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Publisher's Summary

Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir.
©2001 P.D. James (P)2009 Random House

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A Classic British Mystery

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I have read many of James' Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, but this one does not include him and somehow along the line I missed reading it. Full of twists and turns, it kept me guessing until the end. Phillipa Palfrey is an adopted child who is determined to find her roots, but gets more than she bargains for in a myriad of ways. It's a classic.

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Not Her Best

Would you try another book from P. D. James and/or Penelope Dellaporta?

I love P.D. James! I would try another book by her. However this book was implausible at times. In the end I really didn't enjoy it that much.

Would you recommend Innocent Blood to your friends? Why or why not?

NO, I would not recommend it to my friends. It was too long and not plausible.

Which scene was your favorite?

The father and daughter interaction when it came time to leave.

Was Innocent Blood worth the listening time?

No

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Excellent Listening

The story has so many twists and turns. The pacing is very well done. The ending was a surprise but very satisfying.

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Excellent and sad

Excellent story. Drawn to it over issue of adoption. Hoping for another AD story but this was quite a story. Well developed. The last parts were so sad for everyone but I think a well developed story of the human condition and the young. Well done.

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Almost good

I've listened to the whole Dalglish series (which I enjoy), as well as some other P.D. James books, and this is not my favorite. If a few things had been changed about the plot, I think it could have been a much more compelling story, with more relatable characters. Also (I don't want to leave any spoilers) but there are elements near the end that are downright disturbing.

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One of P.D. James Best - I've now read them all!

If you could sum up Innocent Blood in three words, what would they be?

revenge, identity, hope

What was one of the most memorable moments of Innocent Blood?

when Philippa discovers her true history

What about Penelope Dellaporta’s performance did you like?

She is superb! Dellaporta to me is the quintessential P. D. book narrator. I've gotten
others by mistake and it spoiled my enjoyment of an otherwise great story. Her interpretation of characters is never boring or monotone for she makes them come alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What a desire for revenge can do to the human spirit.

Any additional comments?

I will probably re-read this one in time; it is that good!

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Hail Mrs. James!! She never lets her readers down.

As expected I was left with a sense of completeness. No unanswered questions, every dark shadow oh humanness she stumbles upon she eventually casts a beam of revealing light. Wow, I thought I found one of her stories that I actually may not enjoy but I must say she keeps me coming back for more. P D James has earned the title of greatest mystery, suspense, fiction and romance novelist all wrapped into one. I give you four stars all around simply because I hope you will continue to outdo the last book of yours I read. Five stars will leave me with no need to search for your next book. Keep them coming,I will buy them.
Allison from Lansdowne, Pa

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Engaging and unique story!

Enjoyed this unusual plot. Unexpected outcome for an engaging story that keeps you expecting else.

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Bleak. Boring. Unrealistic.

I'll start with the positive. The narrator was very good. Even her voices for men were adequately performed- which can be quite a challenge for a female narrator. My only complaint is that the production seemed off- but that is the fault of the publisher, not the speaker. At times her voice became suddenly muffled, as if she were talking through a door. At other times her voice would gradually grow softer, then suddenly loud and clear. Again, not the narrator's fault. She was excellent.

As for the actual writing, I think I'd better start with James' prose. I've read other books she's written and perhaps the problem is with my memory, but I don't ever recall thinking that her books were over written. Understand, I'm not making a complaint about the length of the book. I usually prefer longer novels. (Neal Stephenson is one of my favorite authors and I'd be shocked if anyone has ever accused him of brevity.) There was simply no reason for the verbosity she employed here. There were endless descriptions of a random carpet, wall paper, the manner food was served, the way a person blinked... etc.

And then there was the way every person spoke the same, regardless of class, age, or life experience. If I was reading instead of listening, and the narrator wasn't making it clear who was speaking, their vocabulary could have been completely interchangeable.

Speaking of the characters... Look. Even if I don't care for characters in a story, I try to at least relate to them in some way. I actually found myself putting forward a great deal of effort trying to feel something other than apathy, annoyance, or even contempt for every character in the book, and was ultimately unsuccessful. A reader shouldn't have to work so hard to do the author's job for them.

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TOO STRONG AN ACCENT, BUT STORY-LINE SEEMS GOOD.

I had a problem with speaker's accent and could not understand much of what she was saying. I'm only on Chapter 10.