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The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette that read: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m." Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out....

©1950 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Wonderful Agatha Christie... horrific narration

If you could sum up A Murder Is Announced in three words, what would they be?

Classic entertaining Christie

Would you be willing to try another one of Emilia Fox’s performances?

She is just unbelievably bad. Don't be fooled by her "normal voice" that you hear when she's narrating - her character accents are absolutely painful to listen to. Screeching nails on a chalkboard.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good story but narrator gets on my nerves

I liked the story but some of the narrators character voices grated on my nerves. So much so that I think I'll avoid those read by her in the future

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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good to listen to

I enjoy the whole thing, I just love English mystery and it was done very well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite Christie novel

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I have listened to Emilia Fox's narration before in Christies's Man in the Brown Suit and liked her voice fine. But in this audio book, Ms Fox's becomes positively shrill and shrieking as she does some of the female voices, which makes for a painful listen. The plot was weak and I had no interest in any of the characters.

Would you be willing to try another book from Agatha Christie? Why or why not?

Of course. Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. Not every book by her is going to be my cup of tea. Everyone has different tastes and preferences.

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  • Myrtle
  • Annandale, Virginia United States
  • 07-10-15

"Don't. Have. Money." Incredible narration.

If you could sum up A Murder Is Announced in three words, what would they be?

Incredibly camouflaged evil.

What did you like best about this story?

All the hidden intricacies of English village life, amusingly written and discovering new depths to my own naiveté'... Astounding narration. I simply could not believe the level of detail and style changes done by this one person's voice.

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

Simply the best narrator I have ever had the privilege to hear. Ms. Fox brought each character to life in such a minutely nuanced performance, that I could hardly believe it was the same person speaking. She was hilarious too, with the foreign accent of the housekeeper as well as giving the essence of her hysterical outbursts and rants without making the listener want to skip forward. I specifically sought a book narrated by this person for my next purchase.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me long for more Miss Marple, although I should be listening to more books relevant to my work! Ugh! :-(

Any additional comments?

Okay. If Mrs. Christie has committed any crimes, they will never be found out by human means, or even artificial intelligence.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narrator

Would you listen to A Murder Is Announced again? Why?

No the narrator's voice was grating and gave me a headache.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot.

What didn’t you like about Emilia Fox’s performance?

Emilia Fox's voice is shrill and unpleasant. Her voice triggered a migraine. It was just that bad.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Bring back Rosemary Leach!!!

Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Emilia Fox?

No. Not for Miss Marple.

What didn’t you like about Emilia Fox’s performance?

I didn't think any of the female characters were different. And the males weak.

Any additional comments?

Rosemary's version is wonderful. I listen to it at lease once a week. I'm lucky to have gotten it as one of my first audible books.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A fine, twisty Christie

What did you love best about A Murder Is Announced?

Such an enjoyable listen for my runs and cooking times.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I have read this story before, but it is so fun to re-listen and hear the little plot points and clues falling into place when you know they're coming.

Which character – as performed by Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

Mitzi. Hilarious voice and reading of this character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I always think Miss Marple's compassion for the murderer is moving. It is ultimately such a sad tale with a lot of heart.

Any additional comments?

I mostly wanted to write this review because I almost did not buy this audiobook due to the bad reviews that Emilia Fox received on audible for her performance. I thought her performance was remarkable—considering she had about 10 English ladies to voice and a few men, she had a real knack at differentiating the voices and painting the characters with her narration and acting. Splendid job!

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This is so far my favorite Christie mystery!

I just can't get enough of this one! I think I've listened to it a dozen times since I got it 3 months ago.

The reader
This is the second audio book I've listened to with this reader and she did very well with this book. Each character had their own voice with only a couple minor characters sounding similar. The tones and inflections matched the characters attitudes at different times. There is even a point when one character is imitating another and the reader didn't just switch voices but actually sounded like the first person imitating the other! One thing though is that in the next book I heard her read, I thought some of these characters were in that book.

The story
The story pulls you along and keeps you guessing till the dramatic reveal at the end. It's surprising while still making sense after all the groundwork laid in the earlier chapters. Some of the clues are clear but most are subtle enough that I'm still catching ones I'd missed the first time. I think there are even some clues that Christie didn't explain at the end and that makes it feel, in this case, even more realistic. There are two minor points I think went unexplained, but they don't change my overall opinion and enjoyment of the story.

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very good mystery

very good mystery, and very well-read by the narrator. the story is good, and keeps you guessing with lots of seemingly small plot points. the narrator does a great job with all of the characters' voices. highly recommend.