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'Crooked House' & 'Endless Night' Audiobook

'Crooked House' & 'Endless Night'

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Publisher's Summary

Two standalone novels from the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie. From the sprawling Leonide family to dark moors, no one can spin a mystery quite like she can.

Crooked House

The Leonides are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection.

Suspicion naturally falls on the old man’s young widow, 50 years his junior. But the murderer has reckoned without the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancé of the late millionaire’s granddaughter.

Endless Night

Strapped by a chauffeur's wages, Michael Rogers' want of a better life seems out of reach. Especially elusive is a magnificent piece of property in Kingston Bishop - unil a chance meeting with a beautiful heiress makes his dreams possible. Marrying her is the first step. Building the perfect home is the next.

Unfortunately, Michael ignored the local warnings about the deadly curse buried in the tract of land, and living out his dreams may exact a higher price than he ever imagined. Praised as one of Agatha Christie's most unusual forays into gothic, psychological suspense, this novel of fate, chance, and the nature of evil was a personal favorite of the author's as well.

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©1967 Agatha Christie Ltd. (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Tomsde Newark, DE, United States 01-17-13
    Tomsde Newark, DE, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Typical VS Unexpected"
    Would you listen to 'Crooked House' & 'Endless Night' again? Why?

    I would listen to these books again, Crooked House was a typical Christie of that time period--and it was comforting in that it was more familiar. Endless Night was very different, and one of her later novels. I think Christie gets more grim as she progressed towards the end of her life. She was daring in many ways the way she pushed the envelope from mid way through her writing career onwards. Endless Night would have made a perfect Hitchcock film as nothing is as it seems to be.


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

    There was a lot of suspense in Endless Night, but it was more subtle than overt. Crooked House was suspenseful in that even though the story appeared to be wrapped up at one point, you knew that it just couldn't be over yet, it's like waiting for the other shoe to drop.


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

    He is probably the best Christie reader I've ever heard and he really brings the characters to life.


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

    Yes, the stories really kept my attention and I couldn't wait to see what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    Both books have a lot of misdirection to prevent the audience from being able to figure out who the actual killer is. Endless Night had much more than is typical in a Christie novel, it also took it's time for the plot line to unfold. This book isn't one filled with a lot of overt thrills, it's more subtle and psychological. It is sometimes difficult to figure out what Endless Night is actually about--is it a romance, a tale of supernatural terror, or a mystery? It's not clear who the bad guys are either. I find Endless Night difficult to characterize other than to say that it is a bit unsettling. Be forewarned, it is a bit creepy, and not what you'd typically expect from Christie.In contrast Crooked House was much more typical for Christie and rather reminded me of Hercule Poirot's Christmas and The Hallow. There was something comforting in that as I had listened to Endless Night first and was rather disturbed by it. Not that the ending of Crooked House does not it's shock value--but I think the shock was easier to bear.Sometimes I wish Agatha Christie had written a really good story of supernatural terror--but that wasn't her style. These two books seem to compliment each other well. I would, however, listen to Endless Night first and then Crooked House--first you'll get the shock and then the familiar comfort of the type of thing you'd expect from your favorite mystery writer.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 02-07-15
    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 02-07-15
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    "This is a twofer. Beware of bargains."

    Crooked House is vintage Christi, and worth the time.
    Endless night is endless with a mundane and predictable ending,

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Schatje 05-08-14
    Schatje 05-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Endless Night - One of Christie's Best"
    If you could sum up 'Crooked House' & 'Endless Night' in three words, what would they be?

    Great value pack.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 'Crooked House' & 'Endless Night'?

    'Crooked House' is the usual Christie who-dun-it. It is full of tiny clues, fun characters that a fan expects from one of her books, and a bit of a wicked ending. 'Endless Night' was quite a departure from what one would expect from the author. It is more a psychological thriller than a mystery. There is mystery, intrigue, romance, humor, and so much character in the text that I found myself completely entertained from start to finish. 'Endless Night' is now my favorite Christie work I've ever read or listened to.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    As usual Hugh Fraser brings a lot of interest and character to both of these books. In fact his portrayal of Mike in 'Endless Night' could be the best performance I've heard from him.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    'Endless Night' is a must listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maria 02-18-16
    Maria 02-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must for Every Agatha C Enthusiast!"

