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Summary

Detective Inspector Jack Frost, officially on duty, is nevertheless determined to sneak off to a colleague's leaving party. But first the corpse of a well-known local junkie is found blocking the drain of a Denton public lavatory and then, when Frost attempts to join the revels later on, the nubile daughter of a wealthy businessman is reported missing.

Sleepy Denton has never known anything like the crime wave which now threatens to submerge it. A robbery occurs at the town's notorious strip joint, the Coconut Grove, the pampered son of a local MP is suspected of a hit-and-run offence and, to top it all, a multiple rapist is on the loose. Frost is reeling under the strain, his paperwork is still in arrears and now, more than ever, his self-righteous colleagues would love to see him sacked. But the manic Frost manages to assure his superior that all is under control. Now he has only to convince himself...

©1987 R. D. Wingfield (P)1997 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Poor narration

Having listened to most of the audible Frost books narrated by Stephen Thorne I was most disappointed by this narrator. His performance changed my perception of all of the characters to the point that I am now searching for another Thorne Frost performance to restore my Faith

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  • Helen
  • York, UK
  • 22-04-14

Terrible narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice for Frost is terrible, he sounds like a whining child. I listened to half the book then had to stop.

Any additional comments?

A huge disappointment, I'd been waiting for unabridged audiobooks of the Frost books for ages, but this one is unlistenable.

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Loved it

A bit old fashioned, and and you have to bear that in mind when listening. However, I was hooked and have now downloaded the next book.
I thought the narrator did a good job too.

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Not bad but not as you'd expect from tv.

First I should mention that this is the second in the series after Frost at Christmas. I didn't realise this until I was pretty far along into the listening.

Jack Frost in this book is much coarser than on TV although not necessarily to his detriment. Webster, who was his Watson, was painfully slow and blunt. This got to be quite frustrating as the book went on.

This is different lots of the other murder mysteries in that there were many cases ongoing at at same time which made a refreshing change. However, I binged this over a few days and you may struggle to keep track of characters if this was spread over a month's worth of short commutes.

I guess the book has dated badly but there is a weird dichotomy between Frost and co learning about bikinis for the first time and just about every female character being up for it to some degree or other. And Frost's lack of tact sometimes also differed from TV a bit.

The narration and voices were good but the volume does dip sometimes so you'll need to tweak your headphones or speakers occasionally.

Overall, if you like police procedural stuff then this will be a decent read. If you're looking for a novelisation of the TV show then you're out of luck.

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Brilliant

As usual a great listen. Frost stumbles from one case to another and when everybody thinks he's list the plot it all comes together. well worth listening to.

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another great book

Yet again a fantastic book wasn't so keen on the narrator he was competent but not as good as the last book.

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Spoilt by the narrator

A ripping good yarn, but not the affable Jasonesk Frost. The separation of the characters through voice was not achieved as most sounded music-hall Jewish and it was difficult to tell at time which one was speaking.

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narration very poor and not reflective of the char

Would you try another book written by R. D. Wingfield or narrated by Robin Browne?

yes to author no to narrator

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Touch of Frost?

don't know as couldn't finish the book

Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Browne’s performances?

NO

Any additional comments?

My whole enjoyment was spoilt by the narration gave up one third in to the story because of this

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  • Linda LANDRUM
  • 17-05-15

I really like the storyline and the reader.

Would recommend to everyone who likes rumbled cops.
However not suitable for young teens or grandmothers or maybe great aunts.