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To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe at her side, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. I'm not sorry."

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley- and in their own lives as well.

©1992 Susan Elizabeth George; (P)1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Ellen
  • Portland, ME, USA
  • 03-09-05

The first and best Elizabeth George

This is the book that made me an Elizabeth George fan. It's power and force are in it's treatment of the subject of sexual abuse in a very human, psychologically complex way. Read it first, preferably unabridged.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Emily
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 05-16-10

Go With the Paper Version

I really enjoy Elizabeth George's work, but the this audiobook is much too condensed and has poor audio quality.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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YUCK, UGH, DOUBLE YUCK!!!

This story started out sad and went downhill. I don't even want to describe it.
I thought the Inspector Lynley series would be good -- it's certainly popular and has been around for a while. However, after listening to this first book in the series, I cannot understand why. The book is well written, but the subject matter and most of the characters in this book are depressing. The details of what happens in the story and why are gruesome and revolting. I won't be listening to any more of this series. In fact, I'm trying to find out how I can delete this book from my Audible library. With all of that said, the narrator was outstanding.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great book; sorry it's abridged

Great performance and very good tale. Very disappointed that it isn't the full length version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It was not awful, but I had to slow the speed.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Fans of Elizabeth George.

Would you recommend A Great Deliverance to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Too many characters to develop for a short story.

What three words best describe Derek Jacobi’s performance?

OK, pretty good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Celeste
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-25-12

Modern British mystery

If you could sum up A Great Deliverance in three words, what would they be?

Characters well developed.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Lots of twists & turns in the plot.

What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brings the characters to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long for that, but didn't want to go too long in between sittings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Deliverance at Slower Speed

I have loved all of Elizabeth George’s Lynley mysteries and can’t believe I am going to criticize Jacobi, but I had to listen to it on .75 speed. Otherwise, it was jarring. O

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What's with the abridged version?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Reading the non-abridged

Any additional comments?

I didn't realize this was an abridged version when I bought it. And the abridged version is the only one offered by Audible. I read the book a few years ago, so I listened to this one I kept thinking "I don't remember this going so fast ...." Not nearly as good, considering it's the first in a series and serves as introduction to all the characters.

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Abridged version gutted the story

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

the unabridged version. Elizabeth's George's stories are complex. Her characters are developed. The abridged version isn't much more than an outline. Very disappointed that I mistakenly bought this.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?

I LOVE Elizabeth George's Inspector Lindley series. I was trying to get the older ones in an audio format, but if they are out there I guess I'm not getting them through Audible

What didn’t you like about Derek Jacobi’s performance?

It was the abridgement of the story I didn't like

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I know her unabridged book would be fantastic. The abridged version is a mistake.

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Interesting turn of events

The end of the story grabbed my attention. The topic of religious rules and child abuse are ongoing problems that should be treated with more than philosophy!