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The Labours of Hercules | [Agatha Christie]

The Labours of Hercules

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 made up his mind to accept just 12 more cases: his self-imposed "labours". Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.
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Publisher's Summary

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 made up his mind to accept just 12 more cases: his self-imposed "labours", all detailed in this short-story collection. Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.

©1947 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"Richly devious and quite brilliant." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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  • Stephanie
    Loughborough, Leciestershire, United Kingdom
    1/25/11
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    "Good Stories"

    Hi. These are fun stories, the odd one is a bit weaker then the rest but overall 9 Poirot stories which are great fun.

    They are only around 40 minutes in length so it's easy to sit down and listen to one story at a time.

    Well worth a listen, and nicely read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jaye Hardy
    4/3/15
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    "Labours of Hercule poirot"

    Hugh Fraser narrated it very well. It was an intresting book with twelve different stories all done very well I really enjoyed listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. R. Brompton
    UK
    1/30/15
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    "Surprised me a number of times!"

    I listen to a lot of Agatha Christie and so I thought that I would be able to guess the endings in this collection of stories, how wrong I was! I was surprised by a number of the twists and turns. A good collection and well read (as always) by Hugh Fraser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Alp
    New Southgate London Uk
    10/26/14
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    "It wasn't a labour to read!!!!"
    What did you like most about The Labours of Hercules?

    How Agatha has linked her hero to that mythical Hercules' stories. Very clever!!!!!


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

    Hugh Fraser brings Hercule alive.


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

    Not able to read in one sitting. To busy for that!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose
    7/8/14
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    "Much enjoyed"
    What made the experience of listening to The Labours of Hercules the most enjoyable?

    Short stories would seem to be Agatha Christie's forte, and these do not disappoint. The stories themselves are highly enjoyable and relatively easy to follow, and the narration is excellent. These stories can be listened to time and again without boredom beginning to sink in, and I would highly recommend this audiobook to any Christie fan.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    United Kingdom
    5/24/13
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    "Excellent easy listening"

    I love Poirot stories but this collection is excellent, well read (as always!) and short enough to enjoy in snippets. The flow of the story is perfect so as the book progresses its a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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