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'Towards Zero' and 'Ordeal by Innocence' Audiobook

'Towards Zero' and 'Ordeal by Innocence'

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Amazon Customer 08-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Two outstanding mysteries"

    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.

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    Jackie 02-04-13
    Jackie 02-04-13

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    "Another enjoyable listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare 'Towards Zero' and 'Ordeal by Innocence' to and why?

    Secret of Chimneys


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

    I have many of Hugh Fraser's readings and they are always wonderful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I was always glad to come back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    A very satisfying mystery and I recommend the Battle series of books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 03-14-15
    Calliope 03-14-15
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    "both enjoyable "reads""

    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.

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    Kathy Spokane, WA, United States 02-06-13
    Kathy Spokane, WA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Towards Zero - terrific!"

    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.

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    Amy 01-27-13
    Amy 01-27-13
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    "Two Good Agatha Christies"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Towards Zero is one of my favorites, and Ordeal By Innocence is interesting also.


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

    I think it shows that Hugh Fraser is familiar with the material and does it justice.


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    Britfan 06-22-16
    Britfan 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    One of Christie's best I think. Lots of characters so it's a real whodunit. Hugh Fraser is a wonderful narrator.

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    Tammi 02-21-16
    Tammi 02-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Agatha Christie--the best female mystery writer"

    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.

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    k 11-16-15
    k 11-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Towards Zero, excellent; Ordeal by Innocence, not."
    What did you love best about 'Towards Zero' and 'Ordeal by Innocence'?

    Towards Zero was really interesting and well-plotted. Ordeal by Innocence was repetitive and boring.


    Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favorite?

    Hugh Fraser is wonderful in both books.


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    Kathy Meyer Vista,CA 07-08-15
    Kathy Meyer Vista,CA 07-08-15 Listener Since 2009

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    "Not her best but still entertaining"

    Prefer her normal detective to these random people discovering the murderer, but it's still good.

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    "No Poirot, but a winner!"

    Not her classic characters, but two GREAT stories. Interesting psychology paired with delicate logistics in these riveting cases. Worth listening to multiple times!

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