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Postern of Fate

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Tommy & Tuppence, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Summary

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of The Black Arrow, Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings. However, when she writes down the letters, they spell out a very disturbing message: M a r y�J o r d a n�d i d�n o t�d i e�n a t u r a l l y.
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©1973 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic reviews

"Past and present interlock impressively...this is a genuine tour de force." ( Observer)
"The Beresfords are wonderfully revived. Smooth, beautifully paced, and effortlessly convincing." ( New York Times)

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brilliant

as always Hugh Fraser makes you think you are listening to a full cast recording.

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Excellent read

I have this book on tape although it is abridged, just love it. When I listened to the full book I realised just how much had been left out. Admittedly a lot of it was irrelevant but I really enjoy listening to it all I have already listened to it 4 times and know I will listen at least once a month. I would recommend this book if you enjoy Tommy and Tuppence stories, sadly there were only a few of them written.

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A must read for all mystery fans

Tommy and Tuppence at their best, on a par with N or M. An interesting story line which you need to follow to get all the clues that the Beresfords find. Extremely well read by Hugh Fraser, absolutely spot on with all the characters. I have listened to this four times now and still find it highly enjoyable. I really recommend this.

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Fun dog, and totally safe escapism

Daft but absolutely safe escapism. I’m not sure I actually understood what was going on by the end, but perhaps that's because I may have fallen asleep a couple of times.

The conversations between ‘Tuppence’ and ‘Tommy’ are often so stilted that even the brilliant Hugh Fraser seems to struggle a bit. But it’s all very lighthearted, there’s another excellent Christie dog beautifully observed and some surprising, currently relevant, anti-Fascist politics.

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Spies and Assassins

Fantastic spy thriller, not like A Christie’s country house murders, keeps you guessing, I would highly recommend.

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Disappointingly dull

I love Hugh Frasers Agatha Christie readings. But this book is so badly written that I’ve had to give up on it. It’s almost entirely dialogue which is very wearing and moves at a crawl.

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Christie’s swan song

The story is rather slow moving, drawing much on previous episodes in the life of Tommy and Tuppence. This engaging couple are now aging, and much is made of problems with memory (as much the author’s difficulty as that of the characters).
The Manchester Terrier, Hannibal, is a great personality. (I have a friend who has a feisty little canine of this rare breed, developed as ratters, like a Dobermann in concentrated form, so I appreciate that he is more life-like than many of the humans!)
It’s not a book to recommend to anyone who doesn’t already like the Beresfords, but I liked to know what had happened to their children (especially Betty, whom they adopted).
Tommy and Tuppence are the only Christie principals who lived in “real time”: very young in The Secret Adversary, young marrieds in Partners in Crime, 40-somethings in N or M? Etc. And they have a proper family life, unlike Poirot (whom I like) or Miss Marple (who gets up my nose, so I don’t buy those audiobooks- too much exposure on old TV), who are always old, little changed in 40-50 years of senior citizenship!
It isn’t a very good book, but it rounds off the T&T saga, and Hugh Fraser performs it well, although he does make (repeatedly) one of his rare errors of pronunciation - Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Catriona” is properly pronounced more like “Katrina” with the stress on the first syllable and a very short “o” sound. I have two nieces of that name which is the anglicised (simplified) spelling of the Scots & Irish Gaelic version of Catherine.
He also messes up with “Achille” (The Big Four), but that’s only two aberrations (of his, he’s not responsible for authorial gaffes) in many, many hours of portraying characters of all ages, diverse nationalities and social situations, of both genders.

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superb

loved this story so much, just brilliant looking forward to my next Agatha book 😁

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Awful, dull, tedious and repetitive tale. Waste of time and money. She must have run out of ideas.

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Postern of Fate

Agarha Christies Tommy & Tuppence series, 1st one I've ever listened to it, had all the best things Agatha Christie, has to offer. , I really enjoyed this audible book, it gives you a idea of what people did behind the scenes, to help with the war effort

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 10-03-18

not Agatha's best story<br />

the performance as usual is superb, but how the story is wrapped up is not at all successful or satisfying. if you have heard everything else by Agatha buy, if not try another book.

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  • barbara
  • 12-08-13

just too old

I am a great agatha christie however this one was just too old on many levels..constant conversation between the husband and wife sleuths..and in the end there was no point trying to work out 'who dun it' as agatha just introduced a random person in the end who was the murderer...very hard to stay involved