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Murder on the Orient Express | [Agatha Christie]

Murder on the Orient Express

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
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Publisher's Summary

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

©1934 Agatha Christie Mallowan; (P)1989 Chivers Press Ltd. This edition published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK, 2002

What the Critics Say

"Need it be said, the little grey cells solve once more the seemingly insoluble. Mrs Christie makes an improbable tale very real, and keeps her readers enthralled and guessing to the end." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 11-02-13
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 11-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Suchet reading Poirot - a perfect partnership."

    David Suchet is practically synonymous with Agatha Christie's Poirot, so it's simply wonderful that this audiobook is read by Suchet. His characterisations are perfect, subtle and entertaining, which make these audiobooks great listening. This tale of murder and mystery is enthralling listening, so settle in - you're in for a real treat.

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    mary perthshire, United Kingdom 09-25-12
    mary perthshire, United Kingdom 09-25-12
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    "Good reading"

    Enjoyed this book. I saw the T V version first and the book is far better.

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    John Wendouree, Australia 08-20-12
    John Wendouree, Australia 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Absorbing for the late night listen."
    What did you love best about Murder on the Orient Express?

    The character of the dectivie


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Orient Express?

    The first meeting with the other travellers


    Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very favourable


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

    Although I did not - I wanted to glisten in one settings. I fell asleep- late in the night and had to rewind the final sections.


    Any additional comments?

    Just keep the books coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Eight Mile Plains, Australia 02-11-12
    Lilian Eight Mile Plains, Australia 02-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "David Suchet is marvellous"
    Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?

    This audio book is one that I could listen to again and again mainly because of Suchet's amazing performance as Poirot and an assortment of characters from different nationalities. It's a blast and I get the impression that Suchet had a jolly time doing it.


    Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Suchet is really at the top of his game here. I've also enjoyed The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which I've listened to multiple times.


    Any additional comments?

    The Murder on the Orient Express isn't one of Christie's more believable puzzles but Christie was a superb storyteller and with Suchet in the driver's seat here, the ride is worth every penny.

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    Kirkintilloch, Scotland
    12/23/12
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    "First-rate reading of a mystery classic..."

    This unabridged reading of one of Agatha Christie’s best-known and best-loved books is great fun. David Suchet, the perfect TV Poirot, here gets to show off the amazing range of his acting talent. There are about 15 characters in the book, half of them women, from a variety of different countries and Suchet manages to sustain a different voice and characterisation for each. Yes, occasionally he goes a bit OTT (the Russian Princess for instance) but that adds to the enjoyment – Suchet understands that Christie’s books are first and foremost light-hearted fun.



    Christie shows off her usual winning formula here – a baffling crime, a limited number of suspects, each interviewed by Poirot, and then the dénouement as Poirot reveals both murderer and method. What stops the books from becoming repetitive is that there is usually an unexpected twist and this book is no exception. Once you know whodunit, it’s easy to look back and see that Christie, more perhaps than any other crime-writer, plays fair with the reader – all the clues are there, we see everything Poirot sees, but can we work it out before he does?



    This is a first-rate reading of a deserved classic of the mystery genre. Enjoy!

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  • Kathryn
    Addlestone, Surrey, United Kingdom
    11/24/10
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    "Delightful!"

    Old favourite, beautifully read by David Suchet (for many Christie fans, the definitive Poirot). Lovely audio book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pip
    5/8/14
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    "Wonderfully narrated!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I already did! It's a great detective, albeit a little old fashioned in places. For me that was part of the charm, though.


    What does David Suchet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It was the first time I read a book from this author and although it was good, I feel David Suchet's narrating just made the book for me. Wonderful.


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

    Laugh, often, and loudly!


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  • G
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    9/3/12
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    "Perfect Poirot !"

    Everyone knows David Suchet can do a perfect voice for Poirot from the TV series, but perhaps less well known is that he's a great narrator and has a whole range of other men's and women's voices and accents which he can deliver with equal eloquence - you're never in any doubt about who's talking and the story really comes to life. A thouroughly enjoyable listen :)

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