosmopolitan world of shady deals, government corruption and violence. She finds herself alone and less than welcome in this hostile environment as she tries to find out who it was that made sure the young man drowned on a dark night one hundred kilometres from where he should have been - and why.

Although born in the UK in 1962, through a series of coincidences Quentin Bates found himself working in Iceland in his gap year. The gap year then became 10 years, during which time he managed to get himself married, produce a family, and generally go native in Iceland. The family then moved back to the UK in 1990 where Quentin became a full-time journalist on a commercial fishing magazine. Frozen Assets was born through the author's own inside knowledge of Iceland and its society, along with exploring the world of crime. He and his (Icelandic) wife frequently return to Iceland, where they have many friends, including several in the Reykjavik police.

©2011 Quentin Bates (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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    Rachel United Kingdom 23/06/2013
    Rachel United Kingdom 23/06/2013
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    "Thoroughly Entertaining"

    Definitely something I will be listening to again, well narrated as long as you can handle those long Icelandic names.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dragon Scotland 19/06/2016
    Dragon Scotland 19/06/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining Icelandic murder, nice heroine"

    Enjoyed this one on the car stereo while driving around Iceland on holiday! Great reading. Good pace story with some nice and some baddy characters. Believable female protagonist. Recommended.

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    Kims place Liestal, Baselland, CH 01/04/2016
    Kims place Liestal, Baselland, CH 01/04/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "With difficulty!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make the names a little more English. I had to keep rewinding to remember who was who, bit frustrating.


    Was Frozen Out worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. I loved the narration, especially the different English accents. The story wants you to stay with it and get to the end. I found myself thinking of other things while listening, not a good sign. The story was slow and there is a definite lack of excitement.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to give book 2 a chance as I have already bought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jules Blunt Somerset, UK 08/02/2015
    Jules Blunt Somerset, UK 08/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Good easy listening but a bit long"

    Could hv bn a bit shorter and still conveyed the story. Well read and interesting but not a page turner for me

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    Heike Heidelberg, Germany 17/01/2014
    Heike Heidelberg, Germany 17/01/2014
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    "Icelandic Crime"

    I really liked this book and hence bought book 2&3 of this series and hope there will be more to come. I agree that the Icelandic names are hard to digest. On the other side I really liked the female detective, a single mother who is not a beauty queen and tries hard to bring shift work and family life together.

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    DR GUISBOROUGH, United Kingdom 01/12/2013
    DR GUISBOROUGH, United Kingdom 01/12/2013 Member Since 2010

    In training to cycle across Cuba in October, audible is essential for those long treks across the Yorkshire moors.

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    "Fabulous female detective, who is normal!"

    I really enjoyed this Icelandic detective story, not your typical Nordic noir, but more upbeat and with hope at the end. Gunhilda is a great role model for any modern girl. Griping story and realistic characters.
    Read well and easy to remember Icelandic names which is sometimes difficult in these Scandinavian books.
    I have read books 2 & 3 and can't wait for the next one to come out, I m hooked.

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    Steven Harrogate, United Kingdom 29/07/2013
    Steven Harrogate, United Kingdom 29/07/2013 Member Since 2012

    Enjoy listening to crime and mystery thrillers. Favourite authors/narrators: Mankell, Nesbo, Hewson, James, Lyndsey/Reichlin & Barrett

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    "Dissappointing end"

    Enjoyed the developing storyline and characters, but as I waited for an exciting denouement, the story suddenly hit the wall. Would be interested in seeing how the Gunnhilder detective develops, but am concerned that the same would happen agaiin, so not inclined to read/listen further.

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  • Stephanie
    22/02/16
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    "narrator distracting, had to stop listening"

    the narrator was distracting in her pace of reading, lilting narration and her attempts to produce character's names with an Icelandic accent. I had to stop listening as a result. May read on own as story itself may be good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Knitosophy
    Canberra Australia
    20/10/16
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    "Narration completely mismatched to genre and story"
    What disappointed you about Frozen Out?

    The narration is better suited to a children's book than an adult crime novel. Jolly jolly jolly. No hint of menace, no attempt to create Scandinavian-ness in English. All blue collar workers have lower class regional British accents. All white collar workers have the upper class accent of the narrator. Do the narrator and producer think that all crime novels are English country house novels? Really really disappointed. And unfortunately as the other novels by this author are narrated by the same person, I won't be buying any of those either. Can't really take this seriously,


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Hard to say because the narration was so disctracting. But by an large, it seemed like a good crime novel. As mentioned, the jolly narration prevented any build of tension or sense of menace.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mel Hudson?

    Mel Hudson may well be perfect, but could someone clue her in on what fans of Scandinavian noir like about the genre.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Frozen Out?

    None.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. William J. Kass
    Albuquerque, NM USA
    22/03/16
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    "More, please"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Frozen Out to be better than the print version?

    I don't know because I listen rather than read. Listening to this book was a delight.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It kept me engaged and it compelled me to listen to all the other Quintin Bates books Audible has on offer.


    What does Mel Hudson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings life to the characters and distinction between and among them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dale
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    15/09/13
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    "Icelanders don't have British Accents"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a good story. The characters are believable as are their actions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Frozen Out?

    Complete confusion over the number of characters with names starting with 'S'; Snorri, Skuli, Steini...


    What about Mel Hudson’s performance did you like?

    Mel Hudson can produce a wide variety of character voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Iceland is a country of born storytellers and a very large majority of Iceland's residents speak English. Why then, did the narrator have/use a British accent? That was very disconcerting and disappointing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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