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"Ten..." Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen".
"Nine..." At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.
"Eight..." Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die.
"Seven..." Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?
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I have read Agatha Christie in the past for school. This was the first I had read on my own, as an adult. The tale was gripping and kept me finding excuses to keep listening. And, at the end, I actually got chills when all was revealed. I have never experienced that with a story before. I will definitely be listening to more Agatha Christie!
Loved the narration by Dan Stevens ! He has a wonderful voice that he used to define each character. Bravo !
Wow...what a thriller. I don't think I've ever been made so nervous in a murder mystery before. And I had little clue the entire way through, until something mentioned in passing by the police in the penultimate chapter perked up my suspicions- but even then I hadn't put it all together (I had really stopped trying very hard to figure it out once the doctor was found... just waiting it out until the unveil at that point). Sent shivers down my spine nearly the whole 6 hours. That nursery rhyme was well selected; I still feel a little haunted by it... The constant murder countdown, one by one slowly and inevitably...
Dan Stevens, hats off to you! If I hadn't known better, I could have thought there was a full cast reading this, rather than a single person supplying over a dozen voices. Stevens is one of the only male narrators I have heard able to voice multiple female characters so well and consistently, without trouble distinguishing between them or sounding too high-pitched or forced. Masterfully done, seamless character transitions, and fantastically carried out the emotion of every scene -not just of individuals, but the atmosphere. From the initial curiosity and disbelief, to the suspicion and weariness, he made it palpable, as if you were right there on the island with them... It was one of the most marvelous performances I have ever heard, rivaled only by Stevens' own narration of Murder on the Orient Express. If I could give him more than 5 stars, I would!
A wonderful chilling suspense mystery. Gotta love the timing of a thunderstorm as I read the last chapters... A great read, which I will gladly revisit in future, especially since my heartbeat has returned to normal now...
i like to read. i like to listen.
Dan Stevens was a perfect narrator for Agatha Christie's novel of murder and mystery. he embodied all the characters so well, it really was like a little treat.
as for the story. i'm arriving so late to the Agatha Christie party, but i'm glad I tried her out. great story, well told, concise yet full of character development. loved every second of it!
I would consider the audiobook better than the print version because of the stunning narration. Dan Stevens was the reason to watch Downton Abbey--now he is the reason to listen to stories. He had clearly distinctive voices for everyone that I could tell who was talking without being told. He was able to add an additional level of suspense to the story that made it a little difficult to listen to at night because a) it made me nervous because of the suspense, and b) I couldn't fall asleep due to my need to hear what was going to happen next.
I am still a relative newbie to Agatha Christie. I had never heard of this story until I had listened to it and then I looked up as much information about it as I could find. I have no doubt it is the best selling mystery ever because it was stunning how it ended. Not only was I stunned when I found out who the culprit was, I was shocked by the why. Brilliant brilliant plot.
Marston was my favorite--he was a smaller character in the story, but when Marston is describing how it was "inconvenient" that he ran over those children and that cost him his license for a small time, you could really hear both that Marston felt inconvenienced and that he never really considered the children's point of also being inconvenienced. All the characters are really great, especially Wargrave, but for me, Marston's characterization was the best. It's hard to pull off breezy and light without sounding odd, but I thought he did a remarkable job.
I was just stunned by the book. I remember trying to figure out what happened right along with the inspectors at the end of the story and I was just as confused as they were by what had happened. I remember on more than one occasion my jaw dropped and I even made some exclamation a couple of times. The story isn't one you can listen to in small increments--I ended up listening to it in three long sections and then listening to it again a couple of times after that. Even though I knew how it was going to end, I still get just as drawn in to the story as when I first listened to it.
What can I say further? This is now one of my favorite books of all time and I have been telling everyone I know to find a copy and read it. It is hard to switch to a new book after listening to this one because I know it won't be as good as "And Then There Were None".
Chilling murder (multible) story, and a quick story to listen to.
No, this was the 1st time.
My first Agatha Christie, enjoyed it thoroughly!
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