... just enjoy her elegant writing. P.D. James is eloquent in describing the brooding poet, Detective Adam Dalgliesh as he tries to discover who murdered an Anglican seminarian. At some point everyone is a suspect (which must be a requirement in English murder mysteries).
For the most part I enjoyed this book, especially the intricate description of scenes and characters that made them real and 3-dimensional.
However, the book was painfully s-l-o-w moving and drawn out over 14 hours - a bit much.
I listened to the book in bits and pieces and enjoyed it thoroughly EXCEPT for the ending. Ms. James could have put a little more pizzazz in it or at the very least kept me in suspense til the last "page". I was more surprised at not being surprised. Overall, it was well written and was narrated well.
I really enjoyed this book. The author painted a vivid picture for my mind's eye and I was enthralled by the mystery. This is an author and character that I want more of.
Well-written character development and scene details with limited action and mystery. So well was that character development, that I wished the book not over at the end for that reason only, but... I sorely missed mystery, intrigue and excitement that one might expect from this genre. This book might better have been abridged so as to not be as tedious. I endured scores of chapters describing everything from wall hangings to smells just to be let down with a ho-hum crime mystery and more than predictable ending. 4 stars for writing style and character development, 1 star for plot and story line.
This was a very long listen, but very enjoyable. It is an intricate, believable, and carefully crafted story. The narration is excellent. More PD James is called for!
As a veteran of Audible, I enjoy listening to two to three books a month, if not more. After reading other reviews, I was excited for this book. However, it was a big disappointment, and could not keep my attention for more than a sentence or two. The narrators voice made me sleepy and lethargic, and more than once I had to review sections that I had just heard, but not LISTENED to because the book lost my focus. The monotonous droning about the many indistinguishable characters on a non-existent plot were more than I could bear. I didn't finish it.
If you are planning to listen to this book, don't read this review as it will spoil it for you.... The intricacies of the plot are incredible and well thought out which is why I was so disappointed with the ending. I was expecting an incredible twist, but the only twist was that there was no twist.
My other complaint is that every minute' detail is described for you leaving very little to the imagination and making the book last 14 hours.