Original Sin : Adam Dalgliesh

  • by P. D. James
  • Narrated by Daniel Weyman
  • Series: Adam Dalgliesh
  • 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery. Set on the banks of the River Thames in the literary world, P. D. James' Original Sin is the ninth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a brilliant work of crime fiction from the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley.
The Peverell Press, a 200-year-old publishing firm housed in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames, is certainly ripe for change. But the proposals of its ruthlessly ambitious new managing director, Gerard Etienne, have made him dangerous enemies - a discarded mistress, a neglected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues and staff.
When Gerard's body is discovered bizarrely desecrated, there is no shortage of suspects, and Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of extraordinary complexity and a murderer who is prepared to strike again.
P. D. James (1920-2014) was a best-selling and internationally acclaimed crime writer. She was the creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray and their long and successful series of mysteries. Her works include Cover Her Face (1962), An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972), Innocent Blood (1980), The Children of Men (1992), and the Jane Austen-inspired Death Comes to Pemberley (2011).
James was born in Oxford in 1920. She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy, and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983, and created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected president of the Society of Authors and stood down from this role in 2013.

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What the Critics Say

"An elegantly written, splendidly atmospheric and immensely satisfying mystery." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Classic P. D. James, rich, delicious and satisfying." (Sunday Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

P D James at her best.

What made the experience of listening to Original Sin the most enjoyable?

I like reading P D James' books but I thoroughly enjoyed the narration. All the voices were soo clever. Wonderful! The story was excellent and the narrator voiced all the characters.


What did you like best about this story?

The fact that I couldn't wait for the reveal but also didn't want it to end.


What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His narration was excellent - more of him please.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to but it was lengthy. This is not a complaint. I like to get my money's worth!


Any additional comments?

Lots of characters makes a book more interesting and impossible to guess who the perpetrator was.

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- Maryb

Best one yet!

Great story, gripping from beginning to end. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it!
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- Alexandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2015
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber