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Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything ... until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting, nothing was ever quite what it seemed.
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Publisher's Summary

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything ... until she lost her life.

Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting, nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

©1937 Agatha Christie Limited (P)1992 Chivers Press Ltd

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    Craig Columbia, MS, United States 01-25-13
    Craig Columbia, MS, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Yes, yes, yes!"

    This is what I'm talking about! Give us more David Suchet doing Agatha Christie's Poirot books and short stories. Any and all of them. It's that plain and simple. He's a perfect narrator for ANY Christie story really but he's the master of performing Poirot. He's always been great onscreen and now he's great on audiobook. If you've ever wanted to read a Poirot adventure or one of Christie's classics, buy one of the full Hercule Poirot audiobooks read by David Suchet and you will not be disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue Orange County, CA 05-03-14
    RueRue Orange County, CA 05-03-14 Member Since 2013

    RueRue

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    "Agatha Christie is always great fun"
    What other book might you compare Death on the Nile to and why?

    The story is typical Agatha Christie, a full cast of diverse characters, all acting in various suspicious ways. Excellent performance by David Suchet, who played Hercule Poirot in the British TV series. At times, the reading was a bit overly dramatic and frenetic, but quite fun. Like listening to a radio broadcast.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Homestead, FL, United States 05-23-13
    Lisa Homestead, FL, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellence from every angle!"
    Where does Death on the Nile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far, the best audiobook that I have experienced. Christie's brilliant and intricate analysis of human nature, coupled with Suchet's embodiment of Poirot,make this audio experence a must have. It's my new favorite!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I couldn't put it down!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brampton, Ontario, Canada 03-18-13
    Sharon Brampton, Ontario, Canada 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!"
    If you could sum up Death on the Nile in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, engaging, captivating


    What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

    David Suchet's portrayal of each character brings this book alive! Excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me very interested


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Uilnslcoap 08-12-14
    Uilnslcoap 08-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "David Suchet Does It All (With One Exception)"
    If you could sum up Death on the Nile in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, Atmospheric, Tricky


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hercule Poirot is the greatest fictional detective ever, Sherlock be damned. Poirot has character to spare, his foibles are human, he is funny as anything, and yet he maintains dignity, the proper reverence for human life, and the proper revulsion for murder.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The reveal of whodunit is extraordinary. Even for Christie (the queen of intriguing yet plausible solutions), this is an outstanding denouement.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is excellent, but I have read it several times, so I did not have an extreme reaction, just enjoyed the new medium for drinking it in.


    Any additional comments?

    Suchet's characterizations are mostly on-point, and his Poirot (as anyone who saw his performances on BBC/A&E/PBS can attest) is the best there is, the closest I've seen anyone come to capturing the witty little Belgian. While the vocalizations of the "natives" in this book could be questionable/offensive to a modern reader, that is mostly Christie's doing. It was a different time.

    What really needs addressing is Suchet's Colonel Race. For some reason, his vocal characterization is both nasal AND with a lisp. And since he's the character who speaks second-most (I'm guessing) in the book, this is problematic. I alternately wanted to giggle at the strange choice or strangle Suchet for the choice (or perhaps the director/producer for not saying, "Uh, David, pick nasal or lisp, not both"). "I say, Pwoiwot, do you weawwy think that's the wight thing to do?" I'm exaggerating a little, but not by much. Strange choice, to make the seemingly level-headed Colonel Race a cross between Steve Urkel and Barbara Walters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 07-07-14
    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 07-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "One of Christie's most clever plots"

    Much as I love Suchet, I don't think he's got his best voices going for all the characters in this book, particularly Col. Race (who has a sort of wet lisp) and Miss Van Schuyler (whose voice is the least consistent, and quite harsh, a croaking rasp). The character of Jacqueline is given very dramatic lines, and a lot of them, which may be a large part of why this very familiar tale came off as just a bit too dramatic, too fraught.

    Nonetheless, this is an ingenious plot, and so clever; despite knowing who did it and why, I still found myself puzzling about just how the deed was done.

    So, for this recording, I give Suchet 3+ stars, the story 5, and overall it comes out to 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 03-06-14
    Eden Shapiro AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 03-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love that David Suchet narrates!"

    Murder on the Nile is a wonderful story, brought to life by David Suchet. I've watched so many of the tv episodes with him, it was wonderful to hear Poirot as I know him.

    I am listening to another Poirot story now on audible, with a different narrator, and it just isn't quite the same!

    I think as far as I saw this is the only one where he is narrating, so I hope there are more to come!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan&Dan Oregon 05-20-14
    Meagan&Dan Oregon 05-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Too fast a reading!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like books read very fast, and with over-the-top characterizations.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm not sure how I would change the story, since I can't bear to listen to it. I wish I wasn't forced to rate the story in order to post a rating.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read too fast (and I'm not dull). He voiced the characters in a totally over-the-top way. I'm sure he does a great job in other books based on his overall rating (which I always consider in ordering an audiobook) -- just perhaps a poor job with this particular title.


    What character would you cut from Death on the Nile?

    Not sure yet.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointed. This is supposed to be a real classic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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