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Devices and Desires | [P.D. James]

Devices and Desires

Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems, and has taken a brief respite from publicity on remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast. But he cannot so easily escape murder. A psychopathic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. When murder reaches the headland one moonlit night, Dalgliesh finds himself involved in a particularly horrible crime, and in the tangled emotions and motives of the suspects.
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Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems, and has taken a brief respite from publicity on remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast. But he cannot so easily escape murder. A psychopathic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. When murder reaches the headland one moonlit night, Dalgliesh finds himself involved in a particularly horrible crime, and in the tangled emotions and motives of the suspects.

©1989 P.D. James; (P)1989 BBC Audiobooks Limited

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    Phyllis does it again! I don't know how she comes up w her complex mystery ideas w tremendous character development (that's really her forte), but that's why she's the writer and I'm not:-)

    If you've never read PD James and like evolving characters, do try one of hers!

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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 07-19-10
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 07-19-10 Member Since 2006
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    I enjoy both author and narrator but the poor sound quality makes this a "don't bother".

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    Anne Montgomery Village, MD, United States 02-10-08
    Anne Montgomery Village, MD, United States 02-10-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Too much introspecition"

    P.D. James is an excellent writer, and this volume is certainly well worth a read, or a listen! I've enjoyed several of her novels about the poet/dective Dalgleish.

    In this one, however, there just seems to be much too much introspective self-questioning, self-flagellation, self-everything else, usually dark. Every single character is highly conflicted, twisted by life in one way or another, and it simply gets old.

    This is not a title I imagine I will return to.

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    Heather DE PERE, WI, United States 05-11-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Devices and Desires the most enjoyable?

    I have read and enjoyed all the Adam Dalgliesh stories. It's nice to listen to them again while I'm working.


    What three words best describe Michael Jayston’s voice?

    Smooth, rich, distinctive


    Any additional comments?

    The quality of the audio is poor. I have most of the other Adam Dalgliesh books on audio and they're fine, but the volume on this one doesn't remain stable. Several times I had to turn the volume up and up as the audio grew so quiet I could hardly hear it even when my stereo or ipod was turned up to full volume, then the volume would quite suddenly kick back in. It's a bit shocking when I'm listening as I'm driving. Perhaps this could be fixed in your system?

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    Ana BragaPortugal 07-01-10
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    "very disappointing audio quality"

    I was very disappointed at the poor quality of the audio on this audiobook. The sound is generally muffled, and there are abrupt changes in the sound conditions from time to time, where it is clear the recording sessions were interrupted. I am also quite sure some parts of the reading are actually missing.
    I have to say this completely spoiled for me the experience of listening to the story.
    My rating therefore reflects foremost the poor quality of the audio and not the story itself, which I am afraid I could not enjoy.

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    D. C. S. Alves London, UK 06-01-11
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    "poor audio quality"

    This is a good book but unfortunately the quality of the recording is very poor and the narrator's voice is muffled. I don't understand why Audible offers recordings that are not of adequate quality.

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    Margot san francisco, CA, United States 06-22-10
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    "Poor Audio and Thin Plot"

    Wish I had read the reviews before making the purchase. This is the second PD James that I purchased that had terrible audio quality--had to adjust volume by chapters and the speed transition from chapter to chapter was very poor. The Story itself is very difficult to follow, so between the audio and the story, I got a little more than half way through before quitting.

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    Fred New Orleans, LA, United States 10-17-08
    Fred New Orleans, LA, United States 10-17-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Don't bother"

    13 hours of fill and 1 hour of mystery.
    BORNING!!!

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    "Like Listening to Elevator Music"

    A detective story should be thrilling, enthralling and a little scary. Unfortunately, this novel is like listening to elevator music. It does have a good plot, but is weighed down by middle class, civil service English convention and an irritating lack of characters with any depth whatsoever. The dialogues are protracted and tiresome. The author appears to have little insight into human nature and has turned every character into a clich? that is conventional, empty and flat. Turning this book off three-quarters of the way through, was like hearing the school bell at the end of a particularly boring day. Ahhh... the relief.




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