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Publisher's Summary

In this delightful double-bill of Agatha Christie's first two novels, award winning narrator/comedienne Alison Larkin and TV star James Warwick bring The Secret Adversary and The Mysterious Affair at Styles to sparkling new life.

The Secret Adversary

It's 1919. Tommy and Tuppence are charming, broke, and in desperate need of work. They decide to set up Young Adventurers Ltd. - "willing to do anything, go anywhere". They are soon caught up in a dastardly plot to overthrow the British government.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The very first Hercule Poirot novel! When Emily Inglethorpe dies suspiciously after marrying a man 20 years her junior, her nephew, Captain Hastings, recruits his old friend Hercule Poirot to help in the investigation.

©1920, 1922 Public Domain (P)2017 Alison Larkin Presents

Critic Reviews

"Larkin is an excellent choice to narrate this delightful classic...her reading is champagne bubbly and engaging throughout...a jaunty, jolly good listen." ( Publishers Weekly)
"This classic Agatha Christie whodunit is brought to life with style. Warwick's characterization of Poirot is spot-on." ( AudioFile)
"Warwick and Larkin are a delightful combination." ( AudioFile)

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A Christie Classic ruined by Warwick

I've heard many adaptations of Christie novels. whilst this 2 story pack is great value, Larkin's wonderful narration was subsequently weighed down by Warwick's grating farce of a performance. His mimicry of Poirot sounded more like a confused American trying to be Irish rather than a Belgian. It was so annoying, I couldn't wait for Poirot to stop talking throughout the story. It's a wonder I got to the end at all. Stick to Hugh Fraser who really does this well.

Of course, the stories are top notch as all Christies though I am not a huge fan of the Tommy & Tuppence series.

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I LOVE AGATHA CHRISTIE AND I LOVE THESE BOOKS!

If you could sum up 'The Secret Adversary' and 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' in three words, what would they be?

Perfect narrator choices!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the suspense in both these stories. Agatha Christie builds it slowly and you just can't figure out who the bad guy is until the end. I just love that.

What about Alison Larkin and James Warwick ’s performance did you like?

Alison Larkin is my absolute favorite audiobook narrator and her voice is perfect for this. James Warwick was new to me but I really loved his narration too. I am a big fan of Hercule Poirot and he really nails the character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I plan to listen to this on a long car drive with my parents. I listened to both these books in the car when they came out independently because my boyfriend is a big Agatha Christie fan also. I just found out they've been put together in a double bill and I am SO happy because I am going on a long car journey with my parents who are English and they are going to be in heaven listening to this!

Any additional comments?

Agatha Christie audiobooks don't come any better than this.

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  • sue glason
  • 10-04-17

enjoyable

narrator was good, Although his poirot accent was little odd. always enjoy an Agatha Christie.

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