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The Big Four Audiobook
The Big Four
Written by: 
Agatha Christie
Narrated by: 
Hugh Fraser
The Big Four Audiobook

The Big Four: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Framed in the doorway of Hercule Poirot's bedroom stands an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man stares for a moment, then he sways and falls.

Who is he? Is he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what is the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life - and that of his twin brother - to uncover the truth.

©1927 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

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    hmg SD, USA 02-22-15
    hmg SD, USA 02-22-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Weak Early Christie but Performance is Masterful."

    Just too incredible to satisfy. More like an absurd B-movie than the complex measured tales of her later years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 07-08-12
    Linda 07-08-12
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    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Hugh Fraser?

    Yes. This book was one odd failure in the Christie collection.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the reviewers who made bad comments about this book must have been mistaken. Not so. Hugh Fraser's performance was excellent, but even the best reader couldn't make the ridiculous plot less ridiculous. It was a James Bond fantasy starring Hercule Poirot, a character that doesn't fit at all. The whole thing was silly without humor. This was my ninth Christie listen, all the rest very good to excellent stories. I still want to hear more Poirot mysteries, and will bet on the fact that Christie didn't repeat the mistake she made with this one.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-18-13
    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Like a bad, less realistic James Bond book"

    This was not like any of the other Poirot books - no real mystery to solve, just running from place to place encountering "villains" that are more ridiculous than any Batman or Bond flick. I can't believe anyone who liked the earlier books - or mysteries in general - would like this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 07-16-16
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 07-16-16 Member Since 2010
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    "The real big four"

    The narrator agains leads to an enjoyment of the story with his abilities to change voices. An excellent story with a great plot.

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    Walter 06-23-16
    Walter 06-23-16
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    "Typical Christie, excellent plot"

    Great twist and turns, whimsical characters that are clever and complicated, with a surprising death.

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    Robert 03-10-16
    Robert 03-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing intrigue"

    Hastings is back, but this is less of a mystery and more a disjointed spy thriller that appears as if Christie is trying to create Poirot's version of Moriarty, while channeling Fu Manchu and early science fiction. Overall, it was a failure as a novel and the Belgian investigator felt out of place in this attempt at grand international intrigue.

    Poirot retires at then end of the story and I wonder if it should have been set before "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?"

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    Michael Jones 02-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Christie's Best"

    The plot was hackneyed and Poirot's actions felt so out of place from his usual deployment of the "little gray cells".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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