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Alison Larkin Presents: The Secret Adversary, Murder on the Links, and The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 1
Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

Three critically acclaimed recordings are joined together in this dazzling Agatha Christie Triple Bill, read by award-winning narrators Alison Larkin and James Warwick, star of the Partners in Crime TV series on Masterpiece Theater.

The Secret Adversary
Just after WW1, Tommy and Tuppence set up “Young Adventurers Ltd.” and are soon caught up in a devilish plot to destroy the British establishment. 

"Larkin is an excellent choice to narrate this delightful classic...her reading is champagne bubbly and engaging throughout...a jaunty, jolly good listen." (Publisher’s Weekly

Murder on the Links
Hercule Poirot travels to France in response to a cry for help, only to find his client stabbed to death on a golf course. Then another murder follows.... 

”Warwick’s characterization of Poirot is spot-on.”(AudioFile magazine) 

The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Poirot is recruited by Captain Hastings to find out if the death of Emily Inglethorpe’s much younger husband was an accident - or murder. 

“This classic whodunnit is brought to life with style by narrator James Warwick....” (AudioFile magazine) 

Public Domain (P)2019 Alison Larkin Presents

Critic reviews

“This classic whodunnit is brought to life with style by narrator James Warwick...” (AudioFile Magazine

”Warwick’s characterization of Poirot is spot-on.”(AudioFile Magazine

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  • Stef
  • Redditch, United Kingdom
  • 22-10-19

Terrible Belgian accent

When you listen to this as a sample you don’t hear his terrible accent which distracts from the story, and are therefore lulled into buying it..

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Good collection

I disagree that the performance and accents are bad. The narrators have good voices. The Poirot accent is just a bit different from what we are so used to with suchet on tv. Good price for 3 Christie novels

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  • peter
  • alrewas, United Kingdom
  • 30-11-19

Murder of Agatha Christie

Silly voice even a French character that sounds welsh! Oh dear somewhere inside all this are three well loved Agatha Christie murder mysteries but they're hard to find.

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  • Mary Katherine Worth
  • 18-10-19

Pitch perfect narration of Agatha Christie!

Whoever came up with the idea of joining these three recordings together was nothing short of brilliant. I have listened to them all individually and was thrilled to see them in one package - and at a fantastic price too! One of the best deals on Audible! I have to say Alison Larkin is one of my all time favorite narrators - I absolutely adore her narration of Jane Austen 's novels and actually love everything she does. I watched James Warwick in the t.v. series Partners in Crime with Francesca Annis when he was a young man - which only goes to show how old I am - and I was just delighted to hear him read Poirot with such authenticity! This is wonderful from start to finish. Well done!

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  • Paula
  • 15-01-20

5 stars for Alison Larkin

Like most who purchase an Agatha Christie audible, I purchased it for the listen, not because the story was new to me. That being said, Alison Larkin is a wonderful narrator and brought Tommy and Tuppence to life in Secret Adversary. However, James Warwick was horrific! He seemed to feel that shouting Poirot's dialogue made up for his inability to do a Belgian (or even French) accent.

It is unfortunate that two-thirds of the collection are read by Mr. Warwick. I was greatly disappointed after such a promising start. If I could have rated the two performances separately, Ms. Larkin would have received 5 stars across the board. Mr. Warwick would have received none. I will avoid further books read by him. If you want to listen to Agatha, I recommend any but this one.

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  • gmcc180
  • 10-12-19

The Secret Adversary is good, but not the Poirot

Alison Larkin does a great job narrating The Secret Adversary. The narration of the Poirot stories just can't compare with the great versions narrated by Hugh Fraser and David Suchet.

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  • lindadj
  • 03-11-19

Is it me? Or is it Memorex?

I’ve been an Agatha Christie fan since I saw one of her books lying on an ottoman in my best friend’s den. Her mother was reading it and had left it to be readily picked up later. I was intrigued. Over the years I’ve collected her books and now I’m enjoying them again through recordings. What I did not enjoy about this selection of three was the narrator’s interpretation of Poirot’s Belgian accent. It was labored, slow, heavy, and difficult to understand. I very nearly shouted, “Hallelujah!”, when at last all three books came to an end. I don’t want to pick on John Warwick, but it is what it is. I thought he did a good job on Arthur Hastings.

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  • M. Barnard
  • 15-12-19

Not a fan

I suspected I might not care when it was given me. I'm glad I didn't actually pay for this. If I'd screened a sample, I would have passed on it without a second thought. Any time a reader places their name before the title, I'm already skeptical and somewhat nettled. Frankly, this emerged as a particularly weak production. I have a large collection of Christie on audio. but this one didn't last through an entire playing.

I definitely will not be revisiting it in future, and will avoid anything else bearing the names involved in this project.

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