©1992 P. D. James; (P)2008 Books on Tape
I am a PD James fan, and have always enjoyed the descriptive dialogue, which for some lends to a slow read. This is not an action story, it really is more a study of a variety of personalities.
yes, but only for those that enjoy what words can do.
I felt she let the characters be who the author envisioned them to be. I felt the author was reading the story.
I *think* I liked this book but can't be sure because the narration was too distracting. Characters were shrill, whiny, almost hysterical in places where they should have been stoic. Dalgleish was performed as if he were there to soothe us to sleep.
I will try other P.D. James books, but not narrated by Penelope Dellaporta. I think I'll stick to old fashioned reading for the next one.
I understand that this is the debut of Inspector Dalgleish. The plot was a bit slow, and the narrator even more so. I found listening at 1 1/2 speed to be about right. the audio sounded like it had been recorded over a phone, and there was a slight ground loop hum in the background. Overall, I wish I had read this book rather than listened to it. I should have listened more closely to sample. Even so, I plan on reading or listening to more P D James.
I would recommend the book, not the recording.
Katherine Kellgren or Donada Peters
I believe it has several.
The writing is wonderful. Succinct, vivid descriptions; witty, erudite dialogue. The mystery, alas, left much to be desired. The motives of some of the characters just didn't ring true to me. So, as far as recommending goes, if they want to read a good mystery, then no. If you just love the sounds of well written sentences, then yes.
I felt we needed more hints about who the murderer was dropped throughout the book.
This was, I believe, P.D. James' first book. There's enough promise here that it's no surprise it wasn't her only book. Still, she could've been better. And I'm sure she was.
I'm looking for the next book
She was Supberb!!
Frustration, there was little or no movement in the plot.
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