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The Mysterious Affair at Styles | [Agatha Christie]

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Ms. 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 in a very surprising ending.
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Publisher's Summary

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 Christie

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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    GERARDO MEXICO, Mexico 10-08-10
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    "A complete delight!"

    Besides Mrs. Christie's renowned genius, David Thorn's Inspector P. is a complete delight! This is definitely a GREAT book WONDERFULLY narrated!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kim South Bend, IN, United States 03-18-15
    Kim South Bend, IN, United States 03-18-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Poirot accent tough to handle."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn 05-07-14
    Taryn 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story....Distracting Narration"
    What did you like best about The Mysterious Affair at Styles? What did you like least?

    The story line is great and great introduction of Poirot and Hastings.


    What didn’t you like about David Thorn’s performance?

    His Hercule Poirot performance is a bit much. His french/belgium accent distracts from what is being said.


    Was The Mysterious Affair at Styles worth the listening time?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rae Y Illinois, USA 06-28-15
    Rae Y Illinois, USA 06-28-15
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    "Pretty good overall."

    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.

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    kristina 05-16-15
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    "wonderful!"
    If you could sum up The Mysterious Affair at Styles in three words, what would they be?

    Fabulous Agatha Christie!


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Kalamazoo, MI 03-09-15
    Phil Kalamazoo, MI 03-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Scintillating!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is worth the money to match wits with Agatha Christie. She usually has me going until the very last pages.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Hastings because of his boyish, trusting character, and his assertions that Poriot has gone off the deep end.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Saratoga Springs, NY, United States 03-03-15
    Donna Saratoga Springs, NY, United States 03-03-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Lover of all Agatha Christy"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allison 03-02-15
    Allison 03-02-15
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    "Great start to a series"

    An excellent introduction to the Poirot series. Performance and story were both wonderful and enjoyed very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14
    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An average start for Hercule Poirot"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Agatha Christie before, how does this one compare?

    Definitely not her best work, but it's the starting point. Her mysteries get better.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Could you see The Mysterious Affair at Styles being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Grainne 04-09-14

    professor on leave from Indiana University (IUPUI) •• public historian •• researcher & writer about Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

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    "atrocious Poirot accent ruins listening experience"
    Any additional comments?

    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.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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