No sooner has Poirot revealed his astonishing powers of deduction than he is faced with 17 other mysteries to test his soon-to-be-famous "little grey cells".
As a matter of courtesy to a group of young people, he endeavours to solve the gruesome murder of a woman whose body they have stumbled upon while locked out of their flat, and with his usual precision and elan, he discovers exactly how "Mary, Mary quite contrary" makes her garden grow.
©1974 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
I love this audiobook. The short stories lend themselves very well to listening and the narration is excellent. Both Hugh Fraser and David Suchet narrate (separate short stories) and they are by far my favourite narrators. have listened to this book multiple times.
The short stories are alternated between narration from David Suchet and Hugh Fraser. To be really picky, I would love them to include both, and Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon narrating their own lines, but nothing is perfect. These are great, really quick easy listens, perfect for one each on the journey to work, approx half an hour each. If you like Agatha Christie books anyway you will love these. If you've never tried anything of hers, I think I like the short stories best, a good place to start.
Hours and hours of perfect, familiar, non threatening characters. perfectly read. just the ticket for brains that need soothing before bed.
Picked for the narrators voice. Puts life into each character. Agatha Christie's short stories are always a pleasure to hear.
"Nice short stories."
If you are looking to listen to short stories, this is the audiobook for you. Well read, easy listening. Good book.
Yes, definitely: they are nice, short stories - all of which I have heard/read/watched before, but each is so well acted and somehow "neat" that I would be happy to listen to them again and again.
It has to be Hastings - so trusting, so naive, and so wrong all the time!
"Great listen, but marred by narrating inaccuracies"
A great collection of classic Poirot stories which held my attention in each case. Lovely to listen to as each case was well written, as is to be excepted in the case of an Agatha Christie work, and each had a nice plot twist.
I was also excited to see it was read by Hugh Fraser and David Suchet, who play Capt Hastings and Poirot in the TV series; however my enjoyment of this audiobook was marred by the fact that not every case included David Suchet's performance as Poirot and one was not even narrated by either Fraser or Sachet. I couldn't help but feel slightly cheated because, as far as I was aware, the description do not mention the changing narrators etc. It didn't ruin the book completely but did leave me feel fairly aggrieved!
"A very good narration by Hugh Fraser"
Murder in bite sized pieces and Hugh Fraser keeps up the tension and attention with his narration. I usually prefer the dramatised versions but was kept enthralled with this version. Thoroughly recommended; just wish I knew what happened to Captain Hastings!
Cant go wrong with Agatha Christie stories and this is no exception.
I love Agatha Christie's quirky Belgium detective so was looking forward to listening to this. Although advertised as read by Hugh Fraser & David Suchet, you will find that half of the cases are read by someone other than Hugh Fraser. And the other half are indeed read by Hugh Fraser but he also does the reading for Poirot with an excrutiatingly painful to hear Belgium/bad French accent!!
"Hugh Frasers Off-putting accent!!"
Poirot of course
David Suchet is impeccable as usual, and although Hugh Fraser has a pleasant melodious voice.... He cannot do a french accent!!! I found it very offputting when he tried to do Poirot's famous accent.... It started ok but he reverted back to english mid sentance! Shame as thats only thing that spoils it.
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