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Bruce Haskin

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  • Unnatural Causes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    The peaceful village of Monksmere on the Suffolk coast was Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh's retreat from the daily brutality he had to deal with at Scotland Yard. Then they discovered the mutilated body of crime-writer Maurice Seton, whose macabre murder was to spark off a wave of unparalleled horror. Although the post mortem showed that Seton died from natural causes, Dalgliesh had a different view.

    connie says: "Atmospheric, character-driven whodunnit"
    "Not one of her best"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The taped confession as an epilogue was necessary to clear up the intricacies of the plot, but it seems to stretch credulity. The motives for a murderer to do this is beyond my understanding... but perhaps since I have never been a murderer explains why I can't identify the motive or compulsion to tell all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by P.D. James again?

    I am a P.D. James fan and have heard or read most of her books. This book is the only one of her offerings that I have not found to be up to her usual standards Almost every prolific author has one or two books that are not the best, but her other offerings make up for it.
    Of course, I will (listen to or) read her other books.


    What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Jayston was a very good narrator. What makes a good narrator? A good narrator is one whose presence is almost invisible. Good diction, proper pronunciation, the ability to convey both male and female voices, the ability to capture patois, argot, as well as upper class speech are also necessary. All of these skills must be manifested, but while maintaining invisibility.


    Could you see Unnatural Causes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was made into a TV movie in 1993 for PBS.


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