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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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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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Too much shouting

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

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  • Bee
  • 03-31-20

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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  • popeyejohn1
  • 12-08-19

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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  • zoe yates
  • 06-11-20

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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  • Charlie
  • 11-30-20

worth a read.....

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

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  • Willy Eckerslyke
  • 11-09-20

Terrible voice and accent

I think I would have enjoyed this book but the abysmal quality of the reader caused me to give up after a few chapters. The accents and the sound of the voice were so annoying as to totally ruin the story.

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  • Caron Reid
  • 05-10-21

I love this book.

I think this is the best book Lynda ever wrote all the people in it are so real

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  • Jessie
  • 04-21-21

Gripping story line

Excellent plot but almost abandoned because of the narrator. Do people really speak like this? Will read the next two in the series rather than listen to them. Disappointed,

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  • mel bramley
  • 02-11-21

Reader spoilt it

I got about 30 minutes in but couldn't get past the voice of the reader. I may try reading it. I definitely won't continue with the audio.

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  • Lucy
  • 01-29-21

It was OK - just

The start of the book is slow. For the first time ever - an abridged version would be better. At 16 hours this is about 8 hours too long
Most of the story is unbelievable
The police interrogation scenes were laughable - did you do - no, come on did you do it - oh OK.
The protagonist would never be given the amount of freedom and access she was given.
The narration was the worst I have heard for a long time.
But Lynda la Plante at her worst is better than most. I finished it and thought it was OK. Unlikely to read any more in the series.

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  • Yvonne
  • 01-20-21

Narration completely spoiled the book

I love Lynda La Plante’s books but the choice of narrator for this one completely ruined it for me. The narrator seemed to think that whenever a character was speaking she needed to shriek at the top of her voice. The voices she chose were absolutely horrible and totally unrealistic. Everyone shrieked with a really awful nasal twang which actually hurt my ears on occasions. I definitely couldn’t use earphones.
The volume used for the storyline and Lorraine’s voice was much lower, so finding a comfortable volume level , where the storyline and Lorraine’s voice was clear but I wasn’t shielding my ears from the other voices was impossible.

I like to listen in bed and every time someone ‘spoke’ I was afraid I’d wake the neighbours.

It would have been better if she had not tried to give the characters their own voices as it completely spoiled the book. I have stopped listening half way through, although the story did have me interested to a point. I actually found myself dreading the voices. I certainly won’t be buying the other two books in this trilogy as they are read by the same person.

Another irritation was that sometimes there was little or no pause left between scenes so that I also wondered what was going on.

It’s such a shame that a book can be ruined by the narrator in this way as I can see I am not the only person to feel this way.

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  • Fiona
  • 04-09-20

Not bad, but not her best.

This book takes forever to get going and I nearly gave up at the start, as there was way too much detail at the beginning, even allowing for establishing characters...... However, I stuck with it and overall, it's a good listen that sucks you in.

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  • Hamish
  • 12-20-19

Good Story Lousy-ish Reader

As usual Lynda La Plante does really well, though it's clear she's far better suited to English drama. This American stuff is a little cliched. You can almost hear the publisher say: "Now, ya know, Lynda, baby, honey, sweetheart, you know we love your stuff, but what we really want you to do is write a sassy sultry LA thriller. THAT"S what we think'll REALLY sell some units."
But truth be told it's the reader that's really off - this Laurence Bouvard sounds like some sort of comedy act. Absurd voices, caricatures, no subtlety. It really cheapens the work. But it hasn't put me off Lynda, it'll take a lot worse to do that. Will probly give the next one a shot...