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.
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 storyline was excellent. The narrator did a good job with everyone's voice except Poirot's. Since he was the main character it caused me some listening issues. His Poirot voice was at times garbled and hard to understand.
Fabulous Agatha Christie!
I love Agatha Christie mysteries and have read them all. This is a very satisfying oral interpretation and I heard new things in an old story that I have read many times. A great way to spend an afternoon
Yes, it is worth the money to match wits with Agatha Christie. She usually has me going until the very last pages.
I like Hastings because of his boyish, trusting character, and his assertions that Poriot has gone off the deep end.
I had to knock a star off the performance because Thorn's "Poriot" voice was so thick with french accent as to make it unintelligible at times.
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 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.)
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