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
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.
Having David Suchet read Hercule Poirot is heaven. He knows his character so well. Death on the Nile is a great listen. Even though I had the bad guy/gal figured out before the denouement, it was a fun ride getting there. Christie provides a great cast of potential killers and victims.
Clever, Atmospheric, Tricky
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.
The reveal of whodunit is extraordinary. Even for Christie (the queen of intriguing yet plausible solutions), this is an outstanding denouement.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Yes, I couldn't put it down!
Entertaining, engaging, captivating
David Suchet's portrayal of each character brings this book alive! Excellent.
It kept me very interested
Very well done.
David Suchet's narrating voice is the audio equivalent of honey. Smooth, rich, and sweet. And his characterizations are excellent. He has less trouble than many British actors with American accents, although they are not quite pitch-perfect. David Suchet's voice (have I mentioned that I love his voice?), plus Agatha Christie's sharply written characters and rather ingeniously plotted murder, equals a wonderfully entertaining audiobook.
As an Agatha Christie fan, this one isn't my personal favorite but it is a great story with memorable characters for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. What stood out most to me about this audiobook was the narrator's chameleon-like ability to perform so many distinct voices for the abundant amount of characters. Not only did this help me keep track of who everyone was, it also kept the story entertaining the whole time and added a special flavor that I would not have gotten by reading the book myself.
I love Hugh Frasier because his characters are easy to differentiate and the voices are pleasant. David Suchet however is not as talented in this area. I'm sure he has many good talents but after listening to the first chapter, I thought my ears were bleeding. Poirot sounded like Speedy Gonzales from the Sat. a.m. cartoon shows. The other "investigator" sounded like the clergy from a Princess Bride but at full volume. Then there was the old woman who was nasal, SCREECHING and just plain obnoxious to listen to. I'll never get a book by David Suchet again. Back to Hugh Frasier for me.
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