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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,780 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Robin Ellis and Full Cast Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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When Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh takes a well-deserved break, in his newly inherited cottage on the Norfolk Coast, relaxation is the last thing he can expect.

He becomes involved in the hunt for a serial killer, known as the Whistler, who is terrorising the small community of Larksoken. In the course of 15 months the killer has claimed four victims and created a climate of mounting fear, with each murder seeming that much closer to home.

When Dalgliesh discovers the body of a woman by the sea, it looks like the Whistler has claimed yet another life. But how could this be, when the killer's own body was found earlier that night along with a suicide note?

In the shadow of the massive nuclear power station which dominates the bleak landscape, passions and hatreds are surfacing under the strain of fear. And if the Whistler isn't responsible for the latest killing, there must be other enemies lurking within the community. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christian | 2/11/2014

    " 330/600pp. Insufferable. I reached the "Why am I wasting my time reading this?" moment. (book was given to me by this curious librarian at the nearby branch of the brooklyn public library). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/11/2014

    " A classic P.D. James mystery. As always hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/28/2014

    " This was a good mystery, but it just doesn't hang together as well as the other James mysteries I've read recently. My main problem was a red herring that appeared rather late in the book with very little warning, which struck me as being somewhat unbelievable and needlessly dramatic. Overall the novel felt overly long and overly confusing, without the same kind of tight plotting that I've come to expect from James. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Pribus | 1/20/2014

    " I certainly miss the BBC series of Dalgliesh, but enjoy Ms. James's ponderous books as well. Such precise language and excellent characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 1/19/2014

    " It was easy to guess "who done it" but the final motive wasn't as obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/18/2014

    " Enjoyed the story. good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 1/5/2014

    " I am on a kick of reading P.D. James mysteries. "P.D.James brings forth her masterful and literary talents once again, presenting another ingenious tale of murder." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 12/26/2013

    " As I reread Devices and Desires, I am reminded how much I love PD James and her ability to tell a well crafted mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 12/13/2013

    " Writing was mediocre and didn't like the story line. After reading good literature, it is apparent that this book is not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nel | 12/10/2013

    " Considered to be her best ... just not to my liking! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 11/26/2013

    " Lots of very British-y mystery fun. Not for people who hate having to look up English slang! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/9/2013

    " I read this years ago - one of the first British mystery (not including Agatha Christie) writers who hooked me on their less blood/more plot style of writing mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 10/19/2013

    " Haven't read a P.D. James' book since I was a kid and at that time, I couldn't get into it. Too young I guess. Stephen King was more my style back then. Over the years, I've really grown to love English-style mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 7/23/2013

    " Better than I remembered, and no more miserable and depressing than many of James' other books--although the setting is definitely bleaker than normal. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/23/2013

    " The book is not the reason I can't finish it. I can't read anything right now (manic phase), so I'll just have to pick it up later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/27/2012

    " Didn't grab me the way other Dalgliesh mysteries have. The nuclear power plot felt terribly dated, and James' own preferences and prejudices seemed very pressing somehow. I found her authorial presence irritating and smug. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Consuela | 8/15/2012

    " I actually got this autographed by PD James herself at a book signing. But I later decided not to keep it in my library and gave it away. It was rather gruesome and frightening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 8/10/2012

    " Pd James is an excellent and even poetic writer. While the mysteries are so so the way she tells a story is delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 4/4/2012

    " I think this was one of the first P.D. James books I read. It's good, but a bit different from some of her other Adam Dalgleish stories because A.D. is only a minor character. Not my favorite of hers, but even her worst is pretty darn good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 2/8/2012

    " Devices and Desires created an elaborate setting and cast of characters but it disappointed me in the end. I wanted more Dagleish (this was not his mystery to solve) and its resolution was not satisfying at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange | 12/28/2011

    " On the book it said "better than her best"... It was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edmund | 9/25/2011

    " Great book to read on a vacation. Although it isn't my favorite P.D. James work, it was taut, well written, and delved into characters' inner lives more deeply than is typical in the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Ryburn | 9/7/2011

    " not a typical adam dalgliesh mystery as he's not actually the investigating officer; nevertheless, highly entertaining as usual! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jemera Rone | 9/6/2011

    " Good mystery with a background featuring a controcersial nuclear power plant in small-town UK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Gillen | 7/27/2011

    " It's somewhat repulsive to lift the Agatha Christie world into the end of the twentieth century. "Snobbish" doesn't capture it. But absolutely marvellous at creating a world, obeying the whodunnit rules & delivering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 7/23/2011

    " Densely plotted book with many red herrings. P.D. James writes literate detective novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Guillory | 5/7/2011

    " Unexpected ending. Pretty good though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/24/2011

    " Not one of her best, but intriguing considering the fact that the back story is about a nuclear power plant and they are much in the news these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/16/2010

    " I'm a big fan of the very literate P.D. James.
    This is an Adam Dalgliesh mystery set in the Norfolk headlands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 11/13/2010

    " I like Adam Dalgleish on Masterpiece Theatre, so I decided to read some of the books. I thought this was one of the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 9/14/2010

    " Reader gets "sucked in" to the many complex characters. British detective Adam Dalgleish is such an interesting fellow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sasa | 9/13/2010

    " A murder mystery that isn't too murder mystery-ish. I mean to say, it has good characters too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 9/4/2010

    " To be honest, I read this book 6 months ago and am just getting to my review..I can't remember much about the book and I only gave it 3 stars..In my world, that means that I liked it, but not enough to retain it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 7/29/2010

    " I'm so glad I have begun reading these, they are well written, not graphic, mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 7/28/2010

    " I am on a kick of reading P.D. James mysteries. "P.D.James brings forth her masterful and literary talents once again, presenting another ingenious tale of murder." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 6/9/2010

    " Haven't read a P.D. James' book since I was a kid and at that time, I couldn't get into it. Too young I guess. Stephen King was more my style back then. Over the years, I've really grown to love English-style mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jens | 5/29/2010

    " P.D. James is a good writer. The writing was good, if uneven at odd spots. But the plot and characters didn't grab me. Some of the plot devices were a bit forced. She just seems a bit tired. As is the hero. "

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About the Author

P. D. James (1920–2014), English crime writer, was the author of numerous detective novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British civil service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was named Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.