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Three Act Tragedy Audiobook

Three Act Tragedy: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Sir Charles Cartwright should have known better than to allow 13 guests to sit down for dinner. For at the end of the evening one of them is dead - choked by a cocktail that contained no trace of poison.

Predictable, says Hercule Poirot, the great detective. But entirely unpredictable is that he can find absolutely no motive for murder.…

©1934 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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    Jane Bourbonnais, IL, United States 10-17-12
    Jane Bourbonnais, IL, United States 10-17-12
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    "The Queen of Crime at her peak."
    What did you love best about Three Act Tragedy?

    I love Hugh Fraser's performance of the world's greatest detective. I like him more than David Suchet on audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As with most of Dame Agatha's books I like the twists and her reliable cast of characters.


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

    The listener truely gets a sense of how Perot feels about himself. Mr. Fraser makes you love him in spite of his arrogance and pompous nature.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every fan of this author loves the "Agatha Christie Moment". That part of the book where all the characters are gathered and the detective procedes to explain the crime and expose the wrong doer.


    Any additional comments?

    While I highly recommend this and all of Agatha Christie's books, if you are new to this author I recommend "The ABC Murders" first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Asmaa Mourad Santa Clara, CA 03-10-16
    Asmaa Mourad Santa Clara, CA 03-10-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Hugh Fraser is such a wonderful Poirot!"

    I've heard a few different narrations of Poirot but Hugh is my absolute favorite! He really does a great job! The story didn't interest in me in the beginning but got interesting as it went along.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Mello San Jose,CA USA 02-09-16
    Carol Mello San Jose,CA USA 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A fitting fine narration of one of my favorites"
    What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Until I was forced by health reasons to listen to audio books, I had no idea what a fine voice actor Hugh Fraser (who played Captain Hastings on the TV adaptations of Christie novels) really was. It is a pleasure to listen to his voice performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite Poirot novels which is why I purchased it to entertain myself while restricted from reading due to eye health problems. I was not disappointed at all, as I have been with some other audio book narrations of other authors' books. The readers/voice actors chosen for the Christie books have all been chosen wisely. I wish the readers for audio books of Jayne Ann Krentz novels and J D Robb novels had been chosen as wisely but unfortunately they were not. For instance, the narrators of JAK's Grand Passion and Trust Me and Robb's Brotherhood In Death destroyed my enjoyment of those audio books. I suggest audio book producers should consult a list of known fans of authors (selected from reviewers) with a choice of samples of various narrators before producing the full length narration. Since I face a possible future of having sight inadequate for reading, I am keenly, nay desperately, interested in very high quality narrations of audio books. I am also desperately interested in Audible developing a specially priced program for borrowing audio books for people who are certified blind. My own possible future health has made me aware of the plight and financial costs of those stricken permanently with blindness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 09-28-16
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 09-28-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Good all round Christie"

    This was a good plot with an interesting who did it. I would have liked more Poirot in the story. But it made sense to have done it this way plus it made it less predictable.

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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 07-31-16
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 07-31-16 Member Since 2010
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    "love or idol worship"
    What made the experience of listening to Three Act Tragedy the most enjoyable?

    The depth of the narrator skills in portraying so many characters made this book enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters trying to solve the murders


    Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hugh Fraser's skills is second to none.


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

    no


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    Ruth Bain 08-29-15
    Ruth Bain 08-29-15

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    "Always entertaining"
    If you’ve listened to books by Agatha Christie before, how does this one compare?

    This one is good although the final explanation of the crimes strains credibility.


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

    He is great with voicing the diverse cast of characters.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 05-20-15
    Michael 05-20-15

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    "Superb"

    A mystery in which the personalities, Strengths and weaknesses of each character become key to each step along the way. Very nicely woven and you feel like you know well the three supporting characters. Poirot is subtle and low key and his coaching and thoughts regarding the progress of the investigation move the others along in their actions like chess pieces. Loved it.

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    Customer Hagerstown, MD USA 01-06-15
    Customer Hagerstown, MD USA 01-06-15 Member Since 2014

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    "So many layers"

    Not enough Poirot in the story for my liking but the multi layers of deception make it well worth the read. Hugh Fraser makes it well worth the listening.

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    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Christie never disappoints"

    Well, this was a humbler. I had no clue, not even my vaguest ideas were in the right direction. A great story. I'm not sure if I could have gotten it, even if I'd attended to certain aspects in a different way than I did. I like it when a story surprises me, as much as I like to pat myself on the back for getting the solution, it is sometimes all the more enjoyable not to and then look it over with the other characters listening to Poirot masterfully weave all of the events and clues into their proper places. Uniquely unfolded this time too, in that Poirot only comes in to his usual part over half-way through the narrative, but typical in that he doesn't show his hand until the dramatic drawing-room reveal. Christie never disappoints.

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    Christina 11-15-13
    Christina 11-15-13
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    "Poriot is missing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was a little disappointed it took so long for Poriot to make his appearance. I'm in the midst of listening to all of his in order and then go on to Miss Marple and the slow pace almost threw me off my goal.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Agatha Christie again?

    Of course


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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