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The Pale Horse (Dramatised)

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Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation from the Queen of Crime. 

Father Gorman is called to a dingy rooming house to see a woman who, before she dies, confesses a bizarre tale to him. Leaving the house he is followed but, in the fog, a fatal blow is struck. Nine names on a piece of paper found in the dead priest's shoe is recovered. The clue leads Mark Easterbrook, a historian, to The Pale Horse Inn, home of three women: a psychic, a medium and a witch.

With the help of his friend and esteemed author, Ariadne Oliver, can they unravel the strange occult mysteries and piece together the evidence?

Starring Jeremy Clyde as Mark Easterbrook and Stephanie Cole as Ariadne Oliver.

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Directed by Enyd Williams    

©1961, 1999 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Dawn
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 19-01-14

Very nicely dramatised

This was one of Agatha Christie's later books and generally they aren't as involving or convincing as those from the 30's or 40's, but I'm happy to say that I think this one bucks the trend.
The main protagonist, Mark Easterbrook, is played with a convincing mix of suavity and inquisitiveness by Jeremy Clyde, and Ariadne Oliver (here more than ever obviously based on AC herself) is brought to life superbly by Stephanie Cole. I think she brings a sense of exasperation, muddle-headedness and practical common sense to the role - which I think suits the character well.
The story doesn't really lend itself to a full book, which is probably why it works so well here as a dramatisation. There's just enough pointers in the dialogue and in the use of music to hint that the setting is the late 50's, which I think helps with the atmosphere.
This isn't the normal Poirot or Marple story but for someone looking for a fun, engaging cast and a slightly macabre (but not supernatural) play then you should definitely give it a go!

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A very enjoyable dramatisation of The Pale Horse

I very much enjoyed this audio book. It's one of my favourite stories. I can listen to the dramatisation of this book on a regular basis. I like the twists and turns of the story and how the actors seem to really connect with the characters.

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  • D. H. Saisa
  • 04-08-16

Enjoyable one of my favorites

This version is very close to the book. I enjoy it very much. It is one of my favorite stories. The actors did a fine job and they are the voices I hear when I read the full story.

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  • Black Lilac
  • 08-04-19

Quick Read but Great Read

This story really was amazing. I never caught on to who the murder was and the further into the story it got the more I enjoyed it and felt the intensity to it. Great performance and wonderful book.