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RD Wingfield created a memorable character in DI Frost.. Hard Frost is a great addition to the series
What would have made Hard Frost better?
The TV series has eliminated the ugly sexism of the novels and left an eccentric larrikinism. This makes the series quite acceptable with very little political correctness emanating from the character of Frost making him all the more acceptable.
What was most disappointing about R. D. Wingfield’s story?
Probably ok for its time, but my feeling is that R.D. Winfield was always an awful person. Charles Dickens characters can be utterly repulsive but we're not expected to like them or nudge, nudge, wink, wink excuse them. We are expected to like Frost as he is written. I can't stomach him as he is written. I will never listen to this book to the end. The main character is just too awful. It's all brainless tits and smut to him yet he's given the hard cases!
What didn’t you like about Robin Browne’s performance?
I didn't notice the performance, I was in shock that a favourite tv series had been made from such appalling books. I'll never watch the series again. It's been sullied totally by hearing one book!
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Anger that people find Frost's shallow smutty behaviour acceptable. No thanks.
Any additional comments?
No. I don't want to think about it and that's why it's taken so long to review. I've never hated anything quite so much. I kept expecting the Frost character to grow and improve. He deteriorated.
The DI Frost of the books is NOT the lovable cantankerous Jack we find on the TV series. Where as TV Jack may send up a few characters mainly in Mullet's direct. After reading a few of R D Winfield's books I can report this Frost is vulger, makes wildly inappropriate comments in very delicate situations , is crude and extremely sexist.
I'm not easily shocked by characters and often they say or think something not nice. The only reason I persevered with RD Winfield book is, if you can stomach said character floors , the entwining storylines are complex and it's interesting to see how the character puts the pieces together.
TV Jack though he is messy, and disorganized it is possible to follow his lines of thought. ln the unabridged recording of the book Jack appears to be suffering from ADD, his trains of thought are all over the place. I never thought I'd have so much empathy for Mullet.
I was lolled into a false sense of security as the abridged books read by David Jason are very much nearer the Jack we know and loved.
Listen to the Abridged books read by David Jason, it's evident they edited the character to be more like TV Frost which makes for a much more enjoyable experience. If you listen to the Unabridged books YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
I simply cannot understand the high rating reviews here and on Amazon; Goodreads reviews are far more measured, many complaining at the negative, sexist references towards women, mainly by Frost, but seemingly compounded by a lot of his male co-workers. See also The Letterpress Project which succinctly describes how I feel about this type of writing. It's not often I delete downloads from Audible ... but this is a prime example. Hopefully these kind of references towards women will, eventually, be recognised for what they are ... mindless ignorance. With this subject being covered by Prime Time Media at the moment it illustrates how long this negativity towards women has been allowed to infiltrate society.