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The Thirteen Problems Audiobook

The Thirteen Problems

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When her friends from the Tuesday Night Club visit Miss Marple's house, the conversation often turns to unsolved crimes. Trying to solve these 13 mysteries are Raymond West, a young writer; the artist Joyce Lemprière; Dr Pender, the clergyman, who claims to know the hidden side of human character; Mr Petherick, a lawyer who is only interested in the logical approach; and Sir Henry Clithering, whose experience as commissioner of Scotland Yard speaks for itself. Then, of course, there is Miss Marple, who has observed enough about human nature to be more than a match for the most perspicacious investigator.

©1932 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"The plots are so good that one marvels...most of them would have made a full-length thriller." (Daily Mirror)

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    Miss Saffron Walden, United Kingdom 28/03/2013
    Miss Saffron Walden, United Kingdom 28/03/2013
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    "Very good"

    Loved listening to the late Joan Hickson's melodious tones again. I enjoy Agatha Christie's shorter stories perhaps more than the longer ones, no need for character development, which I don't think was her forte, just a well crafted yarn.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Wallington, United Kingdom 16/01/2012
    Joan Wallington, United Kingdom 16/01/2012
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    "What a Treat"

    A treat indeed to have the great Joan Hickson (surely the definitive Miss Marple) read some of Christie's greatest stories. Her quietly authoritative voice lends itself beautifully to the prose text and the clarity of her tones makes listening a pure joy. What a pity she passed on before the whole gamut of Miss Marple mysteries could have been recorded. That would be an archive worth having.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MrsF 18/02/2015
    MrsF 18/02/2015
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    "Great as ever"

    Always a great read -I love Agatha Christie and Joan hickson!
    Great way to start listening with these 13 short stories

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jaye Hardy 06/02/2015
    Jaye Hardy 06/02/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "The Thirteen Problems "

    Well narrated by Joan Hicks on, she really brought the stories back to life.
    The way the audio book was done was very good, and interesting they're were thirteen stories and each one 2as to be solved. I really enjoyed this audio book and I can't wait to hear the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten 09/11/2014
    Kirsten 09/11/2014
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    "First appearance of Miss Marple"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Easy bite size stories - great for a commute, or to listen to while cooking dinner


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thirteen Problems?

    Wrapped up nicely at the end with all that we had learned about Miss Marple being put into play


    Which character – as performed by Joan Hickson – was your favourite?

    Miss Marple, voiced by Joan Hickson, is perfect.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs A 27/06/2014
    Mrs A 27/06/2014 Member Since 2016

    Hello

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    "Individual stories - unusual for Christie!"

    I liked this because it WASN@T a usual Christie book! I love the Miss Marple book, but find a lot of her other stuff a little tedious (I know I shall probably be stuck down for saying such things!!)
    The individual stories are told by a group of people sat playing cards one evening and they start to tell their tales of woe!
    Joan Hickson is FABULOUS as the narrator! She, in my opinion, was also the best Miss Marple in the televised adaptations too! She has the Oooh's and Ahh’s that Christie wrote so painstakingly for the Marple stories. None of the others have ever "got" that part - - anyway, I digress...
    Over all I did actually enjoy this book! This is probably the 15th book I have read of Christies over the years and this is my favourites!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Salford, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Dave Salford, United Kingdom 13/04/2013

    I am a musician from Salford, England, and I cannot get enough fiction in my life.

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    "Classic Christie all the way."

    If you've read Christie before - and if you haven't, shame on you - you know what to expect. A complex riddle surrounded by red-herrings, archetypal characterisation, and loads of posh people. Joan Hickson, as expected, reads this as if she had written it herself. Simply brilliant.

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    Ms 13/04/2013
    Ms 13/04/2013 Member Since 2014
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    "The Thirteen Problems"

    Highly entertaining Miss Marple book with a whole range of diverse problems being presented for Miss Marple (and the listener) to attempt to solve...although however diverse the problems might be they obviously have their solution in village life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer South Wales 31/07/2011
    Amazon Customer South Wales 31/07/2011 Member Since 2007

    Xander Newport

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    "Love it!!!"

    Joan Hickson reads these short stories with the same accomplishment with which she acted the role of Miss Marple. A really charming first look at Miss Marple in her early incarnation (laced and starched before Christie made her 'tweedy'.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    VandTFlower 10/11/2016
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    "Enjoyable short stories for fans"

    Beautifully read as you would expect from Joan Hickson, and ideal for night time listening.

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  • Elisa
    Cronulla, Australia
    08/02/12
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    "Awesome Miss Marple Short Stories"
    What did you love best about The Thirteen Problems?

    Its a series of 13 short stories, expertly read by Joan Hickson (my favourite Miss Marple). Each story is the perfect length to listen to before bed, on the train, etc. Each keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who-dunnit.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, by having a series of short stories, so the suspense never lowers.


    What does Joan Hickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joan Hickson's voice just epitomizes Miss Marple. But she's also a great actress who brings life to every character, and adds suspense and excitement through her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    A good selection for time poor people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stevo
    Ireland
    14/08/14
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    "Classic Miss Marple"
    Where does The Thirteen Problems rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    'The Thirteen Problems' is one of my favourite audio-books so far. The thirteen stories in this collection are Miss Marple at her best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Agatha Christie really excelled at writing these type of stories, so all of the stories in this collection are very entertaining bite-sized mysteries.

    I like short story collections as they are perfect for easy listening in short bursts.


    Which character – as performed by Joan Hickson – was your favorite?

    Miss Marple of course!

    Joan Hickson was Jane Marple in the 1980's BBC TV series, so having this great actress narrate these Miss Marple stories brings an authentic voice to the thirteen stories. She does a brilliant job voicing all of the characters in this audio-book, but Joan Hickson is Miss Marple as far as I am concerned.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Thirteen Problems and why?

    These are Miss Marple stories where her shrewd intelligence and experience of human nature shine through, so nobody is supposed to surpass Jane Marple's clever way of solving problems... and nobody does.


    Any additional comments?

    A nice collection of mystery stories, that are very well written and very well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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