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The Murder at the Vicarage Audiobook

The Murder at the Vicarage

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Publisher's Summary

"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, "would be doing the world at large a service!"

It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.

©1930 Agatha Christie; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

What the Critics Say

"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)
"When she really hits her stride, as she does here, she is hard to surpass." (Saturday Review of Literature)
"Joan Hickson: You can't beat her, you know. So enjoy this not-so-fluffy old lady doing her Marple thing. Genius." (Time Out)

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    FJWynne London, England 11-10-07
    FJWynne London, England 11-10-07 Listener Since 2003

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    "Joan Hickson is perfect"

    Not perhaps Christie's best, being the earliest of the Miss Marple mysteries, but the puzzle is neatly constructed, and Joan HIckson is the perfect narrator - not simply because she IS Miss Marple, but because she can handle the range of voices, characters and scenes with extraordinary effectiveness

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    11-17-10
    11-17-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Murder at the Vicarage"

    Brilliant! Joan Hickson is a gem, speaks like a real upper class English lady and creates a wonderful atmosphere for this clever tale. Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lorna
    6/3/15
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    "Good book, just the wrong reader"

    The only downside was the reader. She did a wonderful job but you got the impression that she was chosen to sound like Miss Marple, when in fact the story is told by a middle aged man - the vicar. A little more care could be taken in choosing a reader to match the person actually speaking, rather than acting on assumptions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emilia
    London, United Kingdom
    10/9/12
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    "Great Christie, strange choice of narrator."

    This is a classic Miss Marple and a very enjoyable Agatha Christie. However, I found the choice of narrator quite odd. Joan Hickson has quite an old fashioned, lispy, wet voice which may suit people's idea of Miss Marple, but this book isn't written from the point of Miss Marple. It's written through the voice of a male vicar which I found therefore jarred with the reader.

    Enjoyable none the less, but once again shows how crucial and I imagine difficult it is to appoint a narrator that will suit everyone!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    5/15/16
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    "Superb"

    No one can replace Joan Hickson as Miss Marple - perfect understanding and delivery of Agatha Christie's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jaye Hardy
    12/10/15
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    "Murder at the Vicarage
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    I loved this story when I first read it now, listening to it, brings it alive, Miss Marple insists, that is at least 7 possible suspects, but refuses, to name them, although everyone is shocked by the murder they are also pleased but who & how was it done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polly
    8/15/15
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    "Wonderful introduction to Marple"

    The fluffy old village cat shows her claws in this wonderful village mystery. Beautifully read by the incomparable Joan Hickson; you get a lovely sense of the cosy village atmosphere, and she gives Miss Marple just the right degree of deceptive vagueness when she finally unveils the solution to the baffled police force.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Emily Fox-green
    uk
    4/26/15
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    "Lovely performance and good story"

    Was a little confused at first having never read a Marple but once I realised it's written in the voice of the vicar everything went swimmingly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julia Fyfield
    Hadleigh
    4/8/15
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    "Grows on you"

    It not at all like the film or the TV series script it as. There are sense that surprise you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S Het
    UK
    10/30/14
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    "Joan Hickson the perfect Miss Marple"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Murder at the Vicarage to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It really takes you right into the heart of the story. You're really there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder at the Vicarage?

    All of it !


    Which character – as performed by Joan Hickson – was your favourite?

    Always Miss Marple


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

    Yes if I'd had the time


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this again it was so enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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