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The Secret Adversary

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)
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Summary

Tommy and Tuppence embark on a daring business scheme: Young Adventurers Ltd. Their advertisement says they are "willing to do anything, go anywhere". But their first assignment, for the sinister Mr Whittington, plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined.
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© Agatha Christie Mallowan 1951, 2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic reviews

"Refreshingly original." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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A nice thriller with delightful detectives

Would you listen to The Secret Adversary again? Why?

I'd definitely listen to this again. I first read the book many years ago and to have it on audible just makes it that much easier to read again. I very often re-read books and this one is easy on the ear and fun to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I like Tommy and Tuppence, I like the way they think. Tommy is the "tortoise", a slow but methodical thinker who nonetheless makes good deductions. Tuppence is the "hare", her bouncy personality can be a bit frivolous as a thinker but her ideas are good. They match perfectly.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favourite?

It's hard to single out just one, Hugh Fraser did a good job on all the characters. The accents are done well too.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This is the first Tommy and Tuppence book by Agatha Christie. A lot of people will find it dated but as this is one of the periods of crime I love best, I would not hesitate to recommend it. I just don't like the modern crime novels at all so I'm always on the lookout for classic crime. I did guess the answer (or did my subconscious remember it?) about three quarters of the way through the book but this didn't stop my enjoyment of the whole plot.

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Another time, another way of life

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This, the first Tommy and Tuppence book, is definitely 'of it's time', which I think is often a polite way of saying 'dated'. Yes, of course the speech and attitudes aren't those of today, but they are great fun if you immerse yourself into this brilliant pairing, the more diffident Great War ex-officer, Tommy and the vibrant tackle anything ex-VAD and vicarage daughter, Tuppence.

I love these Tommy and Tuppence books, always have, particularly the preposterous plots and coincidences. There was not the slightest need to rewrite the story the way the recent rather dire television series did. Far better to sit back and let the wonderfully mellifluous voice of Hugh Fraser take you through Agatha Christie's unabridged original.

In some ways these are a bit like Famous Five stories for grown ups, as the rather naive but dashing and far from stupid two save the world from dastardly spy rings but reward themselves with dinner at The Ritz rather than with tinned salmon, pineapple and lashings of ginger beer.

Relax, put your feet up and prepare to be transported to another time - it's spiffing stuff!

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Gripping and chilling

Although some characters are a little unbelievable the plot rattles along. Typical Christie keeping you guessing all the way.
Mr Brown is every where and yet remains elusive.
Definitely worth a read

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Quite good

Excellent narration. The plot is good although I guessed "who did it" part early in the book, which spoilt it a bit.

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Christie YA cozy...?

First half of the book has a distinct YA feel to it. An not a very good one at that. The admittedly likable protagonists act naively in the extreme. Suspension of disbelief is needed. Or to quote a line in the book -"It reads like a dime novel".

Second half is better. More like Agatha Christie's usual writing. (I've read a LOT of her books). Red herrings galore and a nice whodunnit / "Who is Mr Brown" mystery.

This was only Christie's second book, so I suppose allowances must be given. Still - I'm sad to say I did not like this book.

Narration however is stellar. Hugh Fraser is great.

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fabulous cliff hanger hugh Fraser at his best superb could imagine all the djffefent ischaracters

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Light adventure story

Russian money is being splashed about to influence the political situation in an English speaking Western country. THAT could never happen in the 21st century, could it? No one would give that idea a moment’s credence, would they? And what is the involvement of an American millionaire?
We’re far too sophisticated now for such a tall tale!
Bring back Tommy and Tuppence...

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Fantastic!

Agatha Christie and Hugh Fraser at their very best, my favourite audible book so far!

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Exciting Listen and Brilliant Performance

I was looking for something to listen that was as intriguing as Miss Marple and Poirot when I came across this detective duo. Absolutely struck gold!

It has Christie's usual literary brilliance with a balance between plot movement and details to draw the listener in; additionally the characters are refreshingly young and we get to see they're skills as detectives develop. There is a great twist at the end as well which the protagonists and listeners on the toes!

Hugh Fraser as narrator was a fantastic choice. He performs every character well and with commitment. Can't wait to start on the next book in the series!

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Struggled

What was most disappointing about Agatha Christie’s story?

I couldn't finish it. I couldn't engage with lead characters, just didn't hold my attention for long enough

Any additional comments?

I may give it another go at some point............or maybe not!

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  • Anniebligh
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Set shortly after the end of WW1

A Christie adventure mystery, that gives a two young unemployed people a chance to earn an honest income and... well I will let you find out.
It is a lovely take on Buchin's '39 steps' and maybe 'The Thin Man'. The humour is very much in Christie style.
I enjoyed listening to this as read by Hugh Fraser and will listen again.