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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?
©1939 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
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...
By far Christie's most intriguing work is carried neatly by an an intense reading. The mystery presented is both enthralling and enticing and Dan Stevens manages to capture the ever spiraling feeling of fear that encapsulates those on the island. Whether you have read the story or not this is by far a grand way to experience it.
This Is Agatha at her best! Very intriguing, very wicked...but I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it nearly as much with a lesser narrator.
I knew Dan Stevens was a good actor, but I had no idea he was a GREAT actor. Clearly he has worked on his voice and vocal characterisations so much so that he has become incredibly facile and believable as so many diverse characters in this book. I might go so far as to say he is the best I have ever heard.
This was worth a credit, even though I got it on sale.
Loved the narration by Dan Stevens ! He has a wonderful voice that he used to define each character. Bravo !
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!
First time I listened to this book. I could not stop listening to it even though I knew the story very well. Great performance!! Well done!
Having started listening to/reading Agatha later on in life, I'm amazed at how the elements hold up so many years later. I'm not familiar with the stories, so the mysteries are intriguing - even if they been re-hatched over the years in various media. Although the coda seems a bit tacked on, it provides the listener with needed closure. The performance hits just the right note of Britishness, although one of the characters is voiced so low, you can barely hear. All in all a good listen if you are looking a classic mystery.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
My 14 year old and I were riveted to this story. It was a perfect audiobook for listening with the lights off right before bed, atmospheric yet so creepy we had to keep listening.
Dan Stevens is one of the best narrators we have encountered, and absolutely perfect for Christie. His various characters are beautifully done.
The mystery itself is a bit odd, but one of Christie's ideas that has haunted me since I read it as a teen!
I would recommend this without reservation. Wish I could give the narration even more stars.
Murder mysteries are not my preferred genre, and I have my issues with certain twists in this one. But, I was genuinely intrigued with this story from beginning to end, and it was a lot of fun trying to figure it out. Agatha Christie is a much better writer than is typical of the suspense/mystery genre, and the narration of the story is EXCELLENT. I listen to a lot of audio books but this is one of the very best narration jobs I've ever heard. Each character is distinct, and Stevens really brings out their personalities brilliantly, greatly enhancing the effect of the story (and helping the listener keep track of the at-first overwhelmingly large cast of characters). Highly recommend.
Agatha Christie was a master storyteller, Even though many of her most well known books were written over 60 years ago, the stories are still riveting for me. "And Then There Were None" is no exception.
One movie version of this story was made in the 1940's. I've seen it on TV and I knew how who the murderer was. I was still captivated by this book.
One of the outstanding features is the narration by Dan Stevens. The first time I was aware of this actor was his performance in Downton Abbey. The tone of his voice is pleasing, his diction is perfect. He doesn't overdo the character voices. There is just enough distinction so it is clear who is speaking, but not so much that it is distracting.
Thanks to Audible for making this a "Deal of the Day".
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