I love P.D. James, and I love Jane Austen, but somehow this turned out to be one of the most boring mysteries I've ever heard/ read in my life. The language was very contrived, in keeping with the voice of Jane Austen. It was correct and interesting for a short while, but became really insipid and long-winded. And there wasn't much of a mystery-- very, very anticlimactic.
Definitely. This is the first book of hers that I haven't enjoyed.
The performance was great.
The long letters, the long court scene.. I didn't like the atmosphere much, so it's hard to think of scenes I really enjoyed.
Wonderfully written, of course. For myself, it was a problem of not liking the story. I'm sure I will read P.D. James again, but I think this killed Jane Austen for me for a long time!
Nothing but a re-write!
Half of the story was just a recap of events from Pride and Prejudice--who would have read Death Comes to Pemberly if they weren't already intimately familiar with P&P? Honestly! And P.D. James--shame on you!
No--but the performance was good despite the story.
Every minute spent in reference to P&P.
What a waste of money and time. Very disappointing. Oh, and the murder story was lame, too.
The narration of this is outstanding, and feels just as a follow on from Pride and Prejudice should.
Maybe - it is clearly very difficult to write something as a continuation of and homage to something as famous and fabulous as Pride and Prejudice, and in many ways James does a really good job. It just feels like there is too much information dumping at times, and that the true driver of the story is recreating the ambiance of Pemberly and its inhabitants, rather than James' usual intricate murder plots (of which I am also a fan). This is good for someone who is primarily interested in wallowing in the world of Pride and Prejudice, but not as a mystery per se.
I cannot imagine the print version being anywhere near as good, as much of the ambiance comes from the excellent narration.
i am not a fan of Rosalyn Landor, but hoped i could get over this because of the author. sadly, the story was lacking on all accounts. some characters are defined by the story they were created for. could not finish the book.
This is really one of the worst books dealing with Pemberly after Elizabeth's marriage. It is incredibly boring - the reader is excellent though but that does not make up for the poor plot and tedious details. I had expected better from P.D. James but this was not it. The characters are very one dimensional and the murder is quickly solved and there is little suspense to the book. The amount of detail about country life simply does not ring true of Jane Austen;s detail and instead of being delighted we are bored. There is relatively little action and conversation is stilted and unnatural. If you loved Pride and Prejudice then DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. There are other mysteries out featuring Elizabeth and Darcy which are must better done.
I have been a fan of P.D. James for years, and even enjoyed her stories on the PBS series, "Mystery." I have also been a Jane Austen fan forever, taking a summer to re-read her novels every three or four years. One would think P.D. James carrying on the story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy would be a riveting tale of murder combined with a heartwarming romance.
Not so much.
At best this story is contrived. The characters are all there, but many of them are not behaving like their old selves. Elizabeth is a side note. Mr. Darcy has lost his strength of character. The investigation is plodding with no clues revealed to the reader. When all is finally revealed at the end of the story, there is no way that even the most dedicated reader of murder mysteries could have figured it out, which is no fun at all.
The narrator, Rosalyn Landor, is easy to listen to, and does a good job with characterizations. Unfortunately, with this particular novel, she didn't have much to work with.
I have to agree with other reviewers: save your credits.
This book ranks very high among all my audiobooks.
I loved that P.D.James not only gives you a good story but she ties up all the loose ends from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
She's very good at changing her voice, which is amazing considering how many characters there are.
I have no idea.
This book gave a satisfying ending to the story of Elizabeth Bennett.
Ms. Landor gives life to the words, but doesn't overshadow the tone of the book. I started with the print version and changed to the audio version. Its was a seamless transition. The male voices are very nicely in keeping their characters.
The side stories of the the secondary characters are intriguing and well done. I especially liked the treatment of the Esteemed Lady Catherine De Bourgh. The other characters are treated with the same poignancy that Austen showed, and once again you kind of like Wickham but you know you shouldn't !
I don't know. I love P.D. James and this was the only book I didn't like. If you are a Jane Austin super fan.
I will probably read Defending Jacob.
Darcy is my favorite character.
The writing is sensational!
I love P.D. James and I am almost never disappointed.
I don't understand why people who try to piggy-back onto Austen's works keep missing one of the most obvious aspects of Austen's writing: Austen NEVER tells us what a character is thinking, only what they are doing and saying. And they always miss the sly humor Austen brought to her characters, especially in Pride and Prejudice.
This books suffers from those same faults (this Darcy is absolutely not Austen's austere Darcy; he's more mushy. And, this Elizabeth is downright boring. ). That being said, it's PD James so it's an OK listen. It does drag a bit here and there. .