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Adam Dalgliesh
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  • 1

    Cover Her Face

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Roy Marsden
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Though Sally Jupp came from the village home for unmarried mothers, she seemed the ideal girl to help Mrs Maxie run a large house and look after her invalid husband. But the real Sally, pretty, ambitious and clever, was very different from the docile, repentant character she seemed to be. Murder shattered the tranquility of her new home and Chief Detective Inspector Adam Dalgliesh arrived in the peace of a country Sunday to investigate the killing of a character as mysterious as Sally herself.

    connie says: "sound quality OK in E format"
    sound quality OK in E format

    I did not experience the muffled sound quality mentioned by a previous reviewer, and overall I liked Marsden's narration -- The style is a "read" nove..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 10 2010 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
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    Cover Her Face

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill. Cover Her Face is P. D. James' electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.

    J. Roderick says: "A Bit slow"
    A Bit slow

    I understand that this is the debut of Inspector Dalgleish. The plot was a bit slow, and the narrator even more so. I found listening at 1 1/2 speed t..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 24 2012 by J. Roderick (Redmond, WA)
  • 2

    A Mind to Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Award-winning author P.D. James' second mystery in her best-selling series featuring Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh is now available as an audiobook! When the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is found dead with a chisel in her heart, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Dalgliesh must analyze the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted desires of patients and staff alike to determine which of their unresolved conflicts resulted in murder. Widely acknowledged as "the greatest contemporary writer of classic crime" (The London Sunday Times), P. D. James received the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award for long-term achievement in 1999.

    Holly Helscher says: "A Mind to Read More of James"
    A Mind to Read More of James

    In this second of the Dalgliesh series, written around 1962, the reader gets introduced to the inside world of English outpatient "sanitarium". Dalgl..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 20 2009 by Holly Helscher (Cincinnati)
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    A Mind to Murder: Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Roy Marsden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    That a man who caught murderers should be a successful poet seemed inappropriate to some people. But Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of the Criminal Investigation Department was attending his publisher's annual sherry party when a call from Scotland Yard whipped him away to investigate a particularly brutal murder. In the elegant Steen Psychiatric Clinic, which catered strictly for upper-class neuroses, sprawled the body of Enid Bolam, a chisel through her heart. It had been a vicious, calculated thrust, suggesting that the killer had not only confident knowledge of anatomy but unusual strength.

    David Hurwitz says: "Bad sound, good story"
    Bad sound, good story

    This early PD James story is quite good though not as satisfying as her more recent novels. However, the sound quality is poor and makes listening to..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 15 2006 by David Hurwitz (Calabasas, CA USA)
  • 3

    Unnatural Causes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Maurice Seton was a famous mystery writer - but no murder from his imagination could equal the ghastliness of his own death. When his grotesquely mutilated corpse is found in a drifting dinghy, ripples of horror spread among his bizarre neighbors: the cruel and cynical drama critic, the celebrated recluse, and the rakish young heir. It is up to Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh and his extraordinary aunt to discover the shocking truth about Seton's past - before the plot takes another murderous turn.

    N. DOVE-SMITH says: "Dear God make it stop!"
    Dear God make it stop!

    ok, well this was a big waste of money. horrible, simply horrible...i couldn't get past the first 2 hrs...i tried i really did...but the narrator was..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 22 2009 by N. DOVE-SMITH (Centreville, VA)
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    Unnatural Causes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The peaceful village of Monksmere on the Suffolk coast was Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh's retreat from the daily brutality he had to deal with at Scotland Yard. Then they discovered the mutilated body of crime-writer Maurice Seton, whose macabre murder was to spark off a wave of unparalleled horror. Although the post mortem showed that Seton died from natural causes, Dalgliesh had a different view.

    connie says: "Atmospheric, character-driven whodunnit"
    Atmospheric, character-driven whodunnit

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 04 2009 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • 4

    Shroud for a Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    The young women of Nightingale House are there to learn to nurse and comfort the suffering. But when one of the students plays patient in a demonstration of nursing skills, she is horribly, brutally killed. Another student dies equally mysteriously, and it is up to Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard to unmask a killer who has decided to prescribe murder as the cure for all ills.

