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Passenger to Frankfurt

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Summary

mSir Stafford Nye's journey home from Malaysia to London takes an unexpected twist in the passenger lounge at Frankfurt: a young woman confides in him that someone is trying to kill her.

Their paths are to cross again and again, and each time the mystery woman is introduced as a different person. Equally at home in any guise in any society, she draws Sir Stafford into a game of political intrigue more dangerous than he could possibly imagine.

In an arena where no one can be sure of anyone, Nye must do battle with a well-armed, well-financed, well-trained, and invisible enemy.

©1970 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"Marvellously entertaining." ( Observer)

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  • 18-10-12

Not a traditional Agatha Christie

If you are after a traditional Agatha Christie murder mystery then this audiobook is not for you. Passenger to Frankfurt is a thriller that focuses on concepts of youth revolution, and, whilst as well written as all Agatha Christie works are, it does at times get bogged down in expounding theories of international politics. It came across to me more as the personal musings of an 80 year old woman trying to make sense of the 1970s world around her, than as a fast-paced thriller. More theory and concept, than action and adventure. Not a bad book by any means, but just don't expect a cosy Poirot country house murder mystery.

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Boring

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Somebody in need of sleep.

Would you ever listen to anything by Agatha Christie again?

Yes, I have quite a few of her books, both audio, Kindle, and in paperback.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Hugh Fraser?

I love Hugh Fraser, he is almost as good as Ian Carmichael, which is high praise from me.

What character would you cut from Passenger to Frankfurt?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

I gave up at the half way mark, so am asking for a refund.

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tedious plot

I love Christie but struggled to get to the end of this one. The plot was so far fetched it simply was too unbelievable and I didn't engage with the characters. Rather disappointing.

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  • Leonie Frieda
  • 19 Curzon Street, London, W1J 7FZ, England
  • 16-07-18

GREAT BUCHAN TYPE SPY TALE FROM AGATHA CHRISTIE!

Without having checked that this title did not feature either Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple as the work's central figure, instead I found I enjoyed the book without either of the two aforementioned private or amateur detectives. The deliciously familiar voice of narrator, Hugh Fraser provided a link with Agatha Christie. The author demonstrates her immense versatility with this spy thriller. I can unreservedly recommend 'PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT'. From the start the book pulled me in and needed no fantastic gadgets or other escapology to aid the hero and heroine, not to help prop up the story. Christie's work certainly stands the test of time, and part of her genius lies in the pace and sense of anticipation that give her books the hypnotic power over almost countless millions of readers. I found the protagonists sympathetic, and interesting enough for my continued listening. It might have been the less than usual genre for Agatha Christie, or possibly the lack of swearing, fruity descriptions of dead bodies, or fantastic methods of killing that have become an expected feature in much contemporary work of this sort. but the plot is terrific and leaves the narrative flow unimpeded. It might, in a strange way, have worked in a counter-intuitive way, I am impervious to the bloody descriptions and flow of filthy language provided it is in context. Whatever the formula, Agatha Christie's 'Passenger to Frankfurt' is a delicious treat. I give the book full marks in every respect, story, narrator and a Christie weaving her usual magic allowing me a the treat of forgetting the world except the one in which this excellent plot unfolds.

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Not a clue.

A very different Christie story. I was totally confused from beginning till end. Good Narrator though.

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What an absolute clunker!

I started this book so excited to find an Agatha Christie I had not already read, but that feeling soon fled... (I hasten to add this was not Hugh Fraser's fault! His narration was great as always.) This story started out quite intriguing although I much prefer old fashioned murder to espionage, but then it got progressively odder and odder.
The more bizarre features included the following sticking points:

- The hero's attraction to a woman who reminded him of his dead sister!
- Rioting students and idealistic youth turning out to be neo-nazis…(huh?)
- Cabinet ministers sat around debating how to selectively 'nuke' the young people of their respective countries! (with straight faces!)
- the whole idea of a tear gas that makes people nice. For life.
-The disjointed ending which skips what actually happened...

I've decided to just forget this whole book. The sole redeeming feature was Great Aunt Mathilda who deserved a better setting. Sadly, I think I will remember all those blonde young men swaggering around that banqueting hall waving their swords and singing Wagner... Ugh.

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The Worst Agatha Christie story.

I didn't listen beyond the three - quarter mark. Never have I listened to anything so tedious. The actors performances were excellent, sadly they were let down by the story.

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World Domination!

I read this book when it was first published, and I've just enjoyed It again but listening this time. Hugh Fraser is brilliant. When Agatha Christie wrote this book the world was completely different from what It is now. It was a time when people were living in an insecure world; fear for the future of Mankind made them apprehensive as rumours of unrest, civil and otherwise, were spread by the media (not a term used much at that time). Home-grown spies were coming out of the woodwork and defecting, before they could be arrested as the traitors they were, to the countries who'd paid them to betray their country. And this was happening in other parts of the world, too. Scientists disappeared in what the newspapers called 'The Brain Drain'. Where they went or who they worked for or what they were doing, we had no idea but it all added to the unrest. It really was an era of great suspicion. Who or what could you trust? And I think the reader has to take this into account when reading or listening to the book. Yes, our flamboyant central figure is a bit over the top but it got him noticed which I think was his goal; a character to be taken with a pinch of salt and not considered a threat. A good book and I wonder, with the world in the turmoil it is today, if Miss Christie had had a vision of the future.

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Can't rate it as I can't listen to it!

Would you try another book written by Agatha Christie or narrated by Hugh Fraser?

If I could have listened to this one, or had a response from your help team, then probably yes. Already have a large collection of Agatha Christie audio books downloaded from iTunes without any problem.

What will your next listen be?

Won't be buying another one!

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed with the whole thing 😠

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  • Sigurd R Dahl
  • 15-04-18

Excellency in all

Excellent in all categories! Hugh Fraser and AC make a very strong pair indeed. The story is everlasting!

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  • Marya
  • 09-03-15

Boring

One of the most boring books ever: and I normally love Agatha Christie books! I have read most of her books.