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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.
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.
still enjoyed this book but sadly unlike the greats like PD James the stories in these types of series always start to become repetitive and this is no exception. Mullet continued to treat Frost badly and Frost still ignored , yet another new detective arrives in this small town who thinks Frost is a twit only to be proved wrong.. That then makes the back story of the main plot so very unbelievable and boring that the desire to skip through is hard to resist. Have already purchased the next book so will give it ago but if its the same yet again will return and try something/someone else