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.
"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!
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.
"Poriot Early Cases
I purchased this as a relaxing book.
There's numerous different stories right from the beginning of Agatha Christie career, if you're a keen reader of Agatha Christie you may find that somethings sound familiar this is where later on she expended the short story into a full length book. It was really easy to listen to and it gives you an insight into Agatha Christie earlier stories
"Nice short stories."
If you are looking to listen to short stories, this is the audiobook for you. Well read, easy listening. Good book.
Hours and hours of perfect, familiar, non threatening characters. perfectly read. just the ticket for brains that need soothing before bed.
Cant go wrong with Agatha Christie stories and this is no exception.
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!
"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!
Picked for the narrators voice. Puts life into each character. Agatha Christie's short stories are always a pleasure to hear.
"OK as a fill in, between intense books"
Really these stories have become so dated, (as have the Sherlock Holmes), this particular collection of short stories is a bit odd as there is insufficient time for any real clues to be followed. Poirot has some 'wonderful' thoughts - then comes up with an extraordinary solution plucked from the air, he presents his findings and everyone immediately confesses etc - Still, it eases me into the next (hopefully) good book.
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