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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 4, Hercule Poirot Mysteries, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

©1926 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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  • Deb
  • 20-04-16

Best in series

I have read 9 Agatha Christie books featuring Hercule Poirot. This is my favorite. The characters had me laughing out loud. Hugh Fraser is an absolute delight. Characters and plot woven seamlessly. A must have in your audible library.

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  • Dallas1
  • 17-10-15

Another gem from Christie!

I can't get enough of Agatha Christie! It doesn't seize to amaze me the depth with which Dame Christie planned and executed her novels; the attention to detail is impeccable!
Very enjoyable read/listen. Love, love High Fraser! I forget at times that it's one person speaking. He gives each character such specific accent/intonation/pitch, and you get transformed into the novel.
My commute to work and back home is something I now look forward to thanks to Hugh Fraser and Ms. Christie.
Now off to go check out my next Christie book!

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  • mjrousos
  • 17-04-16

What a surprise!

One of Christie's best! An unexpected delight, very original. Perhaps my favorite Poirot mystery. Delightful characters and unique presentation.

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  • EmilyK
  • 02-04-14

Great narration; loved by my 6th grader

What did you love best about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

I read it almost 40 years ago and found the final plot twist really shocking. What was fun about the audio was that I could share the experience with my 6th grade son. He loved it! This was some elective reading he had to do for school, but it turned into a fun experience for us to do together. I wouldn't have thought of this as a kids' book!

What other book might you compare The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to and why?

Well, it is a great example of Agatha Christie. It actually isn't one of her ones I most enjoy experiencing -- in fact, I found it disturbing enough when I read it as a tween that I didn't reread it until now. However, because of its subversion of the conventions I can see why it is an interesting one to read for English class. A great example of the unreliable narrator.

So to compare it to other Christies, I would say it is more thought provoking, but not a cozy (though much of Christie has disturbing elements, especially for the time it was written).

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

Well, I enjoyed him as Dr. Hastings, Poirot's sidekick on PBS Mystery. Although my son often watches Mystery with me, he wasn't familiar with the Poirot episodes so it was a new narrator/actor for him. Neither of us had listened to his audios before.

I thought he was an outstanding narrator for this book. I would hope that he narrates other Christies.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

My son certainly found it hard to take a break from. We had to turn it off so he could get some sleep!

Any additional comments?

I continue to marvel about how accessible this was to a modern 11 year old who has grown up on TV and computers.

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  • Kellie
  • 17-01-20

I KNEW IT!!!!

Honestly it was just a wild guess, a shot in the dark, but it was so satisfying to be right!!

This story is a classic whodunit and Agatha Christie is a MASTER of creating suspense, playfully parsing out information for the reader to latch onto and create their own hypotheses. She creates countless twists and turns, and overall is an incredible storyteller. The narrator was one of my favorites so far, I haven't heard him before but I will certainly be on the lookout for him in the future! He absolutely nailed the French/Belgian accent and made the story that much more dynamic and interesting. All in all, 10/10, would recommend!!

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  • Tammy thompson
  • 12-01-20

sheesh. I did not see that coming.

What a great story. I am often able to figure out who done it long before the end, but not so here. what an excellently crafted mystery.

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  • Betsy Sue
  • 13-07-19

Murder at its best

Loved this book kept me interested all throughout Simply wonderful reading and listening to a magnificent narrator

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  • B. Dawson
  • 28-06-19

A New Fan

I am new to Agatha Christie, but I am now a rabid fan! What a great story! The performance was exceptionala

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 28-12-16

Huge Surprise Twist

This is a cool mystery despite its mildly dated quality because of the surprise twist at the end, a twist I only began to suspect was possible a minute before it was revealed. The narrator, Hugh Fraser, is absolutely flawless, and I will look for more books narrated by him. It would be a solid five-star listen if not for the difficulty some listeners (including me!) will have keeping track of a rather large cast of characters. This would make a great movie, possibly, and I now plan to check online to see if a movie version is available. Bravo, Dame Agatha! Way to continue to be relevant well into the 21st century! I was very glad to discover this title, consider it a credit well spent, and will likely listen again.

Grade: A.

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  • Anonymous
  • 19-08-14

I've never read anything like it...

Very unique ... a delightful twist.
I can honestly say I've never read another mystery quite like it. Didn't seem so at first, with the usual style of relating facts and Poirot's usual method, but I had figured it out before the big reveal. If only just. I knew it the moment after the arrival of the telegram at Poirot's little conference. It struck me suddenly, but I had hit the nail on the head, as the last chapters then revealed. Most unique narrative.
Hugh Fraser is a great narrator.

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