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What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. On board is the famous detective Hercule Poirot, and one man who come morning will be found dead, his compartment locked from the inside.

This Audible Original dramatisation follows the train as it's stopped dead in its tracks at midnight. The train's stranded passengers soon become suspects as the race to uncover the murderer begins before he or she strikes again.

This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti (The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo (After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast and even sound effects recorded on the Orient Express itself.

Starring: Tom Conti as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo as Mary Debenham, Paterson Joseph as Colonel Arbuthnot, Walles Hammonde as Hector Macqueen, Jay Benedict as Monsieur Bouc, Jane Asher as Mrs Hubbard, Rula Lenska as Princess Dragonioff, Ruta Gedmintas as Countess Andrenyi, Eddie Marsan as Ratchett and Art Malik as the Narrator.

Also featuring: Marie Rabe, John Chancer, Cedric Cirotteau, Andreas Karras, Barnabas Reti, Cristina Catalina, Greg Canestrari, Harry Hadden-Paton, Christope Delesques, Atilla Akinci, Hakan Silahsiz and Jeff Gerard.

©1934 Agatha Christie (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"With a perfect accent and professional ease, Tom Conti becomes one of the most-beloved detectives in fiction, Hercule Poirot.... The entire cast has a wonderful time playing off Conti as the detective interviews the suspects one by one.... Even those who know this classic's clever ending will enjoy the production." (AudioFile)

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A Classic Mystery, dramatized by Audible

Important note - This is a dramatized audio book, not a direct reading of the novel. Which means, this is a novel acted out by a full cast of actors, and is slightly shorter than the full reading would be. Personally, I LOVE dramatized audio, but some may not. Listen to the sample to see what it's like.

Ok, my review: I love Agatha Christie, and have listened to most of the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot classics, either the full version or the dramatized version. I have also read and listened to (and watched!) Murder on the Orient Express, so, while this is an amazing classic mystery, I actually knew the story. And I still loved it! The characters are so rich, the acting is superb, and Poirot is such a delightful treat at any time.

This book throws no surprises, and sticks exactly to the plot of the novel.

This is an Audible Original dramatized book; there is an earlier dramatized version available, by the BBC and featuring John Moffat as Poirot here:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Murder-on-the-Orient-Express-Dramatised-Audiobook/B0042GI7CG/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1509979055&sr=1-1

You may also opt for the full novel instead. There is one read by Kenneth Branagh here on Audible.com here

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Murder-on-the-Orient-Express-Movie-Tie-in-Audiobook/B07664YTBY/ref=a_search_c4_1_3_srTtl?qid=1509979010&sr=1-3

45 of 48 people found this review helpful

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Very Entertaining But Not an Unabridged Book.

I found the performance quite enjoyable but I prefer unabridged audiobooks so I own both versions. I look forward to listening to the full story soon so I can better judge this abridged audiobook. The Poirot performance was uniquely done. His reactions of amused chuckles were unexpected but interesting.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • dr Frank
  • Beaver Falls, PA, United States
  • 11-03-17

Amazing - I couldn't stop listening to it

Very few audio books hold my attention to where I don't want to stop and this is one of them. The story is excellent - A classic Agatha Christie - I will not give anything away except - expect the unexpected if you are not familiar with Agatha Christie and/or this classic novel.

The performance is amazing, keeping the listener engaged and anticipating the next part of the puzzle.

I hope Audible creates more Audible Original Dramas and wish there were more like it.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Fun Listen - Not the Actual Book

This is a fun listen - Tom Courtenay as Poirot is reason enough - but it is actually more of a radio play than an audible experience of Christie's book. If you want something quick and light, this will work, but if you want the real book, there are other versions you can listen to.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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change in volume makes version hard to understand

This version has 2 volumes within the story line. The change in volume makes it too difficult to understand part of the story. I will be listening to a different version of this book

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Classic revisited with an ensemble


As far as the story itself: I had to remind myself that this was first published in 1934, and since then how many authors have borrowed Ms. Christie's cleverness. It is dated, but stands up when read in the spirit of its time. The setting of the Orient Express blocked in a snow storm felt perfectly claustrophobic and sinister; a great setting for the murderous deeds to come. The characters are like looking at a bag of glistening gems, each one beautifully colored, rich and faceted! It's hard not to see this story play out in your mind with every word Christie wrote

As far as the performance: I am a fan of the ensemble performances in most cases. I find them very entertaining, but sometimes the shift of character can seem jarring. This version was good, but not without a few notable faults that seem mostly technical. The sound effects team seemed like they just didn't fully commit to letting us have the full audio experience...were those sound effects I heard or just bad editing...was that a door shutting or something falling in the recording studio? I didn't detract any points for the effort, just am mentioning this so buyers know what to expect. It still added a little excitement to hear a train whistle or approaching steps. Overall a fun and entertaining experience.

Accents: Good news/bad news. Tom Conti as Hercule Poirot -- good acting but his accent was at times difficult to understand (perhaps because he is a Scottish actor doing a Belgian detective; perhaps because we are used to British actor David Suchet's portrayal for 25 yrs.) He almost seemed to be strangling on his accent in the beginning. His personal dialogues are half whispered with an echo-y effect added making them particularly difficult to understand. It gets smoother, stay with it.

For fans and those familiar with the story a good purchase, otherwise I would say read the text first and then if you enjoy that, try this production.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Old Time Radio

It reminded me of listening to radio theater before TV became popular.
Lots of fun! !!l

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So Much Fun! 🎭

Whether you’re new to this story or have read the book and seen the excellent star-studded 1974 movie a dozen times, you will LOVE this terrific dramatization. I looked forward to every chance to listen even though I know the plot backwards and forwards. Tom Conti absolutely NAILS the part of Hercule Poirot, and there are many other standouts in the cast as well. