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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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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