I have not read the print version, so it was a pleasure to "read" the audio version.
This book does not include Hastings--he is in Africa, and Poirot has decided to retire. It is impossible, however, as the more Poirot "retires," the more renowned he seems to become. His new friend is the narrator of this book, in place of Hastings.
I really enjoyed the new narrator. His love/hate relationship with his sister is great!
I thought this book led me along expertly, and I did not see the end coming until very near to the end!! Wonderful!
Especially if you haven't read the print version of this book, it is so enjoyable.
This book is so violent and uninteresting, that I suddenly noticed all the violence in intrigue and mystery books has become needless and senseless. For example, I am also sick of some of the series I used to love like Jim Butcher and Robert Crais because their violence has gotten out of hand. Where's the intelligence in writing anymore from authors who know how to weave a tale of intrigue and who know how to delight our imagination--even a bit? Editors and storytellers must know we still have brains...? And hearts...? And are interested in the gifts of their imaginations...? And care about their art form...? Or do they think we are dumbed down to the point of this dribble? This is nothing but torture scenes for no reason, so if you like that and think the world really works that way (which it really doesn't), then hey, you can have my copy and have a really bad time inside your skull.
Yes, I have gone back to writers such as Agatha Christie and writers of old because current writers do nothing to stimulate my imagination except gross me out. I can do without that, thank you very much.
I loved George Guidall when he narrated Craig Johnson's Longmire books, but these are crap. His narration is why I tried it out. I wish I could un-try it or get a refund. Or delete this book from my library and from life.
All of them.
Stay away from this series if you are a human being with a mind. I guess if you are an animal who reads and you only care about violence and domination, hey, this author has an audience. Yee-haw.
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