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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,030 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Penelope Dellaporta Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781415961513
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Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Sunderland | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent prose, great story, classic James. I love this writer and am learning from her with each phrase. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 1/21/2014

    " No murder but lots of thoughts about murder. Different story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Constance | 1/19/2014

    " This was slower and less action-y than James' Dalgliesh and Gray books, with even more than the usual solid character development. It also seems darker and more serious (I generally get at least a couple of good chuckles out of a James book no matter how gory). It's emotionally brutal and profoundly creepy in the entirely psychological way that James has. Truly an achievement. Do yourself a favor and don't read this at night, or if you do, chase it with something lighthearted! I'm already looking forward to reading it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/12/2014

    " I'm waffling over this rating. I didn't like the book. It became more interesting somewhere near the middle, but was ultimately depressing, bereft of hope. There was a small amount of nastiness at the end, too, that didn't improve my opinion of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 1/9/2014

    " Good non-mystery effort from a mystery writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleisha Z Coleman | 12/28/2013

    " another fabulous murder mystery from one of my favorite authors of all time "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 12/11/2013

    " A read that passed the time, but again, like so much of P. D. James' work (at least to my mind), very slow. Infinitely detailed and with lavish description and characterisation, but so little happens. I would only give this 2 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justina | 11/28/2013

    " This was a dark and sad thriller mystery ... I remember that I was very disturbed after I read this ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl K | 7/24/2013

    " OK P D James, you caught me again. As usual I started out thinking this would not be another good book to read. About half way through it I became hooked. The ending surprised me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 6/15/2013

    " Almost too dark for me. But then, maybe I just prefer the Cordelia Gray and the Adam Dagliesh stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 5/6/2013

    " Interesting, low key mystery but very dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Racculia | 11/4/2012

    " Holy crizzap, this book is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 10/1/2012

    " So well written. She is a master of her trade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma | 6/7/2012

    " Does what a good mystery should do--keep you guessing as to the outcome. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 1/24/2012

    " This was the least satisfying of any P.D. James I've ever read. The characters were so disagreeable I didn't enjoy spending time with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzy | 5/10/2011

    " Not good bedtime reading for me but an interesting plot and unforgettable characters, as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 5/5/2011

    " The more P.D. James books I read the more I'm amazed by this author. The range of her storytelling is unbelievable. Although this book is not one Of my favorites of the many she has written I was still enthralled with her character development and the story line. I must read more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl | 3/9/2011

    " OK P D James, you caught me again. As usual I started out thinking this would not be another good book to read. About half way through it I became hooked. The ending surprised me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saugat | 3/4/2011

    " One of the best of P D James books. Though I was hoping more mysteries to get unravelled at the end but nevertheless it is a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 2/15/2011

    " A read that passed the time, but again, like so much of P. D. James' work (at least to my mind), very slow. Infinitely detailed and with lavish description and characterisation, but so little happens. I would only give this 2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/2/2011

    " Another involving mystery by P.D. James. I listened to the audio version, which was very well-read. It was a bit gruesome at times, but on the whole, a "Good Listen". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/29/2010

    " I gave it one star because I finished it. A dreary story with no characters worth getting to know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/4/2010

    " Excellent prose, great story, classic James. I love this writer and am learning from her with each phrase. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 9/3/2010

    " Way too slow for me just now. I checked it out from the library and had it for six weeks and couldn't get into enough to actually finish it; it felt like it wasn't going anywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 9/1/2010

    " Holy crizzap, this book is good. "

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

    " Been meaning to read this author for a long time. It was good, I will be reading more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warren | 7/5/2010

    " I am now a P.D. James fan! Beautiful, lyrical prose, a dark psychological tale.... "

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About the Author
P. D. James is the author of 17 previous books, most of which have been filmed for television. Before her retirement in 1979, she served in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Great Britain’s Home Office, and she has been a magistrate and a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many prizes and honours, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. In 2000 she celebrated her 80th birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest.
About the Narrator

Penelope Dellaporta is a published narrator. Some of her published credits include Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary and Edith Wharton’s The House Of Mirth.