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Agatha Christie: An Autobiography | [Agatha Christie]

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

Back in print in an all-new edition is the engaging and illuminating chronicle of the life of the "Queen of Mystery". Fans of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and readers of John Curran’s fascinating biographies Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making will be spellbound by the compelling, authoritative account of one of the world’s most influential and fascinating novelists, told in her own words and inimitable style - and here in her own voice. These audio excerpts were dictated by Agatha Christie herself.
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Back in print in an all-new edition is the engaging and illuminating chronicle of the life of the "Queen of Mystery". Fans of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and readers of John Curran’s fascinating biographies Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making will be spellbound by the compelling, authoritative account of one of the world’s most influential and fascinating novelists, told in her own words and inimitable style - and here in her own voice. These audio excerpts were dictated by Agatha Christie herself.

The New York Times Book Review called Christie’s autobiography a "joyful adventure," saying, "she brings the sense of wonder... to her extraordinary career."

©1977 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2010 Agatha Christie Archive Trust

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    Duane Bolton Nashville, TN 11-18-12
    Duane Bolton Nashville, TN 11-18-12
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    "Authentic recording"

    This recording was an authentic recording from Agatha Christie, and if you focus on that fact, you will enjoy her. Yes, the hissing and bad recording are a bit annoying, so the quality and comfort are not polished, but knowing it was directly from Agatha Christie should count for something, without the editing and polishing. I enjoyed hearing from her in her own words though, so the performance from her was very valuable to me.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Avalon California USA 10-14-12
    Avalon California USA 10-14-12 Member Since 2009

    Bibliophile, English Teacher, Wordsmith

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    "Love Christie, but . . ."

    Thank you, Audible, for providing this bit of oral history. However, unless you are a true fan, this may be a challenge. The recording is of poor quality. It scores points for authenticity because it was performed by the Queen of Mystery herself. But it's not an enjoyable listen, the story skips around, the sound quality is distracting, and it's a struggle to follow.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    April Antoniou Planet Earth 02-08-13
    April Antoniou Planet Earth 02-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Queen Maeve

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    "free...because the audio quality it terrible"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As a writer I found this to be quite fascinating; however, I would like to have been able to hear it clearly. I couldn't make it all the way through but I appreciate that it was free; just a heads-up to potential downloaders.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 10-18-12
    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.

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    "LOVE AGATHA CHRISTIE"
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    Was very hard to under stand as the sound quality was awful. She is also difficult to understand but glad I listened. LOVE EVERYTHING SHE HAS WRITTEN WOW!
    My favorite of all time is ........oh goodness way too many to list.!!!!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rose San Antonio, TX, United States 10-11-12
    Rose San Antonio, TX, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    This Autobiography is the sames as it was when recorded. There is a lot of recording sounds in the back ground through out the recording. Agatha Christie is telling just what it took for her to write her mysteries. Her thoughts do not seem to be organized during the hour long biography, but after play the whole recording her biography was told just like she writes all over the place.
    Over all the Autobiography was a pretty good lessen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri United States 06-28-13
    Jerri United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Better than a biography"

    In spite of the title given, this is NOT an autobiography of Agatha Christie. It is something more important and rare. It is the actual voice of Agatha Christie dictating notes, some of which were used to write her autobiography. The sound quality is poor because of the primitive sound equipment available at that time, and nothing can be done about that. And it jumps about because she dictated ideas and memories as they came to her. I have read the finished autobiography and enjoyed it.

    I LOVED being able to hear the Queen of Golden Age Mystery Novels talk about the development of some of her best and most famous novels and stories. I remember reading in the newspapers about the discovery of these historic recordings, and a few scraps were made available. I very much wished to be able to hear them all. I am delighted to discover that Audible has made these important historic recordings available to listeners, and the price (FREE!) makes it even better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-06-13
    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Agatha Christie: An Autobiography to be better than the print version?

    Yes because you get to hear her voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha Christie: An Autobiography?

    It was interesting to hear her opinions on her stories.


    Which character – as performed by Agatha Christie – was your favorite?

    Agatha herself. She is my favorite author. I have read all her books again and again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Talking about assuming she'd be killed in the war.


    Any additional comments?

    Audio is terrible but it is worth the listen if you are a fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eve United States 07-28-14
    Eve United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Authentic Agatha Christie"
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    This is brilliant! I read Christie's autobiography 30 years ago when I was young and it made a profound impact on me. Not only did she live in one of the most dynamic periods of history (1890-1970s), but her insights into life and the production of her books was enlightening. I have been meaning to reread it, but, of course, I don't have time to read a book with my eyes. I understand that 16 or 17 hours of recording were found just a few years ago and I hope Audible elects to release them all. As it is, this recording seems to be a pretty good selection, offering insight into many of her inspirations.

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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 07-09-14
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "The author explains her process!"

    This is not your typical autobiography. It's more of a history on when and why she wrote her different books and plays. The unique thing for this is she reads it herself.

    You can tell she is a very private person because there is little on her personal life in this story. It's really a textbook on how to write a book and how it worked for her.

    For anyone who is a fan of Mrs. Christie's this is a fun book. Miss Marple is NOT her grandmother although a lot of characteristics they share, including a second sense that something is going to happen.

    She also talks about her favorite books she's written: Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (her pseudonym). That particular book she wrote the first chapter, than the last chapter and continued to write it in one day with no sleep. She than slept for 24 hours straight and the next day she read and made very few changes. She said she loved that experience but didn't know she could survive another one.

    This is a good short listen and well worth your time if you are an admirer of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Elgin, S.C., United States 12-01-13
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    What did you love best about Agatha Christie: An Autobiography?

    I liked that this book was read by the author herself. It gives one a glimpse into an almost forgotten lifetime. A wonderful personality with a somewhat dry sense of humor. Loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of delight it engendered about the author herself.


    What about Agatha Christie’s performance did you like?

    It was spoken in a perfectly natural way without any airs or graces - none of the 'get me I'm famous'!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was a somewhat scratchy recording in places and odd background noises filtered through - otherwise good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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