Two of Agatha Christies’ favorite novels now brought together in audio, just for you.
Towards Zero: What is the connection among a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player?
To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a house party gathers at Gull’s Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head. As Superintendent Battle discovers, it is all part of a carefully laid plan - for murder.
Ordeal By Innocence: According to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life imprisonment. But when Dr. Arthur Calgary arrives with the proof that confirms Jacko’s innocence, it is too late - Jacko died behind bars following a bout of pneumonia. Worse still, the doctor’s revelations reopen old wounds in the family, increasing the likelihood that the real murderer will strike again.
Be sure to catch the rest of the queen of mystery’s stories!
©1958 Agatha Christie Ltd. (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers
These are not only two "murder mysteries", I would characterize them as "literature". The story lines are vintage Agatha Christie, intricate and baffling. But more than that, the books are literate and carry consistent and thoughtful themes throughout. Aside from their entertainment value. these books would be perfect textbooks for a class in how to write.
A story that really pulls you in, even though it doesn't feature Poirot (although he is mentioned once) or Miss Marple. The characters spring to life in turn as the book progresses for an engrossing, entertaining mystery. The telling of the story is one of her best.It's almost like you're there! It makes you realize what a talent Agatha Christie really was.
Sometimes I look at my audio library and think I should branch out a little in my listening habits, but I find her books so relaxing and yet they make you think long after your listening session is over!
I highly recommend this - it is the first of two books, the other being "Ordeal by Innocence".
That one I haven't liked much so far - the modern setting and storyline are not quite what I like -in fact it strays quite a bit from her usual style - but we'll see as I listen further to the second book.
These are two Agatha Christie novels I hadn't ever heard of, but I enjoyed them both and, as always, Hugh Fraser's narration is terrific. I can always count on Christie and Fraser to deliver enjoyable adventures with good characters for a really good listening experience.
If you don't mind it not being one of Agatha Christie's primary sleuths, then this is a good book. It features a secondary character, Superintendant Battle.
Secret of Chimneys
I have many of Hugh Fraser's readings and they are always wonderful.
No, but I was always glad to come back to it.
A very satisfying mystery and I recommend the Battle series of books.
Always a page turner. Always multilple possible murderers. Always a clever story line. Dame Agatha Christie was a clever woman. in reading her tales, I grow more curious about the woman behind those tales.
Yes. Towards Zero is one of my favorites, and Ordeal By Innocence is interesting also.
I think it shows that Hugh Fraser is familiar with the material and does it justice.
Toward Zero has glorious red herrings and a nice plot twist at the end. And Ordeal by Innocence is a very gripping story right to the end too.
This is two books on one recording. Towards Zero is quite good. Ordeal by Innocence, as others have remarked, is an ordeal. It is the worst Agatha Christie book I have ever read or listened to. On and on, repetitive, characters that are impossible to care about. It just drones on and on. It could be summarized in about 100 (generous) words. A lot of it seems to be Christie's views of parenting and adoption.
The ending to Ordeal by Innocence would be a welcome relief to anyone attempting to complete the chore of listening to it.
I have listened to most of Hugh Fraser's performances and love them all. HIs performance is perfect as always. The fault is not his. It is the fault of the writing.
Maybe Towards Zero. Ordeal by Innocence, probably not.
I've spent many hours reading and listening, and re-listening, to Christie's books. Ordeal by Innocence is not one I will listen to again.
Ordeal by Innocence is simply a compilation of dialogues with people that the reader/listener feels little connection with. It is hard to care about what happens in the plot, because it is hard to care about the cast of characters.
For Agatha Christie, this is one of her weaker plots
Narration is nice, but to much "he said" ... "she said".
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