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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
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.
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.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
So by now, anyone who has ever heard of Agatha Christie and/or Hercule Poirot most likely has read or seen Death On The Nile, one of her most famous works. So there is not a lot to say about this. It's always fun to have a story with Hercule in it, and in this one, he is pulled into the mystery while on personal vacation. It is interesting that in writing the book, Agatha initially has him both trying to avoid taking on a mystery during his vacation time, and still being curiously drawn into all that is happening, till, of course, he is clearly conducting the whole investigation (with the help of one other official person). A good mystery. And we'll performed. Sometimes adapting a book to radio format doesn't go smoothly, but I'd almost say that in this case, I liked it better than just reading the book. Sound effects, etc, were good, and the cast was good as well. And even the quality of the sound was surprisingly well produced.
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.
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.
Superb performance by John Moffatt and, indeed, the whole cast. A classic brought to life in the best possible way. Hugely enjoyable and does not disappoint. Definitely a performance that I will revisit over again.
"Brilliant production, fantastic cast"
Absolutely recommend this audio, apart from the great production, the music just adds to the atmosphere and takes you back to that era
"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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