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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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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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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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  • michele
  • Lancaster, OH, United States
  • 12-08-17

Frost at Christmas

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

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love frost

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

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  • Mrs J A Helm
  • 07-21-14

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-28-17

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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  • Carol S.
  • 11-10-17

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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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 12-09-16

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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  • Much Read Photographer
  • 05-20-16

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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  • C. Woodward
  • 05-27-15

Frost at Christmas

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

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  • David J. James
  • 05-03-15

A well-crafted story with plenty of period colour

I had seen some of the TV episodes and was familiar with Sir David Jason's portrayal of the Inspector - the original in the book here is slightly different. It has been sanitized for TV it seems. In the main I enjoyed the original with The narrator's skilled interpretation of the characters no less than the TV version, appreciated a lot of the 1980s colour ( bar the smoking but yeah, life was like that back then) but I was a bit saddened by the acquiescent approach of Frost to the paedophile vicar - but then again as we now know a lot of looking the other way went on in British society in those times, so I suppose sadly that it is realistic.

This is good crime writing with the twists and turns of a good detective novel along with the humorous moments that marble alongside the gruesome ones.

So having tried and enjoyed the first in the series I can confidently buy the next one.

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  • K
  • 09-19-17

A relic

A true horror of general vulgarity, the demeaning objectification of women and, worse, the most revolting comments regarding child sexuality I've even had the displeasure to hear. I'm sure it portrayed the 'gritty reality' of policing at the time but thank god we've (hopefully) moved on since then.
The narration is good and consistent but if it was recorded recently Stephen Thorne must surely have read most of it through gritted teeth.

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