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The Clocks Audiobook

The Clocks: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

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 12-19-12
    Christina 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.


    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Serrano 05-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read!"

    Agatha christie never disappoints. Great history and characters. Very well read. Overall i loved it.

    1 of 1 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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    Walter B. Farrell Woodstock, NY United States 09-17-16
    Walter B. Farrell Woodstock, NY United States 09-17-16
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    "True Christie"

    Clever twists and turns. Did not see the ending
    Eager to read more. Loved it.

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    Angelina KAlinovich SEATTLE, WA, US 09-06-16
    Angelina KAlinovich SEATTLE, WA, US 09-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very little Poirot"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Agatha Christie? Why or why not?

    Of course, I love Agatha Christie


    Any additional comments?

    The plot is great, but there is very little Poirot in comparison to other novels, and his little peculiarities is the number one reason I enjoy Agatha Christie so much.

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    Michelle Jones Victoria, British Columbia Canada 08-16-16
    Michelle Jones Victoria, British Columbia Canada 08-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Christie Mystery!!"

    A super story and wonderful performance by Hugh Fraser... One of Christie's best novels, perfect company for an afternoon!!

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    Janaki Kuruppu Rockville, MD United States 09-19-15
    Janaki Kuruppu Rockville, MD United States 09-19-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I forgot that this was one I didn't care for"

    Hugh Fraser is great, with a wide range of characters and accents.

    too bad the story is overworked and drawn out. never really felt that interested in getting to the answer.

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    Virginia McCray 07-30-15
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    "Excellent"

    As always, an excellent book by Christie. I am happy to say this is the first book I've read of hers where I correctly guessed the murderer. Fraser does an outstanding job with all the voices. Far better than any movie version.

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    Elizabeth Dyer 06-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ticking Clocks, Hercule Poirot,and Spies"

    The Clocks, one of Agatha Christie's later novels, is a fun mix of her signature style mystery with intrigue and Cold War spies thrown in for good measure. Sometimes, I'd have to go back and listen to a chapter again to make sure I was catching all the hints being dropped along the way. The ending was a surprise, which made listening until the end a pleasure. Hugh Fraser is my favorite reader of Agatha Christie novels. I recommend this to all Christie fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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