Mrs. Christie introduces us for the first time to Hercule Poirot, as he solves the mysterious demise of Mrs. Alfred Inglethorpe at her country estate, Styles Court. Many suspects come under his scrutiny but it is his genius to unravel all the intricacies and end up solving the crime with a very surprising ending.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 01: I Go to Styles
Chapter 02: The 16th and 17th of July
Chapter 03: The Night of the Tragedy
Chapter 04: Poirot Investigates
Chapter 05: "It Isn't Strychnine, Is It?"
Chapter 06: The Inquest
Chapter 07: Poirot Pays His Debts
Chapter 08: Fresh Suspicions
Chapter 09: Dr. Bauerstein
Chapter 10: The Arrest
Chapter 11: The Case For the Prosecution
Chapter 12: The Last Link
Chapter 13: Poirot Explains
Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (1890 –1976) was a British author, poet and playwright famed for her crime and detective fiction. The creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot is the best-selling author of all time.
A prolific writer, Christie grew up in a privileged background, and was home schooled. A voracious reader, Christie first took up writing as a hobby and then made it her life's work when the pieces she published garnered attention.
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"The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduced the world to two lasting heroes: new author Agatha Christie, and her sleuthing protagonist, Hercule Poirot....Christie ushered in the "Golden Age" of crime novels, and continues to mystify - and delight - her many faithful readers." (The New York Public Library's Books of the Century)
Besides Mrs. Christie's renowned genius, David Thorn's Inspector P. is a complete delight! This is definitely a GREAT book WONDERFULLY narrated!
Of course Christie's story was excellent. I have been spoiled by Hugh Frazier performances, apparently, because the Poirot accent for this was pretty awful. Other voices were fine.
This classic was brought to life by the talented narration of Mr. Thorn. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen.
The story line is great and great introduction of Poirot and Hastings.
His Hercule Poirot performance is a bit much. His french/belgium accent distracts from what is being said.
I'm not really a fan of Poirot, but this is probably one of the better ones that I have read. The mystery is twisty and whatnot. Poirot is full of himself as always. The narrator is spectacular. He does a great job of keeping you entertained with different voices, while also keeping you focused on the story.
The actors thick accent when voicing Hercule Poirot can sometimes be difficult to understand. I found a few instances where I was required to re-listen to a passage in order to make sure I understood properly. Otherwise it was an excellent story and good performance.
Since this is the first Poirot mystery I felt compelled to get it. The story, plot and characters are not quite as compelling as others however this may be due to the narrators baffling attempt at a Belgian accent. No one is John Moffitt but this was a distraction from the story. Next time I'll listen to a sample prior to purchase.
I usually enjoy Christie novels, but I found this one difficult to follow, and I'm not sure why. I enjoyed the story, and Christie had me guessing all the way to the end, but something about the whole thing left me frustrated. I've listened to other Christie books from Audible, presented by different narrators, and found them quite enjoyable. The only thing I can think of, is that the narration must have been off for me. All-in-all, I would say it was an acceptable book, and I'm not sorry I spent the money on it, but I may reconsider purchasing another book presented by the same narrator.
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