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Murder on the Orient Express Audiobook

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

"The murderer is with us - on the train now..."

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

©1934 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Jennifer 01-26-14
    Jennifer 01-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?

    I will definitely listen again. This was already my second visit to the story in the past year, I am a Christy and Poirot fan through and through. This particular story is a favorite, and this version was wonderfully narrated.


    What other book might you compare Murder on the Orient Express to and why?

    The nearest I could get might have to be another Christy novel, starring Poirot, which I recently read: The Mystery of the Blue Train. Similar not just because of the author and in the train as crime scene, but that they are also two of the Poirot mysteries which lack Captain Hastings and are 3rd person narratives.


    What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

    He was fantastic across the board I thought. I may have been predisposed to like him, having been one of his Downton Abbey fans, primarily I do love his voice. But I am constantly dissapointed by narrators I like when they fail to adopt an appropriate voice for the opposite gender, or are imprecise or inconsistent in voicing multiple characters. And if ever there were a test of skills, it is this book - since it is mostly conversation and interviews with characters who range the whole spectrum: male and female, and all classes and several different nationalities. He managed them wonderfully, slipping effortlessly and precisely from one to the other consistently, and there are no fewer than 16 characters. I am beyond impressed, and he has found in me a devoted listener to whatever book he elects to lend his soothing voice to in the future. I have already bought the other Christy novel narrated by him which is currently available on Audible, and I hope there will be many more to come.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 01-13-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 01-13-16 Member Since 2014

    I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!

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    "It Was A Dark and Stormy Night In The Calais Coach"

    How do you solve a murder that occurred in a sleeper car aboard a snowbound train, when no one could have entered or exited without leaving footprints in the snow, and everyone had an alibi supported by one or more unrelated passengers? No spoilers here, but unless you've seen the excellent and star-studded 1974 film (for which the incomparable Ingrid Bergman won a well-deserved Oscar), you'll be enthralled by Christie's ingenious (if somewhat implausible, at least in real life) solution.

    Dan Stevens provides competent narration, with my only two complaints being that his Hercule Poirot speaks too softly and gently (if you've seen and loved the film, as I have, you'll find yourself longing for Albert Finney's energetic, vigorous and entertaining portrayal of the quirky Belgian detective with his humorous pride in his mustaches and his very justified reliance on the dependability of his "little grey cells"), and that sometimes his rate of speech is too slow, requiring 1.25 speed to get as rapidly as Poirot's grey matter to the thrilling exposition.

    Highly recommended for mystery lovers, whether you've seen the film or not. If you have, your enjoyment will be that much greater. If you haven't, you'll want to get it and watch it right away!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Penny 05-04-17
    Penny 05-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Perhaps the best audiobook in existence"

    Agatha Christie is arguably one of the best writers of all time. Dan Stevens does an amazing job at narrating each character in the book- sliding easily between French accents and American accents. Very expressive in the conveyance of subtleties his performance lent depth to Christie's characters. It was an undeniably well done performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Jenkins Kirkland, WA 12-08-14
    Henry Jenkins Kirkland, WA 12-08-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Now I know why it's a famous book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on the Orient Express to be better than the print version?

    Probably. Dan Stevens does give each of the characters a distinctive voice, and there are a lot of characters to keep straight. He's really pretty good at this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I quite liked the Princess Dragomiroff, an ugly old aristocratic woman with a deep, toady voice and a dry sense of humor.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

    I quite liked the Princess Dragomiroff, an ugly old aristocratic woman with a deep, toady voice and a dry sense of humor.


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

    I recommend listening to it in just a couple of sittings, yes. Partly that's because it's a potboiler, but also it's because the murder investigation is pretty complex, and it will make the most sense if you've got it all in your head at once.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a brilliant story. It almost has the cleverness and brevity you would expect from a short story, but it's long enough that there's a lot to it. It's hard to get started because there are so many characters you feel obliged to keep straight, and you don't know at first what's important and what isn't. But if you can push through the first hour or so, the rest of it is relaxing and rewarding. I'll remember this one.

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    Julie Zancanella 05-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Narrating"
    Where does Murder on the Orient Express rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I've ever listened to.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

    It's impossible to choose! Dan Stevens did a remarkable job in conniving the different characters.


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    LizandRodion Washington, DC, United States 05-11-17
    LizandRodion Washington, DC, United States 05-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A little slow moving but very well narrated"

    Great rendition. Interesting and sad story. A bit slow at times but definitely worth a credit

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    deeLira 05-07-17
    deeLira 05-07-17
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    "first Hercule Poirot mystery"

    This is merely my second Agatha Christie, but after this and 'And Then There Were None', I am hooked. The ending was definitely not one that I expected, which made it all the more interesting, considering it all took place within days, without the tools science & technology provides now. All logic, just the smarts. I have now become a fan of Ms. Christie, and I look forward to reading more.

    Dan Stevens's performance just amazes me. His narration brings alive the characters, as he's able to pick up nuances of each person, giving them a distinct voice in the story. Well done, I hope he does more.

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    laura m greer 05-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Mystery"

    Great plot, hard to understand the reader in a car. Fine with earphones. Great twists and turns.

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    Meg Adams Marietta, Ga 05-04-17
    Meg Adams Marietta, Ga 05-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My first Agatha Christie & not my last!!!!!"

    Very fun and thoughtful mystery! I had my guesses, but this was much more detailed and a little outlandish, though still enjoyable.

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    Ann 05-03-17
    Ann 05-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Dan Stevens is an excellent narrator"

    He does American accents a lot better than many British actors and his Poirot is thoroughly enjoyable. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to listen to a classic, or read it before the new movie adaptation comes out in November (of 2017).

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