©1997 P.D. James; (P)2002 BBC Audiobooks Limited
"Narrator Michael Jayston's brilliant narration is a mastery of understatement finely tuned to the nuances and shadings of James' characters." (AudioFile)
P.D. James never fails to amaze me with her insightful mysteries. She uses words like no other genre author and her characters have the depth we give to ourselves. Murderer, victim, ancillary character - all are dealt with respectfully and satisfyingly. I am so pleased that there are many other James' tomes at audible.com. I plan to enjoy them all.
I love P.D. James (Phyllis to her friends) - this is not one my favourite (The Murder Room, The Lighthouse, Devices and Desires contest that title), but it is finely wrought and well told, best of all Michael Jayston (who has recorded most of her work) is a wonderful narrator
a gr8 mystery writer read by one of the greatest narrators of all time
A PLUSgr8 mystery
i love jameses writing style i read her books again & again, with michael jaysons reading. its just soooooooo good
I would not recommend this book to a friend. There is a great deal of scratchy sounding background noise that was distracting and made the reader's accent very difficult to understand. I love P.D. James's books and was looking forward to listening to the books I bought. I don't know if I can stand to listen to the others.
way too much information! the narrator is "stuffy" and the story goes on for ever! I won't buy PD James again.
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How do I delete this from my library?? It is horrible. I only listened to a short bit and it is too graphic and obscene. What a waste3 : (.
To descriptive and disgusting.
How do I delete this from my library?
Perhaps I haven't read enough novels in my time, but I gave up on this after a couple of hours. The attention to detail was over the top so the progression of the story suffered. It was as if it was written with the intention of providing the director all he needs to know to turn it to a movie. This is not the best review, but as I have only given it a couple of hours, this is all I can say.
"Couldn't put it down!"
This is the first audiobook I have listened to and was unsure as to whether I would like the format as much as 'real' books. I loved it! The story is well told and the characters brought to life. The story itself is gripping - I had to be dragged away each time I listened and couldn't wait to pick it up again. As with other PD James books, a long time is spent establishing characters before 'the murder', but this in itself is entertaining to listen to (whether it was because of the audio format, I don't know, but I found it much easier to stick with than 'The Murder Room' which I read a couple of months ago and nearly gave up before the main murder happened!). Highly recommended and I will be buying other PD James audiobooks soon.
"excellent if a little slow starting"
Thought I was going to give up after 'Book 1' - slow to start but reels you in bit by bit. Really liked some of her earlier stuff but been unable to read last few - but listening has been excellent. Michael Jayston as usual wonderfully balanced - not too much dramatisation. Stick with it well worth it at the end.
"A Certain Justice"
A very, very slow and rather tedious start as the audiobook format doesn't give the option of skimming. Be patient, it does get better. I dislike the bland almost effeminate style of the narrator, prefering a more robust voice, but when the story started to hold my full attention, my irritation with the reading style faded.
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