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'Towards Zero' and 'Ordeal by Innocence' | [Agatha Christie]

'Towards Zero' and 'Ordeal by Innocence'

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. Ordeal By Innocence: According to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life imprisonment.
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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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    Jackie NORTH HILLS, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Jackie NORTH HILLS, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011

    mystery lover

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Spokane, WA, United States 02-06-13
    Kathy Spokane, WA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2010

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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 Dayton, OH, United States 01-27-13
    Amy Dayton, OH, United States 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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