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.
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.
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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A lavish film version of this story was released in 1978. I've viewed that film multiple times. The only thing I didn't love was Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. I found his portrayal a bit "overplayed."
I might have enjoyed this dramatized version more had I not seen the film. While the voice actors do a good job, the production pales in comparison to the film. And I just couldn't help making that comparison as I listened.
Although a great mystery of its time, it was very difficult to follow given the cast. This is especially true when you take in account fighting or when there was any action of any kind. An added annoyance for me was the female characters in the story being so shallow and emotionally over the top. I do not fault Christie. The performance was annoying.
The characters, voices, sound effects, etc really made me feel like I was there experiencing the drama unfold down to the last minute.
Agatha Christie's mysteries are great fun and keeping you guessing until the end. Poirot is a fantastic character and fun detective to follow around.
This version, produced for radio really gives you the old timey feel and puts you right in the action.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
My wife committed that, this was like listening to a movie. The acting was very well done and the story was good. Mostly it made me want to go on a cruise again. Agatha Christie has become a perfect compromise for my wife and I. She does not like Science Fiction or Horror like I do and I am not a big fan of Russian Literature. The Christie books give a good look into the past, are entertaining and can be listened to in whole on a three hour trip to Kansas City from Springfield, Mo. I like this done in play form, seems to make it come alive. Hercule Poirot is a hoot. He is a great detective and if you don't believe me, he will be the first to tell you he is.
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"
"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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