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  • Elephants Can Remember

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

"The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid..." And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself - or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend of the couple. The famous mystery novelist desires this real-life mystery solved, and calls upon Hercule Poirot to help her do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser is awesome!

  • By Mandy Cruze on 04-24-15

Somewhat predictable mystery - due to my own fault

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

In the last Christie novel I read - Murder is announced - there was an allusion to elephants' memory by the end of the story. That prompted to listen to this book. However, that seemed to have partly ruined the surprise for me.

Read alone, the story is intriguing and cleverly laid out. Poirot is asked to investigate a suicide pact that happened many years ago. He goes on to find out what actually happened and reveals that the incident may not be as simple as was thought by the police. The flow of the story was clear and the initial question that draws Poirot into the investigation - did the wife kill the husband or did the husband kill the wife? - is equally fascinating to the reader.

The only problem with the story is that it draws on too many ideas from other Christie novels. I could sum up the story in the following equation: Five Little Pigs setting (Poirot) + A Murder is Announced solution concept (Marple) + Silver Blaze clue (Holmes). At the end I was quite confident that I knew what the solution was.

But if you haven't read many of Christie's novels the solution will be as mind-blowing as ever. So I'd give it a try.

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  • Death in the Clouds

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

From seat number nine, Hercule Poirot is almost ideally placed to observe his fellow air travelers on this short flight from Paris to London. Over to his right sits a pretty young woman, clearly infatuated with the man opposite. Ahead, in seat number 13, is the Countess of Horbury, horribly addicted to cocaine and not doing too good a job of concealing it. Across the gangway in seat number eight, a writer of detective fiction is being troubled by an aggressive wasp. Yes, Poirot is almost ideally placed to take it all in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poirot plays matchmaker while solving a murder

  • By Calliope on 12-17-14

solution elegantly simple

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-15

What made the experience of listening to Death in the Clouds the most enjoyable?

The story was straightforward enough. A person dies on a plane, one of the passengers must have done it. There were many complicated motives and possible solutions, but in the end Poirot manages to ignore all the distractions and focuses on what really matters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death in the Clouds?

The revelation of the murderer's identity. Forgive me I cannot further elaborate

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

The voice of Poirot. I used to read Christie's novels until recently I started to listen to them. Hugh Fraser brings Poirot's French/Belgian side of the character to life. As I have limited exposure to French, I cannot but imagine Poirot as the typical English gentlemen. Hugh Fraser gives me a more complete illustration of Poirot's character

Any additional comments?

Listen carefully. I listened to this story while my sister read the book. Poirot at early stages of the book finds out who the murder is by looking at a list of items carried by the passengers. If you really want to try to solve the murder yourself it may be worth searching for the list online - after all, listening to a list of items may not be the most enjoyable experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion
  • By: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Unique Read...(J/K)

  • By Jade on 06-10-09

essays and grammar can be interesting, afterall

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

Reviewed: 08-21-13

If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

Intuitive, Humorous, Convincing

What did you like best about this story?

The nuclear weapons when involved in an argument - logical fallacies.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Professor Drought often introduced his personal experienced when delivering complicated concpets.

Any additional comments?

I would also recommend the other two lectures of the same series "a way with words" I find them equally compelling.