I would certainly listen to it again. The story was brilliant and had me second guessing everything I thought. The clues were all there, but I missed them. I enjoyed trying to piece them together, and the brilliant humor that Christie manages to weave into her books.
I really loved the vicar and his wife both! They were great characters and had lots of commentary and humor. All of the characters,m however, were wonderful.
Yes! I would have to say that this was just as brilliant as the first one to which I listened, "The Moving Finger". He has a wonderful range in his characters and, once again he has proven that he understands Christie's style of writing. It is often hard to fall in love with a book when you aren't reading it yourself, but Mr. Grant makes this possible by his wonderful interpretation.
"Running a church can be murder"
A definite must-read!!!
It really is fantastic! I love the story and I love how much trouble Tuppence always seems to get into. The relationship between these two only progresses with age and I love that they are very real as a couple. The mystery was very different and I enjoyed listening to it.
One of the most memorable scenes for me was that of Tommy leaving for his conference and telling Tuppence to keep out of trouble while she isn't listening to him and is immediately plotting her adventure as he's walking out the door. I LOVE them!
Mr. Fraser is perhaps the most talented performer of audio books I have heard. His vocal range is brilliant and he completely understands Christie's writing.
I don't include spoilers, but the scene that reveals the killer was very intense.
It's up there. I really can't determine where, but it is definitely one of my favorites! I love these characters and they really are my favorite of the Christie detectives.
Tuppence is most definitely my favorite. She is usually very blunt and brilliant, and she really loves Tommy but won't say it often. She has some hair rained schemes sometimes, and usually outwits quite a few people.
Hugh Fraser is one of my most favorite performers in audio books! He has such a wonderfully wide range of characters and has a great understanding of the books he reads. His portrayal of Tommy and Tuppence is spot-on to how I imagined them. Bravo!!!
It made me laugh in public!
Brilliant, hysterical, a must-read!
The novel itself is great. I have read it before. What killed this version was the performance.
Emphatically NO. He had a wooden, robotic performance and very little range. I was bored from the beginning with what has been one of my favorite of the Holmes novels. I don't really see why this production is still available to hear. Why does a Holmes novel have to be a drag? This is one of the most exciting ones - or should have been.
Just don't bother.
The hilarity of the almost stumbling nature Tommy and Tuppence coupled with their ability to find trouble and work through mysteries is positively wonderful! Christie has great characters who are so far-removed from Poirot and Marple. They are young and energetic and delightful! Nadia May does a brilliant job of performing this book!
I'm not sure I have a book against which I can really compare it.
Fantastic performance! Ms. May really understand the characters and understands Christie's style of writing. She has a great diversity of voices and is truly a brilliant performer! She is one of only three performers from whom I will listen to a Christie novel (the other two being Hugh Fraser and Richard E. Grant)
Great book, great performance, a must-read!
I would absolutely listen to "Pocket Full of Rye" again!!! It is a brilliantly done story with great characters and a wonderful performance!
I absolutely loved Inspector Neil! He is shrewd and calculating but just not quite up to Miss Marple's train of thinking - although wise enough to know that he needs her as a collaborator.
I have listened to two other performances by Richard E. Grant and I can honestly say that they are all brilliant. The first was my favorite "The Moving Finger" but that was simply because I liked Christie's characters there better. As far as the performance of this work, it's fantastic! He really makes the characters come to life. Often, so many performers don't understand the author and their humor or particular characters and it makes the book a droll and uninteresting. NOT SO HERE! I think that Mr. Grant genuinely understands the intentions of Christie in her characters and portrays them wonderfully. I would listen to any other Agatha Christie novel that he performs, simply because I know I will have an enjoyable work to listen to.
"Four and twenty blackbirds say you're about to die"
"Even Mother Goose can kill"
A must read for all book lovers, but especially mystery lovers and Agatha Christie enthusiasts!
The Moving Finger is at the top of my list of the audiobooks I have listened to thus far! I travel a great deal and usually leave off listening after I get out of the car. I couldn't do that with this book. I couldn't wait to hear the rest of the story! I kept listening until I had finished with it. It was bloody brilliant! Christie is a wonderful author, but not everyone can do justice to reading her works. Up to now, Hugh Fraser was my favorite, but I have to say that Richard E. Grant's interpretation, was spot-on. I would listen again in an instant.
Any of the scenes with Jerry and Megan were fantastic or when Jerry and Joanna met with Dr. Griffith. But for me (SPOILER ALERT) the scene that was most brilliant was when Jerry brings Megan with him to London. I really don't want to spoil it for people.
Mr. Grant has the ability to make you interested from the start. You really feel as if the character is talking to you and telling you this interesting story. He becomes the character and you just want to thump him on the head (as Jerry) and make him realize all sorts of things. It brings an interaction to the story that perhaps would not be available but to the very imaginative few should you read the book without this version.
I absolutely wanted to listen to it in one sitting - but then was afraid to because then it would be over!
If you've any love for mysteries, for Agatha Christie novels in particular, or simply a good story, try this one. My next purchase will be another Agatha Christie novel read by Mr. Grant. I want to start listening right now!
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