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"Her gift is pure genius." (Observer)
"An amusing, exciting, well-written story." (Outlook)
"All signs indicate that Mrs Christie has been reading P.G. Wodehouse, and she does it very well in spots. This is her gayest thriller and mustn't be missed." (Books)
The vivacious and spirited Bundle Brent from 'The Secret of Chimneys' returns in this novel, this time taking the front seat. As much as everyone loves the favourite detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, there seems to be more room for character development in Christie's other (and less well known) novels, such as this. Bundle's adventures - from the secrets of foreign countesses to the seedy Seven Dials club - keeping you riveted from beginning to end. Emilia Fox's narration adds colour and excitement, and her understanding of Christie's humour affords the listener many laughs along the way. An easy five stars for this one - will keep you glued to your iPod.
Emilia Fox is an excellent narrator. I gave her four because with every narrator I feel their voices for hte opposite sex sound 'off', but otherwise I cannot fault her.
I gave the story four, because it was great. It isn't Agatha Christie's BEST book, but it is still better than most other mystery novels around.
I gave it a five-star rating overall, because in the end, I really enjoyed listening to it, and I will listen to it again, which is all you can ask for.
An absolutely excellent reading of an Agatha Christie mystery. Emilia Fox is superb at clear characterisation and the pace is spot on. The audio quality was consistent and clear throughout, with no noticible changes of pace or style.
I had not read this book before so the audio version was a delight, with Christie providing a 'subtle'plot. :-> Plenty of characters, some intersting locations and more red herrings than a Finish dinner party. Audio perfection!
"Another car journey made interesting"
I really enjoyed listening to this as I drove to and from my brother's house. It's a light hearted Agatha Christie with a strong female lead. I thought I knew who had done it, changed my mind, and then found out I was right all along. The very end was a bit of a surprise, though. It is read clearly and with expression
"Emilia Fox was excellent!"
I had my doubts as to how well Emilia Fox would read this. But she was excellent.
The story was gripping and fun. She really made the characters come to life and added humour to those characters.
"Not Agatha's best"
No. I don't believe it is to Agatha Christie's usual standard and rather point a friend to some of her better mystery novels.
Another of Agatha's novels.
"Not a good Christie story, and not well read!"
I have listened to nearly all the Agatha Christie books available onAudible, and this one is nothing like as interesting as most of the others - it seems more like a Famous Five mystery than a whodunnit for adults, and Emilia Fox's reading of it only exaggerates the feeling that you're listening to a very dated children's story.
I have heard other performances by Emilia Fox which are much better.
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