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A Cetain Justice- a Certain Winner.,
This review is from: A Certain Justice (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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NOTE THIS REVIEW IS OF THE AUDIO BOOK ONLY.
Amazon link both book and audio reviews together which has caused problems for me in the past so dear reader bear with me.
Slow slow slow is the order of the day here with 11 long chapters full of detail before the murder is committed. We then have to wait another one before our hero Inspector Dalgleish is brought in... Now imagine if that were a Sherlock Holmes story we'd all feel short changed wouldn't we? So this is not your typical whodunit murder mystery is it?
True the details do build up to a very satisfying story but you have been warned that if you are expecting a quick murder in the first few frames you will be disappointed.
Then the story is in the solving isn't it? PD James knows her stuff that much is cerain.
The good news is we don't really feel so sorry for the murder victim do we?
She deserved it so maybe there is a lot of method to P.D. James style and no doubt that is where her readers and listeners will really get satisfaction make no mistake this is a top notch author at her very best!
Now to the reading which is what an audio book review should be about.
Michael Jayston does a really good job and I can recommend you try to dig out some of his other work to reconfirm this. I agree with my co reviewers when they say he is well paced and unlike a lot of readers he avoids that favourite pastime of other readers of using accents not to enhance the book but their ego. Jayston keeps this to a bare minimum and the story rolls along.
At 12 CDs and 15 hours and 35 minutes and in stereo to boot this is not a quickie but a real well read retelling of the story.
Now a suggestion.
It is best listened to at home sat down with a cup of whatever rather than how I listened to it in the car. I found a few times I had to go back to the track because of distractions whilst driving. It does demand a good attention to get the real beauty of the story. So I would advise you listen at home where you can really concentrate fully on the story.
Yes I really enjoyed it.