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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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.
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.
The characters and the story. They are both rich and complex. This is one of the best mystery novels Christie wrote.
This book is famous for a particular "aha moment". That moment was the most memorable.
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.
Yes. the narrator added to the character and story development.
Well that would be between the murderer. who I cannot say anything about or it would spoil things, and Hercule Poroit.
Discovery of "Who Did It".
Case of the missing letter.
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.
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.
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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