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Publisher's Summary

The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to a rather abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives an 18-inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country with virtually no authority, the aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, grapple for both a motive and a murderer.

Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain's foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully over the complicated terrain of human relationships, while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart.

©1995 Elizabeth George (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Miriam
  • Chevy Chase, MD, USA
  • 07-10-05

praise with reservations

Well-read but the quality of the recording is not good - I would probably have been happier had I heeded the warning about the quality and waited for an unabridged version with higher quality recording.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Poor Production value

This book sounds like it was recorded from a radio,,, a very old radio. I kept waiting for Edward R Murrow to interupt with War news

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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poor sound quality

story is OK but the sound quality is terrible. Blurry music often overwhelms the words and sounds like a bad old recording.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Recording Quality

Please consider redoing this recording, I could barely follow the story...the sound quality was substandard. Even remixing it could likely help.

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Good story, poor recording

This recording sounded like it was recorded from an old radio show. It was garbled and at times hard to understand. It was not Derek Jacobi, the reader, who was at fault. It was the technical side.

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disappointing

poor recording....narration and sound unbearable....too bad...decent storyline...will not pick this narrator again, don't waste your $$$

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    1 out of 5 stars

Don't buy this!!!!( I wasted my money big time)

Let me count the ways
1) Its abridged (and badly done at that)
2) The music is too loud, you can't hear the reader over it, as well as the music itself is very distracting.
3) The cadence of the reader is wrong, wrong, wrong and there is no apparent adjustment either up or down in speed.
4) If there was a minus one I'd give it that score!!!
5) I feel very let down by Audible

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Recording is awful

What would have made Payment in Blood better?

Almost anything done with the recording could have made it better. It was excruciating to listen to as the quality was so terrible. I could not finish it and I could not get my money back because I buy so many that the time to return has expired

What was most disappointing about Elizabeth George’s story?

The narration was poor. The background music was even worse. It was almost impossible to stay focused on the story when the poorly incorporated music was behind the narration.

How could the performance have been better?

Eliminate the music.

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

Could not ascertain if there were any.

Any additional comments?

A complete failure, flop, an awful recording. If this had been the first audible book that I had listened to - I would never have purchased another one.

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Too short, awful sound quality

Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Derek Jacobi?

I love Elizabeth George and have always treasured Derek Jacobi, but neither of them can be commended on this recording. For one thing, it's abridged - which should NEVER be done - and the sound quality sounds like something recorded in the early days with Alexander Graham Bell. I could barely understand much of it and it was not worth the credit I blew for it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

My honest reaction was what - that's all there is?

What three words best describe Derek Jacobi’s voice?

Lovely, when recorded properly - which is not the case here.

Was Payment in Blood worth the listening time?

Only if it is a better quality recording and unabridged.

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Terrible sound quality

I love the books by Elizabeth George and have read the whole series. So I wanted to refresh my memory about the first books. I was greatly disappointed when I started to listen to Payment in blood. I find it impossible to listen to. Unclear sound, not like the Audible products I am used to. And I listen to a lot of books.

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  • Gail J Elverd
  • 07-19-18

Poor production

Interesting story and good narration spoilt by poor quality sound and music that overrides dialogue instead of complimenting the performance. At times a little like listening to a scratch record. Disappointed!