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Audio Book Review


Death in Holy Orders


Author: P.D. James
Read by: Michael Jayston

Complete and Unabridged
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RRP: £18.99
ISBN: 978 1 408 46803 6
Available 06 January 2011

When the body of a theology student is found on a desolate stretch of East Anglian coast, his wealthy father demands that Scotland Yard should re-examine the verdict of accidental death. Commander Adam Dalgliesh agrees to pay a visit to the young man's theological college, St Anselm's, a place he knew as a boy, expecting no more than a nostalgic return to old haunts and a straightforward examination of the evidence. Instead he finds himself embroiled in intrigue, conflict and dangerous secrets as the college is torn apart by a sacrilegious and horrifying murder...

Michael Jayston reads this unabridged recording of P.D. James's bestseller Death in Holy Orders, the 11th book in the Adam Dalgliesh series. Jayston's tones will be familiar to those who grew up in the '70/'80s as his voice was one of the most prominent in TV advertising. It was Jayston who delivered the famous line: "Tense, nervous headache...?" on the Anadin ad to name one of many companies he leant his voice to. He's also appeared in just about every British TV show, from Emmerdale to Doctor Who.

Jayston is the perfect choice and not just because he's read a number of P.D. James audio books in the past. His voice sucks you in making it almost impossible to break away. This, when coupled with the intense story, makes for a compulsive listening experience.

This collection is spread over 12 CDs and lasts for just over 14 hours. This is the perfect audio book for those that are unable to read the original book.


Nick Smithson

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