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Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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....
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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 2011
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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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mizscience FAIRFAX, VA, United States 05-20-14
    mizscience FAIRFAX, VA, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2013

    A wannabe riot.

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    "Excellent mystery classic!"

    Excellent book! Can see why this has gone down as a classic not to be missed, with it's diverse characters, seemingly-simple-yet-intricate mystery, and the fun peculiarities of Hercule Poirot. Listened to the audiobook on a roadtrip with my easily bored 17-year-old sister and even she was riveted. Highly recommended, particularly to fans of the Sherlock Holmes novels.

    1 of 1 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 2014
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 09-08-14
    Rebecca 09-08-14
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    "Hercule Poirot did it again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! This is my favorite Hercule Poirot novel yet! The twists and turns of the plot keep you on the edge of your seat and the end (for me) was a TOTAL shock!


    What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good job of narrating different characters so you can distinguish voices and he keeps the story alive with his tone of voice. I felt like Hercule Poirot was telling me the story!


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

    I couldn't stop listening because I HAD to know what happened next!


    Any additional comments?

    Agatha Christie is my favorite author, and THIS is my favorite so far of all her books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Wilkie 07-22-14
    Doug Wilkie 07-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Far better than the movie."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on the Orient Express to be better than the print version?

    Helped to bring more out.


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

    A first for me.


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

    Having read the book, seen the movie the audio was better, wanted to see who was the murderer all over again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DOROTHY 04-28-14
    DOROTHY 04-28-14
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    "Loved it more this goround"
    Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?

    I would listen to another book narrated by Dan Stevens not the same book


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

    Not really. It's a who-doe-it mystery not an edge of the seat one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the dining car when the passengers are bing interrogated


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The title of the book is sufficient


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Pennington, NJ, United States 09-19-13
    Judith Pennington, NJ, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Version of a classic"
    Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?

    It has been many years since I read this, and I had forgotten much about the story. I really appreciated this version


    What did you like best about this story?

    A classic tale with a very interesting outcome.


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

    This is the first audiobook I have heard Dan Stevens narrate. He has a terrific voice and does a great job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Olympia, WA, United States 03-27-14
    Robert Olympia, WA, United States 03-27-14
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    "Not very suspenseful. Rather.. totally arbitrary."

    I expect a standard murder mystery to give you the general lay of the evidence and keep you second-guessing yourself throughout the book. While the first quarter of the book will give you this sensation, the rest will make you ask "What's the point?!"
    The author seem to have run out of ideas to quickly and just starts making up relationships. At no point does the reader get any insight into the detective's thought or motivations. I would not recommend this to anybody.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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