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Blue Monday Audiobook

Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

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. 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 just such a child.
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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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    Shian 05-07-15
    Shian 05-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Ok. Entertaining enough."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. 97% of the book is a run around, half of which goes nowhere. The entire book leads up to several mysteries getting 'solved' within the last 10 minutes of the book. Very unrealistic.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nicci French? Why or why not?

    I did. I listened to the next 2 books in this series. It seems I have ran out of good books to listen to.


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    L. Piazza 05-04-15
    L. Piazza 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Characters"

    The psychiatrist wasn't the typical know it all, preacher/teacher, with all the answers--what a pleasant surprise. The narrator was a little too brash for me, very clipped and hard a lot of the time. (I'd have to adjust my volume). The characters are great, and the story well written. Regardless of the narrator, it's worth it.

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    Bonnie L Hyden 04-03-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Too long. too much verbage. struggled to finish it"

    No recommendation it was too much verbage and boring with details. confusing wording. good reader

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    Calliope 02-23-15
    Calliope 02-23-15
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    "It was just OK"

    I'd had this book on and off my wish list several times -- there was something intriguing about the main character, as she was described. So, I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase it, hoping for an interesting listen. Sadly, Frieda wasn't very intriguing, and not very likable either........She betrayed her patients' trust and her professional ethics, she is blind to her own psychological issues but overcritical of others', and she's often dismissive of her own friends but seems to have no problem asking patients and acquaintances to help immediately whenever she feels the need. I was not at all invested (or even much interested) in her and what she was doing, including solving the puzzle and finding the missing child.

    That said, it wasn't badly written and the plot of the actual mystery was interesting. But that's about the best I can say.

    The narration was worse -- the narration always seemed to upbeat and young for the seriousness of the events and the status and age of the characters. Sometimes it almost seemed child-like, even for some of the male characters (what does it say when the deepest and most "masculine" voice with the most serious tone belongs to Frieda's teenaged niece?)

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    Michael 01-15-15
    Michael 01-15-15
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    "Too much about the inner voice of the bad guy"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicci French again?

    Probably not


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the discussion of therapy from the therapist's perspective. I really like how the character of Alan moved from stereotype to suffering human being. If it hadn't been for the "stream of conscious of the pedophile" segments, I would have kept reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Just to be clear, I understand that there's a genre of crime fiction that loves to wallow in the mind of the killer - it's just not my cup of tea.

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    Frank Lawrence 12-18-14 Member Since 2014

    Cougar

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    "Great mystery"

    Very realistic. the authors did an excellent job presenting very authentic people. the story keeps your attention throughout.

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    Anne 08-28-14
    Anne 08-28-14

    Take me away from the day's stress.

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    "Painfully slow"
    What disappointed you about Blue Monday?

    Uninteresting charactors, slow moving story not worth a full credit. Buy only if on sale. Not certain if I will try another Nicci French book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicci French again?

    Not Certain


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. Just wanted it to end.


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    Patricia 08-01-14
    Patricia 08-01-14
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    "Okay story, terrible narration"

    The pace of the story was too slow, the resolution of both intertwined plots were predictable, and the narrator seemed to only be able to distinguish different characters by increasing the nasal quality of her voice. Overall, it was a big disappointment after reading many favorable reviews.

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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 07-29-14
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Not horrible, but I'm not on board for the series."

    This book is written by two people. The intro makes that clear, and then listening to the first half makes that somewhat clear as well.

    The first half of the book seems intent on establishing Frieda as a (n uninteresting) character. We are treated to several interactions and threads that have zero bearing on the main plot. They aren't even small side things either, they take up large parts of the tale, are often annoying (the niece) and go absolutely no where later on.

    What makes the above worse, is that in the first half of the book, the scenes are often abruptly ended with little resolution and we move on to something completely unrelated. It's not only jarring, but also leads you to wonder just what is actually important in what you hear. That would be great if things were cleverly written to incorporate bits and pieces of all the little situations you're forced to endure, but, as mentioned, they have pretty much zero bearing on the main story.

    The narrator is pretty good, though she does all male voices in an annoying nasal tone which can be distracting at first.

    As for the actual plot of the story: I doubt you'll be surprised by the revelations, but it's an interesting ride in any case -- especially once the book starts to maintain focus in the second half.

    If this book were edited down to, perhaps not remove, but streamline some of the random bits from Frieda's life, then I'd give it more stars. As it stands, it's sadly the first book I've ever played at greater than 1x speed.

    Not interested in enduring the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Austin, TX, United States 05-28-14
    Julia Austin, TX, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't get into this book"
    Would you try another book from Nicci French and/or Beth Chalmers?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Beth Chalmers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narrator was ok; just didn't like the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't like the main character enough to care what happened.

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