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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
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!
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.
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 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!
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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!!!
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
It was one of my top five favorite.
Yes, you really never know what is going to happen next, or who could possibly be the bad guy.
I really loved the judge, he was a brilliantly written character.
If I could have, I would have.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (mystery/thriller) - As the summary reveals, ten people are mysteriously invited to a small island. Once there, they are killed one by one, and the remaining guests must try to figure who the killer is and try to stay alive. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but there are ten main characters you must keep straight so be prepared to listen carefully. I usually listen to books in sessions varying from 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours which are split up over several days. Sometimes I got a little confused who was who, but that was my own fault for breaking my listening time into such disjointed pieces.
PERFORMANCE - Very good job! Mr. Stevens gives distinguishable voices to most of the ten main characters in this story. It really helps keep straight who is who.
OVERALL - Recommended for anyone who likes murder mysteries -- male, female, young, old. There's obviously murder, but it's described very simply and isn't gross. No cursing, no sex.
P.S. I listened to an Audible freebie called Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island, which is similar but not quite as good (and also kind of gross). Don't know if it's still free, but if you like this book you might try that one as well.
I had read this book years ago but fortunately had forgotten most of the details. Christie is always entertaining and Dan Stevens made this a book I couldn't stop listening to. Even the police couldn't figure out the mystery but Christie had a clever way of revealing everything in the end.
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