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Winter Frost

Written by: R. D. Wingfield
Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
Series: Jack Frost
Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins

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Winter in Denton is a busy time for DI Jack Frost, whose unsolved crime figures are mounting. A serial killer is murdering local prostitutes; armed robbery; a ram raid at a jewellers and a buried skeleton is uncovered. But Frost's main concern is for the safety of a missing schoolgirl.

The dead body of another little girl from the same school is found... Frost's prime suspect, strongly protesting his innocence, hangs himself in his cell, leaving a note blaming Frost for driving him to suicide. Coarse, insubordinate and fearless, DI Jack Frost is in serious trouble.

©1999 R. D. Wingfield (P)2000 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-14

Frost is irresistable

Would you consider the audio edition of Winter Frost to be better than the print version?

With a good narrator, I would rather listen than read because the voice of the characters brings a story so much to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter Frost?

The humour Frost applies to a grim world is always enjoyable, and how he never gives up on the victims.

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

I certainly enjoyed this performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh a lot, but was always very gripping as the search for the young girl went on.

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  • Kay
  • 14-01-15

The best Frost!

This has GOT to be the best one I've listened to in the Frost series! His Jokes & quips made me laugh out loud & a gripping plot full of twists & turns,

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  • Mrs
  • 22-02-18

excellent

great book, fantastic narration. really enjoyed it. going to check out his other books now

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  • Much Read Photographer
  • 20-05-16

Fabulous!

What did you like best about this story?

I just love the lack of political correctness in Wingfield's fabulous novels. The narrator is also wonderful and makes the books so enjoyable and entertaining. Highly recommended!

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

Yes and they have all been great.

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  • Gabydolores
  • 09-01-15

Relentless and loathsome sexism.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A third of the way through listening to this book I took to google to see if I was alone in finding the relentless sexism of the characters tiresome and a bit repellent. Apparently I am - none of the other reviews I came across mention it. The most common references to women in the book involve the words 'stupid cow', or 'poor cow' if the author is attempting sympathy. Frost and his side-kick Morgan speculate endlessly about what the women in the book look like naked, leering at the breasts and backsides of victims, colleagues and witnesses. At one point there is a discussion between Frost, Morgan and a suspect about the sexual attractiveness of an 11 year old girl, with the conclusion being that the suspect can't really be fingered as a paedophile, because the 11 year old girl he molested was sexually experienced and well developed, and 'up for it'. Frost and Morgan are described leering at a picture of her in a bikini, and discussing how they'd be prepared to go to prison for a chance to have sex with her. Women who aren't sexually attractive are portrayed as desperate and pitiful. Police women colleagues are described mainly in relation to how big their breasts are. At the end the author has them dressing as prostitutes to act as decoys, and there is much slobbering in the text over their sexual appeal. I appreciate that his 'close to the knuckle' and black humour is a huge part of Frost's appeal as a character and the general appeal of the books themselves, but the nastiness of some of the sexism, and the contempt for women ground me down in the end. I kept having to remind myself that the novel is set and was published in the 1999, and not 1973.


Shame because I loved other aspects of this novel - it's well plotted and sometimes very funny.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-20

Easy read but dated story.

You can't help but feel that it won't be long before these stories will be too offensive for general sale. Whether it's a misguilded belief that the books portray the normal way police forces are run and that all male officers are sex mad or it really was like that in 80's and 90's I'm not sure but after three books it's becoming boring. From crude jokes about women and child porn to the really frustrating Mullett's continual attitude to running a police station, I struggled to finish this book. Yes I know its fiction, but I really do hope our police force isn't run like this 🤔🤔
But for all that, the main storyline wasn't too bad just full of holes and bizarre leaps of faith, Frost is falhorn bloke but likeable and you do feel sorry for him and his hapless colleagues. It's an easy no challenge read/listen.

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  • MrsGj
  • 08-05-20

Terrific story

Well written and superbly well read.
Much better than the previous book’s production. Looking forward to the next book!

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  • floyd59
  • 25-03-20

better read than watched

A great listen ,far superior to the frankly disappointing tv series of yesterday, Frost really is on top form here

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  • MrsP
  • 10-03-20

Not the lovable rogue we know from the TV series

I just don't recognise the character. Having watched all of Frost on TV, I just don't recognise who this Frost is, he is coarse, vulgar and such a chauvinist. Do not buy these if you loved David Jason as Frost, these will leave you with a very sour taste, in your mouth. In my opinion I wonder if DJ didn't narrate them as they are so far off the character he played on TV.

Was RD Wingfield obsessed with male genitalia, as that part of the male anatomy seems to be on Frost's mind a lot of the time.

I have bought 5 of these books and I am going to return them all, they're utter rubbish, and I have wasted a lot hours listening to them thinking, " the next one will be better" They weren't. this is a big no no from me

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-19

Riveting story, loved it.

Great story, highly recommend. So many twists and turns, and surprising ending. I was gripped from start to finish.

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  • Crotcheteer
  • 01-07-19

Excellent enjoyable story and performance

I love the even rougher cruder Frost of the books than that portrayed by David Jason in the TV series. I have enjoyed everything I have previously listened to narrated by Stephen Thorne and this is top notch narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-19

Frost never fails......eventually!

Perhaps the best yet. Always a frenetic pace with numerous twists and turns illustrating what must be the chaos of working policeman's life. Lashings of down to earth grit and drama with courseness overtopped, yet compassion and duty always evident in the bombastically bureaucratic thin blue line facing the terror of truly evil bastards.

Narrator perfect, (I'm hearing impaired), plot intricate, human frailty and foible everywhere, great yarnspinning of the psycho evil bastards out there, and the loneliness and sorrow of a much maligned, under appreciated, yet brilliant, Inspector Frost. Thank God for Jack, the roughest of rough diamonds.