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Murder on the Orient Express Audiobook
Murder on the Orient Express
Written by: 
Agatha Christie
Narrated by: 
Dan Stevens
Murder on the Orient Express Audiobook

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

"The murderer is with us - on the train now..."

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

©1934 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Jennifer 01-26-14
    Jennifer 01-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterful Performance!"
    Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?

    I will definitely listen again. This was already my second visit to the story in the past year, I am a Christy and Poirot fan through and through. This particular story is a favorite, and this version was wonderfully narrated.


    What other book might you compare Murder on the Orient Express to and why?

    The nearest I could get might have to be another Christy novel, starring Poirot, which I recently read: The Mystery of the Blue Train. Similar not just because of the author and in the train as crime scene, but that they are also two of the Poirot mysteries which lack Captain Hastings and are 3rd person narratives.


    What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

    He was fantastic across the board I thought. I may have been predisposed to like him, having been one of his Downton Abbey fans, primarily I do love his voice. But I am constantly dissapointed by narrators I like when they fail to adopt an appropriate voice for the opposite gender, or are imprecise or inconsistent in voicing multiple characters. And if ever there were a test of skills, it is this book - since it is mostly conversation and interviews with characters who range the whole spectrum: male and female, and all classes and several different nationalities. He managed them wonderfully, slipping effortlessly and precisely from one to the other consistently, and there are no fewer than 16 characters. I am beyond impressed, and he has found in me a devoted listener to whatever book he elects to lend his soothing voice to in the future. I have already bought the other Christy novel narrated by him which is currently available on Audible, and I hope there will be many more to come.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 01-13-16
    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 01-13-16 Member Since 2014

    SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!

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    "It Was A Dark and Stormy Night In The Calais Coach"

    How do you solve a murder that occurred in a sleeper car aboard a snowbound train, when no one could have entered or exited without leaving footprints in the snow, and everyone had an alibi supported by one or more unrelated passengers? No spoilers here, but unless you've seen the excellent and star-studded 1974 film (for which the incomparable Ingrid Bergman won a well-deserved Oscar), you'll be enthralled by Christie's ingenious (if somewhat implausible, at least in real life) solution.

    Dan Stevens provides competent narration, with my only two complaints being that his Hercule Poirot speaks too softly and gently (if you've seen and loved the film, as I have, you'll find yourself longing for Albert Finney's energetic, vigorous and entertaining portrayal of the quirky Belgian detective with his humorous pride in his mustaches and his very justified reliance on the dependability of his "little grey cells"), and that sometimes his rate of speech is too slow, requiring 1.25 speed to get as rapidly as Poirot's grey matter to the thrilling exposition.

    Highly recommended for mystery lovers, whether you've seen the film or not. If you have, your enjoyment will be that much greater. If you haven't, you'll want to get it and watch it right away!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Jenkins Kirkland, WA 12-08-14
    Henry Jenkins Kirkland, WA 12-08-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Now I know why it's a famous book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on the Orient Express to be better than the print version?

    Probably. Dan Stevens does give each of the characters a distinctive voice, and there are a lot of characters to keep straight. He's really pretty good at this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I quite liked the Princess Dragomiroff, an ugly old aristocratic woman with a deep, toady voice and a dry sense of humor.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

    I quite liked the Princess Dragomiroff, an ugly old aristocratic woman with a deep, toady voice and a dry sense of humor.


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

    I recommend listening to it in just a couple of sittings, yes. Partly that's because it's a potboiler, but also it's because the murder investigation is pretty complex, and it will make the most sense if you've got it all in your head at once.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a brilliant story. It almost has the cleverness and brevity you would expect from a short story, but it's long enough that there's a lot to it. It's hard to get started because there are so many characters you feel obliged to keep straight, and you don't know at first what's important and what isn't. But if you can push through the first hour or so, the rest of it is relaxing and rewarding. I'll remember this one.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-10-15 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Okay, now I can say I've read it"

    This one has been on my list for a while. It is the first and probably last Agatha Christie I will ever read. I understand now why this is such a revered classic. Very clever plot.

    That being said, the writing didn't speak to me in any profound way, and the detective/protagonist seemed pretty boring. Clever, yes, but no one I want to know more about.

    I'm giving the story high marks for the cleverness of it, and I'm sure that some people will find the characters more interesting than I did.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jennie SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 02-05-14
    jennie SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "a true classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Murder on the Orient Express the most enjoyable?

    The narrators ability to portray a wide variety of characters. This book in particular has a cast incredibly diverse, the passengers of the train came from all over the world and social standings but the narrator moved seamlessly from one to the other, and gave me a real sense of a large cast of players.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    even though this story is so well known, that the plot twist had been reveled to me long before I had even read this book (much like Soylent Green and Citizen Kane) the attention to detail with the clues left behind and the characters personalities kept me guessing throughout the whole thing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I always love that classic mystery reveal scene, gathering the suspects together to explain just how the crime was committed and how they were found out. Nobody does it better than Christie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Detective Poirot's commitment to justice, (I don't want to give away any spoilers) but in the end after he solved the case his decision to serve justice over the law.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 04-10-16
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 04-10-16 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Narration falls short"

    I have always loved this story but have never listened to an audio version. This was not the great narration I had hoped for. Stevens did very well with some voices, gratefully Poirot was one of them, matching my mind's eye vision of the vain but brilliant little Belgian. But some other characters fell annoyingly short - Mrs. Hubbard and Princess Dragomiroff were actually cringeworthy. The Princess spoke so low and gruff she was nearly unintelligible and Mrs Hubbard was an absurd cartoon. Still, the story is strong enough to bear up under these shortcomings. Even if you already know the outcome, the process of getting there remains entertaining and ultimately satisfying in its conclusion. But I'd recommend looking for a better reading.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Classic whodunnit done right!"

    Buy this book! Classic Agatha Christie with amazing narration; you're transported though time to an elegant era entwined with mystery.

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    Mark salt lake city, UT, United States 07-06-16
    Mark salt lake city, UT, United States 07-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic told well."

    While maybe suffering from The Beatles effect, this is a wonderful mystery story that hits all the Agatha Christie high notes. The reader is superb and really brings the performance to life.

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    Diane E. Danbury, CT United States 04-30-16
    Diane E. Danbury, CT United States 04-30-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Loved This Book!"

    I always wanted to read this book so when I saw it was available on audible, I decided to listen to it. It's classic Agatha Christie and did not disappoint! A good old fashioned mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 12-02-15
    Rosemary 12-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Dan Stevens is an excellent narrator!"

    He gave special voices to all of the characters which really made the book that much more enjoyable.

    Looking forward to seeing the 1974 movie adaptation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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