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    • P. D. James BBC Radio Drama Collection

    • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi, Hugh Grant, full cast, and others
    • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of P. D. James' acclaimed mysteries, plus P. D. James in Her Own Words. This collection includes: Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires, A Certain Justice, The Private Patient, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Desert Island drama

    • By Zaubermond on 02-13-18

    Regular price: $34.10

    • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,012
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of fun for Austen lovers!

    • By Paul on 12-20-11

    Regular price: $31.50

    • A Mind to Murder

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 278
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 213

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Mind to Read More of James

    • By Holly Helscher on 01-20-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Cover Her Face

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 395
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 330
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 326

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Bit slow

    • By J. Roderick on 05-24-12

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Devices and Desires

    • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery, Book 8
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Interesting Read, Good Performance

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-19-12

    Regular price: $38.50

    • A Taste for Death

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic PD James

    • By Jody R. Nathan on 02-24-10

    Regular price: $47.93

    • Sleep No More

    • Six Murderous Tales
    • By: P. D. James, Peter Kemp - foreword
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    It's not always a question of "whodunit?" Sometimes there's more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unhealthy fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out the perfect crime? The ones who aren't brought down even though they're found out? And what about those who do the finding out who witness a murder or who identify the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the mysteries that we follow through those six stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfectly crafted short stories

    • By RueRue on 02-02-18

    Regular price: $17.50

    • The Skull Beneath the Skin

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    Private detective Cordelia Gray is invited to the sunlit island of Courcy to protect the vainly beautiful actress Clarissa Lisle from veiled threats on her life. Within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, she finds the stage is set for death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The 2nd & last Cordelia Gray Mystery!

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-17-16

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Lighthouse

    • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
    • By: P.D. James
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 648
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding!

    • By jb on 11-23-05

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Black Tower

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 92

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok..but not great

    • By Jack on 03-05-09

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Children of Men

    • By: P.D. James
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 177

    The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again. The final generation has turned 25, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity.…

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Needs another narrator

    • By Marie on 09-19-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Shroud for a Nightingale

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprising and suspenseful!

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-26-17

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Original Sin

    • Adam Dalgliesh, Book 9
    • By: P.D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • as always PD James is good

    • By Kristine on 12-11-14

    Regular price: $33.60

    • A Certain Justice

    • An Adam Dalgliesh Novel, Book 10
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love those British Detectives

    • By Angelyn S. Furst on 01-27-16

    Regular price: $33.60

    • An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    Handsome Mark Callender did not die the way a young gentleman should. He was found hanged, a lipstick stain on his mouth and a nude girl's picture nearby. The official verdict was suicide, but his aristocratic father suspects murder.

    He hires Cordelia Gray, a fledgling detective, to investigate. And as she follows a trail of guilty secrets and shameful sins, she concludes that the nicest people do the nastiest things!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • quite suitable

    • By Holly Helscher on 01-20-09

    Regular price: $27.93

    • The Private Patient

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 441
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 222

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Problem with narrator.

    • By R. Sentman on 12-12-08

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Death of an Expert Witness

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 102

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to Hear

    • By John L on 07-15-09

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Murder Room

    • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
    • By: P.D. James
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 591
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic P.D. James

    • By Jim on 11-23-03

    Regular price: $34.60

    • Unnatural Causes

    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • One of her worst

    • By Bearsgal on 06-14-15

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Mistletoe Murder

    • And Other Stories
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter, Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    Four previously uncollected stories from one of the great mystery writers of our time - swift, cunning murder mysteries (two of which feature the young Adam Dalgliesh) that together, to borrow the author's own word, add up to a delightful "entertainment".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I worship at the alter of p d james

    • By Sherrie Lindley on 08-09-17

    Regular price: $17.50

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