©1967 P.D. James; (P)1984 BBC Audiobooks Limited
trying to see the world with my ears
I found this very similar to (but not quite as good as) Death in Holy Orders. There is more mystery, but less armosphere and fewer setting details. I enjoyed the glimpse of the younger Adam Dailglish and will listen to more of James' earlier mysteries.
The narrator does not use many or much varied voices, but reads clearly. That may not be to everyone's taste. The pace of reading seemed too fast to me for James' style, but I've noticed that in other older books converted to enhanced format, so it may not be the narrator himself.
There were some audio quality problems (unstable volume, some static in the last hour) with my download, which I suspect may be also linked to the converson to enhanced format, so perhaps dowload this in format 4.
The taped confession as an epilogue was necessary to clear up the intricacies of the plot, but it seems to stretch credulity. The motives for a murderer to do this is beyond my understanding... but perhaps since I have never been a murderer explains why I can't identify the motive or compulsion to tell all.
I am a P.D. James fan and have heard or read most of her books. This book is the only one of her offerings that I have not found to be up to her usual standards Almost every prolific author has one or two books that are not the best, but her other offerings make up for it.
Of course, I will (listen to or) read her other books.
Michael Jayston was a very good narrator. What makes a good narrator? A good narrator is one whose presence is almost invisible. Good diction, proper pronunciation, the ability to convey both male and female voices, the ability to capture patois, argot, as well as upper class speech are also necessary. All of these skills must be manifested, but while maintaining invisibility.
It was made into a TV movie in 1993 for PBS.
It depends on what the user wants at the moment.
Adam Dalgleish because he is smart, sensitive, fair, and determined to find the answers.
Emphasis and a touch of drama.
There's nothing natural about it!
P. D. James--the novelist who deals expertly with death--is the current Golden Age Master of Mystery and the absolute tops at characterization.
Thanks for asking!
"not as good as other p d james"
normally i am a fan of p d james but this one didn't hit the spot. there was a long 'action' bit where the inspector risks his life and the odd sentence about his relationship with his girlfriend that seemed stuck on. a shame really because the basic plot is good but it was shorter than normal and there were quite a few characters so they all remained underdeveloped.
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