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A Mind to Murder: Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, Book 2 | [P. D. James]

A Mind to Murder: Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, Book 2

That a man who caught murderers should be a successful poet seemed inappropriate to some people. But Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of the Criminal Investigation Department was attending his publisher's annual sherry party when a call from Scotland Yard whipped him away to investigate a particularly brutal murder. In the elegant Steen Psychiatric Clinic, which catered strictly for upper-class neuroses, sprawled the body of Enid Bolam, a chisel through her heart. It had been a vicious, calculated thrust, suggesting that the killer had not only confident knowledge of anatomy but unusual strength.
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Publisher's Summary

That a man who caught murderers should be a successful poet seemed inappropriate to some people. But Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of the Criminal Investigation Department was attending his publisher's annual sherry party when a call from Scotland Yard whipped him away to investigate a particularly brutal murder. In the elegant Steen Psychiatric Clinic, which catered strictly for upper-class neuroses, sprawled the body of Enid Bolam, a chisel through her heart. It had been a vicious, calculated thrust, suggesting that the killer had not only confident knowledge of anatomy but unusual strength. But why, lying on Miss Bolam's chest, was there the grotesque wooden image which old Tippett, a chronic schizophrenic, had been carving in the art therapy department?

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern-day standards.

©1963 P.D. James; (P)1986 BBC Audiobooks Limited

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    David Hurwitz Calabasas, CA USA 06-15-06
    David Hurwitz Calabasas, CA USA 06-15-06 Member Since 2005

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    "Bad sound, good story"

    This early PD James story is quite good though not as satisfying as her more recent novels. However, the sound quality is poor and makes listening to the story an ordeal. I suspect that it's just copied from an old cassette with no attempt made to clean up the audio. I would recommend that all recordings of this quality be removed from Audible's library until the sound can be enhanced by modern techniques.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ruthann Belleville, MI, USA 11-29-05
    Ruthann Belleville, MI, USA 11-29-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Uneven Recording Quality"

    I enjoyed the story, as I usually do P.D. James' work. Unfortunately the uneven quality of both the narration and the recording itself made listening to this book almost painful.

    Marsden, the narrator, speaks back in his throat, and unless I was wearing headphones I missed a good deal of the story. To compound matters, it appeared to me that he used different recording equipment throughout the book. The recording quality from one paragraph to another was startling different. To make sure it wasn't my imagination, I listened via headphones and various sets of speakers, through my iPod, and on two different laptops.

    Too bad such a good story was ruined by a poor reading and poor recording.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    John Claremont, VA, USA 02-03-07
    John Claremont, VA, USA 02-03-07 Member Since 2003
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    "A Mind to Murder by P D James"

    This audiblebook has been most difficult to listen to, as the reader appears to be rushing in his reading, and the sound quality is horrible. If this becomes available with perhaps Michael Jayston reading, I shall certainly repurchase it so as to be able to hear and listen comfortably.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Lakewood, CO, USA 12-10-07
    Sharon Lakewood, CO, USA 12-10-07 Member Since 2007
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    "A Mind to Murder"

    I usually enjoy PD James novels but this is poor at best. Very boring and slow moving. The monotone narration didn't help the slow to develope plot. It is the first book from Audible that I wish I could have sent back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 09-10-13
    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 09-10-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Not my cup of tea..."

    Too slow, just not for me.... Narrator spoke too fast, had to play at a slower speed... Probably a great author for those that enjoy cozy mysteries...

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    Phyllis Palm City, FL, United States 11-29-11
    Phyllis Palm City, FL, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Terrible audio"

    Found it hard to listen because of the terrible sound quality. Although I liked Marsden as the Inspector on the tv series, he's a little monotonous as a narrator. Otherwise, typical PD James -- which is pretty good.

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    Mavis Albury, Australia 06-29-10
    Mavis Albury, Australia 06-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Poor sound quality"

    The sound quality was poor and sadly affected the enjoyment of a book by a favourite author.

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    "sleep inducing"
    Would you try another book written by P. D. James or narrated by Roy Marsden?

    no


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    this story seemed to go on and on


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Marsden’s performances?

    no - it was mainly the reader who spoiled it for me , he seemed to be in a great hurry to get it over and done with. I have read Dalgleish books before and enjoyed them but read by someone else.


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  • Alison Ward
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    12/10/13
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    "exhausted just listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Mind to Murder: Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Series, Book 2 (Unabridged) to be better than the print version?

    No because i could not keep up with the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    its brilliant twists and movement of plot


    What didn’t you like about Roy Marsden’s performance?

    He races through the plot as if he had to get the recording completed by a deadline - his not the readers


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO - unlike other productions of James work i found this too tiring and difficult to listen to - i had to replay parts to work out what was being said


    Any additional comments?

    A lesson learnt - i just assumed it would the same as the others - but sadly not. So next time i will check who is performing and will be avoiding Marsen's taping until i test it first

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