    This Audiobook was great. Crooked House had me guessing until the last moment. Endless Night has proven to be one of my favorites stories from Agatha. This story is full of darkness and depth. A must read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Megan 11-17-15
    Megan 11-17-15
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    "Agatha Christie At Her Best!"

    As an avid Agatha Christie fan, I have read or listened to just about every single one of her books. This one ranks at the very top of my favorites list, alongside And Then There Were None and her portrayal of Hercule Poirot. Endless Night literally gave me chills. I wish that I could listen to that story for the first time again. In addition, Hugh Fraser is the best narrator for her novels. You cannot go wrong with this combination!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    montecarlostar Little Rock, AR, USA 07-12-15
    montecarlostar Little Rock, AR, USA 07-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Two of the best Agatha Christie novels!"
    What did you love best about 'Crooked House' & 'Endless Night'?

    Josephine's character in Crooked House is amazing. So evil and yet so innocent at the same time. Endless night gave a phenomenal and unexpected shift as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Endless Night seems like a romance novel until the crime takes place, rather late in the narrative. Totally not like other Agatha Christie's novels.<br/><br/>Crooked House had some fantastic moments, not without its humor. A masterpiece.


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

    He is always the best.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PortCityDeDe United States 08-16-17
    PortCityDeDe United States 08-16-17 Member Since 2017

    I am living my life in such a way that when my feet hit the floor in the morning, satan shudders and says, 'O crap, she's awake!'

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    "It was new all over again"

    I've read the Crooked House was a new read but I read Endless Night a second time. The second read was better than the first. I was genuinely surprised by the uncovering of the mystery that led up to the end. It will keep you guessing until the end..

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    K Christensen apo, ap United States 07-15-17
    K Christensen apo, ap United States 07-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Stand alone Christy Stories"

    Not part of a series these two are different forms of Christy. I'm pretty sure that Miss Marple tv show used the second story "Endless Night" though as I recalled much of it but missing the sweet old pussy. I would have preferred it as a Marple where justice comes about in a way that makes sense. How did the doctor and police even end up at Gipsy Acres? They were just suddenly there. I know being written first person it made sense to be vaguely to how this character saw things, but as a reader it left me dissatisfied. I also don't understand what made the killer have a mental breakdown when so obviously killing had been so natural and easy starting at such a young age. (trying not to use a spoiler or give away the who) one thing I notice Christy uses often is this idea that killers have a mental defect where it's not their fault because of that. It seems rather too much of an excuse used too often. A way to soften the evil in some people? At any rate this was not one of my favorite Christy novels.
    Crooked house was very well written and kept me guessing to the end. I enjoyed this one and it gets 5 stars from me where Endless Night gets One and a half. so 3 stars for both. I can easily recommend Crooked House but am dissatisfied with Endless night so have a harder time recommending it

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    Stephen W Osborne 06-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Two great mysteries!"

    You never know just what you're going to get with Agatha Christie, especially the novels that don't feature one of her popular detectives (Poirot, Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, etc). Dame Agatha didn't always play by the rules! Here we have two very different type of tales. Crooked House is more the regular type of puzzle. The old man of the house has been poisoned. Who did it? I have to admit that, at one time of another, I suspected nearly everyone. Endless Night is a very different novel. In fact, it's one of those that don't even seem like a mystery as you're reading it. This one I did suspect the truth, although I wasn't sure.

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    Shawn Fairfax, VA, United States 05-09-17
    Shawn Fairfax, VA, United States 05-09-17 Member Since 2006
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    "A Great Contrast"

    2 books, 1 author. One written earlier and one later in her career. What a contrast. If you are going to listen to two books back to back from the same author, this combination works well because they are so different. The second book needed some patience as the plot moved slowly at times, but the end was worth the wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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