Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
“Typically James, an excellently written novel and classic mystery. Good description of scenes so the reader knows exactly where they are and what is happening. No sidetracking into romantic or sexual situations, James is all about the mystery and the characters. Keating is an exceptional narrator with all the characters to distinguish he does a great job.
The mystery is pretty good but crammed with predictable British stereotypes on every level....I've heard better, but enough to make me carry on to the end, in spite of the excrutiatingly plodding narration. For those who think Keating can master different voices, I can tell you he is a monotone lightweight in comparison with the likes of Patrick Tull or Frederick Davidson. Keating (or a better narrator) could easily have doubled the pace and made the book much more enjoyable.
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.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
I must have pedestrian tastes or lack culture or something like that. Descriptive language is one thing. But the author's need to describe every cottage or room down to the minutest of details drove me batty after a while. All that was lacking was a pop quiz asking the location of a lamp or desk. Beyond that I thought this was an average yarn and one that was pretty hard to follow. I didn't like the characters being referred to by both their first and last names, depending on the situation. I felt like I needed a scorecard. This was one of the few books I've listened to that I hoped would end sooner than it did. Don't think I'll be reading anything else by P.D. James.
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.