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The fourteenth Adam Dalgliesh Mystery.

When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, booked into Mr Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar, she had every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses, and the beginning of a new life. She was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive.

Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder, and later a second death, which are to raise even more complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt.

©2008 P.D. James (P)2014 Faber Audio

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"Elegantly phrased, plot-driven, multi-layered and laced with menace." ( Observer)
" The Private Patient is classic James." (Allan Massie, Scotsman)

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Excellent narration

I've started listening to P D james only recently. I have enjoyed the stories and the sharp observance of the author.
One of the most important aspects to audio books is the narrator and Daniel Weyman is excellent. He demonstrates a wide range of characterisation in his narration. I am looking forward to my next P D James listen.

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An Unexpected Outcome

As always from this brilliant writer, the plot twists and turns before......, I'll not spoil the climax. I will say, listen carefully, don't miss any of the clues.

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The best yet!

I've been trying P D James out since a 2 for 1 offer and I'm hooked. I found a couple of the books a litle repetitive in places but still good detective stories (let's face it, Sherlock Holmes is REALLY repetitive and I still love Conan Doyle!). This was the best of the ones I'd heard lately and didn't have those little repetitive touches that had been my only criticism of the others.

Daniel Weyman can read to me all day, he is superb. Different voices and accents without sounding pantomime, a lovely cadence to his voice and the tempo is great. He has a real gift for reading - an absolute joy to listen to.

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The Private Patient

I found it difficult to get into the story or engage with the characters. However, when the murder happened and Dalgleish and team arrived it became more interesting and intriguing. There were many threads and most of the characters had back stories that may or may not have been relevant and in the end this is what spoiled this book for me. I did not guess the murderer or the motive so that came as a surprise but after it had been solved all the other ends had to be tied up and I found it tedious. I have not read many works by the author so perhaps fans will be appalled that I could use such a description: it was very clever and intricate in the extreme but I felt that too many characters had been in PD James’s mind when she started and probably she hadn’t decided who the murderer would be so wove many possibilities until she could choose. I usually read and/or listen to my books several times but I shan’t revisit The Private Patient.

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A Private Patient

This is the 2nd pair of the book is it definitely is a fantastic book The twist are great. I've relistened to the last 3 chapters cause I was a bit confused at the end but I'd totally missed some of the key points when they were finishing the summary of the case . I totally stand by my comment about it been a fantastic story.

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excellent book

I loved it and was sorry when it finished. looking forward to the next one

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A great listen

As with all P D James novels, this story was compelling. The characters come to life through the superb narration.

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Satisfying

An excellently plotted novel, as are all P D James's works. And, again as always, her use of English is a delight. Several satisfactory conclusions and arrangements to conclude this, the last Dalgliesh novel, but no overly rosy sunsets.

Perfectly narrated as always. It's the excellent pairing of author and narrator that calls one back to listen again. And I shall. Please enjoy it too.

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More Enjoyable than Expected

The book started slowly but once the plot developed it was very interesting and easy to listen to. The narration was good and the book was more enjoyable than I expected.

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Very good

The only reason I gave the story 4 is I kept falling asleep !! So I lost the story line . Usually I am kept awake by the plot but this one was different . But still I enjoyed it.

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