• Cold Paradise

  • Stone Barrington, Book 7
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (537 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Palm Beach is the most glamorous scene of the crime yet for cop-turned-investigator Stone Barrington, who becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago and must settle romantic entanglements that haunt him still.

©2002 Stuart Woods (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A delightful tale of sex and violence.... ‘Sopranos’-style.... Slick, sophisticated fun.” (The Washington Post)

“Loaded with perfumed sex, sleek jets and yachts, lavish homes, boutiques, gourmet cuisine, quirky twists and nonstop action, Woods' pulpy pedestrian plot is grand fun.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Stone Will Never Learn

I love this series. One thing that Mr. Woods does BEST is tell the back story without "TELLING THE BACK STORY." You'd think after so much time, though, that Stone would stop being such a snatch hound, thinking he's madly in love with every single woman he gets involved with. He needs to listen to Dino more. Course, then the books wouldn't be nearly so entertaining. The narrator still sucks. Every single voice (except Dino's) sounds exactly the same.

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Quitting porn is long overdue

I have hung on longer than I should have because I liked Stone and Dino and a couple other characters, but I have grown tired of the pornography, and knowing that the first female mentioned in each story will soon be doing "that" with Stone. I wonder if the author has some formula-- how many women Stone must bed in each book, how many sex scenes, and by which chapter. The eye-rolling boredom of these scenes now outweighs the interest of the mysteries and Stone's cleverness. I'll take my policing without the other, thank you.

The voices given to the women really shows up how cut-out they are. Arrington actually isn't a different personality than any of the other women, so I'm off to listen to Jonathan Grave take out some really bad guys. Farewell Stone, you'll be needing Viagra before the series ends.

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Before he started mailing them in.

Classic Stuart Woods. I really like the narrator as well. Mindless but lots of fun.

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Tony Roberts Saves the Book

We can't seem to ever seem to actually end a book but it is nice to see characters interweaved throughout the series. At some point new material is needed but the stories are entertaining and don't take too much critical thinking.

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Great story

Very riveting. The only thing I did not like was the narrator voice. Too old for the character.

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Rinse and Repeat - Stuart Woods Losing Ideas

The stories are getting old and tired. How many times does the same situation have to happen over and over again. Stone is getting dumber by the story and with each new story. The character is getting more dislikeable and the whole arc with Arrington is just dumb now. They are made for each other but not because of love, more because of stupidity and selfishness. I am writing this review as I am halfway through book 8 and guess what? The story is the exact same. Stone gets tricked into doing something, someone he used to sleep with is accused of murder of their significant other, Stone sleeps with said woman, Arrington is somehow part of the same crowd showing up at the exact same time, the murder gets put on the back burner, Stone makes dumb mistake after another, and rinse and repeat. I only ever get these to pass time while on travel but even as as time waster they are getting less entertaining.

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Just gets better

Reading the series and each is better than the previous book. Can't wait to start the next one.

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Love Tony Roberts

I had already purchased this book that had a different narrator. I spent the money again to get the Audible version with Tony Roberts.

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Cold Paradise

Excellent story. All the twists and turns the Stone Barrington novels take you never know what is going to happen next!

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Not really worth the time.

Barrington would be much better off if. he didn't let his penis do his thinking. I'm surprised that he has not gotten a social disease. When did Bob Burman become Bob Cantor?, and Mr. Woods, excuse me but, Black people don't talk like Step and Fetchit in the real world, we actually speak English very well Jerk!!