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"One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day." (Time Magazine)
"One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies." (Observer)
"The most astonishingly impudent, ingenious, and altogether successful mystery story since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." (Daily Herald)
Okay, so take my review with a grain of salt, if you are a fan of Christie, this title is probably just fine. This was just one of several attempts to break into the author's collection that met with failure. I suppose I'm just not meant to be a fan.
The narrator did a fine job, but I can't really rate the story much higher as I suppose it's just not my cup of tea, so to speak.
"Classic Christie keeps you guessing"
This is one of the Christie's I first read as a teenager in the 60s (when it had a less politically correct name). None of which detracts from the craft Christie employs to bring together a group of diverse characters, each with their own secrets from the past, to an isolated island, where they are 'bumped off' one by one. The mechanism to get them there is a little contrived, but that is forgotten as the sense of menace and suspicion which imbues what follows builds up and increasingly affects the party and their actions. The lack of sympathy for the 'serving classes' struck me, but this is probably representative of Christie's time and background. It doesn't stop the book being a 'cracking good who dunnit?' though and the characters come through the narrators voice as being distinct and believable. The perpetrator and his/her motives are somewhat a surprise... or at least they were to me!
The story is first rate and Hugh Frasers narration is top class
His wonderful array of voices that brought the characters off the page, I cant praise him enough for this work
I first read this 20 years ago and several times since; this audio version adds so much to the story due to the fantastic narration. Well done Hugh Fraser
"No detective but a fantastic story"
This is probably one of the best Christie books I have listened to. It isn't the typical detective story that I am used to from Christie but it was fantastic.
Christie builds up the tension and confusion so well and there was a fantastic plot twist. It was genuinely frightening towards the end. It was a thoroughly good book.
As ever Hugh Fraser read it well and he is so good at performing the different voices.
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"The finest 'locked room' mystery written"
This is my favorite Agatha Christie book, it is the best 'locked room' mystery ever written. Having all the characters stuck on an island with an unknown killer picking them off one by one is the perfect story. We get the back story of each character built up throughout the novel and understand why each person has been picked for this island trip. Particularly brilliant is the epilogue which explains the why's and how's of the murders. A gripping story from start to finish.
"Fantastic Who Dun It!"
Typical Agatha Christie with suspense, drama and twist and turns of a racing track! There is little wonder why this book is the biggest selling crime Novak of all time and Hugh Fraser delivers the story fantastically well that keeps your attention and mind puzzled from beginning to end. Well worth a listen over and over again.
A great listen - it has been sometime since I read this book, it was a great listen and Hugh Fraser narrates so well.
"Another side to Agatha Christie"
Not the usual Agatha Christie but still very enjoyable. Difficult to rate against other AC's as style has changed.
no particular favorite
excellent reading manner just like his other audio performances
First class story and thoroughly recommended. Agatha Christies' biggest selling novel. Make sure to listen to epilogue.
Brilliant story and excellent narration, kept me gripped. Will be buying more Agatha Christie books.
"Christie at her best"
A fantastic tale; just when you think you've got it, you haven't, until there can be only one possible solution and then comes the how.
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