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A Talent for Murder

Series: Agatha Christie Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Agatha Christie, in London to visit her agent, boards a train preoccupied with the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a touch on her back, loses her balance but is pulled to safety from the rush of the incoming train.

So begins a sequence of terrifying events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel but a blackmailer, and Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf.

©2017 Katie Hickman (P)2017 Oakhill Publishing

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Sound engineer did a bad job.

This is sort of ok, but the sound engineer did a bad job. She or he has not levelled up the voices so the male voice over artist is very loud and the female voice over artist is not loud enough.
Both actors do a good job, performing to a very high standard, but the variable of sound levels and the sheer boringness of the story, has made me give up after the irritating policeman has found a "dark brown shoe" ... may or may not be Ms Christie''s.
Well, I don't care actually.
I can't cope with the sheer awfulness of the story.

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Returning as still not sure what to make of it ...

I was on board for the idea of this though read as really more interested in the Canary Island sequal but did not want to read out of order. Not sure if it is Joan Walker's style or the sound engineer but very weird cadence and so hard to hear as voice kept just falling away making it so hard to listen too and all so very wistful. Jonathon Oliver was eary to hear and did a good job for as much as I listened to his section but I just gave up on this very unusually written story - strange fiction/non fiction feel - presuming no element of truth on this theory as to why Agatha Christie disappeared but found it so hard to believe as I think anyone would when a villain demands his victim dances the Charleston to "Yes we have no bananas" . Some how I felt the joke was just on me and though I had many many cracks at this I am calling it a day as seems like the story is taking a turn for the proposterous ... plus just downright hard to listen too with the falling, fading volume on Joan Walker's narration.

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Agatha Christie disappoints for the first time

I was expecting a thriller in the genre of Christie but heard instead a most unbelievable tale. Agatha Christie as a character would be great but not in the role she was cast. It was only by perseverance and necessity of long car journeys that I completed this. Most annoying when the character of Agatha read, as couldn’t always hear her. Surely in this technical age someone could have appreciated the difference in tone and volume would have a negative effect on the product. And before you say it was the bits of text I missed that were crucial to my appreciation, I regret that nothing could have saved this tale for me.

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