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Death on the Nile | [Agatha Christie]

Death on the Nile

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Lady M 04-07-15
    Lady M 04-07-15
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    "Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Plympton, Australia 08-13-12
    Paul Plympton, Australia 08-13-12
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    "A faithful adaptation"

    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.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 05-03-15
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 05-03-15 Member Since 2012

    Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!

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    "A Memory of Murder"

    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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    Adrianna Trevino 04-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story!"

    Loved the story and mystery, but the characters were a little hard to follow at times with all the different voices.

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    BiblioBum 04-29-15
    BiblioBum 04-29-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Well-dramatized!"

    A great cast and worth re-listening to more than once; extremely entertaining version of a classic. This is too good!

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    SA 04-27-15
    SA 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best audibles"
    Would you listen to Death on the Nile again? Why?

    Of course, even though i know how the story ends, already. The story, characters, and performance are top natch.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them :)


    What does John Moffatt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The great performance.


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    Sameer poddar 04-22-15
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    "Good, could have been better"

    Good story, but a little longer than actually needed. The actual story has lot of build up, but the overall feel once you discover the truth is great. The final ending could have been better though.

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    R Jasper, GA, United States 04-17-15
    R Jasper, GA, United States 04-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A fine production"

    The cast did a first class job, honouring the memory of Agatha Christy.
    2 hours of pleasure awaits you.

    RJP

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    Laurie I 04-17-15
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    "A Great Whodunit That You Will Enjoy..."

    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!!

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    "A real "who dunnit""

    A classic murder mystery with true radio program performance, excellently well done. The story, while dated, is nonetheless thoroughly entertaining.

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