Actor David Suchet recalls his experience of playing Agatha Christie's world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot, for almost a quarter of a century.
In the summer of 2013 David Suchet filmed his final scenes as Hercule Poirot. After 24 years in the role, he will have played the character in every story that Agatha Christie wrote about him (bar one, deemed unfilmable) and he will bid adieu to a role and a character that have changed his life.
In Poirot and Me, David Suchet tells the story of how he secured the part, with the blessing of Agatha Christie's daughter, and set himself the task of presenting the most authentic Poirot that had ever been filmed. David Suchet is uniquely placed to write the ultimate companion to one of the world's longest running television series.
Peppered with anecdotes about filming, including many tales of the guest stars who have appeared over the years, the book is essential for Poirot fans all over the world.
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Very highly indeed for selfish, sentimental and not intellectual reasons.
As for most devotees of this specific journey by the character Poirot and actor David Suchet, the several farewells "they" must make as they "die" and leave the film set.
Perhaps it was the David Suchet/Poirot incarnation who visits the elderly folk in the Nursing Home, in costume and character whilst on set, filming the series.Or perhaps when he comes across people in Hastings in real life and later whilst filming who either are confused at seeing "him" on their street and declare that they never understand a word "he" said during the 13 series.
No doubt there exists at least one Masters or Doctoral Thesis on the research available on the impact television series have on their audience or the actors who portray the characters in them. The psychological ramifications are alluded to when media analysts protest that the depiction of violence is reflected in the behaviour of the viewer. This novel hints at the impact that television does in fact have on vast numbers of people in the world. In fact I viewed a very moving documentary about a victim of the terrible events in New York who alluded to the calm she felt watching the eponymous series on television on a regular basis. This novel similarly can calm and reassure whilst listening to a pleasant, human journey many can sympathise with.
Excellent narrative from Mr. Poirot himself, David Suchet.
Suchet explains how he studied and brought Poirot to life. Its all the little details which Poirot himself would have done. Suchet and Poirot are one.
"A delightful treat"
I was hesistant in downloading und purchasing this book from Audible, as I was unsure whether it would be interesting enough for me to keep on listening. There was no need to worry though.
'Poirot and me' covers David Suchet's career from the moment he takes on the role of Hercule Poirot till the final film 'Curtain' in which Poirot dies. David Suchet actually played Poirot for 25 years in 70 films made for television. And it was quite a journey for Suchet with the constant uncertainty whether or not there would be another Poirot series. Luckily, David Suchet was able to play many other roles in between the various Poirot series. Nonetheless the book shows the less glamourous, more realistic side of acting: the constant waiting on a call that might never come.
Besides David Suchet's career span, you get in detail the production of each Poirot film together with details about Agatha Christie life and career, and the story concerned. As I don't consider myself to be an avid Christie reader it was interesting to have these facts. It added something extra.
'Poirot and me' is read by David Suchet. David Suchet's attention for detail really shows in this audiobook, making it a delight to listen to. All in all I consider 'Poirot and me' to be a delightful treat.
"Such a joy"
To hear David Suchet in his voice as well as words describe the making of such a wonderful tv series is brilliant...and even adds a smattering of Poirot.
As a huge fan of Poirot from watching it growing up and also reading Agatha Christies books as a teen and beyond, the stories and David Suchet's portrayal is timeless and superb. This story describes the behind the scenes going on, script tweaks and production details which give an insight into David, the character development and the making of the marvellous stories by ITV. Poirot is such a brilliant character, exquisitely made programmes and David has captured his essence in such as way that really does make him Poirot. With Poirot around you know all will be resolved and loose ends tied. It was also interesting to hear about the other work David has been in!
Settle down with Mr. Suchet, and prepare to be entertained by this gentle, kindly and humble soul narrating his life with Poirot, that mainstay of ITV. It's a perfectly charming book, warm and detailing an astonishingly successful acting career in an endearing fashion.
"Delightful story of the creation of a character"
This book will appeal to those of us who enjoyed (and still do) the memorable Poirot series that started in late 1980s with its stylish sets and most of all the David Suchet’s creation of Poirot as a believable character. The book is an engaging account of his life during the 25 years that Suchet played “the little man” and the immense amount of effort he put into getting the characterisation just right. Previous Poirots to my mind all verged on caricature, whereas Suchet brings out the character’s humanity as well as his endearing foibles, without making him a figure of fun.
Though most of the book concentrates on his work on the Poirot series we learn of the other often totally contrasting film and stage work he did between recording all of Agatha Christie’s immense output of Poriot stories.
It’s good to hear of an actor’s life that has been professionally rewarding and enjoyable though often at times uncertain and mentally and physically demanding.
David Suchet has a lovely voice and is an excellent mimic so the audio version of this book is even better than the written word.
David Suchet is an excellent reader and his description of how he prepared to play Poirot is fascinating. He had never read any Agatha Christie before he was offered the part and then read the whole lot and made copious notes on Poirot's character, idiosyncracies, dress etc. He had various arguments with producers about these things because he was convinced that he was right in his view of the character. And, since he has been the definitive Poirot, who can disagree.
The juggling between Suchet's playing Poirot and his need to make a living between the various series and the mention of various actors who appeared with him without its getting 'luvvy' which is where most acting autobiographies fall down.
The voice, of course, because, when he quotes Poirot, he IS Poirot!
I don't see how you could film it.
The book made me want to see all the episodes again because, although they've been repeated (and are still being repeated) ad nauseum, I know I shall see them with new interest and a different viewpoint.
"David Suchet's Voice is a Treat"
I could listen to David Suchet's soothing and melodious voice all day - such a treat. As the title of this book suggests, it focuses on how David learned everything about Poirot and was determined to bring him to life exactly as Agatha Christie intended. His dedication in that regard over 25 years has made his Poirot outstanding. I am not an actor myself, but it was fascinating to read such a masterclass in character acting. I didn't realise exactly how much an actor has to 'invest' in a character in mental and emotional energy.
One 'leetle' criticism is that David's exactitude in bringing Poirot's character to life does become a slightly repetitive - I would have loved to know a lot more about David's life instead. Having said that, it is an excellent book - particularly for Poirot fans.
"Fabulous memoir read perfectly"
Lovely to reminisce about all of the Poirot episodes and hear more about the background stories to the filming of each episode.
It was amazing to hear about David Suchet's passion and hard work to deliver the'perfect' Poirot performance to be true to Dame Agatha's descriptions of him.
He had to read this story himself, nobody else could have narrated this audiobook.
"Discovering the man behind Poirot"
Informative, interesting and entertaining.
I loved his performance, the way he switched between his normal voice to Poirot's voice was really enjoyable.
I liked the way David Suchet discussed his career and personal life simultaneously, it was also interesting to hear about his other work besides portraying Poirot.
The history of Poirot's development.
Not sure maybe David Jason's Autobiography?
It all flowed.
It's all interesting
"Repetition and lack of 'interesting' Info"
No because it's a gushing series of plot summaries with boring -because repetititive references to Suchet's 'angst' at the role.
No ,because many (eg Bonkers) tell me anecdotes about the theatre as well as the writer interestingly and with good mix of humour /wit balanced by sadness .
No because he was totally wrapped up in himself and others lacked substance.
Not really as although the title is a fair reflection of the content ,I expected less of this actor's self absorbed persona.
It needs editing as repeating ''Dame Agatha Christie '' and the need not to let down her creation became silly. In the end both 'Poirot' and his author are from the Crime Novel genre not religious entities!
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