©1936 Agatha Christie Mallowan; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
"Smooth, highly original, and completely absorbing." (New York Times)
"brilliant story - disappointing narration"
I was really looking forward to this version as I thought Anna Massey was a good choice of narrator. However, her Poirot is really far off the mark - too gruff, rugged and garbled, and I'm afraid to say the accent is absolutely atrocious.
It quite simply doesn't match the adorably fastidious, self-important and precise character of Poirot that Christie created, and as such I found it an unwelcome distraction to the otherwise superbly-plotted and intriguing story.
Also, the tone of her voice is too strident. You either have to turn the volume down low, or risk getting a headache after half an hour's listening. And if I'm being honest I didn't take to her pronunciation of Hercule as 'Er-Cool' instead of 'Er-Kewel' - but I expect I'm just being really picky!
I'd suggest looking for this title with another narrator, or try the excellent dramatised version with John Moffatt.
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