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November 5th, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night chasing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human foot. And the night gets worse.

Local entrepreneur Harry Baskin is shot inside his club, an off-licence is set on fire and a famous painting goes missing. And Superintendant Mullett's attempts to join the Freemasons are being rudely thwarted.

As the week goes on, a cyclist is found dead in suspicious circumstances, and the arsonist strikes again. Frost is on the case.

©2013 The Estate of R. D. Wingfield (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Not as good as the original

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator was very good, it was the story that lacked. If the author(s) had not changed facts from Frost's life as described in the original R.D. Wingfield Frost books, it would have been much better.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Henry again?

Yes. I would probably still buy their work. The story was okay for detective fiction, it just wasn't really a Frost book.

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

This is the first one I've listened to.

What character would you cut from Morning Frost?

None. They all served a purpose.

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  • Matthew Hewittt
  • 11-23-14

Ignore other reviewer giving low score...

Any additional comments?

The other reviewer who rated this low due to it not matching the continuity of the television version is missing the point; these books are prequels to R.D Wingfield's novels, which not only differ in plot from the later David Jason series but paint a vastly different picture of the lead character. For what it's worth, Frost's wife has already been dead for some years in the first of the original novels (Frost at Christmas).

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  • J Whitfield
  • 12-28-13

the best early Frost

Really enjoyed this audiobook, with a great story and excellently narrated.
These are definitely getting better and look forward to the next one.

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  • Paul D
  • 08-12-18

Frost, not a very sympathetic character

Book spoilt by the central character.
Unpleasant and dirty even by the less PC standards of the last century.
Perhaps he improves through the series? David Jason did at least give him some redeeming characteristics.
Plot, writing and narration ok and I could be tempted to test a much later offering in the series to see if Jack becomes a little more civilized and social

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  • Flint
  • 12-29-17

Excellent

This was a very enjoyable book, well written, well read and with an interesting plot.

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  • Sue Smith
  • 06-22-17

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book,

A very rivetting story. Upset when nearly finished and husband came in for tea, couldn't wait to get back to it.












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  • David J James
  • 12-18-15

A worthy end to a magnificent saga, but I still want more

James Henry makes a worthy set of prequels to the original Wingfield series and it is great the way plots and characters develop over the three books in the prequels. I have been taking as long as possible to listen to the whole Frost series and now that I have reached the end of what there is I just wish they would write one more.

It would be interesting to go back to the first again in the light of the prequels and see if they deepen the experience of the stories after Frost is made up to Inspector.

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  • Mrs Pamela J Bates
  • 11-11-15

A Good book read by an excellent reader.

What made the experience of listening to Morning Frost the most enjoyable?

Stephen Thorne is (next to Tony Britton) my favourite reader and I only found these extra Frost books by entering his name in the search box which for me was a real bonus. After reading the recorded books by RD Wingfield, I thought that was all that was available but these by James Henry are well worth listening to with the same dry humour.

What did you like best about this story?

The flow of the continuation of the life of the detective Frost in Denton with all it's familiar characters and it's well written.

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

He is an excellent reader. I only allow myself to read books on holiday so audio books are part of my everyday life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily as I don't just sit and listen. I use the stories when I'm doing something boring like ironing or washing up etc. and especially housework or decorating. I actually look forward to the next day's work when I can continue with my story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-15

Frost at his best

Wouldn't want to work with hi but love the full bodied character. What a clever author to get it right time after time. Read well and clearly. Great book.

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  • brummiedude
  • 05-28-15

Good plotting but not the Frost I know

Would you listen to Morning Frost again? Why?

Yes - it's a good story

Would you recommend Morning Frost to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes because the plot lines are faithful to the originals and very well done but with the caveat that the Frost character is more like the sanitised version you see on the TV rather the rather coarse version in the original books

Which character – as performed by Stephen Thorne – was your favourite?

Frost

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but it's obviously too long for that which is no bad thing

Any additional comments?

The story is good with different strands interwoven in keeping with the originals but I prefer the cruder, sloppy character of the original books

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  • BS
  • 07-23-18

Boring narration of a bygone era

I hadn’t realised when purchasing that this was the same series which starred David Jason in the main role.
The action takes place in 80s where policing hadn’t caught up with technology, forensics, civil rights, anti sexism, anti racism etc etc. The result was to make me increasingly angry at the comments made between officers, smoking during witness interviews etc.
I know it’s fiction but this is so obviously based in fact - I wanted to shout at the narrator throughout the story!

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