©1928 Agatha Christie; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)
"The Empress of the crime novel." (Sunday Express)
The Mystery of the Blue Train is one of my favourite Christie novels, and I think Hugh Fraser did a wonderful job mimicking David Suchet's Poirot voice, as well as making the women sound normal instead of overly feminine.
And Then There Were None, narrated by the same actor, but with no Poirot, so no fallback character. A wonderfully creepy rendition of Justice Wargrave.
Wonderfully varied in voice, with each character distinct by sound alone, and his natural voice is perfect for narrating.
When Katherine tells Poirot she can't go on, Hugh Fraser captures the distress in her voice in a perfect, yet understated, manner.
Would recommend to anyone and everyone - thoroughly enjoyable!
Good story. Classic Christie tale. As always Hugh Frasers narration is perfect. I could listen to him reading anything. Brilliant!
"It's Agatha Christie"
Another wonderful book from Agatha Christie. Narrated by the wonderful Hugh Fraser who reads all the parts with excellent accents and makes you feel your really in the strory.
"ONE OF THE BEST!"
INTRIGUE ROMANCE TREACHERY
I can only compare this book to other Agatha Christie's and this is one of my favourites, I love the story, it is not as compelling as A C's other "train" mystery the Orient Express but has romance and treachery/deceit in bucket loads and as ever she catches us out on the very last page.
Hugh Fraser is a magnificent story teller with a wonderful warm rich voice, possibly excels at Agatha Christie's due to his fabulous portrayal as Captain Hastings's in the superb tv series.
the same as my summing up - A FILM FULL OF INTRIGUE TREACHERY AND ROMANCE
I will not be returning this book as I know it is one I can listen to over and over again with huge pleasure even if by now I know who the "rogue" is !!
"The Blue Train twists and turns"
I love to hear Hugh Fraser's telling any of the Poirot stories. He has Poirot's voice just right and he is excellent at the range, accents and tone of all the other characters especially women where he manages never to sound shrill but remains sympathetic and believable as a woman's voice.
The story of Blue Train twists and turns, it is quite dark at times and the denouement is unexpected, Agatha Christie at her best.
Outstanding! Enjoyed every word and the conclusion. Listened in the car, cooking - driving my family mad!
"Poirot On The Spot As Always"
Definitely. It's an intriguing book and the plot is excellent.
I liked the lead up to the murder, which Christie always does so well and the investigation was excellent.
Yes, many of them. He is perfect as a narrator.
I could understand why Catherine got fed up with Lady Tamplin and Chubby. They could be irritating.
Agatha Christie never fails to disappoint and if you want a mystery where you're kept on the edge of your seat, you won't be disappointed. This is also her first book which mentions St Mary Mead, which is where Miss Marple resides. It is also the first book where George, Poiro's valet, appears and where we meet Mr Goby for the first time.
"MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN"
Don't rags to riches came true, beyond becoming a member of society high class there's a murder and theft.
Excellent storyline with its normal twists
I don't get the story. It is not the best agatha christie book. But is a good one. The reader is very good and overall it's quite good
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