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The Pale Horse

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Ariadne Oliver, Book 5
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

To understand the strange goings on at The Pale Horse Inn, Mark Easterbrook knew he had to begin at the beginning. But where exactly was the beginning?

Was it the savage blow to the back of Father Gorman's head? Or was it when the priest's assailant searched him so roughly, he tore the clergyman's cassock? Or could it have been the priest's visit, just minutes before, to a woman on her deathbed? Or was there a deeper significance to the violent squabble that Mark Easterbrook had himself witnessed earlier?

Wherever the beginning lies, Mark and his sidekick, Ginger Corrigan, may soon have cause to wish they'd never found it.

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Critic reviews

"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." ( Observer)
"Wholesale murder by black magic...highly ingenious, wholly enjoyable." ( Evening Standard)

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Wonderful

Hugh Fraser does Agatha Christie proud with this performance.

Better as an unabridged version, don't know why others have played with it before, it's great as it is.

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Outstanding performance from Hugh Fraser-

Gripping story with many twists and turns. Quite spooky at times. Enjoyable and flawless narration with many characters voices - none overdone.

My dog is worn out as I walked much further than I expected to see what happened next! Got me miles!

I'd say this is amongst Agathas finest works-Loved it!

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Another great Agatha Christie!

Another great story from Agatha Christie. One of the things I found interesting about this is the contemporary details as to 1960s fashion and appearance. Was this simply the main character's view or was it Christie's as well? A good who (and how) dunnit!

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The true Pale Horse

There is nothing better than listening to a great story with a great narrative which this was. It was grippingly good fun. I have read/listened to nearly every Agatha Christie novel. I have also watched every film/tv adaptations and I have yet to see The Pale Horse be true to her great novel with the latest BBC adaptation being absolutely beyond a joke

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One of her best, well narrated, great plot

In my opinion this is one of Christie's best books, a great plot, wonderful atmosphere, took me a long time to work out who the killer was. Great narration by Hugh Fraser.

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The Pale Horse

Agatha at her best. And Captain Hastings at his best too! What’s not to like?

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  • 08-03-20

Enjoyable Listen

This is the first Agatha Christie I have ever listened to. I think I may try more in the future. I really enjoyed it and the narration was great. He seemed to be able to encapsulate the time period. Very good.

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Didn’t want it to end!

Even though I know the story I wanted to go on and on! Great narration - even the female voices are perfectly acceptable with none of the embarrassment I usually feel with male narrators attempting female characters. Really enjoyed this classic tale.

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Pale Horse indeed

I thought that I would listen to the original version of The Pale Horse, having seen the most recent television adaptation with Rufus Sewell and also the Miss Marple version. The story is similar to the Miss Marple one and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it whilst gardening. Would thoroughly recommend.

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Great Narration

Hugh Fraser always does a great job of narrating Agatha Christie novels and this was no different

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  • 24-07-12

If you like an old fashioned 'Who Done It'

This was a great listen to one of Agatha's mysteries that does not involve Miss M or Msr Poirot. Expect that all is not fully revealed until the end, though it is fun to guess. And this a story where you could perhaps guess.
A woman asks to see a priest. She dies, he dies. So it begins.