"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
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.
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.
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.
A wannabe riot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I couldn't stop listening because I HAD to know what happened next!
Agatha Christie is my favorite author, and THIS is my favorite so far of all her books!
Helped to bring more out.
A first for me.
Having read the book, seen the movie the audio was better, wanted to see who was the murderer all over again.
I would listen to another book narrated by Dan Stevens not the same book
Not really. It's a who-doe-it mystery not an edge of the seat one.
The scene in the dining car when the passengers are bing interrogated
The title of the book is sufficient
It has been many years since I read this, and I had forgotten much about the story. I really appreciated this version
A classic tale with a very interesting outcome.
This is the first audiobook I have heard Dan Stevens narrate. He has a terrific voice and does a great job.
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.
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