    Anne says: "A classic mystery"
    A classic mystery

    I would, and have many times, recommended this book to a friend. It is a pure, classic mystery. The reader/listener is all the time being given the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 06 2011 by Anne (Durham, NC, United States)
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    Shroud for a Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    When Nurse Pearce died grotesquely within the precincts of Nightingale House (Nurse Training School), murder was strongly suspected. Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh came in to investigate, and he rapidly found himself caught in a deadly web of intrigue and corruption. But he wasn't sure if the girl had been the intended victim, and then another nurse died.

    connie says: "avoid if a hospital visit is in your future!"
    avoid if a hospital visit is in your future!

    After a slow start (which had me thinking that neither narrator nor author was at his/her best), I found myself physically cringing during the descrip..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 18 2010 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • 5

    The Black Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Just recovered from a grave illness, Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to the bedside of an elderly priest. When Dalgliesh arrives, Father Baddeley is dead. Is it merely his own brush with mortality that causes Dalgliesh to sense the shadow of death about to fall once more?

    Jack says: "Ok..but not great"
    Ok..but not great

    I have read other P.D. James novels and I must say that the others were of a better writing quality and kept my attention rivited. But still a good r..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 05 2009 by Jack (Westminister, CO, USA)
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    The Black Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Adam Dalgliesh, newly promoted to the rank of commander, is facing a crisis in his career. Dissatisfied with his work, restless and vulnerable, he thinks of resigning from the Force. However, an invitation to visit an old family friend in Dorset appeals to Dalgliesh. But when he arrives at Toynton Grange, a private home for the disabled, he discovers that his host has died suddenly.

    J. Hansen says: "Poor sound quiality"
    Poor sound quiality

    The technical quality of this production is very poor.

    Reviewed on May 03 2010 by J. Hansen (Denmark)
  • 6

    Death of an Expert Witness: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    A young girl is strangled. Then the senior biologist in the forensic lab where her body is taken is also found dead. Adam Dalgleish has a baffling enquiry on his hands.

    Kathy Matthews says: "good mystery"
    good mystery

    starts out slow and somewhat confusing; but once I figured out PD was introducing all of the potential suspects and the victim before the actual crime..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 31 2010 by Kathy Matthews (Kinston, North Carolina United States)
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    Death of an Expert Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    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.

    John L says: "Hard to Hear"
    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.

    Reviewed on July 15 2009 by John L (Knoxville, TN USA)
  • 7

    A Taste for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    When two men are discovered, with their throats cut, in the vestry of St Matthew’s Church, the police are faced with an intriguing challenge for one of the victims was ex-Government minister Sir Paul Berowne, the other, Harry Mack, a local tramp and alcoholic.

    connie says: "one of her best"
    one of her best

    I rated this as four stars after my first listen, but the novel not only stood up to a second listen, but improved. I had at first thought the novel w..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 06 2011 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
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    A Taste for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew's Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order? Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives, Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Classic PD James"
    Classic PD James

    Ok, this was a classic PD James book; beautifully written, lots of very nice psychological details; lots and lots of descriptions; and a good mystery ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 24 2010 by Jody R. Nathan (Tulsa, OK USA)
  • 8

    Devices and Desires

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    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.

    Nina says: "keep on tickin'"
    keep on tickin'

    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 th..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 17 2007 by Nina (Arlington, VA, USA)
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    Devices and Desires: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast. A psychotic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. And when Dalgliesh discovers the murdered body of the Acting Administrative Officer on the beach, he finds himself caught up in one of the most baffling murder cases of his career.

    Sharon says: "Great Interesting Read, Good Performance"
    Great Interesting Read, Good Performance

    I enjoy the English reader, she does a good job with this book. Nice change of pace. The story is the thinking kind of mystery with enough colorful ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 19 2012 by Sharon (Lexington, NC, United States)
  • 9

    Original Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (82)

    The Peverell Press, a Thameside publishing house, is ripe for change. The Chairman has just died, and his French partner retired, leaving the latter's ruthless son, Gerard Etienne, as Chairman and Managing Director. Etienne has made many enemies including his discarded mistress and a rejected author; and he has even threatened members of the Peverell staff. When he is found dead on the premises there is no shortage of suspects.

    Nina says: "Ms. James is irreplacable!"
    Ms. James is irreplacable!

    Fantastic! The story unfolds slowly, giving you plenty of time to enjoy Ms. James's extraordinary character development. The action proceeds at a fa..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 13 2005 by Nina (Arlington, VA, USA)
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    Original Sin: Adam Dalgliesh, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery from one of our finest novelists. Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes.

