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Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries

Twelve BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

Twelve BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of short stories by the Queen of Crime. First broadcast in the early 2000s, the stories were adapted and brought up-to-date for a contemporary audience. The stories are 'Philomel Cottage'; 'Swan Song'; 'Magnolia Blossom'; 'Witness for the Prosecution'; 'The Gates of Baghdad'; 'The Hounds of Death'; 'In a Glass Darkly'; 'The Dressmaker's Doll'; 'The Case of the Perfect Carer'; 'The £199 Adventure'; 'The Gypsy'; and 'The Last Seance'. Duration: 6 hours approx.

©2016 Agatha Christie (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Repackaged version of 2010 dramatisations

I was a bit disappointed in finding out that this is just a repackaged version of the BBC dramatisations that came out in 2010 . Some of them are good but some of them are just fair . Perhaps it is because I just didn't like some of the stories . The only good thing about this audio is that you get all 12 stories at once instead of having to purchase them separately on this same site .

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Twelve Radio Mysteries

I don't often like updates of Agatha Christie's work, I prefer them set in their original decades. However this volume has been updated with care and is still a joy to listen to

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Terrible way to treat Agatha Christie’s work

Agatha Christie created such great stories, I don’t know why they had to ‘update’ them in such a crude, ham fisted manner. They kept the general style of talking but just stuffed a few ‘current’ references in e.g. George Bush and the war in Afghanistan. It doesn’t work at all and wasn’t clear before purchasing the audio book that the stories had been spoiled in this way. They have also ramped up the misery in the sad bits so instead of feeling that you have enjoyed the adventure you are left feeling rather gloomy, especially if you listen to a few at a time.

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Don't bother

Not very good at all, but modern day, and stories to short and mixed up at times so not very clear story line. I

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dull collection of stories

I was expecting a lot more of the classic Christie experience instead a collection of very short melodramatic stories that didn't really go anywhere.

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Not expected

Seemed to be more focused on underlying sexual tensions than the actual mystery plot. Disappointed to be halfway through one and it switched to focus on the main characters bedroom activities, but it wasn't even clear what the mystery was supposed to be in the first place. Wish I could un-buy this book. Did not have the standard that I'd expect with something using Agatha Christie's name.

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Disappointing

Just disappointed with this audio production, normally a fan of Agatha Christie. Somehow these stories just didn’t grab me. Couldn’t finish the audio book. Had originally bought as I thought they would be great to listen to while walking on treadmill, more of an irritation.

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Very disappointing

Personally I found these adaptations pretty poor. Unrealistic ‘modern’ updates to original works that add little enjoyment.

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Excellent dramatisation

What made the experience of listening to Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries the most enjoyable?

Great acting

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A great listen without needing to listen for hours

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

No particular favourite

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me listen to updated versions to old stories

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pure bliss

just perfect radio takes you back to the old days brilliant cast well written plays

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  • Carol
  • 10-09-16

Campy

Short stories alone were disappointing but the effort to recreate in a modern time was contradictions of all things Agatha Christie.

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  • Jessie
  • 29-05-16

Too Little Provided

I love myself some Agatha Christie Mysteries. I try, but I haven't won a case yet! This production didn't do her justice. It didn't include enough of the mystery to make it enjoyable. It skipped too much. Just didn't help connect the dots. More frustrating than enjoyable.

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  • Diana
  • 18-10-17

Butchered AC classics

Entertaining performances but the experience was marred by the absolute butchering of AC's classic stories. Some adaptation or changes is ok but these were bent and twisted to be 'modern' and somewhat 'fashionable' to a crude degree.

Some performances overdone and lots of erratic screaming that really wasn't necessary.

Great if you are not familiar with AC's work. Steer clear of you are.

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  • Myrtle
  • 22-03-16

Murder of Agatha's style

They changed so much it's not worth it. I have listened to very many of her books but it's by far the worst.

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  • M
  • 19-02-17

Not what I was expecting

The acting and narration were great. The stories simply weren't interesting. Each mystery lasted about a half hour, and was populated by 2 to 4 characters - making the plot easy to decipher. In addition to this, plots were updated for modern consumption (cell phones and internet). I was not impressed.

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  • G Carter
  • 31-12-16

Modern stories

Modern stories with modern themes. Not enjoyable. Cast does a nice job. Not what I expected.

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  • Gina
  • 02-07-16

BBC has another wonderful production

Agatha Christie with mostly modern adaptations--absolutely brilliant! You will love these short stories. The voice actors truly bring her magnificent writing to life member

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  • Bret
  • 18-05-17

Didn't care for it

They adapted the stories to the point that they bear almost no resemblance to the Agatha Christie stories they are based on.

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  • Dale Thompson
  • 09-09-16

Good stories not yet heard

What did you love best about Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries?

Shorter length perfect for bedtime

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Mix of stories plot lines

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Good as always

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Always well constructed and holds your interest

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  • Grahame
  • 11-03-16

New Stories. Well Performed.

I had only heard one of the stories before. They varied from drama to comedy to supernatural. Most were not murder mysteries but I enjoyed them all.

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