Excellent narrator, great story
I have greatly enjoyed the works of P. D. James, as read by Charles Keating. In Death in Holy Orders, James truly crafts the scenes and interactions of the characters so that you experience the tale almost as though you are there. Keating's reading, with all of the subtle nuances, accents and inflections were excellent. There are numerous other James titles in audio format. I hope Audible picks them up as well.
Once again, James has pulled me into Dalgliesh's world. As always, she slowly unrolls her story, always ordered, always beautifully described, always disturblingly undermined by corruption and murder most foul. This time we're at St. Anselm's, a theological seminary just holding on as an anachronistic institution, even while the buildings are barely holding on as the sea threatens to send them tumbling down the eroded cliffs. Murder strikes in this unlikely locale. We find ourselves pondering the extremes of human behavior, pitting tradition against modern venality.
James is a superlative writer, skilled, measured, precise. This is not a thrill a minute story, Jame's never are, but if you allow yourself under her spell, if you give your attention to her narrative, get to know the well drawn characters, the rewards and pleasure are considerable.
Keating is a wonderful narrator/reader who brings distinctive nuance to each character without histrionics.
I usually "read" Audible books while commuting. There were times when I'd linger in the car, even after parking, just to hear a bit more from Death in Holy Orders.
The plot was twisted so that just about every character was a possible bad guy at one point or another through the story. I think it could have been a little more wild to the finish. Also, it would seem that not everyone got what they deserved, and that some really interesting revelations could have been brought forth earlier in the book to allow them to better influence the story.
Worth listening too, but not as good as it should have been. This is one where the reader desperately needed a windscreen for the recording. It was awful to listen too over headphones.