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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.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 01-13-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 01-13-16 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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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!

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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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Catalin Ciubotaru 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    A magnificent performance and an amazing book. I have to say Agatha Christie has been one of my favorites since I first read "And then there were none"

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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.

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    rachealmarieb 10-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Shining Example of Murder Mystery Genre"

    Dan Stevens did an excellent job playing each of the characters aboard the orient express, and Agatha Christie is such an intricate plot-weaver! I loved the climactic ending, I could hardly wait for my commute to figure out whodunnit!

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    Gwen McRae Los Angeles, CA 90232 10-15-15
    Gwen McRae Los Angeles, CA 90232 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic acting/narration. Great story"

    Fun detective story, fantastic acting, accents and voices telling a story with 15 or so characters. Really enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 08-16-15
    Anne 08-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good mystery"

    Good mystery. Some of the narrator's dialect was hard to understand, had to keep adjusting volume.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DJDecca 08-01-15
    DJDecca 08-01-15
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    "It's the Borient Express"
    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Dan Stevens?

    Agatha Christie rules! Dan Stevens is a fine actor, but his narration is supremely dull. His Poirot has no personality, it's almost a monotone with an iffy Belgian accent. This book contains some of Christie's most colorful characters and yet this version renders them all colorless and uninteresting.


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

    The story is, of course, classic Christie. It just deserves better.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan Stevens?

    Hugh Fraser does a fabulous job with the other Christie movies. He's a wonderful narrator with a great sense of timing, easily differentiated yet believable character voices, and an understanding of both the humor and suspense of the author.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's a great book, sadly mistreated.


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    Daniel 07-24-15
    Daniel 07-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Short But Sweet"

    The only bummer about this book was how quickly I finished it. If you are a fan of crime fiction and mystery stories this one will fascinate you. It has fantastic characters, seemingly impossible twists, and a beautiful ending.

    This is the first book I've read by Agatha Christie, and it certainly won't be the last. The narrator does an excellent job with inflections, foreign accents, and even French phrases. My only critique for the narration would be slightly more feminine female voices. There were a few times the chosen inflection confused me to the speaker. Otherwise, Dan Stevens did a wonderful job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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