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Murder in Mesopotamia Audiobook

Murder in Mesopotamia

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Publisher's Summary

Amy Leatheran had never felt the lure of the mysterious East, but when she travels to an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert to nurse the wife of a celebrated archaeologist, events prove stranger than she could ever have imagined. Her patient's bizarre visions and nervous terror seem unfounded, but as the oppressive tension in the air thickens, events come to a terrible climax in murder. With one spot of blood as his only clue, Hercule Poirot must embark on a journey across the desert to unravel a mystery which taxes even his remarkable powers.

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©1936 Agatha Christie Mallowan; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

What the Critics Say

"Smooth, highly original, and completely absorbing." (New York Times)

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    Dawn London, United Kingdom 15/09/2012
    Dawn London, United Kingdom 15/09/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "brilliant story - disappointing narration"

    I was really looking forward to this version as I thought Anna Massey was a good choice of narrator. However, her Poirot is really far off the mark - too gruff, rugged and garbled, and I'm afraid to say the accent is absolutely atrocious.



    It quite simply doesn't match the adorably fastidious, self-important and precise character of Poirot that Christie created, and as such I found it an unwelcome distraction to the otherwise superbly-plotted and intriguing story.



    Also, the tone of her voice is too strident. You either have to turn the volume down low, or risk getting a headache after half an hour's listening. And if I'm being honest I didn't take to her pronunciation of Hercule as 'Er-Cool' instead of 'Er-Kewel' - but I expect I'm just being really picky!



    I'd suggest looking for this title with another narrator, or try the excellent dramatised version with John Moffatt.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Helen York, UK 21/08/2017
    Helen York, UK 21/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor narration"

    One of the few Christie books I've been unable to finish - Anna Massey's narration just didn't suit the book, and her voice for Poirot was dreadful. Give me Hugh Fraser any day, his are a joy to listen to.

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    KI Girl 05/08/2017
    KI Girl 05/08/2017
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    "I understand why this title is read by a female, but...."

    This Poirot story is told from the perspective of one of the female characters. It makes perfect sense that the story is read on audible by a female.

    Anna Massey does a good job of all the characters with one exception - Poirot himself. The wonderful portrails of the little Belgian detective by Hugh Fraser and David Suchet are sorely missed here. He doesn't appear in the story till perhaps halfway thru but I did find Massey's Poirot slightly off putting.


    Having said that it is another of Christie's wonderful whodunnits and well worth a listen.


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    David Meadows 28/07/2017
    David Meadows 28/07/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The actual book is fantastic.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Massey’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    As always AC book was amazing, the narrator really spoilt it.


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    Susan Royse 25/12/2016
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    "Difficult to listen to."

    I have many Agatha Christie books downloaded and thoroughly enjoy listening to them before bed. I am aware of the story already but found it very difficult to listen and follow this narration. I'm afraid that Anna Massey's accents are just awful. Half the time when it was supposed to be Poirot I thought it it was some German character. A waste of money as I will not be listening again.

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    rachel york, United Kingdom 05/12/2016
    rachel york, United Kingdom 05/12/2016 Member Since 2009
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    "Usual brilliance from Agatha"

    Really enjoyed the plot twists, Anna Massey does the different characters well, although sometimes her accent for Hercule is a little strange

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss EDINBURGH, United Kingdom 04/12/2016
    Miss EDINBURGH, United Kingdom 04/12/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible french accent!"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Anna Massey?

    Only if she didn't have to do any accents! She has a lovely voice when just reading straight though!


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    MRS B 13/07/2016
    MRS B 13/07/2016
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    "Good story but painful narration at times!"

    The story is great and I enjoyed it, but the narrator's Poirot voice is not good - it made me cringe at times.

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    Amazon Customer 07/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A captivating English story..."

    A wonderfully read English story read in a proper English voice by the superb spine-tingling Anna Massey. Perfect !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Effingham, United Kingdom 24/03/2016
    David Effingham, United Kingdom 24/03/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrible foreign accents"

    Terrible foreign accents detracted from the story telling and made this book an effort to listen to.

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