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Dumb Witness

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 16
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Everyone blamed Emily's accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her.
©1937 Agatha Christie Mallowan (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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  • Mark H
  • 10-16-12

An entertaining mystery from the 1930's

This is an excellent Agatha Christie novel, with Hercule Poirot as the investigator of a possible murder. The story flows so well that it illustrates why the author was so successful. It is a story set in the late 1920's or early 1930’s ( I think) with all of the sensibilities of that era. There were many red herrings, so I did not predict the solution, but the explanation made sense and was therefore completely satisfying. The narration, by High Fraser, was good and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the novel.

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  • French in London
  • 03-17-17

Engaging story

Hugh Fraser is amazing at reading these stories and he gets Poirot perfectly. Kept me guessing until very near the end. Very enjoyable bedtime listen.

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  • Catwat
  • 02-11-16

Thoroughly enjoyed!

I really enjoyed this audio book. As ever, Hugh Fraser provides an outstanding performance and acts out all the parts with incredible skill and versatility. Rather spooky at times and I loved Bob.
( no spoilers!)

Dame Agatha takes us on a fantastic journey with such ease, I wanted to listen to it in one go but would have meant a few "duvet days"!

Outstanding thriller, exceptionally delivered.

Enjoy....

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  • Jaye what if
  • 05-05-15

Dumb Witness

A fragile lady has her family down for Easter, while they were there she fell down the stairs or did she? Poor Bob the dog gets the blame.
The shock comes after a couple of weeks when she dies and the will is read and then Poriot received a letter two months after she'd died begging for his help

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  • Kathryn
  • 11-25-07

A cracking detective novel

Perfect for a long journey on a winter's day, Dumb Witness makes the time fly. Bob, the 'dumb witness' of the title, made a far better detective than I did and I needed Hercule's elegant expose at the end to let me into the secret of 'who dunnit'! Most enjoyable.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-31-19

FLAWLESS

Another flawless performance by Hugh Fraser, best interpreter of Dame Christie in any medium. Fabulous

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  • madge
  • 09-24-19

Not so dumb a dog!

Easy listening! Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator! Good story! English cosy crime at its best!

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  • wpm
  • 08-03-19

One of her best

Hugh Fraser narrates this very well. He’s especially good at voicing old ladies! This is one of my favourite Christies. The plot is somewhat tortuous but clever and hangs together well, with lots of red herrings along the way. The dialogues between Hastings and Bob the terrier are delightful!

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  • Bob
  • 07-12-19

Solid Poirot

Great narrator, intriguing plot, cute dog dialogue (which is difficult to pull off).
Plot stretches credulity a tiny bit but who cares.

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  • Sophie
  • 06-12-19

A tricky but intriguing case

I will say it again: Hugh Fraser is marvellous. This was a great audio book! A tricky case but comprehensible, when Poirot explains it all of course! It was a little bit morbid at the end, with conflicting feelings on how Poirot brought the case to a close. The last chapter, though, is so wonderful as Hastings and Poirot get a dog!

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  • Jo
  • 05-27-19

My favourite so far

This is an underrated book in the Poirot series! Great characters and not too many leaps in logic so that the reader has a chance to figure out the solution in this one.

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  • Lily Davison
  • 11-23-16

A great narrator? 'Hugh' bet!

A cracking mystery made all the more enjoyable by the talents of Hugh Fraser as narrator. Definitely one I will come back to.