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.
©1937 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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.
Really like the performance and the way the book segues from group to group of people. I like mysteries where solution is not based upon some magic fact that the readers did not know but in this case it's a tiny bit fuzzy that "we could have solved it"
I doubt if too many folks have not seen one of the movie versions of the story, or at least read the original book. One of these is critical to following the disjointed scene changes in this version. The music and background noise accompanying the scenes were distracting, primarily because they jumped from one to another so quickly. I loved the original and liked the movies, but this version was a disappointment.
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
Late one hot, humid summer growing up in Minneapolis, I read all of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot mysteries. The Hennepin County Library sent a Bookmobile to our South Minneapolis neighborhood. It was walking distance close to a lovely lake, but no where near a brick and mortar library. On Tuesday evenings, I'd check out a stack of Christie paperbacks, and exchange them a week later for new books.
This performance of "Death on the Nile" (1937) was a nice reminder of that long ago time. It's a radio play, rather than a narration of the 288 page novel. The book had a host of characters - and suspects - that are edited and combined for this adaptation. It was a good decision, but there are still enough potential culprits to make the listen good. I knew the "who dunnit" going in, but with the notable exception of Christie's "Mousetrap" (1947, radio play, 1952 - present, West End Play), it's hard for any classic mystery fan not to know the ending to a Christie mystery. The enjoyment is in the telling and the listen.
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The performance of the radio play was better than I thought it might be, but it was definitely less enjoyable than listening to the unabridged novel.
Due to the time constraints of being a radio program, it sometimes jumps into a scene for just a line or two and then switches away from it. At times, it feels like the story had constantly been cut and cut until it fit into the allotted time. Then someone figures out that some bits needed to be added for it all to make sense, so some more gets cut and truncated bits of what had been previously cut are added back in.
The plot was essentially the same as the novel and held true to the essence of the story. Maybe sticking too close to the novel was the problem? Parts could have been condensed and alternate ways of presenting things would have made it flow better with fewer short scenes, but then the purists probably would have been unhappy with the result. That's always the balancing act when adapting a story from one medium into another.
Overall, the result is pleasant enough, but I know I won't be getting any more of the BBC adaptations of Christie's novels since I prefer the longer, more nuanced listen. However, if you're looking for a shorter listen than the novels and enjoy radio plays then this and the other BBC adaptations might be for you.
A good BBC Radio adaptation of the famous Agatha Christie novel. John Moffat plays Hercule Poirot. The novel is condensed to fit the radio time restraint so it is sometimes difficult, but not impossible, to keep track of all the characters. It's fun to listen to such productions and it took me back to the golden days of radio when families would gather around the radio to hear their favorite programs. I definitely will listen to this again sometime, but the novel is better. Still, a fun way to spend a couple hours!
"still a classic"
classic story, well dramatized, great characterization. This is one of my favorite Poirot cases (always has been) and this version continues to keep this famous case alive. perfect for a road trip. enjoy.
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