An international cast of suspects, all passengers on the crowded train, are speeding through the snowy European landscape when a bizarre and terrible murder brings them to an abrupt halt. One of their glittering number lies dead in his cabin, stabbed a mysterious twelve times. There is no lack of clues for Poirot - but which clue is real and which is a clever plant?
Poirot realises that this time he is dealing with a murderer of enormous cunning and that in a case frought with fear and inconstencies only one thing is certain - the murderer is still aboard the train waiting to strike again...
John Moffatt stars as the great Belgian detective in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.
©1934 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
This story has some unique features among Agatha Christie's books. There's no second murder to help narrow down the suspects, and Poirot must solve the crime in a matter of hours. Even if you've read the story before, this dramatisation is still worth listening to. The sound effects may not be quite movie standard, but they're convincing none the less. The acting is good, and the script writer left the original story alone. And for those of us who can't see, we can follow the story as well as our sighted friends staring at the radio. A pleasant two hours listening.
This is one of Agatha Christie's best known works with one of her best known characters, Hercule Poirot.
The story progresses in a carefully managed series of logical steps while the solution to the murder mystery remains illusive to the end. A format that Agatha Christie perfected. It is easy listening but also engaging. The entire story is brought to life by the brilliant interpretation of Poirot's character by John Moffatt supported by a highly talented cast. With these dramatizations I must say I find it hard to return to the 'single' reader formats of other audio books. But beyond the actual story and 'theater of the mind' presentation there are other unintended qualities to this, and all of Agatha Christie's works that fascinates me. Her insightful perspective on humanity and masterful reproduction of the language and attitudes of those times is like a time machine that can transport the listener back to the world of our grandparents. It is almost a historical novel in that sense. For a reader born in the 1950's I can truly imagine my own grand parents standing in the background of Agatha's public settings. For younger listeners I can only suggest you do not be fooled by the initially deceptively simple appearance of the story but allow yourself to let go of today's digital world of instant information and frantic hype and visit the world of your great grand parents. Compare the quality of life. Who knows, this intriguing murder mystery might just subtly change your own world view. It's not about age, it's about quality. I recommend this book and all the other dramatized Agatha Christie stories that Audible UK has to offer.
The title of this review says it all.
This is better than any other dramatisation, televised or otherwise (including the recently filmed Suchet version for ITV, which is good by the way).
Great casting - John Moffat delivers an unusually good Poirot - coupled with sincere, believable, enjoyable-to-listen-to acting make this a Murder on the Orient Express that you won't forget.
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