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I usually enjoy dramatisations of Agatha Christie's works but the books themselves seem flat and two dimensional so I usually avoid them. But I took a chance with this one and am so glad I did. It has everything - theft, murder, royal personages, bumbling peers, foreigners, black bearded strangers, a helpful policeman, spiffing girls and afternoon tea. All rather P.G.Wodehouse meets the Famous Five.
"How frightfully exciting ... somewhat violent activity".
" What do you think we'd better do now? Go back to bed?"
Oh, the fun! Forget the story and enjoy the ride, perfectly narrated by Hugh Fraser.
Starts as just xenophobic with regard to Slavic states and then:
"Oh no, tell me your new wife isn't black!"
"No, don't worry, it's nothing like that; she's white as anything."
Story isn't good either.
Definitely, it's a long one though, perfect for long drives.
Lord Caterham, so well played, made me smile...
Hugh Fraser never fails to create amazing tension and humour combined, he really brings characters to life,
The girl guide part.... Sad.
I recommend this book to anyone on a long drive or really wanting to get their teeth into a great thriller. I decorated my lounge listening to this, it made the job much more palatable!
The immersing spiders web
The twist as always
The vision of Chimneys itself
Admiration and nostalgia for the christie world
I adore this book, always have. None of the famous characters, just a rip roaring plot of a country house murder with people who aren't what they appear, undecover detectives, a rathet dashing hero, and an imaginary European nation. Glorious
lazy book lovers paradise - thank you Audible!
Agatha Christie at her most mysterious and enigmatic.
Kept me guessing all the way to the end.
Lots of twists and turns along the way but thoroughly enjoyable all the way to the denouement.
"Coincidence abound !"
It is Agatha Christie - what's not to love ? :D
Not really, but it was entertaining and that is what is more important.
His voice reminds me of the Poirot episodes he used to do, and it is very cultured and manages to have distinctive personalities for each character. You were never confused in who was speaking at the moment.
Yes, but haven't managed it yet. I listen to audiobooks just before bed, as I find that relaxing - and I often fall asleep to the readings. And I pick the story back up from where I left off, when I take the bus in the morning.
"After all it is.."
...Agatha Christie. My rating is based on its era and genre. Hugh Fraser reads very well, and engages the listener quickly. I liked this story in part because the English Aunt, Miss M, and the Belgian detective, P, are indeed absent. Absent too is is the frenzied killer with bizarre mutilations and graphic descriptions of mutilated and tortured bodies.
Nice clean bullets to the head and brandished knives in scuffles in the night are more the go. Bodies in trunks and country estates are delightfully mixed with daring and, dull young men,
Even though you may guess correctly who the baddies are, the story is an enjoyable light holiday listen. You will not need to check your doors and windows, and likely feel ready to approach the next murder mystery with a lighter heart.
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