In this first novel by Agatha Christie, she introduces the inimitable Hercule Poirot, who would go on to appear in 33 Christie novels and 54 short stories. Outside of Sherlock Holmes and perhaps Philip Marlowe, he is the best-known detective in the history of the genre. The Mysterious Affair at Styles deals with the case of an old woman poisoned with strychnine for her money. Nothing is obvious, however, in the way Christie handles a plot. The story spirals round and round, leading the reader in one direction, then another, convincing the reader that first one character, then another is the guilty party.
Public Domain (P)2011 Cherry Hill Publishing
The reader was not able to distinctly separate characters so part way thru, I had to buy another version read by David Suchet. Skip this version with this reader. All voiced characters sound the same and very confusing. Not worth the money.
yes because I enjoy Agatha Christie mysteries, and the reader was easy to listen too and put different vocals to each character...have read the book many times so made the "listen" even more enjoyable
well not really, because as I said previously, have read the book many times...but for someone that hasn't read it...it will keep you guessing as to "who done it"
she read it with good understanding of the book and the characters
I would recommend this "listen" to anyone who likes mysteries without foul language or graphics of any kind...just good writing, and good reading...and much pleasure of literature
always enjoy agatha christie for the quaint, dated atmospheres and terribly polite characters. nothing too disturbing, just simple mysteries in interesting locations.
had to force myself to listen the whole way through. worst reading i have ever heard - awful pronunciations, the voice of poirot was cringeworthy, and the narrator was sooooooooooo slooooooooow! for some reason she had decided that a 2 second pause was warranted at every comma or full stop. infuriating.
It took a while to get past the echoes in the recording, next time I will probably pay more for the other audible options, but once past that it was a competent enough telling of a well known story.
I will try other book from Agatha Christie, having read hard copies of all of the stories I will enjoy listening to another interpretation.
Perhaps more inflection for Poirot would have made him more enjoyable.
I've seen the tele series of many Christie stories, not many of them get it right. Can't beat Ustinov for Poirot.
This book was somewhere in the middle. the story was much better than the preformance therefore it had the potential to rate much higher.
This book was a group production, that is why the quality of the narration is so important.
She did well with the female voices, but did poorly with the mens voices. Also I found myself rewinding often because of her strong British accent.
No. At it's best it reqired time to digest.
"A bit sub"
Bad recording, badly read (Judi doesnt quite manage to hold the right accent for the right character). Fab story though. Try the Hugh Fraser version instead.
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