Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A "respectable American gentleman" lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside....
Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment - and the most astounding case of his illustrious career.
This title was previously published as Murder in the Calais Coach.
©1934 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
This book was as satisfying now as it was back in the '60s, when I first read it. Even though I knew how it ended, it was a joy to be immersed in its tangled threads and Monsieur Poirot's elegant untangling of them. If you long for an entertaining and absorbing mystery with lively characters and without explicit sex or gratuitous violence, I recommend you start here. Ms. Christie has a lot to offer in this and in her numerous other mysteries. Don't worry about her work being dated; she understands human nature, and that stays constant across the generations.
David Suchet gives us Poirot incarnate.
I enjoy Agatha Christie and though this isn't my favorite of her books, it was still a fun one to read. The narrator does a nice job of bringing individual voices to the characters. It's great for light reading.
There are some books that are "must reads" and some that are better viewed--I guess one would call them "must views." Having seen the film version of this Christie, I would indubitably say it is a "must listen."
David Suchet brings all the characters to life, and the book (whether read or listened to) has so much more to offer than the movie--good though the film is.
Many of Christie's plots have been borrowed by other mystery writers. For all I know, Christie herself may have done a bit of borrowing herself, but however she came up with this plot, it is a wonderful one, with a completely satisfactory denuemont.
I am just now reading Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries after close to 3 decades of my wife recommending them to me. With the discount, they are under $10, and after listening to "The Mysterious Affair at Styles", I was hooked. The stories are well written with no "secret doors" to foil the listener's attempt to solve the mystery before the detective does. "Murder on the Orient Express" is a classic, but Christie's books are still in print as much as 70 years after they were first published for good reason.
David Suchet is a marvelous reader! His accents don't sound contrived, his voice is excellent to listen to for hours, and in this particular book where there are multiple characters speaking in a conversation, he excels at providing each character with his or her own personality. He ranks in the top 10 readers out of the 150+ audio books I currently have in my library, and it was his performance that convinced me to buy more Agatha Christie audio books.
What a wonderful performance! David Suchet is in superb form as the Poirot we love, and is amazing as the other characters in this fantastic book! If you are familiar with the star-studded film, you need to pay attention to the last chapter. A great book for a long car trip to meet our first grandchild.
Suchet is a little too dramatic in his readings. Some of his voice changes for different characters are painful to the ear (too loud/emphatic). Hugh Fraser reads better.
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