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The Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Collection | [Agatha Christie]

The Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Collection

In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet, reasoned the detective, like Hercules, he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters. So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot makes up his mind to accept just 12 more cases: his self-imposed "Labors". Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.
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In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet, reasoned the detective, like Hercules, he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters.

So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot makes up his mind to accept just 12 more cases: his self-imposed "Labors". Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.

©1947 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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    JGrace California 07-01-13
    JGrace California 07-01-13 Member Since 2008

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    "The Little Grey Cells Prepare for Reatirement"

    The Labors of Hercules – A. Christie
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    Hercule Poirot is about to retire. Leaving his detecting career behind, he plans to take his little grey cells to the country where he will cultivate gourmet vegetable marrows. Before he departs, he determines to undertake 12 more cases; cases of special and particular interest, which will mirror the labors of the classical Hercules. Twelve cases that also give Agatha Christie an opportunity to write 12 wonderful short stories for the little detective.

    I thought this was an exceptionally good collection. There was a bit more comedy than in many of her stories. Christie seemed to be poking fun at her little Belgian detective, gently and with affection. Hastings does not appear in any of the stories, but this is the first time I’ve read anything of the resourceful butler, George. (Mildly reminiscent of Peter Whimsy’s Bunter.) Miss Lemon remains ever resourceful and Inspector Japp appears briefly in a story that includesPoirot’s version of ‘THE woman’. I especially liked the spinster, Miss Carnady, who appears in two of the stories. She reminded me a bit of Sayers’ Miss Climpson. (I always wonder about the parallels between these great dames of mystery writing.)

    Some of the stories worked better than others. A few were dated in bias and attitude. Hugh Fraser’s performance made all of them enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kimjustman MONTROSE, CO, United States 03-20-13
    kimjustman MONTROSE, CO, United States 03-20-13

    I like classic mysteries.

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    "Hercule Poirot !"
    What did you love best about The Labors of Hercules?

    Hercule Poirot his detailed description of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Labors of Hercules?

    Hercule Poirot taking on the task to help those in love part three of his labors.


    Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favorite?

    Hercule Poirot he is my favorite detective.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Labors of Hercules and why?

    All twelve main characters within each of the descriptions that Hercule Poirot had about his Labors of Hercules.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nyokia Conway, AR, United States 01-21-13
    Nyokia Conway, AR, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Christie"

    Wonderful stories from one of the best mystery writters Agatha Chiristie featuring her great little belgium dectective Pirot. Outstanding narative by Hugh Fraser. Recommend for all mystery lovers. I enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 12-11-12
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "consistent and enjoyablei"
    If you could sum up The Labors of Hercules in three words, what would they be?

    it was an enjoyable plot which was read in a clear and calm tone. It was easy to follow and continue even after missing time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the plot kept the listener involved by the way everything flowed and fit together.


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

    Yes I have listened to Hugh Fraser before. His tone and diction is quite enjoyable.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Labors of Hercules and why?

    Poirit because of his simplicity and the way he solves the case at hand.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie NORTH HILLS, CA, United States 10-30-12
    Jackie NORTH HILLS, CA, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2011

    mystery lover

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    "Agatha Christie's Poirot as always - excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! If they like mysteries, an Agatha Christie book read by David Suchet or Hugh Fraser is a no-brainer. If you like short stories, this one is for you.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It is a collection of short stories and each one is excellently done.


    What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is very good and it gives the familiar feel of the episodes because you recognize Hasting and Poirot's voices.


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

    The solution always is great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    asm 07-30-14
    asm 07-30-14
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    I love Agatha Christie, and her audiobooks are like comfort food for my brain after a long day, but I couldn't like this book. Somehow, these stories are twice as old-fashioned as the rest of Christie's books. I usually gloss right over the sexist and stereotypical nonsense that comes with loving books that are sometimes almost 100 years old. However, this collection was just too much.

    I like Poirot best in short doses, and I thought I needed this book to complete the collection so to speak. I was wrong. Nobody needs this book.

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