Miss Marple
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  • 1
    The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie

    The Murder at the Vicarage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    "Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, "would be doing the world at large a service!" It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.

    Great Christie, strange choice of narrator.

    This is a classic Miss Marple and a very enjoyable Agatha Christie. However, I found the choice of narrator quite odd. Joan Hickson has quite an old f..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 October 2012 by Emilia (London, United Kingdom)
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    The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie

    The Murder at the Vicarage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    A classic Marple mystery, read by the inimitable Richard E. Grant. 'Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe,' declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, 'would be doing the world at large a service! 'It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.

    Great performance

    I am working my way through the Agatha Christie titles on Audible. Richard E Grant's performance is superb. Great pace and characterisation. A real pe..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 October 2014 by Mr. J. Fanning (Sussex, UK)
  • 2
    The Thirteen Problems | Agatha Christie

    The Thirteen Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (187)

    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.

    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..Show More »

    Reviewed on 28 March 2013 by Miss (Saffron Walden, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    The Body in the Library | Agatha Christie

    The Body in the Library

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    It's seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

    Excellent

    Agatha Christie as ingenious as ever. Great plot and keeps the mind ticking. The book is very well read too.

    Reviewed on 19 January 2015 by Mr (GLASGOW, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    The Moving Finger | Agatha Christie

    The Moving Finger

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note said, "I can't go on". Only Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Was this the work of a poison-pen? Or of a poisoner?

    Not the right narrator
    Reviewed on 24 June 2014 by Amazon Customer (England)
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    The Moving Finger | Agatha Christie

    The Moving Finger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Richard E Grant
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Of poison pens and poisoning: a gripping Miss Marple mystery. Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate-mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note said 'I can't go on'. Only Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Was this the work of a poison-pen? Or of a poisoner?

    too much of a good thing

    Personally, I think this is one of Christie's best stories. I couldn't really describe why I am so fond of t but I am. The characters of brother and s..Show More »

    Reviewed on 28 August 2016 by Slawitian ()
  • 5
    A Murder is Announced | Agatha Christie

    A Murder is Announced

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (64)

    The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m." A childish practical joke? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out.

    fantastic listen

    A great audable story. The effects made it that if you closed your eyes you ,could see it in you're mind very relaxing voice to listen to.

    Reviewed on 05 March 2016 by louise w ()
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    A Murder Is Announced | Agatha Christie

    A Murder Is Announced

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.'A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out...

    Entertaining narration

    Comedic in a warm way, an engaging puzzle.

    Reviewed on 13 September 2014 by Mr. J. Fanning (Sussex, UK)
  • 6
    They Do it With Mirrors | Agatha Christie

    They Do it With Mirrors

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitiation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr. Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate: shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building. Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and vows to discover the real reason for Mr. Gilbrandsen's visit.

    Two incomparable ladies

    It's such a joy to have the great Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories ready by the definitive Marple herself. Joan Hickson is beyond all comparison...Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 July 2015 by Steven Durham (London, United Kingdom)
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    They Do It with Mirrors | Agatha Christie

    They Do It with Mirrors

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate - shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building. Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and vows to discover the real reason for Mr Gilbrandsen's visit.

    Enjoyable but not the best Agatha Christie

    Another solid Agatha Christie story and generally well performed by Emilia Fox - although occasionally her 'Male' voices (especially American) are a l..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 April 2016 by Dr. R. Brompton (UK)
  • 7
    A Pocket Full of Rye | Agatha Christie

    A Pocket Full of Rye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme.

    Joan Hickson IS Miss Marple

    So I'm biased but I simply love Joan Hickson narrating this series of books. Miss Marple has always been my favourite Christie character and to find t..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 September 2011 by Adrian (Clophill, United Kingdom)
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    A Pocket Full of Rye | Agatha Christie

    A Pocket Full of Rye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    A classic Marple mystery, read by the inimitable Richard E. Grant. Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his 'counting house' when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme...

    A brilliant performance of a great story.
    Reviewed on 14 November 2014 by Mr. S. Wallace-jones (United Kingdom)
  • 8
    4: 50 From Paddington | Agatha Christie

    4: 50 From Paddington

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses...and no corpse.

    Classic Christie

    One of Agatha Christie's best known novels, the books sees Miss Marple come up with a cunning plan to obtain information about a murder on a train. Th..Show More »

    Reviewed on 20 November 2016 by Emma Wackrow ()
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    4.50 from Paddington | Agatha Christie

    4.50 from Paddington

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away.But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses... and no corpse.

