Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.
Agatha isn't the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling's first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson - newly married but carrying another man's child - is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair. Each woman hides her past from the others, ferociously guarding her secrets. But as the train bound for the Middle East speeds down the track, the parallel courses of their lives shift to intersect - with lasting repercussions.
Filled with evocative imagery, suspense, and emotional complexity, The Woman on the Orient Express explores the bonds of sisterhood forged by shared pain and the power of secrets.
©2016 Lindsay Ashford. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I would rather have not rated this novel, because I know that I cannot be fair, but…
I'm afraid that I did not give the novel time to grip me - I progressed to chapter 4, but I really couldn't tolerate the narrator's voice! I found it quite grating - that doesn't normally happen with me, I can accept most accents, dialects and tones, but not Justine Eyre's I'm afraid. Listen to the sample first and then make your decision. The general reviews were ok, but I couldn't get sufficiently into the book to say if it was any good. Slow starting.
"A great read"
Most of the time I buy audio books because of the genera and rating without always reading the summary of what the book is about. Bring a Netflix binge watcher of Poirot, I was pleasantly surprised that this book was about Agatha Christie. It was beautifully written and had heartwarming story. It's one I will certainly listen to again.
"Very enjoyable "woman on transportation" book"
After being thoroughly disgusted with Girl on a Train, and The Woman in Cabin 10 and their neurotic, alcoholic, unreliable narrators, I was delighted to find a book with a protagonist I could stand being in the company of. This is a fictionalized account of a period in Agatha Christie's life, and I found the story engrossing and entertaining. Some mystery, some suspense, some romance, some exotic locations, and a ride on the Orient Express adds up to some fun reading/listening.
Other than when she was attempting various foreign accents (thankfully, very brief), the narrator does a good job and is pleasant to listen to.
"Good Walking Listen"
The story was a little contrived, but good light listening. Narrator's voice was too windy and wispy.
I enjoyed this biographical fiction of Agatha Christie until the author decided to emphasize romance over characterization. The melodramatic finale kinda ruined the story. I really like this narrator, and she did a good job with this.
"excellent story - stick with it"
At first I put the book down because it was difficult to follow. then i re-read the reviews and decided to give it another try. so glad i did! Don't miss this story. It is an entertaining and heartfelt mystery.
"Woke up anticipating listening"
Not my usual genre but this novel excels in every aspect I delight in and expect in the best of novels.Intriguing plot, complex characters and natural, unforced dialogue.So captured me that I completed the novel in less than a day and a half; woke up excited about resuming listening.Narration is perfectly suited to characters and plot that is faultless and in large part what makes the novel so throughly captivating.
"I just can't"
I'm not very far through the book I'm probably around chapter 5 and it is so very dry. I just can't get into it thankfully it was a Kindle unlimited book so I did not have to pay for this title. unfortunately it's just not my cup of tea.
"Doesn't really go anywhere"
No great mystery solved here. A overall boring story with flat characters and a terrible performer. Her accents are terrible and her cadence is frustrating to listen to. I may have enjoyed the story more if I'd read it instead of listening to it, but it's still not a book I'd recommend to those who enjoy Christie or Conan Doyle.
"Let Down by Performer"
The narrator's style was so annoying that I actually could not finish listening to the book. With the exception of dialogue the entire story was told with a sort of sing-song cadence.If that is not off-putting enough she further drags the story with a bored and monotonous reading that could, actually, put one to sleep.
Couldn't listen to it long enough to tell, but it appeared to be a very interesting idea and I will see if I can find it in print.
Every way possible !!!
Not with this narration.
I will try to find the book as I believe the story will be interesting. Just couldn't get past the narration "style".
"Three Women and A Baby"
The narrator does an excellent job of changing tones just enough to help distinguish character changes. The author used vivid descriptions to draw the listener in. It's a good read and has sold me on both author as well as narrator for future book selections.
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