P. D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted crime story.
The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister, Jane, and her husband, Bingley, live nearby, and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, while the guests are preparing to retire for the night, a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham - Elizabeth’s younger, unreliable sister - stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered.
Death Comes to Pemberley - inspired by P.D. James’s lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen - is a distinguished work of fiction from one of the best-loved and most-read writers of our time.
©2011 P. D. James (P)2011 AudioGO
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It is a real pity, but I just did not think that the narrator was a good choice for this book.
The tone of her voice, poor intonation and almost total lack of characterisation, just did not do the novel justice in my view. A shame....
"What a disappointment"
A faster-moving plot. Omission of the many historical inaccuracies of both fact and language - eg references to the police when the book is set long before Sir Robert peel invented the first police force. A solution which did not depend on a "deus ex machina" ending.
Check when I bought it in case I could send it back!
This book had the hallmarks of a self-published first novel. It slipped in to modern useage at times; had numerous inaccuracies (eg a reference to a witness "stepping down from the dock"); introduced characters only to fail to follow them through (eg the investigating magistrate and notably Lydia Wickham). The main intent seems to have been to tie up perceived loose ends from Pride and Prejudice, rather than giving a creative story involving Jane Austen's characters.
A much better story line. Adherence to the characters created by Jane Austen. These were unrecognisable.
No, of course not.
She probably did her best with this awful script. Thank goodness they didn't get Emilia Fox to read it.
All of them.
I am so sad that this book was ever published. It has nothing whatever to do with Pride and Prejudice. The plot is at best thin and at worst a fifth rate mystery which lacks all of the skill of PD James' other work. I really feel the public have been cheated by this book as it has been hyped and marketed on the back of one of the greatest and most famous novels ever written in the English language. The author, publishers and anyone else making money out of this horror (including Audible and the TV production team) should be ashamed of themselves.
It deserves no stars at all.
As a lover of both P D James and Jane Austen I was looking forward to settling down with this book, and hoarded it until I had several hours free to sit and enjoy. Unfortunately, the anticipation was the most enjoyment I received; the performance seemed lifeless, the characters turned on their heads for no apparent reason - Mr. Darcy allowing others to run roughshod over him - never! His delightful cousin now presented as a rude, overbearing man? Thankfully Wickham remained a villain at least! Had it been read with more life it would have been a huge improvement; Austen is witty and a keen observer - this felt rather leaden, and frankly not a good enough story to merit the liberties taken with Austen's characters.
Goodness yes, love her other books
It seems lifeless; the whole point of Austen is that the dialogue and the relationships revealed through this medium is important - the flat performance leeches all the life from the characters.
beloved characters, mystery, wonderful! Mr Darcy is forced to deal once again with scandal and Mr Wickham but this time murder.
Lovers of Jane Austen and of Pride and Prejudice will probably approach this book warily but may find that it brings them a greater appreciation of both . The language is that of Jane Austen but P.D.James is concerned primarily with plot as opposed to character . The story flows along nicely but the players have little depth and the reader misses Jane's humour and understanding of the individuality of the characters . They have become bland and one-dimensional . This is a pleasant but unexciting read .
"Really worth listening to."
I am a Darcy fan and wondered if this was a step too far. What a pleasant surprise to find all characterisation in keeping but not parodied. An excellent listen although somewhat implausible killer at the end.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I like P.D James as a writer and love Pride and Prejudice so thought I would try it and the story was good and very easy listening.
Entertaining idea, developing the characters from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and weaving a murder mystery involving them. The main character is again Elizabeth. The "mystery" was nicely done and the pacing was gentle and almost sedate, but quite possibly in keeping with the judicial process at the time. I thought the language and style were Austen-esque enough to carry off the conceit. I wasn't entirely convinced by the dialogue at the end of the story, as it didn't seem to be consistent with my recollection of the original, but then, it is only a story!
On the whole I found this enjoyable but not rivetting. It certainly lacked the wit and charactor of Austin, even at her worst, and it did not have any of the 'tension' you would expect from a crime novel by P D James. Still it passed the time in an entertaining way, and I wanted to listen to the whole thing.
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