• Hickory Dickory Dock

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (562 ratings)

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Hickory Dickory Dock

By: Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
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Publisher's summary

An outbreak of kleptomania at a student hostel is not normally the sort of crime that arouses Hercule Poirot's interest. However, the warden of the hostel is his secretary, Miss Lemon's sister, and efficient Miss Lemon is less than efficient when worried. To set her mind at ease, and decrease the number of mistakes in her typing, he agrees to meet with Mrs. Hubbard.

When he sees the bizarre list of stolen and vandalized items - including a stethoscope, a box of chocolates, a slashed rucksack, and a diamond ring (which was stolen, then discovered in a bowl of soup) - he congratulates Mrs. Hubbard on a "unique and beautiful problem". But Poirot soon has more than a possible petty thief on his hands when murder enters the picture.

©1983 John Michael Mallowan; 1983 Peter Andrew Mallowan; 1955 Max Edgar Lucien Mallowan; 1955 William Edmund Cork (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, London

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"The infallibly original Agatha Christie has come up with a new and highly ingenious puzzle-construction." (The New York Times)

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Great cast of characters

As usual, Christie delivers a great cast of characters, many with motives for the deaths that litter the story. In a youth hostel with socially and ethnically diverse boarders run by Miss Lemon's sister, a series of petty crimes lead to more than one murder. Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator. His voices are distinct and often amusing. Poirot is not a major character in the story but appears when he is needed.

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Fun and Easy Listen

This is my first Agatha Christie and I enjoyed it. I liked the fact that I could be distracted for a moment and not be terribly derailed from the development of the plot. There was one minor problem: the narrator seemed to do well with British accents, but the foreign accents all sounded like Transylvania, no matter the nationality of the character. It wasn't horrible; just slightly distracting.

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Great story but ugh

I wanted to kill so many of these characters off, they were so annoying, but it's a great story altogether.

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Miss Lemon's Sister?

This was a classic Christie, interesting but not overly complex plot (easy to follow when multi-tasking), good intrigue between the characters, and most interesting of all, to discover that the efficient-beyond-reproach Miss Lemon has a sister. Hugh Fraser, as always, does an excellent job with the narration.

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Another good Christie

A pleasure as always. Different milieu than the usual. Broader cast of characters, post WWII so not quite as enjoyable as the older ones.

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Not enough Poirot in this one, still good though

Too much of the other police/detectives. Poirot feels like an after thought. Solid story still nonetheless.

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Exceptional Narration

The story is interesting, but somewhat slow. The plot kept you guessing till the end. I feel like a good hour or two could be shaved off this story.

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Complex and Intriguing Plot

I loved this installment of Agatha Christie. Great performance by Hugh Fraiser and an engaging plot. It was hard to pay attention to at times, I felt that some parts dragged, but the action towards the end made up for any dull moments before. Overall, one of my favorites now, from her.

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Ok but not Christie’s Best

This book was fine. There are some antiquated situations (misogyny and racism) that may be chalked up to relics of her time. The performance is of course amazing. The audio has several areas where it skips/muddles, like maybe the narrator hit the microphone with paper. But it doesn’t disturb any important details.

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Another Excellent Mystery

Absolutely enjoyed listening to this Hercule Poirot mystery! Will be listening to it again soon!

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