©2001 P.D. James; (P)2008 Random House
I felt there was too much reverb in the recording levels making it difficult to understand without paying a lot of careful attention.
a dedicated dilettante
Nice Daglish mystery. Typicality over-convoluted. Ms. Dellaporta is ideally suited to narrate the book. The recording quality was just OK. It sound like it was in a smallish echo chamber
Of all the P D James books which I have listened to this seems the most contrived. She doesn't spend much time developing her iconic detective, Adam Dagleish. He seems to move through the story in a detached way, In her other books the reader (listener) gets to practically camp out in his brain as he discovers clues, experiences architecture and landscapes and interacts and makes judgments about suspects and supporting characters, but not here. This was still early in the series (1972) so I would guess that may be part of it. Don M of Queen Creek, AZ
Penelope Dellaporta is not the narrator for the Inspector Dalgliesh series. I could not finish listening to this book because of her voice.
PD James is great. The narrator not so much. Difficult to distinguish different characters' voices. Tale could be more colorful.
Classic PD James is always for me
The quality of this recording is abysmal, old, fuzzy and clearly in need of an update. Given that the audiobook is listed at top price that is simply terrible PR.
The characters are boring. I never cared what happened to any of them. I'm not sure there was a plot, except a man did die of course. I have loved the Adam Dagliesh mysteries until this one! I can hardly believe this one could be so bad when the others are so good.
As with all her renditions of PD James' books, somehow with her one voice she does all their voices. It's wonderful theater.
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