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Summary

She is the most popular novelist in history. Yet the drama and torment of Agatha Christie's private life remains a mystery even to her most ardent fans. She made no secret of her disdain for the press and for those who wished to intrude on her private life.

In this immensely listenable and intimate biography, best-selling author Richard Hack reveals the romance, scandal, and betrayal that drove one of the 20th century's most celebrated literary figures.

©2009 Richard Hack; (P)2009 Phoenix

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The narration is unbearable

I am a generous reviewer, mainly I think because I choose carefully and seldom end up disappointed. So, 4 stars, often 5, is not unusual from me. I got this one very wrong however.

I was aware of the 'mystery' caused by AC staging her own disappearance, and her at times torrid personal life, and I thought it would be very interesting to get a bit of background. Wrong. It's just dull.

The main problem is the narration. If I was just reading it, I might struggle on, though the writing isn't doing much for me, either. But the narrator is just bizarre and even if it was a well written, gripping book, I would be unable to listen to him.

I abandoned the book when I could no longer bear the thought of him attempting another, entirely random, regional British accent. It's painful. He can just about do 'posh' men and to a lesser extent, middle class women. That's it. The police officers and assorted 'locals' who have been presented so far (3 hours in) have a range of voices and accents that don't exist in real life. One voice can meander from Geordie to Brummie in a single sentence. And these are the home county locals!

He has odd pronunciation too - Torquay (I think) is pronounced Two-Key. Maybe it's not meant to be Torquay...

I read the reviews so I knew the delivery might be 'odd', and I see that some listeners got used to it; that has happened to be before, but this time, I can't see me staying the course.

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  • Linda P-C
  • 03-06-11

Well worth the time

I must admit that I had a bit of trouble with the narrator's delivery, and when I was about 40 minutes into the book I found that I was getting used to him, so I went back to the beginning and started over, enjoying every minute from that point on.
Ms. Christie led a very interesting life, subject to the joys, heartaches and disappointments that are a part of any full life. The writer has done a remarkable job of research and compilation and you leave this book with a whole new appreciation for the great volume of consistently excellent work produced by Ms. Christie in her lifetime.
If I have made this sound dry, it is not! I chose this book in one or another of Audible's sales and it sat in my library for over a year before I listened to it - but I am SO glad I did! Recommended highly.

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  • Jean
  • 07-07-10

Fascinating! A must for any Christi Fan

I really enjoyed this book. It gave a wonderful characterization of Christie, describing her residences, her likes and dislikes, and how she felt about her books and things in general. To my amazement I found that she was a very shy and modest person, which lasted throughout her life even in death.

This book is a must for any Christie fan!!

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  • Linda
  • 03-06-11

Well worth the time

I must admit that I had a bit of trouble with the narrator's delivery, and when I was about 40 minutes into the book I found that I was getting used to him, so I went back to the beginning and started over, enjoying every minute from that point on.
Ms. Christie led a very interesting life, subject to the joys, heartaches and disappointments that are a part of any full life. The writer has done a remarkable job of research and compilation and you leave this book with a whole new appreciation for the great volume of consistently excellent work produced by Ms. Christie in her lifetime.
If I have made this sound dry, it is not! I chose this book in one or another of Audible's sales and it sat in my library for over a year before I listened to it - but I am SO glad I did! Recommended highly.