A Deadly Thaw : Inspector Francis Sadler

  • by Sarah Ward
  • Narrated by Julia Anthony
  • Series: Inspector Francis Sadler
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 2004. In Bampton, Derbyshire, Lena Fisher is arrested for suffocating her husband, Andrew.
Spring 2016: A year after Lena's release from prison, Andrew is found murdered in a disused mortuary. Who was the man Lena killed 12 years ago, and why did she lie about his identity? When Lena disappears, her sister, Kat, follows a trail of clues delivered by a teenage boy.
Sarah Ward's second novel confirms her place as one of the UK's most exciting new crime writers.

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What the Critics Say

"The most engaging debut I have come across in a long time." (Yrsa Sigurdardottir, praise for In Bitter Chill)
"A twisted, skilful and entirely intriguing mystery." (Quentin Bates, praise for In Bitter Chill)

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the narrator killed this one

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Absolutely not! The book is okay but the narration was really terrible. It sounded like the person narrating was learning to read as they went along and had no awareness of the actual content/meaning of the words she was saying out loud. The intonation completely destroyed the author's intent and quite often mispronunciation was just ludicrous. Overall the narration was so distracting that I couldn't get into the novel and really couldn't say whether it's any good. Out of deference to the effort that authors put into their work I always finish a novel but this one was through gritted teeth! I found myself musing on how audible versions of books are produced, from the initial selection of the narrator, through the actual recording of the performance of the work, to the involvement (if any) of the author. This is the first time that I have considered asking for a refund of my listening credit and I have listened to hundreds of books on Audible for over 10 years now. My advice to those thinking of listening to this is to take a few minutes to listen to the sample before you add it to your basket ... or perhaps just read the novel rather than listen to it.


What didn’t you like about Julia Anthony’s performance?

See my comments above.


Do you think A Deadly Thaw needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not if it's the same narrator ...


Any additional comments?

The first in this series was great (different narrator) but the narration of this one has stopped me dead in my tracks. If there's another one and it has the same narrator then I won't be listening to it which is a great shame as the series promised to be really good.

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- Minty

Dreadful narration

What would have made A Deadly Thaw better?

I'm sure this is a good book to read, but the narration is awful. The pronunciation of some words is laughable and the whole thing is just very poorly read. I haven't even managed to listen to the end. What a shame, I really enjoyed this author's first book but this has put me off.


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- Clr5

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2016
  • Publisher: Whole Story AudioBooks