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Cards on the Table Audiobook
Cards on the Table
Written by: 
Agatha Christie
Narrated by: 
Hugh Fraser
Cards on the Table Audiobook

Cards on the Table: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's "private collection".

Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge is to turn into a more dangerous game altogether.

©1936 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Calliope 01-21-14
    Calliope 01-21-14
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    "this is a great Christie mystery"

    Some of Agatha Christie's mysteries are more about characters and some are more about mystery, and this is one of the latter. That's not to say that the characters are poor, only that the mystery itself takes center stage. It's a real whodunnit: A dinner party includes 4 criminals, whom the host claims to know have each gotten away with murder, and 4 sleuths, both professionals and amateurs......and while the 4 criminals are in a room playing bridge, one of them quietly and secretly murders the host. Whodunnit, and how will Poirot figure it out? Keep listening and find out.

    Hugh Fraser does a terrific job, as I've enjoyed in the past.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 08-27-15
    Ruth Bain 08-27-15

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    "Amusing and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lots of fun for fans of Dame Agatha


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cards on the Table?

    All the scenes with Ariana Oliver ( Agatha Christie making fun of her image)


    Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hugh Fraser is one reason to listen. He's fabulous !


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Franky 01-16-15
    Franky 01-16-15
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    "twist a turns"

    great characters, great story, and a great detective. one of my favorite Hercule books. the ending had me guessing till the final page.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc R. Parrish 01-09-15
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    "Another great murder mystery"

    I will just say that I love the dialogue that Christie uses and the voice of Hugh Frasor is absolutely the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Maluschka 01-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    Was Cards on the Table worth the listening time?

    This book was as wonderful as any other of her tales. I love the way that Poirot referred to this type of murder in a previous book as his "ultimate crime to solve". I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone but it left me somewhat dizzy. The last 30-45 minutes seem to move the action really fast and the ending literally comes out of nowhere.

    The only part I didn't care for was when other members of Scotland Yard went to interview people. You didn't know who these officers were and never heard anything about them later on either. It seemed random. I can understand the need to interview the people but why not send one of the characters we already knew? It was like they had a cameo appearance and in a book it just doesn't work the same as a movie.

    I may have enjoyed it better if I played bridge. I didn't understand many of the hands that were played during the games. I would have gotten more out of the book if I did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 07-20-16
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 07-20-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Cards on the down"
    Would you listen to Cards on the Table again? Why?

    Yes because of the flow of the plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole plot was very enjoyable.


    Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favorite?

    Pointe; very enjoyable because of tone of voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 05-20-16
    Mary 05-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fine Christie; iffy voice acting"

    The mystery has a really i ntriguing setup, and an interesting rollout. It's not one of her most engrossing, but it's certainly worth the listen. On the other hand, Fraser's voice acting in this one is... fine. The characters are less distinctive than usual, Poirot himself is lesss distinctive, and overall, I would have been happier reading the book than listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    galcarm 04-22-16
    galcarm 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Kept my interest"

    A very good mystery that kept my interest. Hugh Fraser's narration was excellent. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 12-27-15
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 12-27-15 Member Since 2016

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Good, solid Christie"

    If you like Hercule Poirot, you will like this one. It is a good, solid read for when you want something reliable.

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    Glutenfreegirl 08-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Hugh Fraser's narration"
    If you could sum up Cards on the Table in three words, what would they be?

    Twists and turns.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The plot was a little too far fetched. If I had taken the time to set my mind to just enjoying this mystery as simple entertainment, I would have enjoyed the book more. Sometimes I take fiction too seriously. The book was ok. There is a lot going on and just when you think you know who the murderer is, the plot twists and you start all over again.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    Everything, He reads well and does character voices quite well. His Poirot voice is superb.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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