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"The plots are so good that one marvels...most of them would have made a full-length thriller." (Daily Mirror)
Its a series of 13 short stories, expertly read by Joan Hickson (my favourite Miss Marple). Each story is the perfect length to listen to before bed, on the train, etc. Each keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who-dunnit.
Yes, by having a series of short stories, so the suspense never lowers.
Joan Hickson's voice just epitomizes Miss Marple. But she's also a great actress who brings life to every character, and adds suspense and excitement through her voice.
A good selection for time poor people.
'The Thirteen Problems' is one of my favourite audio-books so far. The thirteen stories in this collection are Miss Marple at her best.
Agatha Christie really excelled at writing these type of stories, so all of the stories in this collection are very entertaining bite-sized mysteries.
I like short story collections as they are perfect for easy listening in short bursts.
Miss Marple of course!
Joan Hickson was Jane Marple in the 1980's BBC TV series, so having this great actress narrate these Miss Marple stories brings an authentic voice to the thirteen stories. She does a brilliant job voicing all of the characters in this audio-book, but Joan Hickson is Miss Marple as far as I am concerned.
These are Miss Marple stories where her shrewd intelligence and experience of human nature shine through, so nobody is supposed to surpass Jane Marple's clever way of solving problems... and nobody does.
A nice collection of mystery stories, that are very well written and very well performed.
Loved listening to the late Joan Hickson's melodious tones again. I enjoy Agatha Christie's shorter stories perhaps more than the longer ones, no need for character development, which I don't think was her forte, just a well crafted yarn.
"What a Treat"
A treat indeed to have the great Joan Hickson (surely the definitive Miss Marple) read some of Christie's greatest stories. Her quietly authoritative voice lends itself beautifully to the prose text and the clarity of her tones makes listening a pure joy. What a pity she passed on before the whole gamut of Miss Marple mysteries could have been recorded. That would be an archive worth having.
Joan Hickson reads these short stories with the same accomplishment with which she acted the role of Miss Marple. A really charming first look at Miss Marple in her early incarnation (laced and starched before Christie made her 'tweedy'.
"Individual stories - unusual for Christie!"
I liked this because it WASN@T a usual Christie book! I love the Miss Marple book, but find a lot of her other stuff a little tedious (I know I shall probably be stuck down for saying such things!!)
The individual stories are told by a group of people sat playing cards one evening and they start to tell their tales of woe!
Joan Hickson is FABULOUS as the narrator! She, in my opinion, was also the best Miss Marple in the televised adaptations too! She has the Oooh's and Ahh’s that Christie wrote so painstakingly for the Marple stories. None of the others have ever "got" that part - - anyway, I digress...
Over all I did actually enjoy this book! This is probably the 15th book I have read of Christies over the years and this is my favourites!
"Agatha Christie, Miss Marple and Joan Hickson"
There is a synergy at work here, one of my favourite authors writing about one of my favourite characters who is played by the greatest actress ever to play the role - I expected it to be well done and it was well done with a dash of brilliance
The stories themselves weren't familiar to me but the narration by Joan Hickson made me feel at home right away
You know what to expect and you get exactly that plus the thrill of knowing that nobody will ever do it better
"Classic Christie all the way."
If you've read Christie before - and if you haven't, shame on you - you know what to expect. A complex riddle surrounded by red-herrings, archetypal characterisation, and loads of posh people. Joan Hickson, as expected, reads this as if she had written it herself. Simply brilliant.
"The Thirteen Problems"
Highly entertaining Miss Marple book with a whole range of diverse problems being presented for Miss Marple (and the listener) to attempt to solve...although however diverse the problems might be they obviously have their solution in village life!
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