    Michael Andrion says: "Good book, still needs some work on the audio thou"
    Good book, still needs some work on the audio thou
    Reviewed on April 02 2013 by Michael Andrion (Hunt Valley, MD United States)
  • 10

    A Certain Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    When Venetia Aldridge QC defends young Gary Ashe, accused of the brutal murder of his aunt, this for her is just one more case, one more opportunity to triumph in a distinguished career as a criminal lawyer. But Regina v. Ashe sets in motion a chain of events as terrifying as they are unpredictable.

    James Gordon says: "A CERTAIN SOMETHING WONDERFUL"
    A CERTAIN SOMETHING WONDERFUL

    P.D. James never fails to amaze me with her insightful mysteries. She uses words like no other genre author and her characters have the depth we give..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 06 2005 by James Gordon (New York, NY)
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    A Certain Justice: An Adam Dalgliesh Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    It begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder. The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt. For Aldridge the trial is mainly a test of her courtroom skills, one more opportunity to succeed - and she does. But now murder is in the air. The next victim will be Aldridge herself, stabbed to death at her desk in her Chambers in the Middle Temple, a bloodstained wig on her head. Enter Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team, whose struggle to investigate and understand the shocking events cannot halt the spiral into more horrors, more murders....

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  • 11

    Death in Holy Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

    Jannice says: "Death in Holy Orders - good PBS"
    Death in Holy Orders - good PBS

    I chose this title because I have enjoyed the Adam Dalgliesh stories on PBS' Mystery, and I wasn't disappointed. P D James is able to convey atmospher..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 18 2003 by Jannice (Sugar Land, TX, USA)
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    Death in Holy Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Death in Holy Orders is set in an Anglican theological college on a desolate stretch of the East Anglican coast. When the body of one of the students is found on the shore smothered by a fall of sand, his wealthy father demands that Scotland Yard should re-examine the verdict of accidental death. Commander Dalgliesh has visited St Anselm's in his boyhood and, as he is due for a holiday, agrees to pay a visit, expecting no more than a nostalgic return to old haunts.

    Robert Pryor says: "murder with style"
    murder with style

    PD James combines the traditional crime writer's intrigue, plot twists, secrets uncovered and the distinctive character of the "good guy" in this case..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 10 2010 by Robert Pryor ()
  • 12

    The Murder Room: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    The Dupayne, a small private museum in London, is in turmoil. As its trustees argue over whether it should be closed, one of them is brutally and mysteriously murdered. Yet even as Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team proceed with their investigation, a second corpse is discovered. Someone in the Dupayne is prepared to kill and kill again. Still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of the past featured in one of the museum's galleries: the Murder Room.

    Jim says: "Classic P.D. James"
    Classic P.D. James

    Cerebral! Not idle listening.

    Classic James, don?t listen in the car. I missed a clue (or two) and will now, happily have to allocate som..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 23 2003 by Jim (Burnaby, BC, Canada)
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    The Murder Room

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A museum near Hampstead Heath has been inherited by three siblings, all of whom are required to sign any new lease. Without the lease, the museum will have to close. One brother won't sign. Then his body is discovered in his car.

    MRS says: "Good reading"
    Good reading

    no. Because I had already read it in print and in fact found listening to it was even better but twice is enough

    Reviewed on August 06 2012 by MRS (Canada)
  • 13

    The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

    jb says: "Outstanding!"
    Outstanding!

    P.D. James is the finest of all current mystery writers! And this continuation of the Adam Dagliesh mysteries does not disappoint. The story is brilli..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 23 2005 by jb (Boston, MA)
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    The Lighthouse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and security. However, the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

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  • 14

    The Private Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed, she had every expectation of a successful operation and a pleasant week recuperating. Two days later she was dead, the victim of murder.

    R. Sentman says: "Problem with narrator."
    Problem with narrator.

    She's good with the female voices, but the male voices tend to sound similar, very precise and even stuffy (including Dalgleish). Wish Charles Keatin..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 12 2008 by R. Sentman (Savannah, GA)
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    The Private Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    When notorious investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn booked into an exclusive clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring facial scar, she had every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, followed by a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses and the beginning of a new life. She was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive.

    Traci says: "The Private Patient"
    The Private Patient

    Every once in a while I come across a book that is so engrossing that I don't want it to end. This was such a book for me. Not since Pillars of the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 04 2009 by Traci (Wilton, CT, United States)