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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.


    5 of 5 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
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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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    Beau 07-02-15
    Beau 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hercule Poirot is the man."

    Agatha Christie is truly the queen of mystery. The intricacies of her work never cease to amaze me. Dan Stevens does really makes you feel as if each character were telling their part in the story, rather than one man speaking for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Anderson 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    Such a great narration by Dan Stevens and a very good story! I highly recommend it, it's light but intriguing.

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    Customer USA 06-21-15
    Customer USA 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dan Stevens is fabulous!"
    What did you love best about Murder on the Orient Express?

    The reader, Dan Stevens! I was so impressed! Agatha Christie's books are full of so many colorful characters and Dan was able to create nuanced and individualized voices for each one. I became so engrossed in the story that I frequently forgot that I was listening to only one reader.


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

    This is my first Dan Stevens performance outside of film. I'd say that he's much better in this venue.


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

    I typically listen to any audiobook in 30-minute increments, when I am driving to and from work. I didn't want to stop with this one. I finished it within a week.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 04-20-15
    Alexandra 04-20-15
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    "So good"

    I love this story and the performance by Dan Stevens is wonderful. His voice characterizations are spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reviewer 03-31-15
    Reviewer 03-31-15
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    "Deserves its place as a classic"

    I first read this book as a teenager and now many many years later I still enjoyed it, even though I knew how it turned out! Also I hadn't remembered how very funny some of the dialogue is.

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    Luis 03-29-15
    Luis 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excelent Voice Acting"

    I am impressed at the different voices that the narrator can achieve, though the women's voices could be performed by a woman.

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