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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 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
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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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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-02-14
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond Michael T Kosick 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific!"

    The story, as expected, was great, but the reading performance was superb! One of the best I've ever listened to.

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    Irene C. B. Knutsen 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Masterpiece"
    What did you love best about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

    The characters and the story. They are both rich and complex. This is one of the best mystery novels Christie wrote.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

    This book is famous for a particular "aha moment". That moment was the most memorable.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    Hugh Frazer is an incredibly versatile actor and narrator. The fact that Poirot compares the narrator to Hastings when the man who so brilliantly played Hastings for so many years is narrating had me chuckling.


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    Sandy Hinmon McMinnville, OR United States 04-15-15
    Sandy Hinmon McMinnville, OR United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous Agatha"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to be better than the print version?

    Yes. the narrator added to the character and story development.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well that would be between the murderer. who I cannot say anything about or it would spoil things, and Hercule Poroit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Discovery of "Who Did It".


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

    Case of the missing letter.


    Any additional comments?

    Agatha Christie is always superb. Character development is fabulous with mystery all through until the final revelation of who did it and why. The narrator made the experience extra special and invited us to live the experience with the characters.

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    Glutenfreegirl 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my favorite Agatha Christie"
    What did you like best about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd? What did you like least?

    I am listening to all of the Agatha Christie audiobooks on Audible. This was not one of my favorites due to the story line. Well read, as usual, by the delightful Hugh Fraser.


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    David Samson 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very good"

    I really enjoyed the clever dialog and, the characters. the ending was clever, but a bit disappointing as I rather liked the murderer

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    Jennifer D. Degtjarewsky 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love it!"

    One of my favorite Agatha Christie novels. "Hastings" does a great job with the narration. I've listened to it three times with delight. Great to have in your library.

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    Vanessa 03-21-15
    Vanessa 03-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great twist in the end."

    I usually have a story figured out by half way through, but I must admit I did not see the end of this one coming. Great writing!

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    Adrienne Crites 03-10-15
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    "Die hard Christie fan"

    A very good read, whether your a Poriot fan or not. Hugh Fraser is the best narrator, he makes you forget that he is the only narrator.

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