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A Great Deliverance

Inspector Lynley, Book 1
Written by: Elizabeth George
Narrated by: Donada Peters
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

Now into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an ax in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry".

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale's dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley - and in their own lives as well.

©1989 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Spellbinding...a truly fascinating story that is part psychological suspense and part detective story." (Chicago Sun-Times)

"Pure entertainment from its insidious beginning to its gripping end." (The Washington Post Book World)

"Awesome...immediately thrusts the author into P.D. James' dark orbit." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Could be her best

This could be George's best novel. I 've read it twice and listening was a treat. The voices and accents aren't too exaggerated - just right or maybe just a little more Yorkshire when suitable. There's an abridged version you should stay away from - with different narrator. I think in this version the narrator actually understood and liked what she read. Listening highlights George's amazing talent at developing characters, plot and beautiful prose...even describing very ugly things.
I will definitely choose Donata Peters as a narrator for another Lynley-Havers novel again.

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  • David Thresher
  • 2018-11-01

Elizabeth George outdoes herself again!!

The story was enthralling with a "didn't see that coming" ending. Excellent narration as usual.

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  • Debbie
  • 2019-07-15

Sick, Sad and Unnecessary Tale of Abuse

A fan of British crime stories, this one is one I wish I’d passed up. ☹ It could have been told much more tastefully, kindlier, and in a way that the listening/reading audience would have been able to rally round. From beginning to end, this is a woeful tale, and I figured out pretty quickly what had happened, and still had to listen to the heartbreaking details. I still have no idea who was delivered from what. No redeeming qualities here.

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  • Cleo lane
  • 2019-07-01

too brutal an D graphic<br />

it is sad that Elisabeth George feels it is important to tell us every detail of aberrant behavior, in this case pedofilia by a father to his children. Do we really need to know about this, not to mention every disturbing detail? This is second time I've been burned by a George mystery. No more!

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  • Luna
  • 2019-03-16

The Narrator Tells the Story

Ms. Peters is apparently a well-respected narrator. I have issues with her performance. Her voice rises in emphasis to positively shrill, and her drawl is inevitably supercilious. Perhaps she is just accurately reflecting this particular author. Ms. George's books have ugly moments, many just downright mean. Transparent attitudes (e.g., her depiction of Roberta). These attitudes have grown exponentially in subsequent best-selling books, each more carelessly written. To my taste, Ms. George has problems with character development, relying progressively on unrelenting, interminable internal monologue, primarily for those characters afflicted with popular attitude-engendering characteristics. It gets worse as the series progresses. I don't mind ugly people in my books, but jeepers, it would be nice to like someone in this deteriorating, unfortunately lucrative, morass. So, perhaps, Ms. Peters is just absolutely accurate to the true sense of the books. If so, it's a shame, because I avoid anything she narrates.

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  • Pam
  • 2019-05-01

Whiney nasal narration.

Could not listen to one more word. Love the author though. Will try again someday.

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  • Barbie Izlar
  • 2019-02-19

The reader preformed this sordid story admirably, but it isn’t worth the time, despite having some promising themes.

The author defaulted into gross and deviant tropes to wind up a well developed beginning and it was frankly both disappointing and disgusting.

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  • Mavis Lee
  • 2019-07-01

Anxiety inducing narration

Wish I had read the reviews...thank goodness Audible/Amazon will let you return a book...I couldn't bear a single second more of Donada Peters reading the book. I thought it was just me, then saw the other 3 reviews for the narrator...shrill, yes and I would add lacking the cadence to keep one engaged...I felt an immediate anxiety listening to her voice from the word go.

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