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Original Sin

Adam Dalgliesh, Book 9
Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
Series: Adam Dalgliesh, Book 9
Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (178 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. Etienne was clearly a man with enemies - a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues, one of who apparently killed herself a short time earlier. Yet Etienne's death, which occurred under bizarre circumstances, is for Dalgliesh only the beginning of the mystery, as he desperately pursues the search for a killer prepared to strike and strike again.

©1995 P.D. James (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Complex and compelling.... James is writing in full mastery of her craft.” ( The New York Times Book Review)
"One of James's best novels.... James transcends literary classification." ( Chicago Sun-Times)
"The queen of the British murder mystery demonstrates why the crown is hers." ( Newsday)

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as always PD James is good

What did you like best about this story?

The philosophical elements, such as the exploration of what personal identity means and how it is expressed in life.

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

She expresses the characters in different accents that I would not even know about let alone be able to imagine as I read the book.

Any additional comments?

One very disturbing thing about this audio book was that every 30-40 minutes a sentence or two would repeat. It bacame very disturbing by the end of the book

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Good book, still needs some work on the audio thou

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

Almost the first 6 hours are building up to the murder. So it's not really an edge of the seat type book. The nice thing is you do know all the characters. I somehow missed this one when I started reading P. D. James. I like the stories and I know what I'm getting.

Any additional comments?

The story like others of P. D. James is great though it did take a while to get started. I just wish there was more attention paid to the audio file. Every so often lines are repeated. It seems that an tape version was converted. At least we don't get the side 2 message.

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Needs better editing

Too many passages were repeated twice. This was very annoying . The narrator of the private patient created a better Dalgleish.

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Great!

Sometimes the narrator is hard to understand, but all in all a great production and a great story!

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Again an extraordinary mystery with humam emotion

...left me with a sense of deep feelings for all the characters...well done! Narrator outstanding and a comfortable companion on the novels journey.

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Not one of her best.

James is usually reliable, but this falls short. It was pretty obvious what the underlying motive for the crimes was, but getting there was tedious. The reader seemed to have a problem pronouncing "she", so it often came across as "he". That was confusing at times and always irritating. I've read all of James's books, but I'm not sure I'll listen to another.

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well written but slow moving

well written, but very slow moving in the beginning. Should have been shorter and engaged more detective work. Ending a little improbable.

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Not enough Dalgliesh for me

Another in the Adam Dalgliesh series that is not about him or much detection. I like the little mystery but I am getting discouraged with it all about the suspects.

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Skipping and repeats-- throughout the book.

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

Returning because while I could brave my way through it once while I had the visual copy at my side, it's impossible to think of re-listening, or listening without being able to visually figure out if the repeat was intentional or not.

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Sloppy editing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes but the numerous instances of repeated lines was extremely distracting. There were also a number of places in which the dialog skipped forward.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Penelope Dellaporta?

Definitly.

Any additional comments?

I suggest this this edition be revised and edited properly.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful