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Summary

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
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©1934 Agatha Christie Mallowan (P)1989 Chivers Press Ltd. This edition published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK, 2002

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"Need it be said, the little grey cells solve once more the seemingly insoluble. Mrs Christie makes an improbable tale very real, and keeps her readers enthralled and guessing to the end." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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  • Kathryn
  • Addlestone, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 24-11-10

Delightful!

Old favourite, beautifully read by David Suchet (for many Christie fans, the definitive Poirot). Lovely audio book!

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Wonderful

If you could sum up Murder on the Orient Express in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, thoughtful, enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Orient Express?

Mrs. Hubbard - just a quirky character.

What does David Suchet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Everything. Loved Suchet in the series but hadn't realised his skills in bringing a book to life before. Such a wide variety of accents and voices - really wonderful. Such nuances can easily be missed in the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That would give too much away.

Any additional comments?

Can't recommend this audio enough. If you love Suchet then you can't go wrong plus this has some subtle but important differences to the TV version.

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Wonderfully narrated!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I already did! It's a great detective, albeit a little old fashioned in places. For me that was part of the charm, though.

What does David Suchet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It was the first time I read a book from this author and although it was good, I feel David Suchet's narrating just made the book for me. Wonderful.

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

Laugh, often, and loudly!

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First-rate reading of a mystery classic...

This unabridged reading of one of Agatha Christie’s best-known and best-loved books is great fun. David Suchet, the perfect TV Poirot, here gets to show off the amazing range of his acting talent. There are about 15 characters in the book, half of them women, from a variety of different countries and Suchet manages to sustain a different voice and characterisation for each. Yes, occasionally he goes a bit OTT (the Russian Princess for instance) but that adds to the enjoyment – Suchet understands that Christie’s books are first and foremost light-hearted fun.



Christie shows off her usual winning formula here – a baffling crime, a limited number of suspects, each interviewed by Poirot, and then the dénouement as Poirot reveals both murderer and method. What stops the books from becoming repetitive is that there is usually an unexpected twist and this book is no exception. Once you know whodunit, it’s easy to look back and see that Christie, more perhaps than any other crime-writer, plays fair with the reader – all the clues are there, we see everything Poirot sees, but can we work it out before he does?



This is a first-rate reading of a deserved classic of the mystery genre. Enjoy!

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  • G
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 03-09-12

Perfect Poirot !

Everyone knows David Suchet can do a perfect voice for Poirot from the TV series, but perhaps less well known is that he's a great narrator and has a whole range of other men's and women's voices and accents which he can deliver with equal eloquence - you're never in any doubt about who's talking and the story really comes to life. A thouroughly enjoyable listen :)

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Listening bliss

My favourite Agatha Christie story, read in perfect tones and unabridged so you don't miss a thing. Simply fabulous!

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enjoyable.

My favourite Christie book read by one of my favourite actors. David Suchet does an outstanding job.

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Really enjoyable

Excellent narration by David Suchet he was really good at portraying all the characters would definitely recommend listening to this audio book

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Riveting. A one man cast of talent.

Amazing. loved, loved, loved it.

David Suchet was impressive putting on a display of talent in his delivery of different voices.

The story, as with any Agatha Christie offering, was beautifully written and pacey.

I didn't want this to be over.

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Great mystery

Good story. David suchet is excellent and really makes the story. Great stuff. Highly recommend

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  • juho kojima
  • 03-12-17

The only real Poirot David Suchet

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on the Orient Express to be better than the print version?

Yes, because of Suchet. He is the real deal as Hercule Poirot. I have one other audio version of this book, but it does not compare to this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Orient Express?

At the end when Poirot Show`s everyone why he is Poirot.

What does David Suchet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Everything! I first listened to a Hercule Poirot mystery red by David Suchet about one year ago, when I listened to Death on the Nile. I was smiling the whole time listening to the book. Suchet is a great actor, you can really hear it. He brings every character to life in a great way, not just Poirot.

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  • BridgetB
  • 19-06-16

David Suchet.. The one and only Poirot

Brilliant writing by the greatest mystery writer of all time, narrated by the best... David Suchet. This man is a genius. He makes all the characters come to life and hearing the voice of the one and only Poirot is just brilliant!!

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  • The Fetch
  • 20-05-17

Amazing!

Christie is an flawless writer! Her stories make you guess and it feels like you are on the Edge of your Seat! Poirot is an super cool and interesting character and David Suchet who actually plays him in countless movies makes this experience Even better!!

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  • Emily
  • 02-11-13

Suchet reading Poirot - a perfect partnership.

David Suchet is practically synonymous with Agatha Christie's Poirot, so it's simply wonderful that this audiobook is read by Suchet. His characterisations are perfect, subtle and entertaining, which make these audiobooks great listening. This tale of murder and mystery is enthralling listening, so settle in - you're in for a real treat.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-09-12

Good reading

Enjoyed this book. I saw the T V version first and the book is far better.

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  • John
  • 20-08-12

Absorbing for the late night listen.

What did you love best about Murder on the Orient Express?

The character of the dectivie

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Orient Express?

The first meeting with the other travellers

Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Very favourable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Although I did not - I wanted to glisten in one settings. I fell asleep- late in the night and had to rewind the final sections.

Any additional comments?

Just keep the books coming.

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  • Lilian
  • 11-02-12

David Suchet is marvellous

Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?

This audio book is one that I could listen to again and again mainly because of Suchet's amazing performance as Poirot and an assortment of characters from different nationalities. It's a blast and I get the impression that Suchet had a jolly time doing it.

Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Suchet is really at the top of his game here. I've also enjoyed The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which I've listened to multiple times.

Any additional comments?

The Murder on the Orient Express isn't one of Christie's more believable puzzles but Christie was a superb storyteller and with Suchet in the driver's seat here, the ride is worth every penny.