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
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.
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.
Bibliophile, English Teacher, Wordsmith
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.!!!!!!!
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.
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.
Yes because you get to hear her voice.
It was interesting to hear her opinions on her stories.
Agatha herself. She is my favorite author. I have read all her books again and again.
Talking about assuming she'd be killed in the war.
Audio is terrible but it is worth the listen if you are a fan.
It was in her own voice, a little hard at the onset as the quality is current to the time it was (tape) recorded, but really charming once it started to flow. It really takes one back in time to what it was like to be her and get a peek into her perspective on life. (I'd recommend listening on headphones, the car might be difficult to hear well.)
It helps to have read her memoir of archaelogical digging with her husband, "Come, Tell me how you Lived", which is fantastic and only 1.99 on Amazon for Kindle. This reading is also an extract from her longer autobiograhpy.
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