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
The Labors of Hercules – A. Christie
Audio performance by Hugh Fraser
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.
I like classic mysteries.
Hercule Poirot his detailed description of the characters.
Hercule Poirot taking on the task to help those in love part three of his labors.
Hercule Poirot he is my favorite detective.
All twelve main characters within each of the descriptions that Hercule Poirot had about his Labors of Hercules.
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.
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.
the plot kept the listener involved by the way everything flowed and fit together.
Yes I have listened to Hugh Fraser before. His tone and diction is quite enjoyable.
Poirit because of his simplicity and the way he solves the case at hand.
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.
Yes. It is a collection of short stories and each one is excellently done.
His narration is very good and it gives the familiar feel of the episodes because you recognize Hasting and Poirot's voices.
The solution always is great.
The short clips came together smoothly. Theme was consistent throughout. Hercule was true to form. Narration was excellent. Would read again.
Again a case of the book being so so much better than the poor attempt at the adaptation for the Poirot last season. While there is no one better to be Poirot then David Suchet, Hugh does an amazing take of the Belgian detective in this varied and complex and as it turns out unfilmable case. Highly recommended and enjoyable.
Always like his narrations. The stories were very predictable it seemed. it was still good, but not her best.
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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