A classic from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.
©1999 Agatha Christie Limited (P)1998 Harper Collins Publishers Ltd
Never lonely with a good book in hand
The story having more of the "Christie voice".
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).
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.
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.
I don't think this will be a repeat listen for me.
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.
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.
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.
Things are seldom what they seem...or are they?
Great plot, great narration. Quite a deviation frim normal Christie. I really had a hard time putting this down. Highly recommend
Agatha Christie was so amazingly clever. You never see the twist coming and then after she shows you her hand, well, it really is the only way it could have happened, isn't it?
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