Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger.
As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté gradually converge on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret....
©1925 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Hugh Fraser narrated the story very well, gave each character life and personality.
There are many surprises, humours and delightful moments in the story.
One of my favourite non-Poirot and non-Marple Agatha Christie mystery novel.
It's difficult to rank this book among the others that I've listened to as they are all such different types of books. The Secret of Chimneys would definitely be close to the top, though.
This has always been my favorite novel by Agatha Christie. There's something about Anthony Cade that I've loved from the first time I read the book. His carefree manner vs his secretive nature just draws me in every time.
A very likeable main character, a murder mystery, and all set at an English house-party...it just comes together for me and keeps me entertained from the very first word to the very last.
The accents. Hugh Fraser's ability to use different accents for every character really makes the book come alive in a way you don't get if you just read the book. Not only does he do several different British accents, but he's also great with the American, French, and Baltic area accents. He makes it that much more entertaining to listen vs read.
Without giving too much away about the murder mystery, I'd have to say the scene where they find out who the murderer really is and everyone's reactions. Especially George Lomax - the politician who thinks he knows everything - his reaction is priceless.
I highly recommend getting The Secret of Chimneys as an audio book. The story itself is one of Agatha Christie's best, in my opinion. Hugh Fraser's performance is spot on and his voice is very enjoyable listening.
Perhaps Hugh Fraser should be credited with bringing it out in his wonderful interpretation, but now I know, Agatha Christie really had a way with words, not to mention that the plots and characters were beautifully portrayed. I don't suppose I can offer anything new in my review, so I'll just say I'm glad I eventually noticed that I had been giving 4-5 stars to all the previous Christie audiobooks that I have in my library, and wonder why I only now have come to realize that I'm a fan.
I just love this story! I've listened to it over and over again.
This book is even more fun to read(listen to) the second time through, preferably immediately after completing it. You hear a different meaning behind all the comments you took for granted the first time through. It's light, pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable!
This book is high up on the list of books I have listened to for relaxation and enjoyment. The narration is excellent and it is clear which character is speaking at any time.
I liked the way the Christie weaves the plot so you are never quite sure who did it. The ending was quite good.
Everything is coming up roses
No, but Agatha Christie audiobokks read by Hugh Fraser are pretty darn close
Hugh Fraser is alway great at Agatha Christie!
Another great narration by Hugh Fraser, but the story itself is not up the Agatha Christie's usual standards, in my opinion. Probably because this was a very early story of hers -- I like Inspector Battle, but the set up and mystery is both too confusing (fake monarchs of fake countries) and too cliche (stodgy forgetful old men, widow becomes a princess).
I'll gladly listen to Hugh Fraser again and again, but it will be one of Christie's other novels.
It started to get going towards the end. The story itself was OK but so many characters it was hard to follow what was going on and who was talking.
And Hugh Fraser was perfect as reader.
An afternoon of delightful retreat to the English countryside and sufficient smoke and mirrors to leave you guessing til the end.
Had to pay attention. Lots of characters. Wonderful narrator helped with accents. Lord Caterham (?) my favorite character.
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