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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)
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Summary

Recently, there had been some strange goings on at Styles St Mary. Evelyn, constant companion to old Mrs Inglethorp, had stormed out of the house muttering something about "a lot of sharks". And with her, something indefinable had gone from the atmosphere. Her presence had spelt security; now the air seemed rife with suspicion and impending evil.
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"Almost too ingenious...very clearly and brightly told. ( Times Literary Supplement

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Fabulous audiobook

Hugh Fraser's excellent characterisation of Poirot's first outing is superb. A very enjoyable story from start to finish!

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One of the best

Loved the story and the characters. Hugh Fraser is a fantastic reader as usual. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't guess the ending at all!

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Pretty good

Good story and twist but, too reliant on keeping things from the reader. Couldn’t really participate in the detecting :(

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A good first Poirot outing.

Agatha Christie's first Poirot novel and I believe her first book altogether. Not at all bad considering. All the trademark whodunnit things (red herrings) are present. And of course "The Little Belgian" has already formed admirably. Only thing that is not quite up to her later Poirot novels quality, is that she uses a writer trope that I hate. Namely "I know something important, but I'm not telling you just yet". Not used excessively but enough to annoy me a little in a whodunnit.

Hugh Fraser's narration is great.

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Excellent

I started reading Christie in the early 70’s and finished up reading all 72 of her crime novels. Over 40 years later I decided to listen to them once again. So glad I did. No one has the whodunnit knack like Christie and the narration by Hugh Fraser was brilliant. Totally enjoyed this book from start to finish.

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Loved it

I loved how Hugh Fraser voiced the characters it really added that extra atmosphere that the book needed
I would recommend it to all ages
I give it 5 stars because I love Agatha Christie novels and I love how Hugh Fraser gives it a new perspective

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Perfect comfort listening

I have listened to this many times, it's probably my favourite audio book. Just the right tone of gently mocking humour in the narration, and a classic Christie plot. Bliss!

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Christie again

I always enjoy these tales and can recommend
However the narrator brought a good tale
Alive really enjoyed

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A favourite Christie read by wonderful Hugh Fraser

I always favoured this early Agatha Christie. Hugh Fraser does an extraordinary job as the narrator. He had me even buy his relaxation audible CD's!

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A brilliant story

As always, Agatha Christie's novels never fail to delight a listener and the use of Hugh Fraser is to be commended when he is narrating the English characters. Unfortunately his portrayal of Poirot's accent is dire, this recording would have been perfect if that had been voiced by a different narrative actor.