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Dead Man's Folly

Narrated by: David Suchet
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 33, Ariadne Oliver, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen. Beware: nobody is quite what they seem!
©1956 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"The solution is of the colossal ingenuity we have been conditioned to expect." (Times Literary Supplement)
"The infallibly original Agatha Christie has come up, once again, with a new and highly ingenious puzzle-construction." (New York Times)

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Suchet is superb

Suchet's narration is, as always, superb. For me he is the quintessential Poirot as he brings this fantastic story to life.

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Surprisingly predictable

There was supposed to be a fake murder, it becomes real. How much more predictable does it need to get? Throw in also the murder mystery writer. With such cliched premises, it is hard to save the plot after that, no matter what twists there are.

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  • Diana
  • 06-23-09

Masterful Suchet

Even if you know the story and have seen the televised version, this book is a must just to hear David Suchet's masterful rendition of every single character. Sometimes you have to remind yourself you are not listening to a dramatized radio play, his variations and subtleties of character are so brilliant. A must-have just to marvel at a great actor on top of his form.

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  • Claire
  • 07-16-09

Fantastic

The fact that it has been years since I read this book and couldn't remember who the killer definitely added to my enjoyment however this was just an added bonus as David Suchet had me hooked from the very beginning and I shall be listening to it again very soon no doubt.

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  • Mrs W.
  • 10-19-18

Surprising narration!!

This is one of my favourite Christie stories and it is well told, David Suchet is a good narrator but in this he actually makes Poirot a character he’s synonymous with sound like something from ‘allo ‘allo! Definitely not a Belgian Detective more like a vaudevillian French man!

For me that spoilt it somewhat as when acting on screen, he really is the best Poirot ever.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 04-12-15

Dead man's Folly

With no idea what Miss Oliver wants him for he goes to Devon where he finds out what the problem is .
llots of intrigue and red herrings ,but I never expected the ending.

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  • Elspeth
  • 04-28-19

Surprised by poor Poirot

I like to listen to Agatha Christie's Poirot stories narrated by David Suchet or Hugh Fraser because they do such a good job of Poirot's voice. However, I was very disappointed with the narration of Poirot in this story. It didn't sound like Poirot at all. His voice was, if anything, somewhat creepy. It seems David Suchet had an off day.

The story itself is excellent, classic Christie and is highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-18

Great read well told

Love David Suchet. Great voices and he really brings this well plotted story to life

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  • Miss E Stacey
  • 03-04-18

Love it!

Love the story, love the delivery. Can not enthuse about this too much. Love Love Love

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  • Natsume
  • 04-13-17

Wonderful

Suchet breathes life into Christie's work. With a wide range of voices and accents, Suchet makes this a joy to listen to.

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  • Catwat
  • 04-01-17

One of dear Agathas best

Fantastic story full of twists and turns- expertly narrated by dear David Suchet. One of her best but not so well known - will be one I will enjoy over and over. Enjoy !

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  • Flint
  • 02-18-17

A very enjoyable book

This audiobook is greatly enhanced by David Suchet's excellent narration. It's a well written and engaging story, well paced and beautifully delivered by David Suchet. I have read this book several times over the years, but it is still a pleasure to revisit this old favourite.