Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe - she of a sizeable fortune, and so recently remarried to a man 20 years her junior. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings recruits an old friend, now retired, to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance into the pages of crime literature.
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Agatha Christie began her illustrious career with this story. It's not dated at all and hold up well. As always, Hugh Fraser is the perfect narrator.
Loved it. One point you know then you second guess yourself and third guess yourself. Lots of clues to keep straight. In the end your instinct was correct. Good book.
This story is narrated in the first person by Captain Hastings, played in the well known British TV series "Agatha Christie's Poirot" by the narrator of this book, Hugh Fraser. It's a perfect match, and Fraser is a wonderful performer on many Agatha Christie audiobooks. He's terrific. This was Dame Christie's first book, and is also the first appearance of Hercule Poirot, recently arrived in England from the German-occupied Belgium of WW I.
The mystery is well crafted and well written, with all the clues laid out but well hidden under red herrings and the setting of a family manor home during the deprivations and suspicions of a country at war.
this book is one on the best; the Narrator, Hugh Fraser's tone and skills leads the listener on an exciting adventure.
The way in which the whole adventure came together at the end. Characters were introduced but you never really knew who was guilty.
Hugh Fraser's performance was memorable due to the tone and the past in which he lead the listener along in the adventure.
the story is great and so enjoyable, but the narration is really the crown jewel. Hugh Fraser is so talented as an actor and portrayed Captain Hastings wonderfully in the series. But I had no idea he would be such a skilled narrator! I enjoyed this book so much. I can't recommend it enough.
I discovered the books written by Agatha Christie about 50 years ago. I've loved them since then. After repeated reading and viewing, I am still entertained by the books, films and TV shows. The stories hold up over time.
This book was the first of the Hercule Poirot series, written in 1920. Some of the language and situations are dated, but the wonderfully complex solution to the mystery is Christie at her best.
Hugh Frasers narration is excellent. HIs accent for Poirot is superb.
I was not prepared to like this as much as I did. Since I had watched videos of Agatha Christie mysteries without ever reading (or listening) to one and since I love English mysteries, I felt compelled to give this a try. The narrator was excellent and it is obvious why Christie's works have endured. The characters are well-developed, the plot is suspenseful without being contrived and overall the reader's mind is engaged the entire time. I am pleased to find another favorite mystery writer to help populate my Audible library.
I picked this up on sale. I had not read any Poirot adventures in the past and completely enjoyed the story. In many ways the relationship between Hastings and Poirot felt like an homage to Watson and Holmes.
The mystery was solid, the characters and environs are believable.
Hugh Fraser is an awesome narrator and does an awesome job of bringing Poirot to life as he does with all the characters. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of them.
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