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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.
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Publisher's Summary

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

©1926 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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    Jennifer ARDMORE, PA, United States 08-19-14
    Jennifer ARDMORE, PA, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I've never read anything like it..."

    Very unique ... a delightful twist.
    I can honestly say I've never read another mystery quite like it. Didn't seem so at first, with the usual style of relating facts and Poirot's usual method, but I had figured it out before the big reveal. If only just. I knew it the moment after the arrival of the telegram at Poirot's little conference. It struck me suddenly, but I had hit the nail on the head, as the last chapters then revealed. Most unique narrative.
    Hugh Fraser is a great narrator.

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    Connie Condra Jacksonville, IL United States 05-04-14
    Connie Condra Jacksonville, IL United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Hugh Fraser rules"
    Where does The Murder of Roger Ackroyd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am an Agatha Christie purest. The story is excellent, but is unusual in that it is told from the point of view of a character other than Poirot or Hastings. This recording is so much better than an earlier version I purchased from Audible. Hugh Fraser's narration makes all the difference.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Caroline, the doctor's sister. She offers an excellent counterpoint to her brother and is reminiscent of Ariadne Oliver, another of Christie's characters.


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

    Hugh Fraser has long played Capt. Hastings in the PBS series "Poirot". He is well-acquainted with the character and does such a good job portraying the Belgian detective that listeners might think they were listening to David Suchet, who plays Poirot in the series. Fraser is also adept in voice alteration so that each character is easily identified.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned earlier, I had previously purchased another narration of this book through Audible. I did so because I wanted the book, but was disappointed by the narrator. I was so thrilled to find Hugh Fraser's version that I purchased the book again. Thankfully the earlier version is no longer offered so does not run the risk of disappointing first-time listeners of Christie.

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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-02-14
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "Great narration; loved by my 6th grader"
    What did you love best about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

    I read it almost 40 years ago and found the final plot twist really shocking. What was fun about the audio was that I could share the experience with my 6th grade son. He loved it! This was some elective reading he had to do for school, but it turned into a fun experience for us to do together. I wouldn't have thought of this as a kids' book!


    What other book might you compare The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to and why?

    Well, it is a great example of Agatha Christie. It actually isn't one of her ones I most enjoy experiencing -- in fact, I found it disturbing enough when I read it as a tween that I didn't reread it until now. However, because of its subversion of the conventions I can see why it is an interesting one to read for English class. A great example of the unreliable narrator.

    So to compare it to other Christies, I would say it is more thought provoking, but not a cozy (though much of Christie has disturbing elements, especially for the time it was written).


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

    Well, I enjoyed him as Dr. Hastings, Poirot's sidekick on PBS Mystery. Although my son often watches Mystery with me, he wasn't familiar with the Poirot episodes so it was a new narrator/actor for him. Neither of us had listened to his audios before.

    I thought he was an outstanding narrator for this book. I would hope that he narrates other Christies.


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

    My son certainly found it hard to take a break from. We had to turn it off so he could get some sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    I continue to marvel about how accessible this was to a modern 11 year old who has grown up on TV and computers.

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    Dominique Jones Albuquerque, NM United States 05-10-13
    Dominique Jones Albuquerque, NM United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Led Me Along Very Well!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, so it was a pleasure to "read" the audio version.


    What other book might you compare The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to and why?

    This book does not include Hastings--he is in Africa, and Poirot has decided to retire. It is impossible, however, as the more Poirot "retires," the more renowned he seems to become. His new friend is the narrator of this book, in place of Hastings.


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

    I really enjoyed the new narrator. His love/hate relationship with his sister is great!


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

    I thought this book led me along expertly, and I did not see the end coming until very near to the end!! Wonderful!


    Any additional comments?

    Especially if you haven't read the print version of this book, it is so enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ashburn, VA, United States 11-05-12
    Amazon Customer Ashburn, VA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Murder of Roger Ackroyd the most enjoyable?

    It's one of my very favorite Agatha Christie books of all time, so it was wonderful to be able to listen to it in the car.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Poirot, of course! He comes across as arrogant, yet no one takes him very seriously - until the very end when he pounces. Underestimated by the characters.


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

    The audio version of the book brings a delightful voice to the narrative that I didn't really get as I read the book. Hugh Fraser made the book really come alive.


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

    You'll never guess who did it.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read in the Christie canon.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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