John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of one of Christie's most popular novels.
Linnet Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a devoted husband, she has everything anyone could wish for. But as the happy couple set out on an idyllic honeymoon cruise on the Nile, storm clouds are gathering....
Linnet's former friend, Jacqueline de Bellefort, follows her and Simon wherever they go, and Linnet senses she is in danger. At first, her fears seem groundless. But an attempt is made first on her life and then on her husband's. Eventually, the killer is successful, and Linnet is found horribly murdered. With an obvious suspect who cannot possibly have committed the crime, it is up to Hercule Poirot to probe the depths of a remarkable criminal mind and discover the dark secret behind what is only the first in a series of inexplicable deaths.
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Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975. He has been portrayed on radio, on screen, for films and television. I have read, watched, and listened to this unique dandified detective solve crimes for years, and always enjoy him. I also enjoy Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.
Although I have seen "Death On The Nile" on television it has been a long time ago and I enjoyed listening to it again. I never tire of Christie's unique detective stories. They are interesting without the blood and gore of most modern detectives. If you are one who likes to follow the clues to try to discover who the killer is before he/she is revealed you'll enjoy "Death On The Nile" with its trail of suspects.
When Agatha Christie audiobooks are on sale they're a given for me. Her short stories are a nice break from the 10 -12 hour books I normally listen to. I've always enjoyed a good whodunit, and Christie leads the rest.
If you've never heard her stories "Death On The Nile" would be a good one to start with. It's a keeper.
The Agatha Christie radio adaptations keep closer to the original stories than the more recent TV versions. John Mophet does an excellent Poirot; arrogant, but adorable from a distance. And Death on the Nile is one of Christie's best. Unlike other thrillers and mysteries, I listen to the dramatisations and audio books over and over again, even though I know the ending. What makes a Christie murder better than most others is that she sticks to what she's supposed to be doing -- spinning a good yarn. So many other writers distract you from the puzzle with sex, social issues etc. Modern crime writers could learn a lot from the Queen of Crime.
Jacqueline de Bellefort is betrayed by her best friend Linnet Ridgeway when Linnet deliberately sets out to win Jackie's fiancé away from her. She succeeds and Simon Doyle marries the beautiful heiress. Jackie is angry and seeks revenge by following the newlyweds around and taunting them, even on their honeymoon trip to Egypt. Jackie is so angry with Linnet she could murder her, and when Linnet is in fact murdered Jackie is the obvious suspect. However, Jackie has an alibi and detective Hercule Poirot learns that Linnet had more enemies than just Jackie. This was a fun and entertaining audio mystery that you will enjoy. The performances were an added bonus!!
This was a quirky mystery with a somewhat predictable ending that was exceedingly well executed. As this was recorded as a performance with different actors I believe it was not the full length novel. I love the performance. It really brought it to life in the style of old radio performances. And as always the detective was perfection.
This stared out slow, but in about 5 minutes it really took off. John Moffatt has a great voice for Hercule Poirot. A good listen.
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