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Death of an Expert Witness | [P. D. James]

Death of an Expert Witness

An evil-tempered forensic scientist is put to death, putting many of his colleagues out of misery. Dr. Lorrimer appeared to be the picture of a bloodless, coldly efficient scientist. Only when his brutally slain body is discovered and his secret past dissected does the image begin to change. Once again, Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh learns that there is more to human beings than meets the eye and more to solving a murder than the obvious clues.
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An evil-tempered forensic scientist is put to death, putting many of his colleagues out of misery. Dr. Lorrimer appeared to be the picture of a bloodless, coldly efficient scientist. Only when his brutally slain body is discovered and his secret past dissected does the image begin to change. Once again, Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh learns that there is more to human beings than meets the eye and more to solving a murder than the obvious clues.

©2001 P.D. James; (P)2008 Random House

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    John L Knoxville, TN USA 07-15-09
    John L Knoxville, TN USA 07-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Hard to Hear"

    I felt there was too much reverb in the recording levels making it difficult to understand without paying a lot of careful attention.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Don Middleton 02-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Even Masters of Crime Fiction can be ponderous"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr KitKat Winnipeg MB CA 01-15-15
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    "The wrong narrator for this story"
    Would you try another book from P. D. James and/or Penelope Dellaporta?

    Penelope Dellaporta is not the narrator for the Inspector Dalgliesh series. I could not finish listening to this book because of her voice.


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    Elein Oakland, CA, United States 01-04-15
    Elein Oakland, CA, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to hear different voices."

    PD James is great. The narrator not so much. Difficult to distinguish different characters' voices. Tale could be more colorful.

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    Annie Smart Oakland 11-23-14
    Annie Smart Oakland 11-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Very hard to hear."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Classic PD James is always for me


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    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.

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    Skeeter 09-17-14
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    "Can't Believe PD James wrote such a terrible book!"
    What disappointed you about Death of an Expert Witness?

    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.


    What does Penelope Dellaporta bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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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