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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 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.


    4 of 4 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.

    2 of 2 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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    montecarlostar Ruston, LA USA 02-25-15
    montecarlostar Ruston, LA USA 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I was in a train while listening to this..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Because it's Agatha Christie!


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

    If fact it did. So many unsolved mysteries at the same time, kept one constantly trying to guess who the murderer was... and the finale was just fantastic.


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

    Not like that, but I was definitively jaw-dropped by the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best Agatha Christie stories. No wonder it's so famous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allison 02-16-15
    Allison 02-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful narration; great story!"

    The book was great entertainment, but the narrator was absolutely exceptional. He really brought life to the characters! Bravo Dan Stevens!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katrine 02-13-15
    katrine 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Soooo good!"
    Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?

    Absolutely! The story is so well written and with small details that hearing it again can only reveal more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are so many it makes this question tuff. I will say Colonel Arbuthnot and Countess Andrenyi because they stayed with me longer than the rest after I had closed the book.


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

    Only as an actor. But he is truly talented! I’m looking forward to my other audiobooks narrated by him! I hope he records a lot more of Agatha Christie’s books!


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

    The end. Can’t say more as to not give it away. But it stays with you.


    Any additional comments?

    As a huge Agatha Christie fan, this is truly a great version of a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli R. Van Surksum PENSACOLA, FL, US 01-21-15
    Kelli R. Van Surksum PENSACOLA, FL, US 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I Love Agatha Christie"

    This is the first time I read or I guess listened to Murder on the Orient Express. I really enjoyed it! I thought Dan Stevens did a good job. I didn't like the voices of one of the characters. But I've listened to him before on And Then There Were None, and he was spot on. I Loved when he started putting it together and re-interviewed everyone!
    I will Definitely read/listen to more Agatha Christie and Dan Stevens!

    0 of 0 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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