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Poirot's Early Cases Audiobook

Poirot's Early Cases

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Publisher's Summary

Still in the formative years of his career, Hercule Poirot faces a most taxing case: who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay's death on the same night a mere coincidence? And did she deliberately take an overdose of cocaine?

No sooner has Poirot revealed his astonishing powers of deduction than he is faced with 17 other mysteries to test his soon-to-be-famous "little grey cells".

As a matter of courtesy to a group of young people, he endeavours to solve the gruesome murder of a woman whose body they have stumbled upon while locked out of their flat, and with his usual precision and elan, he discovers exactly how "Mary, Mary quite contrary" makes her garden grow.

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©1974 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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    holly whitby brown 10/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen, but marred by narrating inaccuracies"

    A great collection of classic Poirot stories which held my attention in each case. Lovely to listen to as each case was well written, as is to be excepted in the case of an Agatha Christie work, and each had a nice plot twist.

    I was also excited to see it was read by Hugh Fraser and David Suchet, who play Capt Hastings and Poirot in the TV series; however my enjoyment of this audiobook was marred by the fact that not every case included David Suchet's performance as Poirot and one was not even narrated by either Fraser or Sachet. I couldn't help but feel slightly cheated because, as far as I was aware, the description do not mention the changing narrators etc. It didn't ruin the book completely but did leave me feel fairly aggrieved!

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jaye Hardy 21/06/2016
    Jaye Hardy 21/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Poriot Early Cases
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    I purchased this as a relaxing book.
    There's numerous different stories right from the beginning of Agatha Christie career, if you're a keen reader of Agatha Christie you may find that somethings sound familiar this is where later on she expended the short story into a full length book. It was really easy to listen to and it gives you an insight into Agatha Christie earlier stories

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    V. Lowrey 23/02/2015
    V. Lowrey 23/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice short stories."

    If you are looking to listen to short stories, this is the audiobook for you. Well read, easy listening. Good book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Saffron Walden, United Kingdom 21/02/2013
    Miss Saffron Walden, United Kingdom 21/02/2013
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    "Excellent"

    The short stories are alternated between narration from David Suchet and Hugh Fraser. To be really picky, I would love them to include both, and Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon narrating their own lines, but nothing is perfect. These are great, really quick easy listens, perfect for one each on the journey to work, approx half an hour each. If you like Agatha Christie books anyway you will love these. If you've never tried anything of hers, I think I like the short stories best, a good place to start.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet Wood 24/05/2015
    Harriet Wood 24/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "perfect"

    Hours and hours of perfect, familiar, non threatening characters. perfectly read. just the ticket for brains that need soothing before bed.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Faint 14/11/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "easy listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Poirot's Early Cases to be better than the print version?

    Cant go wrong with Agatha Christie stories and this is no exception.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    alan 17/05/2015
    alan 17/05/2015
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    "Usual standard"

    Picked for the narrators voice. Puts life into each character. Agatha Christie's short stories are always a pleasure to hear.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pippa UK 07/10/2014
    Pippa UK 07/10/2014 Member Since 2011

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    "Comfort stories"
    Would you listen to Poirot's Early Cases again? Why?

    Yes, definitely: they are nice, short stories - all of which I have heard/read/watched before, but each is so well acted and somehow "neat" that I would be happy to listen to them again and again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Hastings - so trusting, so naive, and so wrong all the time!


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    EvaGM 18/11/2016
    EvaGM 18/11/2016

    I love reading, both in print and in audio. I'm not a native English speaker so please excuse any spelling/grammar mistakes.

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    "Delightful."

    I have read these short stories several times, and it was a joy to revisit them with such great readers. Fans of Christie and the latest TV adaptations of her works will enjoy this audiobook.

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    Hanna 01/11/2016
    Hanna 01/11/2016
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    "Tickle the little grey cells"
    Where does Poirot's Early Cases rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why, Poirot of course! He is proud, yet humble: gentle, yet fierce: precise, thoughtful, wonderfully eccentric, and much much more.


    What does Hugh Fraser and David Suchet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Well, to be completely obvious, their voices. It is magical to hear 'the proper Poirot', because David is such a perfect Poirot - I believe Agatha's daughter told him that her mother would have approved. I love David's natural voice too: and Hugh's - I have even become accustomed to his 'Poirot voice'.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    18 little exercises for the 'Little grey cells'


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed not to be able to find a list of the stories in this book. I keep checking, certain it must be there somewhere.. The book itself lists only chapter numbers, so I have to play each one to find out the title, since I wish to re-read them, then watch the TV production of the same story. However, good old wiki to the rescue.

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    31/07/12
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    "Great small doses of listening"

    I love this audiobook. The short stories lend themselves very well to listening and the narration is excellent. Both Hugh Fraser and David Suchet narrate (separate short stories) and they are by far my favourite narrators. have listened to this book multiple times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    03/04/14
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    "A nice collection"

    Very intriguing, wonderfully crafted stories, narrated expertly by Hugh Frazer, the actual Captain Hastings of the TV series.

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