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The Unexpected Guest

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

When a stranger runs his car into a ditch in dense fog near the South Wales coast, and makes his way to an isolated house, he discovers a woman standing over the dead body of her wheelchair-bound husband, a gun in her hand. She readily admits to murder, and the unexpected guest offers to help her concoct a cover story.

But is it possible Laura Warwick did not commit the crime after all? If so, who is she shielding? As the gallant unexpected guest, Michael Starkwedder, looks for other enemies of the dead man, he certainly isn't disappointed by a lack of possible suspects - all with very potent motives.

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Critic reviews

"Like a Martini - crisp, dry, sophisticated, habit-forming....will satisfy all devotees of Christie's neat plotting." ( Booklist)

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Wonderful

Another brilliant story by Agatha Christie. Keeps you guessing right to the very end as to who the murderer is. Wonderfully read by Hugh Fraser.

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Gripping, entertaining - classic Agatha Christie

Enjoyed every twist and turn. I guessed it was everyone then another surprise. Wish I was just starting it! Great listen.

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  • 09-03-14

Great listening

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

Hugh Fraser's adaptations of Agatha Christie novels are always spot on.

Any additional comments?

A good Agatha Christie novel.

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The Unexpected Guest

I have listened to all those Agatha Christie books narrated by Joan Hickson and am now going to work my way through the Hugh Fraser ones. This was a good book that kept you guessing to the last. Twists and turns and red herrings galore. The children in the car with us also enjoyed the pace of it.

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Engaging, excellent narration, nice twist

Hugh Fraser pulls of a great narration flipping between an English and Welsh accent making it feel like there are multiple characters speaking. Really enjoyed the plot and getting to know each of the characters. Great twist at the end, I didn't guess!

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thrilling story

Exciting from start to finish. Well written and narrated. The ending was fairly easy to guess but it was still a great crime story.

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disappointed

wasn't fussed on the plot or characters i'd seen it on the stage but this just didn't do it for mw

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Remarkable!

Another amazing story, skilfully narrated by Hugh Fraser.. Remarkable how Agatha Christie can keep your full attention all the way to the end!

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Disappointing, true AC Fans will guess the plot...

Having downloaded this title because of the reviews, I was very much looking forward to it. However, despite Hugh Fraser’s fantastic performance (as ever,) the plot was predictable & underwhelming. I guessed the murderer within the opening chapter and even the random twists during the novel were obvious. Definitely not one of Dame Agatha’s better works.

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Fantastic

You think you have it sussed, but the twist at the end is something you don't see coming

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  • Sigurd R Dahl
  • 29-05-18

Nest plot

Christie and Fraser are a team - plot fontene and performance in excellence! can't wait for the next one! must reconsidder ny subscription with Audible....