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Blue Monday Audiobook
Blue Monday
Written by: 
Nicci French
Narrated by: 
Beth Chalmers
Blue Monday Audiobook

Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The stunning first book in a new series of psychological thrillers introducing an unforgettable London psychotherapist.

Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place, but what we can control is what is inside our heads. This attitude is reflected in her own life, which is an austere one of refuge, personal integrity, and order.

The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A red-haired child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. She finds herself in the center of the investigation, serving as the reluctant sidekick of the chief inspector.

Drawing listeners into a haunting world in which the terrors of the mind have spilled over into real life, Blue Monday introduces a compelling protagonist and a chilling mystery that will appeal to listeners of dark crime fiction and fans of In Treatment and The Killing.

©2012 Nicci French (P)2012 Penguin

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    Simone 05-31-14
    Simone 05-31-14 Member Since 2016

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    "I didn’t hate it (that's a good thing)"

    The central main plot was good, intriguing, kept you wondering; I like that. Based on that alone, I will give book 2 a try. (Tuesday's Gone)

    What I didn’t like were all the characters in the periphery. Chloe and the chemistry lessons, the drunken sister, the Ukrainian, Rueben… all that stuff just seems to clutter up the story. I suspect however that since this is a series, the arc needs all these extras to help us get to know Frieda better and give us a view into her world when she is not working.

    The next instalment in the series will confirm that theory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Canada 04-27-14
    Tracy Canada 04-27-14 Member Since 2016

    A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!

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    "Figured It Out Right Away"
    What did you like best about Blue Monday? What did you like least?

    The narrator was excellent, and really captured the characters' voices well. I liked the concept of a psychologist and a detective pairing up.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made the story a bit more gripping, and a lot less predictable. I seriously figured out a lot of the plot and the ending super early on in the novel. I kept listening anyway, but would prefer a better-crafted plot. Additionally - some of the events were completely unbelievable.


    Which character – as performed by Beth Chalmers – was your favorite?

    She did a really good job portraying all the characters. I think my favorite character was a minor one - Joseph.

    Note - there are quite a few minor characters in the novel, and they have NO bearing on the main plot. I also found Chloe, the main character's 16-year-old niece, totally unnecessary, and VERY annoying.


    Do you think Blue Monday needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I know this is the first in a series. The others may pick up on a couple of loose threads, but not necessary at all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a bad book at all, and I think the two main characters - Freida and Karlson (a psychologist and a cop) - are a really good investigative pair. It would be interesting to see how their professional relationship develops.

    But - I am not sure that I will read or listen to more in the series...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Murrieta, CA, United States 02-18-14
    Diana Murrieta, CA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Seriously , we are to believe this"

    Well first there a lot of characters. Sometimes mentioned almost in passing. When you hear their name again you are like 'wait, who was that?" now in a hard book you could easily thumb back through quickly until you spotted the name on a page. You cant do that on an audiobook. Then we Have Freida who seems pretty clever, she uses her therapist intuition wisely throughout, until the end! Seriously we are supposed to believe she 'figured' all the other stuff out and missed the most important aspect. Come on... really. It was so obviously, for a really long time what was going to happen, 'it' had happened before, to her, there is no way she should missed that. And then there's the Karlsson (sp?) he's hot, he's cold, he's hot, he cold. He thinks Freida is mumbo jumbo, then he sees a positive result, praises her. Then its mumbo jumbo again, more praise. again and again. either he has turned a believer or he hasn't.

    The story was entertaining. the narrator was AWESOME. I am not too fond of female narrators. But Beth Chalmers hits the mark. She transitions perfectly between the characters and is easily recognizable from one to the next. I would choose to listen to a book based on her alone.

    I will read the 2nd in series just to see where the authors go with Freida, and Joseph too. I wasn't sure why he was introduced in the story at all, I think if he weren't in the story he wouldn't be missed, I don't think he added anything. But he did grow on me as just a nice guy,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wobbly WNC USA 08-14-13
    wobbly WNC USA 08-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Only one criticism"

    I didn't like the narrator's rendition of Carson's voice - always so angry, he became irritating. Enjoyed all the rest - story and narration. I like Frieda very much so I will check out the next in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mary WESTFIELD, MA, United States 05-06-13
    mary WESTFIELD, MA, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't see that coming!"
    Where does Blue Monday rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan's character was one of my favorites because the turmoil he was experiencing was almost palpable and I found myself really feeling for him. This is not to say the others weren't memorable as well - Matthew drew me in and Freida herself was such a strong figure.


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

    The narrator's voices for the different characters was so spot on...I could picture each of these characters as Chalmers moved in and out of them during conversations. She brought a different type of clarity to the book.


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

    Riveting all the way to the last word!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend the story itself and- as an audiobook - OUTSTANDING! I am downloading the next in the series as soon as I finish this review!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie WATERTOWN, MA, United States 07-13-12
    Jamie WATERTOWN, MA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    What did you love best about Blue Monday?

    This book has so many layers...I can see how a series is developing and the characters are likeable and real. The good thing is although there are a lot of characters, there is enough development that I had no trouble remembering who was who.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Monday?

    I thought it was great how Joseph enters the story


    What about Beth Chalmers’s performance did you like?

    Chalmers does a great job- right amount of emotion, love the different voices and the accent. I hope she reads the next one too!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-02-12
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "My first Nicci French book"

    The story started off brisk with the first abduction, but then the story became so slow that I found my mind would wonder instead of wanting to listening. Eventually, I would get back on track and enjoy parts of the story.

    One of my pet peeves with audio books is when there is natural break in the story to accommodate a switch of scenario and characters, the narrator should take a significant pause instead of continuing to narrate as if the last sentence of one scene flows into the first sentence of the next scene. To be fair, I don't know if that is the narrators fault or the way the audio book is put together. Anyway, I had to replay parts of the book over and over to get the meaning of all the twists and turns and many different characters.

    In the end, I rate the characters well written, but the story was not appealing to me. That is probably more my taste in subject than a flaw of the authors. I do feel that the writers are worth another try and will pick another book of theirs sometime in the near future.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BasketCraze 05-29-16
    BasketCraze 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Riviting Story with Engaging Characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was an excellent murder mystery, with interesting characters, in a great London setting. I will definitely be getting the other books in this series!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Monday?

    It is hard to say without giving things away. There is a great twist in the story, that is very intriguing, and I think with be enjoyable to anyone who loves a good mystery.


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    beckie811 05-25-16
    beckie811 05-25-16
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    "Mixed feelings"

    It took me a while to get into this book...starting and stopping it several times. I think the way it started with many different unrelated character storylines made it hard to engage initially. However, once I did, I found the story interesting, and enjoyed the many twists (although some of them I anticipated). For some reason, I had trouble relating to the heroin, Frieda. Usually, by the end of a story I have grown fond of the main character and want to read more of their stories. With this one, not so much. I think I liked Joseph more than I liked Frieda. The narration took me a while to get used to...somewhat whiny and nasal, but not horrible. In a nutshell, the story was good, the characters were weak, and the narration was just OK. I don't plan on continuing this series. It just wasn't for me.

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    EC 04-10-16
    EC 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book!!"

    I loved the narrator, loved the clever storyline and loved that I couldn't figure out the mystery! Can't wait to listen to the next in the series!

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