    Couldn't Finish

    I found the plot of this particular novel very slow and underwhelming. I still love the character though. A swift move on till the next Miss Marple. <..Show More »

    Reviewed on 06 March 2016 by Jo Addis (Edinburgh)
  • 9
    The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side | Agatha Christie

    The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. But for whom was the deadly poison really intended? Marina's frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. But, while others searched for material evidence, Jane Marple conducted a very different investigation: into human nature.

    Exquisite narration for an exquisite tale

    Joan Hickson is THE Miss Marple - her ability with spoken dialogue is fabulous. Id found the recording of her version of Nemesis slightly hard to hear..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by p ()
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    The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side | Agatha Christie

    The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Another edge-of-the-seat mystery from Miss Marple. One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. But for whom was the deadly poison really intended? Marina's frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. But, while others searched for material evidence, Jane Marple conducted a very different investigation - into human nature.

    Typical Agatha

    I've previously only seen this story on TV, played by the only Miss Marple in my opinion, Joan Hickson.

    The story moves along quite slowly r..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 June 2015 by Peter (Leominster, Herefordshire, United Kingdom)
  • 10
    A Caribbean Mystery | Agatha Christie

    A Caribbean Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    As Jane Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened.

    Addictive and beautifully narrated.

    Joan Hickson does a marvellous job voicing all the characters and her pronunciation is deliciously contemporaneous. Agatha Christie's masterful weavin..Show More »

    Reviewed on 29 September 2016 by S. Todd (UK)
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    A Caribbean Mystery | Agatha Christie

    A Caribbean Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.As Jane Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened.Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier's yarn about a strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major's attention wandered. He never did finish the story...

    What a performance.

    In the introduction to the reading I heard that the story was performed by Emelia Fox, not read by. How right that was. This was not simply read, i..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 December 2013 by Chris (Portland, United Kingdom)
  • 11
    At Bertram's Hotel | Agatha Christie

    At Bertram's Hotel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she's looking for at Bertram's Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service, and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer.

    Pleasent listen

    Stephanie Cole is a good substitute for Joan Hickson. The story is well read. It's a comfortable, easy listen.

    Reviewed on 26 January 2012 by Elizabeth (Lancaster, United Kingdom)
  • 12
    Nemesis | Agatha Christie

    Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    In utter disbelief, Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel, an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. Recognising in Miss Marple a natural flair for justice, Mr Rafiel had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing.

    Nemesis

    The narration by Joan Hickson - she's the definitive Miss Marple.

    Reviewed on 18 May 2016 by Derek Thorburn ()
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    Nemesis | Agatha Christie

    Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.In utter disbelief Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel - an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels.Recognising in Miss Marple a natural flair for justice, Mr Rafiel had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing.

    Trigger Warning: Victim Blaming
    Reviewed on 16 May 2015 by Faye (Falmouth, United Kingdom)
  • 13
    The Sleeping Murder | Agatha Christie

    The Sleeping Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernise the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs. In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they have to solve a "perfect" crime committed many years before.

    Miss Marple beckons

    I hope to never meet Miss Marple as I am sure of certain death within the hour. However Agatha Christie has once again let Jane Marple solve another m..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 July 2007 by Sue (Verwood, Dorset, United Kingdom)
  • 14
    Miss Marple's Final Cases | Agatha Christie

    Miss Marple's Final Cases

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    First, the mystery man in the church with a bullet-wound. Then, the riddle of a dead man's buried treasure...the curious conduct of a caretaker after a fatal riding accident...the corpse and a tape-measure...the girl framed for theft...and the suspect accused of stabbing his wife with a dagger. Here are six gripping cases with one thing in common: the astonishing deductive powers of Miss Marple.

    Good stories, but Joan Hickson only narrates some

    I bought this book because of the narrator. In my mind, Joan Hickson is Miss Marple. Therefore, I enjoyed most of the short stories, but was a bit dis..Show More »

    Reviewed on 20 October 2011 by Henrik (Broendby, Denmark)
  • Death by Drowning | Agatha Christie

    Death by Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    In The Thumbmark of St Peter Miss Marple tells how she was able to help her niece when the poor girl was accused of poisoning her husband. In The Herb of Death foxglove leaves are picked with sage for the dinner with disastrous results, and a burglary at a riverside bungalow sets off an unusual chain of events in The Affair at the Bungalow. In the final story, Sir Henry Clithering, ex-commissioner of Scotland Yard, is staying with his friends Colonel and Mrs Bantry, when news arrives that the village innkeeper's daughter has met her 'death by drowning.'

    A good listen

    Joan Hickson is the ultimate Miss Marple and her reading of these short stories is excellent.

    Reviewed on 18 September 2009 by Catherine (BARNARD CASTLE, COUNTY DURHAM, United Kingdom)