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Summary

As Hercule Poirot sifts through his post one particular morning, he alights upon a letter from an elderly and (as it transpires), exceedingly rich spinster - Miss Emily Arundell. She is clearly in great distress and seeking his help, but doesn’t say why. Her only specific mention is ‘the incident of the dog’s ball’. However, what intrigues Poirot is the date of the communication - it was written two months ago. He persuades Captain Hastings that they must visit the lady with all haste.

On arrival they discover that she has died, apparently of natural causes. But Bob, Miss Arundell’s devoted wire-haired terrier, knows better. And so, soon, does Poirot. John Moffatt, as ever, stars as Hercule Poirot and Simon Williams as Captain Hastings. With music specially composed by Tom Smail.

©1937 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Moffat Is The Perfect Radio Poriot. Excellent Entertainment❤️

This is one of my favourite Christie murders (especially TV version. ) Moffat is perfect for the radio and Simon Williams isn't bad. I am quite a snob when it comes to Hercule because David Suchet is absolute all out perfection for Hercule Poriot. On Radio all of these Moffat radio versions are excellent and I have them all in my collection. Excellent entertainment.

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Dumb witness

You can’t go wrong with Agatha Christie and these radio adaptations are brilliantly done and great listening.

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AGATHA CHRISTIE - YOU CAN'T GO WRONG

Good acting as usual but the only thing that irritated me was the hero of the story - Monsieur Bob. The dog barking grated after a while. Apologies to the person who played the part, but you can't please everyone. Other than that, it was excellent as always.

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Another excellent performance from John Moffatt

Would you listen to Dumb Witness (Dramatised) again? Why?

Yes I would. It is a great story and the performance brings to life the story as well as being fun and exciting.

Have you listened to any of John Moffatt and Simon Williams ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to quite a few of John Moffatt's performances has Poirot and this one is certainly up to his usual standards. I have heard Simon Williams in The Mysterious Affair At Styles and enjoyed both of his performances as Captain Hastings.

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  • Laura
  • 08-12-13

Classic Poirot and Hastins

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

Yes. It is a good English mystery. It has ungrateful family members, a questionable companion, wacky neighbors and a clever dog.

What other book might you compare Dumb Witness (Dramatised) to and why?

Any of the other Poirot and Hastings stories such as Murder on the Links.

Which character – as performed by John Moffatt and Simon Williams – was your favorite?

Capt. Hastings by Simon Williams. He brought to life all the boyish enthusiasm of the character. I love his interactions with the dog, Bob. I have been a fan of Simon Williams since he played James on Upstairs, Downstairs.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If only the dog could talk.

Any additional comments?

All the BBC dramatizations are worth listening to.

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  • That Sly Fox
  • 16-02-18

Great!

The story was very good! I couldn't help but find it just the amazing story of Hercule strikes again!

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  • ButterflyRose
  • 19-06-17

Excellent Full Cast Radio Production

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I really enjoy all of the Poirot BBC full-cast radio programs. It is so enjoyable to listen to all the different voices and sound effects/music. John Moffat is excellent as Hercule Poirot.

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  • Lynossa
  • 31-03-17

Excellent performance

Dumb Witness is not the best Christie's out there and the story is not one that left a mark in my mind (except for Bob the dog) but the performance of the casts is wonderful and elevates the story. Really nice to listen to

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  • Charles
  • 11-04-15

Great Listen!

This Agatha Christie was very good. John Moffat is a great voice for Hercule Poirot. Of course Bob the dog was also very good!