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Stefanie

Elizabeth City, NC United States
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The Monogram Murders audiobook cover art

Wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept my attention from start to finish. At first, I admit, Poirot's character read darker than I was used to. I can't explain why. And I wasn't sure about Catchpool (he's NO Hastings!). But the further I progressed in the story, the more accustomed I got. I was totally befuddled about everything by the end, like Catchpool. I loved how Poirot was like the string leading out of the maze, guiding the reader through the mystery.

Curtain: Poirot's Last Case audiobook cover art

Ummmm, this is a one-and-done for me.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-19

A very macabre story. Won't be reading it again. Poirot was not himself in this. And I do appreciate the wrap up in the last chapter, but during the whole story, I just had a feeling that Agatha Christie was sick and tired of Poirot and was determined to make this the final book.

Mrs. McGinty's Dead audiobook cover art

Absolutely loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-19

This was quite an enjoyable book! The best part was Poirot's tortuous stay at the Somerhay Inn. His "suffering" had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt! And I loved his interactions with Ariadne Oliver! This was a good! one

The Under Dog and Other Stories audiobook cover art

A thoroughly enjoyable read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I absolutely love the short stories of Hercule Poirot, especially the earlier years with Captain Hastings. It's really nice to read about Hercule Poirot's antics in vignettes, rather than reading a novel where Poirot doesn't even appear until halfway through.

Taken at the Flood audiobook cover art

Meh, so-so...

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Narrator: Excellent as always.
Story: Boring; Poirot felt like an unnecessary appendage.
Overall: I've read much better.

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The Labors of Hercules audiobook cover art

one of my favorites!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Other Poirot short stories I've read have been lacking, but these tasks were perfect length and perfect for his ego.

Five Little Pigs audiobook cover art

A great read!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I'm working my way through the Poirot novels, and most (not all) of the previous started running together in cookie-cutter fashion. I didn't mind listening, but they sounded the same. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The perspective was interesting: to solve a case 16 yrs old, a true cold case mystery. I was invested in the characters, they didn't bore me. I had a genuine curiosity about Poirot's use of his "order and method" to put the puzzle together from both objective and subjective sources. As for the whodunit, it made sense, but the punishment was....bittersweet. A little more bitter than I wanted. But I love when I'm still thinking of the ending even after I've finished.

Sad Cypress audiobook cover art

Meh, so-so

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I will always love reading Hercule Poirot, but the further along I progress in the canon of literature, the fewer I truly enjoy. This is yet another novel where Poirot doesn't have a significant role, which always annoys me. Without spoiling anything, there's a climactic court scene at the end. I was expecting my man to strut with his usual pomp and circumstance, unmasking the killer with a flourish. Nope. His reveal was in a boring conversation with a love-struck character. But, I did enjoy the narrator. Not as much as Hugh Fraser, but good.

Death on the Nile audiobook cover art

One of the better Poirot stories.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I started this Poirot novel with little expectation, since I've not been enthusiastic about some of the previous stories. Initially I thought it would be similar to Orient Express, which is a top 3 favorite, but it's only so in a broad sense. There's an ensemble cast, and a boat instead of a train. I enjoyed Poirot's pairing with Col. Race (sp?), who may not be Capt. Hastings in personality, but respects Poirot's "employing the little gray cells." The plot meandered midway through, but I thoroughly enjoyed the next to last chapter, in which the murderer explains the whys and hows. Overall a good read, although I'm noticing that many of the murderers in a Poirot story don't meet the expected end.

The ABC Murders audiobook cover art

It's okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I'm currently reading through all of the Hercule Poirot novels, and this one was okay. Not my favorite. I do love the character, but I find that I prefer the earlier novels over the later ones. As usual, the "whodunit" was unexpected, but I was slightly bored with the plot development.

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