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The Secret Adversary: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

The Secret Adversary: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

The girl in the photograph has been missing for five years. Neither her body nor the secret documents she was carrying have ever been found. Now, post-war England's economic recovery depends on finding her and getting the papers back. But the two young Brits working undercover for the ministry know only that her name was Jane Finn, and the only photo of her is in the hands of her rich American cousin.
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Publisher's Summary

The girl in the photograph has been missing for five years. Neither her body nor the secret documents she was carrying have ever been found. Now, post-war England's economic recovery depends on finding her and getting the papers back. But the two young Brits working undercover for the ministry know only that her name was Jane Finn, and the only photo of her is in the hands of her rich American cousin.

They don't know yet about a mysterious and ruthless man called "Mr. Brown," or the beautiful but sinister older woman who knows all about Jane Finn...and therefore must die.

(P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Nadia May reads with her usual charging enthusiasm....She enlivens the repartee between the two leads, relishes the other characters and enjoys herself immensely." (AudioFile)

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    Philip Hofstetter 01-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I'd have to say: meh"

    The story itself isn't as captivating as other novels by Agatha Christie. I would even go as far as to say that the end is quite obvious even - something one definitely isn't used to.

    Also, I was not quite happy with Nadia May's performance as I was somewhat annoyed by her voice (this is certainly a taste issue - you should listen closely to the preview) and I think she could have put more effort into intonation and modulation.

    Still. The Secret adversary is entertaining and lives of its funny parts, but the obvious story and the IMHO sub-par narrating performance would make me recommend this only for people interested in going through all of Christies work.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scaramouche239 06-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Mystery Duo You Want to Cheer For!"
    What did you love best about The Secret Adversary?

    The hilarity of the almost stumbling nature Tommy and Tuppence coupled with their ability to find trouble and work through mysteries is positively wonderful! Christie has great characters who are so far-removed from Poirot and Marple. They are young and energetic and delightful! Nadia May does a brilliant job of performing this book!


    What other book might you compare The Secret Adversary to and why?

    I'm not sure I have a book against which I can really compare it.


    What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic performance! Ms. May really understand the characters and understands Christie's style of writing. She has a great diversity of voices and is truly a brilliant performer! She is one of only three performers from whom I will listen to a Christie novel (the other two being Hugh Fraser and Richard E. Grant)


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great performance, a must-read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mrrn michigan 04-25-13
    mrrn michigan 04-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Retired RN High end of middle age or short end of old age! Adore Christian fiction, sci-fi fantasy, and mysteries.

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    "disappointing."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She didn't bring the characters to life.


    Do you think The Secret Adversary needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The Tommy and Tuppence series is a great read.


    Any additional comments?

    It's one of Agatha Christie's best; however, I don't recommend this reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    helen melbourne, Australia 04-09-12
    helen melbourne, Australia 04-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Christies perfect pair of meddlers!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Adversary the most enjoyable?

    It was a pleasant story to listen to. It isn't one of the greatest of the Christie stories however its still a good listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tommy and Tuppence are a pair of typically Christie busibodies. They are entertaining in their own inimitable ways. Though in parts the story is predicable the characters do assist in holding the storyline up.


    What does Nadia May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not too bad, it was pleasant to listen to and she does definately enjoy her roles.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "one of Agatha's best"
    If you could sum up The Secret Adversary in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense all through


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tuppence, even although the character was supposed to be young lady with limited exposure to the outside world (clergyman's daughter} her portrayal was very believable.


    Which character – as performed by Nadia May – was your favourite?

    Tuppence,


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    enjoyed listening to it again and I am sure will again.


    Any additional comments?

    Nadia May used her voice very effectively for the female characters and was able to lower it enough for the male parts not to be distracting.

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