©1936 Agatha Christie Mallowan; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
"Smooth, highly original, and completely absorbing." (New York Times)
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"brilliant story - disappointing narration"
I was really looking forward to this version as I thought Anna Massey was a good choice of narrator. However, her Poirot is really far off the mark - too gruff, rugged and garbled, and I'm afraid to say the accent is absolutely atrocious.
It quite simply doesn't match the adorably fastidious, self-important and precise character of Poirot that Christie created, and as such I found it an unwelcome distraction to the otherwise superbly-plotted and intriguing story.
Also, the tone of her voice is too strident. You either have to turn the volume down low, or risk getting a headache after half an hour's listening. And if I'm being honest I didn't take to her pronunciation of Hercule as 'Er-Cool' instead of 'Er-Kewel' - but I expect I'm just being really picky!
I'd suggest looking for this title with another narrator, or try the excellent dramatised version with John Moffatt.
"Difficult to listen to."
I have many Agatha Christie books downloaded and thoroughly enjoy listening to them before bed. I am aware of the story already but found it very difficult to listen and follow this narration. I'm afraid that Anna Massey's accents are just awful. Half the time when it was supposed to be Poirot I thought it it was some German character. A waste of money as I will not be listening again.
"Usual brilliance from Agatha"
Really enjoyed the plot twists, Anna Massey does the different characters well, although sometimes her accent for Hercule is a little strange
"Horrible french accent!"
Only if she didn't have to do any accents! She has a lovely voice when just reading straight though!
"Good story but painful narration at times!"
The story is great and I enjoyed it, but the narrator's Poirot voice is not good - it made me cringe at times.
"A captivating English story..."
A wonderfully read English story read in a proper English voice by the superb spine-tingling Anna Massey. Perfect !!
"Terrible foreign accents"
Terrible foreign accents detracted from the story telling and made this book an effort to listen to.
"Murder in Mesopotamà"
I've never heard of the person who narrated the book it took a couple of chapters to get use to the narrator.
I'd never heard of this book so I was intiged about it. it was a very good book with lots of twists and turns throughly enjoyed listening to it. as normal I didn't get the murderer.
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