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!
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.
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.
This classic was brought to life by the talented narration of Mr. Thorn. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen.
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.
Story seems great, all of the voices and accents are great but Poirot is impossible to listen to. I've taken 7 years of French, 2 years by a French person and yet many times I had no idea what word Poirot was saying. So overdone, I can hardly continue listening.
Only the French accent. Everything else was great.
One of my favorites by Dame Agatha, but the narrator struggles through the accents, making this version a tedious listen. His Hercule Poirot is painful, and another character's accent is different every time he appears.
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