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.
I've been a fan of Agatha Christy forever and have read, brought videos and audiobooks for years. Although I enjoy the story the narrator was horrible. Suchet or Frasier are best for narrating these story lines.
I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie, especially the series of Hercule Poirot. This is a great narration by David Thorn. He gives each character a different voice by slightly changing the accent and, lI ove the voice he created for Hercule Poirot.
I was new to Agatha Christie, and I like reading series in order. I therefore feel that my time was not wasted listening to this story. It is not, however, the best of her work. If you want to start at the beginning, you could do worse.
Definitely not her best work, but it's the starting point. Her mysteries get better.
The performance was fine with one notable exception: the accent used for Poirot is . . . strange. Other Poirot performances are a little less over the top. It was distracting, but I was able to get relatively used to it after a while.
In some ways, Hercule Poirot makes me think of Tony Shaloub's portrayal of Monk. He's not quite as socially impaired, but he has a similar quirky obsession with order, and Monk is definitely inspired in some part by Poirot. If Tony Shaloub were to sport a flamboyant mustache and pretend to be Belgian, I think he would make a great Poirot.
professor on leave from Indiana University (IUPUI) •• public historian •• researcher & writer about Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland
Christie's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" is a tour de force, in terms of both the story and her charming introduction of Poirot as a character. Unfortunately, my entire listening experience was tedium and downright irritation because of Thorn's over-the-top, and frequently unintelligible, accent for Poirot. (Think of Peter Sellers' accent for Inspector Clouseau––but without the comic appeal.)
I am a HUGE Agatha Christie fan. I read And Then There Were None back when it was still called Ten Little Indians while I was in Jr. High. I have been hooked on mystery/thrillers ever since. I have read multiple books since and have thoroughly enjoyed them. However, I rarely read a Hercule Poirot book, and did not like the way he was portrayed this book compared to others. Either way, another win for Agatha.
I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, but have never read/heard one of their debuts, until now. Poirot first appears in "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" (published in 1920), which took place in a British country manor, Styles Court. A wealthy old mistress, Mrs. Inglethorpe, was poisoned to death, and anyone, including her newly-married 'younger' husband, her stepsons, her daughter-in-law, the young protegee, and the mysterious doctor, could be the murderer; and I found the many twists and turns of the story kept me guessing WHO KILLED MRS. INGLETHORPE until the end.
Hercule Poirot is one of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee), and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.
In this debut novel Captain Arthur Hastings' (a secondary character) first description of Poirot is as follows:
He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound. Yet this quaint dandified little man had been, in his time, one of the most celebrated members of the Belgian police.
Through David Thorn's superb performance each character and scene is easily visualized. His ability to change his voice for so may characters is amazing.
It's a non-violent (according to today's murder mysteries) light read, and a nice change of pace. The 6 hours and 26 min. was just the right amount of time for me; each minute full of intrigue.
I recommend it to anyone who wants an entertaining break from their usual genre.
No, but great for tired old eyes. I miss turning the pages.
Can't think of one.
A good 3rd dimension. I could just let the story happen.
Anytime Herrcule Poirot would not give Hastings information it made me laugh. Poor Hastings got so frustrated.
I could listen many times to Agatha's stories.
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