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.
I had really high hopes for this book. I love everything Elizabeth and Darcy but PD James did not stay true to the characters. You seem this book dragged on way too long for my taste. It all ended as it should and was almost predictable. Most of the chapters seem too disconnected from each other with no real cohesiveness. I'll make it this book another chance reading it instead of listening to the audiobook.
I had to stop I couldnt turn the treble down enough on this narrator- it was literally like nails on a chalkboard. Will have to just read the book
PD James is done a disservice by this narrator or the recording technique
Very high treble and uncomfortable to listen to
I was so excited about this book when I first found out about it, but after listening to the story, I am nothing but disappointed. These beloved characters were placed in a story that dragged on and on. There was no suspense to the story. Do not waste your credit. Do not waste your time looking for this at the library. Leave Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth with the happily ever after that everyone knows and loves.
I am not familiar with the works of PD James. I tuned into PBS' 'Mastepiece Mysteries' for the first portion of 'Death Comes to Pemberley' and was intrigued enough to get the audio book to listen to the entire story before watching the conclusion. Regarding the audiobook, the narration was sensational.It was fun to listen to. The plot was somewhat implausible and the story wraps up rather neatly - conveniently - in the end, but in the process I find one is looking for the different clues towards an actual plot twist that I would not have conceived. But Jane A didn't write this, PD James wrote this. And it's good enough. Inventive update on a classic. It's not the classic. Yet, I enjoyed it.
I first started with audio books with my favorite author, Jane Austen. 70% of my books are mysteries and I love P.D. James so when I heard about this I thought it would be perfect. So wrong. Just about halfway through and not going to finish it because it is annoying. P.D.James has altered the personalities of the major characters. Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliams, even Lydia, Charlotte--all going against the personalities developed by Ms. Austen. Maybe as a standalone...without the connection to Pride and Prejudice it might be better.
I LOVE P.D. James' Adam Dalgleish stories. I have read and reread them all. I am also a Jane Austen fan. This, however, does credit to neither the author nor to Austen's characters. Boring is the nicest thing I can say about this. Stick to James' Dalgleish novels which are amazing and to the real Jane Austen stories, which are, of course, classic!