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"One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day." (Time Magazine)
"One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies." (Observer)
"The most astonishingly impudent, ingenious and altogether successful mystery story since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." (Daily Herald)
The story is first rate and Hugh Frasers narration is top class
His wonderful array of voices that brought the characters off the page, I cant praise him enough for this work
I first read this 20 years ago and several times since; this audio version adds so much to the story due to the fantastic narration. Well done Hugh Fraser
This is my favorite Agatha Christie book, it is the best 'locked room' mystery ever written. Having all the characters stuck on an island with an unknown killer picking them off one by one is the perfect story. We get the back story of each character built up throughout the novel and understand why each person has been picked for this island trip. Particularly brilliant is the epilogue which explains the why's and how's of the murders. A gripping story from start to finish.
Typical Agatha Christie with suspense, drama and twist and turns of a racing track! There is little wonder why this book is the biggest selling crime Novak of all time and Hugh Fraser delivers the story fantastically well that keeps your attention and mind puzzled from beginning to end. Well worth a listen over and over again.
This is one of the Christie's I first read as a teenager in the 60s (when it had a less politically correct name). None of which detracts from the craft Christie employs to bring together a group of diverse characters, each with their own secrets from the past, to an isolated island, where they are 'bumped off' one by one. The mechanism to get them there is a little contrived, but that is forgotten as the sense of menace and suspicion which imbues what follows builds up and increasingly affects the party and their actions. The lack of sympathy for the 'serving classes' struck me, but this is probably representative of Christie's time and background. It doesn't stop the book being a 'cracking good who dunnit?' though and the characters come through the narrators voice as being distinct and believable. The perpetrator and his/her motives are somewhat a surprise... or at least they were to me!
When I first read the book many years ago, it affected me like none of her other books had done - it frightened me. Not the "cosy" murder mysteries I loved. I have read it again and again since that time ( with decent intervals between) and it still had the same affect on me. Listening to it is not as scary but still enjoyable. Hugh Frazer is a fantastic narrator, not only in this audio book but in every one he tackles. Think I might be listening to " And Then There Were None " in the not too distant future.
This is probably one of the best Christie books I have listened to. It isn't the typical detective story that I am used to from Christie but it was fantastic.
Christie builds up the tension and confusion so well and there was a fantastic plot twist. It was genuinely frightening towards the end. It was a thoroughly good book.
As ever Hugh Fraser read it well and he is so good at performing the different voices.
Listen to it!
Trilling story and wonderfully narrated by Hugh Fraser. In fact I've watched the movie before, but it did not lessen my reading and listening experience.
"suspense till the end"
read this first
yes, especially turning the readers suspicion towards each character, done like a pro
the judge's manuscript
where the judge investigating the first 3 murders
don't try to guess the murderer, you can't
"Murder Mystery on an Island"
As acclaimed as the book has been over the years, the actual story tore the fabric of mystery and misdirection and left me guessing till the end
The School teacher ... she kept me guessing
"I suppose I'm just not a fan"
Okay, so take my review with a grain of salt, if you are a fan of Christie, this title is probably just fine. This was just one of several attempts to break into the author's collection that met with failure. I suppose I'm just not meant to be a fan.
The narrator did a fine job, but I can't really rate the story much higher as I suppose it's just not my cup of tea, so to speak.
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