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The beautiful bronzed body of Arlena Stuart lay face down on the beach. But strangely, there was no sun and Arlena was not sunbathing - she had been strangled.

Ever since Arlena's arrival the air had been thick with sexual tension. Each of the guests had a motive to kill her, including Arlena's new husband. But Hercule Poirot suspects that this apparent "crime of passion" conceals something much more evil.

©1941 Agatha Christie Limited (P)1992 Chivers Press Ltd

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So enjoyable and relaxing

Would you consider the audio edition of Evil Under the Sun to be better than the print version?

Yes!

Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he is great. Excellent job of change of voice as well as being able to put "personality" into the characters. Best I've listened to.

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

I Did

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Always fantastic

Would you listen to Evil Under the Sun again? Why?

I have already listened to this book twice. There is such beautiful details that it is always intriguing. Hercule Poroit is my favorite character that Agatha Christie writes about. David Suchet does the voices of every character so wonderfully that you forget it is just him reading.

What did you like best about this story?

As usual Agatha's twists keep you going until the end. Hercule Poroit never tells you everything and his character is so quirky and enjoyable. The characters are so rich and developed that you feel like you really know the people she writes about.

What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

Fantastic voices and brings every character to life. Such a joy to listen to him perform.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A classic masterpiece!

Where does Evil Under the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hercules Poirot! Nobody can beat him!

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

His impersonation of the characters and Poirot's voice are untouchable.

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

Yes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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My favourite Poirot so far

I liked everything about this one the story, characters and setting. I have read lots of Agatha Christie and normally give them about three stars, but this one hit me just right.

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No Vacation from Evil

What made the experience of listening to Evil Under the Sun the most enjoyable?

David Suchet's excellent performance of all the characters really brought the story to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Evil Under the Sun?

I really enjoyed the lead-up to the murder, meeting all the characters and finding out all the motives people might have.

What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

He has a wonderful knack of creating believable and individual voices for each character and has a very light touch with the more humorous bits.

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

No, I wanted to savor it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story, not my favourite narrator

The story is well known so no need to say much about it: the great settings and characters make it easy to forget some rather improbable solutions. But Suchet should take a bit more pains with the text and learn how to pronounce “Circe” and “délicieux”. Hugh Fraser is an infinitely better narrator.

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Wonderful story

I loved the story. The narrator was amazing I couldn't stop listening. this is a must for anyone

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Well done!

I really enjoyed this one! kept me guessing the whole time. I listened to it a second time after a period of time and still enjoyable. love seeing how she makes you suspect almost everyone.

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Great story but the orator leaves a lot to be desired.

I really enjoy Agatha Christie’s story but David Suchet’s voices made me cringe. I will not buy any more of the stories that he reads. I wanted to hear the full story and not just a BBC radio play. Sadly I could barely stand to listen. Just because someone is an actor does not mean they are a good fit as an orator for a book.

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Excellent

Read expertly by David Suchet, who is to me, the definitive Poirot. I enjoyed having him perform this story, giving each character their own voice and personality.