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Summary

She's lost everything, except her life....

Lieutenant Lorraine Page once had everything - a devoted husband, two beautiful daughters and an impressive career with the Homicide Squad. It's impossible to believe that she could be thrown out of the police force and end up on Skid Row.

Without Lorraine, her colleagues struggle on, as the hunt for a nightmare serial killer spirals into an all-out search for a missing witness: a victim who escaped.

But Lorraine Page is about to be brought right back into that world again. Against her will she is drawn into the investigation and forced to face her past and her overwhelming guilt....

Based on a true story, the complete and unabridged Lorraine Page trilogy available for the first time in audio. 

©2019 Lynda La Plante (P)2019 Bonnier Books Ltd

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Okay story with horrid audio-editing and narrator

There were a few reviews that really disliked the book which made me hesitant to buy it. But I really love everything I've read from Lynda La Plante so far (which is quite a lot) and so I decided to give this audiobook a go. Contrary to some other reviewers I had no trouble getting pulled into the story right away. I didn't think it had a slow start at all. I've enjoyed the story but the narrator did everything she could to ruin it for me. Her normal reading voice is - albeit somewhat nasal - pleasant enough to listen to. I'm always using headphones but that's not a good idea with this narrator. She uses a weird, horribly nasal, high pitched, shrieking voice for one of the female characters in the book which hurt my ears - I immediately had to turn the volume down every time the narrator was using this voice. She also made one of the male characters in the book sound as if he had a few roos loose in the top paddock. And again I had to turn down the volume with this character because it was really hurting my ears, which was incredibly irritating! But I guess that also has to do with some really bad audio editing, which I think is quite unacceptable considering it's not unthinkable that people will listen to this book using earbuds or headphones! And, like someone else already mentioned as well, the narrator uses accents for some of the characters that were really out of place. This story would have been way more enjoyable had the narrator refrained from using loud, nasal, shrieking New York (or thereabouts) accents. And that has nothing to do with the New York accent per se - give me Fran Drescher's the Nanny or Cindy Lauper anytime - but here it was misplaced, annoying and LOUD.

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Worst book she has written

I have read every book and listen to most on audible.
This is the worst one she has written.
She has really stooped to the gutter for this material.
She should stay with British style and the Americans to theirs
This book is not what we expect from Lynda
It was bad I got as far as chapter 4 and that was enough
total rubbish John Thompson

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Terrible reader

The story seems promising but I can't get beyond chapter 1 due to the terrible narrator.

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worth a read.....

Enjoyed the story apart from very bad language ( not really needed)
The narrators voice was very irritating.

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couldn't listen to all

narrator's voice far too shrill to listen to. sad as I really was looking forward to this book

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not the best !! turned off

struggled with the narrator's accent. put me off listening to the story. sorry to say

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Struggled

Being a Brit I have always liked Lynda La Plante's work but I have to say,the chapters were long and I found it really difficult to finish it. Quite disappointed 😞 really. Narration didn't help as her voice was whiney & she struggled with the changes. was hoping for good things but quite disappointed.

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OMG - IT'S THAT BAD!

The reviews that criticise the narrator are mostly very generous! If it was a B movie radio show from the 50's then the accents would be bad, maybe get away with it as a farce of one? Usually I can tune out a narrator if necessary.....

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Unable to listen due to narrator

Maybe suited to a different audience, but the almost cartoon style of character voices made it unlistenable for me. Insufficient hook on story to make me want to continue.

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Another good 1.

Enjoy the details and description in this book. The story was relatable, and sad. Wish more of her novels were included in the plus catalogue. Lynda is a fantastic author.

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  • Cats rule
  • 07-01-20

Listener Beware

Despite the 2010 publication date provided by Audible, I believe 2010 is either a republication date or the date the book was recorded. I mention this because "Cold Shoulder" is not the same quality fiction as Lynda La Plante's Jane Tennison or Anna Travis series.

In addition to unsympathetic characters and unnecessary length, it is the narrator who earns my review of "Cold Shoulder" the title Listener Beware. The narrator has only one voice to differentiate characters and that voice is an unpleasant, whiney stereotype of working class New Jersey. This is also inappropriate given that the book's setting is California.

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  • 15-11-21

Terrible Reader

The story was fine, but the reader was distractingly bad. Every character except the protagonist sounded like a 1920s cartoon gangster or Blanche Du Bois. Bizarre and ultimately annoying. The author also uses the odd Britishism (I believe she is British) like "18 stone," "row," or going to "get a curry" that sounds discordant in a book set among LA cops . Anyway, I am glad this one was included or I would definitely be returning it.

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  • 28-01-22

Painful

The story would have been tolerable, but the narrator made it painful. You know what to expect with Lynda La Plante. Nothing too cerebral, an escapist pot boiler. I dare say if I were reading rather than listening, I would have read the whole trilogy, but this is just too hard to listen to. I’ve been listening to audiobooks for many years and now have several hundred in my library, but I can honestly say that this is the worst narration I’ve heard and won’t be listening to the other books, no matter how enticing the sample (which it wasn’t). This is a narrator who makes children sound like cartoon characters and “grizzled” police sergeants sound like they’re in a sitcom - and don’t get me started on the topic of volume control!
In a word - dreadful.

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  • Marie Jamieson
  • 06-01-22

Screechy

Too many characters were given screechy voices. Although set in California, many policemen were given New Youk accents. Laurence Bouvard can pull off a couple of accents but overall is not talented in this area.

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  • 26-03-22

Why shouting?

It might be a great story, I don't know. I just couldn't last for more tha than 20 minutes. While the narrator voice is fine, all the characters are shouting all the time in high volume, which makes it impossible to listen

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  • 10-11-21

Worst narrator

I’m only on chapter 1 and the narrator is making my ears bleed. I have to use headphones at work and between her whispering the main characters and then screeching every other character, I’m not sure I can finish. Also it’s based in California so why did she decide to do NJ accents for half the characters ?! One last thing, baby talk is not necessary, we all know it’s a kid talking,

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  • 01-04-22

Culturally Inaccurate

The author is British and that is overly apparent. The setting however is Southern California, where I was born, raised, and still live. Natives to this area would you not refer to Indian food as a curry, we do not refer to money as notes we say bills, we refer to weight in pounds not stones. These are just a few of the cultural inaccuracies. There are too many to mention. She really should have had a Southern California editor read through to catch these errors.

Then there's the narrator. She gave most of the characters North Eastern American accents, which just doesn't work in the Southern California setting. They were cringy bad.

If you are not familiar with American culture specifically Southern California American culture you're probably not going to be bothered by the inaccuracies. There were just to many to ignore for me, which distracted from the story. I couldn't finish it. The characters weren't believable, which made me not care about them. I didn't care to see how it ended for any of them.

Disappointing 😞

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  • 05-01-22

Worst narrator ever, ridiculous characters, plot

Annoying attempt at various accents make this impossible to listen to even if the main character wasn't implausible. Skip this -- even if free!

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  • 03-01-22

Horrid narration

I could not get past this narrators voice. Her child voice was like nails on a chalk board. The story may have been good but I didn’t last long enough to find out.

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  • 10-04-21

Too much shouting

Several characters shout every word in a harsh NJ accent. Very hard to listen to.

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