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5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great Agatha Christie from Audible
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2020
This is a great cozy "who done it" short story featuring detective Hercule Poirot. It's an easy listen that you'll enjoy.
This 2004 BBC radio drama production, was a Christmas Day broadcast and is another having a great cast bring to life a real twister of a plot. I have only recently begun collecting and listening to these productions and so far have found each one a joy. This particular production has the excellent John Moffatt (born 1922 UK) and a very experienced actor in all fields playing Hercule Poirot (as he does in dozens of such productions). He brings through his characterization a clever detective alive from the pages of Agatha Christie's text. The disappearance of a highly valuable ruby and the appearance of a Christmas Pudding meant for another day can only spell trouble. I was very pleased to hear the instantly recognisable voice of actor Murray Melvin (born 1932 UK) playing Mr Jesmond. Plus the larger than life characterization of Donald Sinden playing Colonel Lacey. Sian Phillips plays his wife. The production is directed by Enyd Williams and continuity of director has added to my enjoyment as the atmosphere created is just right with sound effects, music (Tom Small) and depth of sound that brings the actors into your living room. Good value and great entertainment.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2013
One CD lasting about an 3/4 hour. I think this is a cracking little story and packs so much into the short listening time. However, it does not detract from the story and as such it is extremely enjoyable. Set at Christmas it sees a reluctant Poirot being persuaded by his policeman friend to stay with a family over Christmas to search for a Ruby which was stolen from a gullible young eastern prince by a pretty but very clever young female dallience of his only a week before his wedding where he was supposed to present the ruby to his bride! The prince is sure the ruby is gone for good. But Poirot has other ideas. Excellent!