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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,028 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saugat Banerjee | 2/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 2/12/2014

    " The book might be interesting psychologically - an upper middle-class young woman, who was adopted, discovering the real history of her birth parents - if I actually liked the character. Instead I found her privileged and whiny. And the plot is tiresome with some fairly sordid details. Did not care for it much at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 2/9/2014

    " Fast reading mystery about a murder in London. The story involves a woman released from prison fifteen years after a kidnap and murder. The victim's father plans to off her but the plan gets confused when the intended victim's own daughter renews her maternal relationship. Okay literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 2/8/2014

    " Meh. Giving up on P.D. James. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 1/31/2014

    " This book held my interest but I am not sure why. It is very slow moving and not much happens. I really cant recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seligne | 1/22/2014

    " Like all P.D. James books I have read, heavy on place and characterization. A bit too much for my taste, but beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trawets | 1/21/2014

    " This is not really a "who dunnit" because we know who killed who and even who else intends to kill them. However P D James manages to maintain the tension in this book right to the end. Will the would-be murderer track down his victim? How will he carry out his attack? Will he escape justice? Real edge of your seat stuff, would make a great movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teri | 1/6/2014

    " The story was sort of interesting, but there were icky elements added that ruined the book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 12/31/2013

    " Very different from earlier books by this author. Somewhat grim and depressing - a difficult cast of characters to develop any empathy for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Consuela | 12/25/2013

    " This is the worst book PD James ever wrote. The incestuous ending made it go down in flames for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 12/22/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn Suckow | 12/17/2013

    " Lots of description and words which didn't drive the plot forward. I had no attachment to the main characters or any of the side characters. VERY dark! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/12/2013

    " I was fooled -- I thought this was an Adam Daiglish book and read about halfway through waiting for him to appear. Otherwise it is a really depressing story with characters that it is hard to feel any interest or sympathy with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzeesg | 12/12/2013

    " wow, what bleak characters! I almost cried at its end. James' characters really draw you in and here, a story line that's predictable at first, takes quite a twist early on. Not sure I can read this again, too much of a downer,yet I have to give it 4 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samara | 12/9/2013

    " PD James kicks ass as a prose stylist. Worth it for the descriptions alone. I felt like I was in London in the late 70s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Park | 11/9/2013

    " ok, my second attempt at a p.d. james was better than the first. Definitely her earlier work is better than the last one she wrote. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 8/30/2013

    " 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 Elaine | 5/3/2013

    " Interesting - not your average crime novel. Different than I was expecting - makes me want to hunt up some other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/31/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy Adams | 6/30/2012

    " Wasn't horrible but I don't think I will read any more books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/2/2011

    " 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". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niloofar | 11/24/2011

    " brilliantly narrated , but not my favourite PD James. even if only for character analysis , unnatural causes and a certain justice stand higher "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phyllis | 3/20/2011

    " 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 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.