Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain's foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully over the complicated terrain of human relationships, while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart.
©1995 Elizabeth George; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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"praise with reservations"
Well-read but the quality of the recording is not good - I would probably have been happier had I heeded the warning about the quality and waited for an unabridged version with higher quality recording.
"Poor Production value"
This book sounds like it was recorded from a radio,,, a very old radio. I kept waiting for Edward R Murrow to interupt with War news
"poor sound quality"
story is OK but the sound quality is terrible. Blurry music often overwhelms the words and sounds like a bad old recording.
"Don't buy this!!!!( I wasted my money big time)"
Let me count the ways
1) Its abridged (and badly done at that)
2) The music is too loud, you can't hear the reader over it, as well as the music itself is very distracting.
3) The cadence of the reader is wrong, wrong, wrong and there is no apparent adjustment either up or down in speed.
4) If there was a minus one I'd give it that score!!!
5) I feel very let down by Audible
"Recording is awful"
Almost anything done with the recording could have made it better. It was excruciating to listen to as the quality was so terrible. I could not finish it and I could not get my money back because I buy so many that the time to return has expired
The narration was poor. The background music was even worse. It was almost impossible to stay focused on the story when the poorly incorporated music was behind the narration.
Eliminate the music.
Could not ascertain if there were any.
A complete failure, flop, an awful recording. If this had been the first audible book that I had listened to - I would never have purchased another one.
"Too short, awful sound quality"
I love Elizabeth George and have always treasured Derek Jacobi, but neither of them can be commended on this recording. For one thing, it's abridged - which should NEVER be done - and the sound quality sounds like something recorded in the early days with Alexander Graham Bell. I could barely understand much of it and it was not worth the credit I blew for it.
My honest reaction was what - that's all there is?
Lovely, when recorded properly - which is not the case here.
Only if it is a better quality recording and unabridged.
"Terrible sound quality"
I love the books by Elizabeth George and have read the whole series. So I wanted to refresh my memory about the first books. I was greatly disappointed when I started to listen to Payment in blood. I find it impossible to listen to. Unclear sound, not like the Audible products I am used to. And I listen to a lot of books.
"Bad recording quality"
I cannot really say anything about the story since I could not bear to listen to it for longer than 10 minutes. The quality of the recording is bad, as if it was poorly digitized from an old tape. Admittedly English is not my mother tongue, but I never had any problems understanding audiobooks; and with this one I couldn't catch half of what the narrator says!
And for some reason return does not work. My first bad experience with you, Audible :(
"Decent Storyline, Very Poor Audio Quality"
The audio quality is extremely poor and has a muddy sound. It is not always easy to understand the narrator without adjusting the volume and treble output. The periodic background music that plays further complicates this. It would have been helpful to have cleaned the audio up a bit more before listing it. It was a struggle to finish this title.
The storyline is fairly complex, and interesting.
The narration is well done. Derek Jacobi always does a good job.
If I had even been able to hear it I am sure I would have given it a better review. The quality was so bad on this book and two other Elizabeth George books - A Suitable Vengence and Well-Schooled in Murder - that I could not even listen to any of them. Other books that I bought at the same time were fine. These books sounded like they were poorly copied from a previous recordings. I am very disappointed.
No - just concerns me when I select an older book to download - that the quality will be as bad.
Improve the quality - It was impossible to hear.
N/A. Unable to hear it so consequently never finished it.
I have purchased quite a few books from Audible before and have been pleased with the performance and quality of the recording but the three early Elizabeth George books that I purchased and identified above were disgraceful. You should not charge anyone for quality of that type.
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