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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: June Barrie Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN:
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In this very personal book, part diary, part memoir, P.D. James considers the 12 months of her life between her 77th and 78th birthdays, a time to be in earnest as Dr. Johnson had said of his life two centuries ago. Baroness James records and reflects, of her childhood in the 1920s and 1930s, of working as an administrator in the NHS, entering the Home Office, serving as a Governor of the BBC, and eventually entering the Lords. And along the way she deals with her burgeoning career as a novelist. 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 Linda | 12/20/2013

    " This was disappointing. It is basically excerpts from a diary, which is less than riveting. It offers virtually no insights into the author's character, personality or life. It's almost as if she became tired of people hounding her to learn what she was like, and so turned out something interminably boring to get them off her back. Stick to her fiction, would be my advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 andalucy | 11/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading about her childhood, education, and family. I was very interested in her thoughts on writing and her genre. 4 stars for that. I got tired of the political talk and I found the mundane diary details (how her cat acts when she comes home from being gone a few days) rather boring. 2 stars for those sections. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nordia | 11/8/2013

    " Not a fan of this particular item but of P.D. James in general "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennybeast | 11/5/2013

    " A slow-paced, out of date, reluctant autobiography by the somewhat cantankerous British Mystery Icon. I found it completely fascinating. I wish she'd do it again, now that she's added another 15 years to her already long and interesting life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Pat | 11/5/2013

    " Couldn't resist a memoir from one of my favorite authors. An interesting approach -- a year in the life, instead of the life overall. She ranges back and forth through her life, however, and sprinkles her running account of current activities with memories of the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 10/28/2013

    " I love PD James. Adore her writing. Would have thought she could rewrite the phone book and it would be great. But it must be a bad sign that I just can't get through this book. I keep putting it down to read something else. What is that about? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/10/2013

    " Worth reading just for this particularly lovely description of a sighting of a rare and shortlived butterfly and the privilege of seeing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jhana | 8/30/2013

    " She's brilliant, literary, misanthropic, searingly sharp, and somehow modest to boot. Oh, and she's 88. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Hatchigan | 8/22/2013

    " P.D. James writes about her life and its challenges, including a husband who never recovered from wartime trauma. Anything P.D. James writes reads beautifully, and her autobiography is no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Kaye | 6/18/2013

    " This is a yearly read for me. I enjoy James's fiction work, but also enjoy this year-long record of her life. It's fascinating to see how life influences the art of an artist. This will be my third reading of the book and I already see things I missed before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 12/27/2012

    " Checked this one out of the Library, twice. I should buy a copy. Very readable story of PD James journey which led her to become a great mystery author after working over 30 years in a government job she never per really cared for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brick Books | 9/2/2012

    " really interesting to follow P.D. James' activities over one year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merty | 6/17/2012

    " I love P. D. James and it was a treat to get a glimpse of this amazing and talented woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alanna | 5/30/2012

    " Fascinating woman and a wonderful writer. It seems a bit backwards to read her autobiography when I haven't ever read any of the mysteries for which she is famous, but I can't regret my decision to read this at all. I just wish I could meet this amazing woman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/8/2011

    " Amazingly well written for a journal. Her love and grasp of the english language is evident even in a book that is meant simply as a record of her days events and the memories they spark from the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anju | 10/4/2010

    " She is an excellent writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/4/2010

    " This is a yearly read for me. I enjoy James's fiction work, but also enjoy this year-long record of her life. It's fascinating to see how life influences the art of an artist. This will be my third reading of the book and I already see things I missed before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brick Books | 7/31/2010

    " really interesting to follow P.D. James' activities over one year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/2/2010

    " Worth reading just for this particularly lovely description of a sighting of a rare and shortlived butterfly and the privilege of seeing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/24/2010

    " I love PD James. Adore her writing. Would have thought she could rewrite the phone book and it would be great. But it must be a bad sign that I just can't get through this book. I keep putting it down to read something else. What is that about? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anju | 7/21/2009

    "
    She is an excellent writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennybeast | 4/6/2009

    " A slow-paced, out of date, reluctant autobiography by the somewhat cantankerous British Mystery Icon. I found it completely fascinating. I wish she'd do it again, now that she's added another 15 years to her already long and interesting life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Pat | 3/26/2009

    " Couldn't resist a memoir from one of my favorite authors. An interesting approach -- a year in the life, instead of the life overall. She ranges back and forth through her life, however, and sprinkles her running account of current activities with memories of the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/27/2009

    " Amazingly well written for a journal. Her love and grasp of the english language is evident even in a book that is meant simply as a record of her days events and the memories they spark from the past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alanna | 1/12/2009

    " Fascinating woman and a wonderful writer. It seems a bit backwards to read her autobiography when I haven't ever read any of the mysteries for which she is famous, but I can't regret my decision to read this at all. I just wish I could meet this amazing woman! "

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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

June Barrie has appeared in over eighty productions at the Bristol Old Vic, including playing Marina in Uncle Vanya, Mrs. Alving in Ghosts, Mrs. Conway in J. B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways, and the title roles in Driving Miss Daisy and Stevie. She has extensive experience on radio in plays and serials, while her television credits include Close Relations, Coasting, Seduction, and the BAFTA-nominated Dual Balls.