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The Unexpected Guest Audiobook

The Unexpected Guest

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Publisher's Summary

A classic from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.

©1999 Agatha Christie Limited (P)1998 Harper Collins Publishers Ltd

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    Customer 04-03-16
    Customer 04-03-16
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    "Excellent Performance by Hugh Fraser"

    I don't recall ever reading this story (play?) before. If I have, it was at least 45 years ago and it was fun to "find" a new Christie. It starts on a dark and stormy night in Wales and grabs the listener with the broody atmosphere. Hugh Fraser gives his usual wonderful performance with the narration, which helps paper over some of the minor holes in the plot.

    I will listen to this again and recommend it to any Christie fan.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Book Maven 12-25-15
    Book Maven 12-25-15 Member Since 2013

    Never lonely with a good book in hand

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    "This doesn't sound like a Christie to me."
    What would have made The Unexpected Guest better?

    The story having more of the "Christie voice".


    What was most disappointing about Agatha Christie’s story?

    The story had such brutal dialogue it didn't sound like Agatha's usual writing when it came from the mouth of the husband and Jan, the strange child. Too gory, all the descriptions of shooting and killing things (animals).


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

    Hugh Fraser is the BEST narrator for the Christie books because he can do so many voices and accents. I think I'll probably "hear" his voice when I do actually read or reread a Christie novel.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Unexpected Guest?

    Some of the descriptions of how the husband enjoyed "killing things" and some repetitive material when the characters were analyzing the death and some of the high-pitched remarks of Jan.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this will be a repeat listen for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Cardin 05-18-16
    Jan Cardin 05-18-16
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    "Unexpected, indeed!"
    What did you love best about The Unexpected Guest?

    At the outset, let me say that this was a totally logical ending, and should have been expected. Yet, with Mrs. Christie's tales, there is always a soupçon of doubt, right up to the last minute.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Fraser is always excellent! I have never heard him give less than a stellar performance, whether by reading, or on the telly or cinema. My compliments and thanks.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Things are seldom what they seem...or are they?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAonlineshopper 03-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "CLASSIC CHRISTIE SURPRISE ENDING"

    Hugh Fraser as always does a great job as story teller. The Character development could have been better but still a good read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GeorgiaLane Atlanta, GA 01-20-16
    GeorgiaLane Atlanta, GA 01-20-16 Member Since 2015

    Cake Walk

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    "This had a fabulous plot twist. Loved the story."

    Great plot, great narration. Quite a deviation frim normal Christie. I really had a hard time putting this down. Highly recommend

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    Ann NEW YORK, NY, United States 07-10-15
    Ann NEW YORK, NY, United States 07-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Always wonderful"

    Love Agatha Christie! Love Hugh Fraser! Can't wait to start the next one in my library.

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    Michelle Antoinette 04-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Top Drawer!"

    Wonderful! Top drawer Agatha Christie! Highly recommended! i enjoyed guessing my way through it all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-25-14

    Lady Dawnya Sasse

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    "Loved the ending."

    Short and sweet with a great twist at the end. I always love this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 08-01-16
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 08-01-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A surprise"

    The narrator makes this book so enjoyable with the pace that he reads the story. The character plot and the flow of the book makes it easy to listen to more than once.

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    Jamie 07-25-16
    Jamie 07-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "MIND BLOWING"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book most certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat. It starts with us seeing the murder committed--the murderer is obvious; there's a cover up; there's a motive. What, you think, is this murder mystery going to be about. And then, good ol' Agatha turns the whole thing upside down and makes you doubt EVERYTHING! Really really a good read. And a nice quick read, too!


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    Loved that it was Hugh Fraser. Reminiscent of the Poirot series.


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