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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Audiobook

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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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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    Kelly 11-20-15
    Kelly 11-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect Performance"

    The voice parts were magnificent! In fact, the personalities we're quite distinct and very much alive throughout the story.

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    Anna Mamminga 10-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another gem from Christie!"

    I can't get enough of Agatha Christie! It doesn't seize to amaze me the depth with which Dame Christie planned and executed her novels; the attention to detail is impeccable!
    Very enjoyable read/listen. Love, love High Fraser! I forget at times that it's one person speaking. He gives each character such specific accent/intonation/pitch, and you get transformed into the novel.
    My commute to work and back home is something I now look forward to thanks to Hugh Fraser and Ms. Christie.
    Now off to go check out my next Christie book!

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    Ruth Bain 08-22-15
    Ruth Bain 08-22-15

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    "Good but not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Very entertaining, but not the best of Agatha Christie


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

    Hugh Fraser is a superior narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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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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    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.

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    Lauren 01-27-16
    Lauren 01-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Always a delight"

    I remember reading about Agatha Christie writing the murder of Roger Ackroyd. And how excited and fun loving, she thought it would be to add such an innovative object within her story. This is why this story is one of the best and timeless mysteries ever and still to this day, is known around the world.

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    Diego A. Nova 01-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite AC"
    If you could sum up The Murder of Roger Ackroyd in three words, what would they be?

    Unique engrossing unputdownable


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed re-reading the book several times. AC drops hits throughout the whole story, almost from the beginning.


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

    Hugh Fraser's adroitness at voicing out different characters is the best. His female character voices are also pretty funny.


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

    no, but it did cause open mouth reaction at the final revelation.


    Any additional comments?

    This type of story could probably only be written once and AC pulled it off brilliantly.

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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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