When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again - for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing.
The prime suspect is Ruth's estranged husband, Derek. Yet Hercule Poirot is not convinced, so he stages an eerie reenactment of the journey, complete with the murderer on board.
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Hugh Frasier's variety of accents bring an enthralling vibrancy to Christie's work. You feel as if you are surrounded by a cast, each telling what they saw (or what they want you to think they saw!) when in truth it is one talented man's voice. The story is full of lush descriptions, twists and turns in the Christie way, and the characters are easily recognizable- indeed whatever the audio equivalent of "leap off the page"- due to the individuality of voice the narrator applies to them.
Big, big Agatha Christie fan here. Was browsing Audible for a good mystery to listen to during the long 12 hour drive back to upstate NY with 6 wee pups. I came across this mystery featuring Hercule Poirot---it was one I had never come across before. Hugh Fraser did a fantastic job reading the story! And the plot is perfect. I am partial to Christie's murders that take place on a train and was not disappointed! If you love Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot you will love this audio book! Five star rating for everything!!!
Loved Mr. Fraser portrayal of Ms. Viner near the end. Delightful. All characters were well done.
You could easily see in your mind's eye the English village, the train, and Nice. Good entertainment.
Hugh Fraser does a fantastic job with the many voices in this the story. A colorful cast of characters both help and hinder Poirot as he probes for the truth. All the clues are there, it just takes order and method to figure out the truth.
The plot is engaging from the first chapter and, as usual for Christie's work, there is suspense and guessing until the last chapter. I thought the ending was both satisfyingly happy and realistic.
Yes, numerous characters being involved, most of whom had secrets and shadows.
His vocal elasticity and inflection for characters is incredible! His narration voice is soothingly deep and steady.
Yes! I felt transported to the world inside its covers.
This is only time I've heard Hugh Fraser fail a little while narrating an Agatha Christie story (and I've listened to several dozen)....There are some characters here where he has a falsetto, nasal-y voice that sounds kind of ridiculous, and it pulls me out of the story a little bit. It's also not one of my favourite mysteries she's written, and the combination drops this from a 5 to a 4 star.
Still mighty good, though.
From the Hercule Poirot books I've read so far, this one is the most confusing and the slowest getting started. After a time, I was beginning to wonder if it was actually a Poirot book.
It was very confusing as far as characters go. I had to listen to it twice to understand most of it and still ended up with unanswered questions. I can't be specific without giving away spoilers.
Hugh Fraser's performance is spot on and just as wonderful as his other works. He excels every time.
If I didn't have to pay for it. It might make more sense if I watched it but I don't know.
Another good mystery to fill a weekend. This one takes Poirot to the Riviera, where he is asked to solve the murder and theft which occurred on the train. Of course, the police suspect the obvious characters, a lover, a husband... but Poirot is not satisfied, and doesn't even think the two crimes connected... With his brand of investigating and usual reveal, he gathers the persons of interest back at the scene, and once again totally took me by surprise when he unveiled the culprits. I guessed more points ahead of the conclusion than I usually do, but had no idea.
Another wonderful performance by Fraser
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