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4:50 From Paddington

Narrated by: Joan Hickson
Series: Miss Marple, Book 8
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (243 ratings)

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Summary

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.
©1957 Agatha Christie Limited (P)1994 Original Sound Recording owned by EMI Records Ltd trading as Music for Pleasure. This edition published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK 1999

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"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." ( Observer)

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great listen<br />

Joan hicksin is marple.! read exactly as it should be transported into the world of action with all its charm and intrigue

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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. There are some fantastic characters too, such as the capable Lucy Eyelesbarrow and curmudgeonly old Mr Crackenthorpe. Read by the quintessential Miss Marple herself, Joan Hickson, who has the perfect delivery (though I found it odd at first when she referred to Miss Marple in the third person!). Recommended for Christie fans.

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Miss Marple, but not much of her!

Miss Marple is a recurrent character through the book but the main character is actually her friend Lucy. The story is classic Agatha Christie, and gets straight down to it, with a murder in the first few minutes. Rather a slow middle but picks up again towards the end and was very enjoyable. Lovely narration by Joan Hickson too

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Another fabulous Agatha Christie!!!

Loved every second of this book. Now, on to the next!!!
Highly recommend every one,

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Brilliant

loved it . Joan Hickson's narration is perfect in every way . She leads the listener through the genius of Agatha Christie's story and takes us effortless back in time . Great ! Will be listening again !

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Amazing story

It was brilliant story you could never guess who the murder was generally a great story

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Excellent

Joan Hickson is Miss Marple in my opinion.
A bit longer than I expected, but then I've only see the TV versions prior to listening to the book.
Still very enjoyable.

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Amazing

Joan Hickson is the best Miss Marple, did not realise she did narration of books until audible. I love listening

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Joan Hickson is perfect

One of my favourite Marple stories, even though the lady herself doesn't feature that much. Joan Hickson is fabulous - Marple to the bone :)

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magnificent

excellent example of the wonderful Agatha Christie, and well read by the wonderful Joan Hickson, one of the best Miss Marple's.

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  • 25-11-17

Perfection in audio form.

I loved the story and Joan Hickson gives it life and soul, making it easy to visualize all the action.