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Frost at Christmas

Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
Series: Jack Frost, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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With a healthy disregard for rules, he attracts trouble like a magnet. He has a newly assigned apprentice - the unfortunate Detective Constable Barnard - the Chief Constable’s nephew. Fresh to the provinces, just up from London in an embarrassingly flash suit, he’s ripe for Frost’s satire.

©1984 R. D. Wingfield (P)1996 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Gritty introduction to Frost

What made the experience of listening to Frost at Christmas the most enjoyable?

All the things which made the television series such a success - Inspector Frost, apparently a bumbling detective with, on the face of it, hardly a clue what is going on juggling several serious cases at once and coming up with most of the answers - to the exasperation of Station Commander Mullet.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Frost at Christmas?

The solving of the "Bank Job".

Have you listened to any of Stephen Thorne’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, he recorded one of the Poldark books.
Totally different subject matter but equally convincing.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Detection in the raw

Any additional comments?

This is the first of a series of books featuring Inspector Jack Frost which were used as the basis for the television series. David Jason's portrayal of the main character was masterly - a brilliant detective who gets things done despite being completely disorganised with regard to procedures, especially those involving paperwork, who cares far more about getting the job done properly than giving the "right" impression.
Compulsive, can't wait to listen to the next one.

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Frost at Christmas <br />

unbeatable British detective stories that take you back to the late 70's early 80's,a brilliant portrayal of the times

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Great listening

Have read all the Frost books years ago but still really enjoyed the audio experience. Frost is thought provoking, at times amusing and is always chasing from one crisis to another. well worth a listen

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Frost at Christmas

Engaging story, good characterisation, very funny dialogue , goodread well performed recommended for crime story enthusiasts

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Brilliant

I love the TV show and the David Jason narrated abridged versions of the books but this is so much better. The narration was superb and I look forward to the next immensely.

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brilliant

never liked the TV series so only reluctantly tried the book. So glad I did, fast pasted interesting and believable story and characters am off to get book 2

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Another 5 star listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

Frost as I love his lack of political correctness.

What does Stephen Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is a fabulous narrator who really brings the characters to life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Definitely lots of laughter.

Any additional comments?

A highly recommended read.

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Thoroughly entertaining

Nice that you have a picture of the wonderful David Jason as Frost in your mind.

Well read and despite the seriousness of the subject, you have to smile and enjoy.

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loved it !! my favourite Frost story.
couldn't stop listening to it.
cannot wait for another audiobook!

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Better than the TV series

Great storyline and fantastic characters. Maybe it is a little dated now but R D Wingfield really knew how to tell a story and this is still brilliant.

I loved the tv series starring David Jason as Frost, but loved this book even more and can't wait to read/listen to more in the series!

I listened to this over the Christmas period, though despite the title it isn't a particularly Christmassy book! The narration was excellent.

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  • 01-03-14

Love it!

Offbeat, dry humor, great looping interlacing stories. I immediately bought all avaliable audio and written. Not typical, but in my opinion very good, almost great.

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  • InfoGirl
  • 11-12-16

love frost

everything about this series is spot on. tone, humor, humanity. great narrator. very satisfying

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  • michele
  • 08-12-17

Frost at Christmas

Frost at Christmas - Nice crusty detective story. Narration was great, story line easy to follow.

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  • J. Lindsey
  • 27-01-15

Slow Pace/Good Plot

This story line is great. I love many of the "broken" inspectors in series. Frost is now in my line-up. It was not boring and I felt the narrator was good for the somewhat comic detective and differentiation of male and female characters.
After Dahgleish, Lynley, Gamesh, Dublin Series. Gabriel Allon and Adrian McKinty, to name some faves, this reading was not a "can't-put-it-down" story for me. The ending had a good finish with some surprises...
But the pace was not fast enough to keep my mind off of the things I try to forget while I'm reading (plugged in)!! I will try Frost #2, though :)

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  • Ricardo
  • 04-06-20

A great (gritty and fun) start

First, I have to say that for modern sensibilities good old detective inspector Frost might be too much. Readers who want police fiction to be spotless PC will be offended by his unrepentant misogyny. But Frost novels, like most noir fiction, don't need to satisfy our sense of righteousness or leave us with feelings of justice well served. They are meant to entertain and unsettle our perceptions of the world. This novel, the first of a popular series (not the best, though, book 4 is the best), is full of chaotic irreverent humor. Even if it was written in 1984, the contemporary reader probably feels it is much older.
One frequent complain in the reviews is a dialogue where Frost jokingly blames a teen girl from seducing the vicar that secretly takes nude portraits of her. Readers complain Wingfield doesn't take the vicar to justice, or makes them feel better with the character facing dire consequence of his acts. But the best police fiction would never do that.
British crime novels from that time (excluding cozy locked room murders) are as gritty or worse trying to reconstruct a time where society was less than illuminated (any sensible readers should avoid too David Peace's Red-Riding Quartet, even if its a great work of fiction). But even where Peace is dead serious and dark, Wingfield is always tongue-in-cheek awful, dancing on the edge of the abyss with a very savage sense of humor. And most of the reviews that condemn this book for its lack of sensibility, are read straight on, missing the absurd and delightful sense of humor in the prose, the structure and the character. Wingfield, there it's closer to Tom Sharpe than to Elizabeth George.
The Audible edition is a delight to listen. Stephen Thorne (the narrator) really captures the flair needed in the humor and the rhythm.

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  • Kay S.
  • 22-02-20

Story good, Narrator the best

Stephen Thorne is THE best narrator. I wish Audible would get all of his Brother Cadfael narrations.