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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
My son certainly found it hard to take a break from. We had to turn it off so he could get some sleep!
I continue to marvel about how accessible this was to a modern 11 year old who has grown up on TV and computers.
I have not read the print version, so it was a pleasure to "read" the audio version.
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.
I really enjoyed the new narrator. His love/hate relationship with his sister is great!
I thought this book led me along expertly, and I did not see the end coming until very near to the end!! Wonderful!
Especially if you haven't read the print version of this book, it is so 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.
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.
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.
You'll never guess who did it.
A must read in the Christie canon.
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