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Adam Dalgliesh
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  • 1

    Cover Her Face

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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
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    (83)
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    (43)
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    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)
  • 3

    Unnatural Causes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
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    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)
  • 4

    Shroud for a Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
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    (63)
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    (26)
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    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)
  • 5

    The Black Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    Overall
    (30)
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    (21)
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    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)
  • 6

    Death of an Expert Witness

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

    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 (22 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
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    (77)
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    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: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
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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 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.

    Sherri says: "Another book ruined"
    Another book ruined

    Yet another book ruined by an ill-chosen narrator. I usually, always, listen to the preview of the book because the narrator can make or break the bo..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 05 2012 by Sherri (Minnetonka, MN, United States)
  • 9

    Original Sin: Adam Dalgliesh, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (19)
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    (18)
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    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: An Adam Dalgliesh Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
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    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
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    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)
  • 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
    (413)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
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    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)
  • 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
    (440)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
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    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)
  • 14

    The Private Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
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    Overall
    (289)
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    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)