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Lilian

Eight Mile Plains, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Artists in Crime

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion.

    Charles says: "Aii! Abridged"
    "Worth Listening for Cumberbatch's performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Artists in Crime to be better than the print version?

    I'm not a fan of Ngaio Marsh but I was drawn to this audio book because of Benedict Cumberbatch. Normally, I avoid abridged editions altogether. The story was alright, but nothing to write home about.


    What about Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance did you like?

    Cumberbatch really is a one-man band in this performance, doing a multiplicity of roles and voices.But I can listen to him read anything, really. He's that good.


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

    I listened to this book in one sitting and was pretty disappointed when it was all over.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

    Emily says: "Suchet reading Poirot - a perfect partnership."
    "David Suchet is marvellous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?

    This audio book is one that I could listen to again and again mainly because of Suchet's amazing performance as Poirot and an assortment of characters from different nationalities. It's a blast and I get the impression that Suchet had a jolly time doing it.


    Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Suchet is really at the top of his game here. I've also enjoyed The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which I've listened to multiple times.


    Any additional comments?

    The Murder on the Orient Express isn't one of Christie's more believable puzzles but Christie was a superb storyteller and with Suchet in the driver's seat here, the ride is worth every penny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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