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.
If you have ever worked or lived within the Catholic or Anglican seminary systems, you will soar with delight for the memories this story triggers. PD James continues to shine as mistress of mystery, character, and setting.
The narrator Charles Keating deserves an Audie for the audio performance -- deliciously centering, calming, entrancing.
Read it. Listen to it.
The moment was the entire narration by Mr Keating. A voice of God.
The very first, but not the last.
Old Church, New Church -- Who Wins?
A continuum, all the characters remain true to selves, even with added aspects. Believability of facts from smallest detail, making it a savory stew rather than a bland broth. The last lines resonate, hanging like notes in the mind, fading slowly out of earshot. A most satisfying read
Another great story by PD James! A very good performance by the narrator. I recommend it for her Mistry and thriller buffs. A continuation of PD James excellence.
This might be a good read for someone with serious misgivings about modern church reforms and more tolerance than I have for child molesters.
I thought this was a surprisingly weak entry. Dalgleish retains his fascination, and the story was intricately and interestingly plotted. I also liked that a love interest, Emma Lavenham, emerges in this book. Having said that, I never really got past James' focus on trashing reforms in the Church of England, and her insistence that it is wrong to punish priests who molest young boys. She even asserts, more than once, that priests who touch young boys don't harm them. Where has she been? Under a rock? Perhaps the problem was the religious setting -- it seems to have unearthed the most unreconstructed of James' views.
It is a bit as if Dalgleish himself were narrating his story, Keating brings a sense of intelligent if dispassionate perspective.
All discussion of the badness of modern church reform, and even more, all mention of James' views on the acceptability of child molestation by priests.
I hope the books in the series after this one display more modernized, enlightened views. I've been a PD James fan for a long time.
No, because the reading was poorly done. Male, female, old and young characters all had the same voice.
It was OK. I was very distracted by poor reading.
An actor, not just a reader is needed for audiobooks. His performance was distressing.
No, I never do. I like to draw my listening out.
Please choose actors as readers. Emilia Fox is very good.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes good British mystery novels. I think the characters are excellently well developed and the story is great. I was sad when it ended, but love how P.D. James gives the story epilogue to tie everything together.