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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...
Loved the narration by Dan Stevens ! He has a wonderful voice that he used to define each character. Bravo !
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Entertaining from start to finish. With 10 minutes left, my wife and I stayed in the driveway to see how it finished. Written in 1939 it has some interesting details about life in those days.
The low rating in story is due some unbelievable stupidity by the characters. It always bothers me when listening, reading or watching a mystery and the characters don't ask the right questions or do the most logical things. For Example: Ten people are lured to and stranded on an Island. One by one they are killed. Posted in the house on the Island is a child's nursery rhyme about ten soldiers who are killed one by one. There is even a board with the statues of ten soldiers. Each murder happens just as the nursery rhyme says it will and after each murder a statue goes missing. Often when looking back on a murder the characters will compare it to the nursery rhyme, yet not once do they look at the rhyme to see how the next murder will take place. Even though they are killed one by one and usually at night, they all go to separate bedrooms at night. Early in the story a man's wife dies in the night and the next morning he is cooking breakfast, cleaning up after the guests and chopping wood. I suppose it has to do with when this was written, I really don't think a Mystery Writer would get by with that today.
The actual mystery is a good one and I doubt if many people figure it out a head of time. Unfortunately this is because once again of the idiot characters, something we could not guess since we would not expect people to be that stupid. I can not tell you where they went wrong without giving away they mystery, but it has to do with a guy breathing.
Narrator is excellent and makes the story worth buying.
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!
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
When I began working for a mystery writer, he told me, in no uncertain terms, to avoid Agatha Christie at all costs...so, I did...until now. I loved this book. I was riveted to it from page 1 and even after there were "none" left, I remained compelled enough to learn the mechanics of the crimes.
But, besides the basic mystery plot, Christie makes her book work on other, deeper levels involving the long-term effects of guilt, the dangers of passion and how suspicion erodes trust. I wish I had read it sooner!
Dan Stevens is phenomenal as the narrator. There are so many voices but you never lose track of who is speaking because he manages to alter his voice differently for each character. He is smooth as silk and so easy to listen to. No wonder he has won awards and popularity as a narrator...he is fantastic!
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.
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Agatha Christie's acknowledged masterpiece. Written 80 years ago and never out of print, despite multiple title changes (read about the unfortunate first title on Wikipedia). An inspired reading by the magnificent Dan Stevens. Pulls you in and plunks you down squarely among the pigeons, one of whom may in fact be the cat.
I'm a mystery fan and an Anglophile, but have never been a particular fan of Christie's many books, most of whose plots I find to be way too contrived. I had never read "And Then There Were None" until this Audible release, which I chose mainly for the Stevens narration. Turns out it does indeed stand above the rest, with amazing atmosphere, artfully slow-building tension, and mesmerizing characterizations of the ten participants.
The plot (yes, a Christie contrivance) requires suspension of disbelief, but with writing and performance this good, that was easy. I was engrossed and enthralled.
Gripping story! Agatha Christie held my attention the entire time.
Edge. of. my. seat. I was so into this book that if it was dark outside, I had to stop listening to it because it made me too scared.
Dan Stevens was INCREDIBLE. His voice was perfect for the mystery genre.
Even though I had watched the movie before, I couldn't remember what had happened. I seriously was so so enthralled until the last line of the epilogue.
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Another Agatha Christie book. This is one of her many books that have a complex plot that leaves you in the dark to the very last word.
The diffrent voices makes the charaters more alive than if you read the story. His British dialects also helps in creating the wonderful British soul of all Christie's books.
Make Dan Stecens record more Agatha Christie, please!!!
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