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The Clocks: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

The Clocks: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent - not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it's clear that they are going to need a very good detective. "This crime is so complicated that it must be quite simple," declares Hercule Poirot. But there's a murderer on the loose, and time is ticking away.
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Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent - not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it's clear that they are going to need a very good detective.

"This crime is so complicated that it must be quite simple," declares Hercule Poirot. But there's a murderer on the loose, and time is ticking away.

©1963 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Christina Germantown, MD, USA 12-19-12
    Christina Germantown, MD, USA 12-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Too little of Poirot"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The thing about this book is that it drags a little. And there's really very little of Hercule Poirot in it. Hugh Frasier is very good. His Poirot is almost indistinguishable from David Suchet's, probably from all those years playing opposite each other in the movies.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not that I would dare to think I could improve on Christie, but in this instance I felt it could have moved a lot faster, and I felt that the central character - who was not actually Poirot, so calling it a Hercules Poirot mystery is misleading - was not as worldy as he was supposed to be. In fact, he felt rather flat. I just didn't care what happened with him.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Norton BC, LA USA 10-01-12
    J. Norton BC, LA USA 10-01-12

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    "Excellent in every way"

    I have not listened to anything else done by Hugh Fraser but he sure does add to the enjoyment of a very excellent story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 03-23-13
    Calliope 03-23-13
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    "Lightweight whodunnit, nicely narrated"

    This is a particularly lightweight mystery, pleasant but not really interesting or compelling. Hugh Fraser narrated it well, however, and I won't hesitate to download another book with him as a reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-21-13
    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "False Advertising"
    What did you like best about The Clocks? What did you like least?

    I do enjoy Agatha Christie, but when I this popped up as Hercule Poirot, I was not expecting him to be a character who is only featured on occasion. Also, of all the plots, I found this one the most hard to believe at the end...not a bad listen at all, just not my fave of the Hercule Poirot stories.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Agatha Christie? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, have listened to lots of her other stuff and enjoy it.


    Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favorite?

    Poirot. Shocker, since I was seeking stories about him...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope. Movies are long, overpriced and not worth it unless they are the Lord of the Rings or James Bond :)


    Any additional comments?

    Love Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Berkeley, CA, United States 12-29-12
    Nina Berkeley, CA, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "No poirot"
    What could Agatha Christie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not a terrible mystery, but kind of lame cause poirot was barely in it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Underwhelmed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Decatur, GA, United States 10-19-12
    Carolyn Decatur, GA, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What's the time?"
    If you could sum up The Clocks in three words, what would they be?

    Typical Agatha Christie


    What other book might you compare The Clocks to and why?

    Like so many of Agatha Christie's stories, the mystery revolves around a fixed set of characters. There's a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, a few red herrings, a few suspects, and a lot of clocks


    What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I listen to audio books when I am driving, walking, exercising, working in the house, and walking the dog. I would have enjoyed reading this book, but listening to it was a pleasure. Hugh Fraser is a good narrator and I enjoy his voice and enunciation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It entertained me.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to die-hard Agatha Christie fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Bourbonnais, IL, United States 10-17-12
    Jane Bourbonnais, IL, United States 10-17-12
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    "Where is Poirot???"

    I really like this book and Hugh Fraser is flawless, but I wonder why Dame Agatha barely used her greatest detective. Poirot does very little in this book. If you listen closely, very closely you can solve the crime yourself. I love it when I get to the last chapter and am right about the killer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-02-12
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    "the passage of time"
    If you could sum up The Clocks in three words, what would they be?

    Great nail bitter


    What other book might you compare The Clocks to and why?

    I just love this writer and her ability to write mystery is wonderful


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

    No, but was well done


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

    Yes and pretty much did


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-26-13
    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Another Worthwhile Agatha Christie"
    If you could sum up The Clocks in three words, what would they be?

    I would sum up the The Clocks with the words intriguing, enjoyable, puzzler.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clocks?

    One of my favorite scenes is when Colin Lamb, one of the detectives, meets up with a child who may be a witness to the murder. Geraldine is a fun character.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    Hugh Fraser gives a polished performance. I enjoyed him as Captain Hastings in the Poirot TV movies. Naturally, his Poirot isn't as effective as that of David Suchet (the TV Poirot)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tick tock, murder has made an untimely appearance in the neighborhood.


    Any additional comments?

    Although not one of my favorite Agatha Christie books, it was still a good listen

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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