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Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.

Agatha isn't the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling's first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson - newly married but carrying another man's child - is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair. Each woman hides her past from the others, ferociously guarding her secrets. But as the train bound for the Middle East speeds down the track, the parallel courses of their lives shift to intersect - with lasting repercussions.

Filled with evocative imagery, suspense, and emotional complexity, The Woman on the Orient Express explores the bonds of sisterhood forged by shared pain and the power of secrets.

©2016 Lindsay Ashford. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Ruth
  • Columbus, OH, United States
  • 02-20-17

Very enjoyable "woman on transportation" book

After being thoroughly disgusted with Girl on a Train, and The Woman in Cabin 10 and their neurotic, alcoholic, unreliable narrators, I was delighted to find a book with a protagonist I could stand being in the company of. This is a fictionalized account of a period in Agatha Christie's life, and I found the story engrossing and entertaining. Some mystery, some suspense, some romance, some exotic locations, and a ride on the Orient Express adds up to some fun reading/listening.

Other than when she was attempting various foreign accents (thankfully, very brief), the narrator does a good job and is pleasant to listen to.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A great read

Most of the time I buy audio books because of the genera and rating without always reading the summary of what the book is about. Bring a Netflix binge watcher of Poirot, I was pleasantly surprised that this book was about Agatha Christie. It was beautifully written and had heartwarming story. It's one I will certainly listen to again.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Woke up anticipating listening

Not my usual genre but this novel excels in every aspect I delight in and expect in the best of novels.Intriguing plot, complex characters and natural, unforced dialogue.So captured me that I completed the novel in less than a day and a half; woke up excited about resuming listening.Narration is perfectly suited to characters and plot that is faultless and in large part what makes the novel so throughly captivating.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good Walking Listen

The story was a little contrived, but good light listening. Narrator's voice was too windy and wispy.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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excellent story - stick with it

At first I put the book down because it was difficult to follow. then i re-read the reviews and decided to give it another try. so glad i did! Don't miss this story. It is an entertaining and heartfelt mystery.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Biographical fiction

I enjoyed this biographical fiction of Agatha Christie until the author decided to emphasize romance over characterization. The melodramatic finale kinda ruined the story. I really like this narrator, and she did a good job with this.

42 of 51 people found this review helpful

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I just can't

I'm not very far through the book I'm probably around chapter 5 and it is so very dry. I just can't get into it thankfully it was a Kindle unlimited book so I did not have to pay for this title. unfortunately it's just not my cup of tea.

44 of 56 people found this review helpful

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Doesn't really go anywhere

No great mystery solved here. A overall boring story with flat characters and a terrible performer. Her accents are terrible and her cadence is frustrating to listen to. I may have enjoyed the story more if I'd read it instead of listening to it, but it's still not a book I'd recommend to those who enjoy Christie or Conan Doyle.

30 of 38 people found this review helpful

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Don't listen, read it instead

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I didn't make it 10 minutes listening. The biggest annoyances were words ending in the letter P. In her reading they also ended in F. Stump became stumpf, stop became stopf, plump became plumpf, etc. Like her upper lip is extremely swollen. She also reads a bit hysterically, where it sounds like the female characters are always shaking and on the verge of tears. I've heard Justine Eyre before and barely made it through a different book for the same reasons. I thought I heard she was native to the UK so I thought some of those things would not be as prominent when not faking an American accent, but I was wrong. I'm not normally this harsh, but I can't say I will ever listen to another book read by Justine Eyre.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Three Women and A Baby

The narrator does an excellent job of changing tones just enough to help distinguish character changes. The author used vivid descriptions to draw the listener in. It's a good read and has sold me on both author as well as narrator for future book selections.

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  • Carôle
  • 01-30-17

Didn't Finish…

I would rather have not rated this novel, because I know that I cannot be fair, but…

I'm afraid that I did not give the novel time to grip me - I progressed to chapter 4, but I really couldn't tolerate the narrator's voice! I found it quite grating - that doesn't normally happen with me, I can accept most accents, dialects and tones, but not Justine Eyre's I'm afraid. Listen to the sample first and then make your decision. The general reviews were ok, but I couldn't get sufficiently into the book to say if it was any good. Slow starting.

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  • Heidi
  • 05-31-17

Light & enjoyable

I was a huge Agathe Christie fan as a teenager and in my early teens, and although I have not read much by the author since devouring all her books in my youth, this amazing woman still intrigues me. Therefore I was quite excited when the audiobook version of The Woman on the Orient Express popped up in my recommendations from Amazon earlier this month, hoping to find out more about the mystery still surrounding the author’s life.

Focusing on events that may have inspired Christie’s writing and lead to the meeting between the author and her soon-to-be husband Max Mallowan, the novel is mainly set on the Orient Express on its journey from London to Baghdad, and at the archaeological site at Ur. Christie’s friendship with Katherine Whooley is well documented in history, and in her novel, Ashford stages the first meeting between the two woman aboard the train. To complete the trio, Ashford also includes a third – fictional – character, Nancy Nelson, a young woman who flees England as she is carrying her married lover’s child. As the train journey progresses, the three women get to know each other and form a tentative friendship, which sees them all travelling to the archaeological site at Ur, where Katherine has been working.

I loved the historical details Ashford seamlessly slips into the story, like the mystery surrounding Agatha’s recent breakdown, or the speculations about Katherine’s medical issues that may have contributed to the suicide of her first husband. Nancy is the only character who is not based on an actual person from Christie’s real life, and I admit I struggled a bit accepting her into the fold. With Christie’s death still falling into my lifetime (she died in 1976, and yes, I am that old!), it is too current for me to accept these “alternative facts”, and I’m not sure if the blend of fact and fiction is really for me when it concerns the recent past. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s descriptions of the train journey to many exotic locations, staying true to an era in history where women were not as free to travel and forge their own path in life – which makes Christie all the more remarkable. The story inspired me to pick up an old copy of Christie’s autobiography, which I read in my early twenties and now want to revisit again. I will enjoy comparing the two stories (as I am sure that Christie may have also slipped a few fictional elements into her version of events – wouldn’t you, given the chance?).

All in all, The Woman on the Orient Express was a light, enjoyable story for my daily commute. Whilst I found some of the events in the last part of the story slightly predictable and differing a bit too much from historical facts for my liking, it put an interesting spin on a chapter in Christie’s life which saw her moving on from her broken marriage and finding new love. Justine Eyre provided a wonderful narration, which brought all characters and places to life for me.

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