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Death on the Nile

Narrated by: David Suchet
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 17, Colonel Race, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (561 ratings)

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Summary

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything...until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: "I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting nothing was ever quite what it seemed.
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©1937 Agatha Christie Mallowan (P)1992 Chivers Press Ltd. This edition published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK, 2002

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Suchet's performance spoils a good tale

David Suchet chooses such silly voices for some of the characters that they are not only difficult to understand at times, but they also add a somewhat comical tone to the story. His Poirot mumbles away from time to time and I got tired of rewinding to try and understand crucial statements. Hugh Fraser is, undoubtedly, the best reader of the Poirot novels and short stories. Unfortunately, he hasn't recorded them all.

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the book itself was good.

this was my first audio book and I loved it. David Suchet was amazing, loved his work on this, all his voices, the dialogue, and the narration was on point and had me engaged throughout the book.

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Excellent story, let down by narration

I think I've been spoiled by Hugh Fraser (why hasn't he recorded all of the Christie books?) - David Suchet's narration skills are surprisingly inadequate in comparison - even his Poirot. While he gives a masterly performance of Poirot on film, the voice is somehow wrong on audio format, too mincing, too weak. And his other character voices are truly awful, especially the women.

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Agatha Christie at her best

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I enjoy David Suchet, but I though his depiction of Colonel Race was not the best

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David Suchet narrating Poirot is a must!

Superb narration of one of my favourite Poirot stories. Poirot is brought to life in this retelling.

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A generally pleasant listen.

Would recommend this book to a friend but it does require some suspension of disbelief. Also the characters are very Christie and whether or not you see that as positive or negative is up to you.

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Brilliant

The fantastic Suchet reading one of the greatest whodunnits in history. An absolute pleasure to hear.

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This one of my few favourites

I am not one the biggest fans of the famous Belgium detective, but this however one of my favourite one's. David Suchet does a great job of performing the book, keeping the listeners interested, although I am big of his role of the detective on ITV.

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Superb !

Beautifully read by David Suchet, with the added bonus of a more rounded story than that in the TV version

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10/10

Loved it, great to hear my Poirot, David Suchet, reading this book.
Fantastically gripping story

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  • Emily
  • 02-11-13

Poirot read by Suchet - this could never go wrong!

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. Dive in and enjoy this tale of mystery and murder of the picturesque River Nile, you'll be spellbound.

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  • beaver
  • 19-01-13

I Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Death on the Nile to be better than the print version?

i enjoyed listening to this story on my iphone laying in my hammock sipping on a pims

What did you like best about this story?

I love the clever twists in this story and of course the characters are colorful and vivid.

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

David Suchet has come to be the voice of Poirot for me, his narration of the this classic transported me to a time i never knew yet fell in love with.

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  • Toliam04
  • 21-09-12

A beautiful story, masterfully told.

What did you love best about Death on the Nile?

Different to the movie in telling ways, but excellent.

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

His profiling of the characters through his expressive voice brings them to life in a special way.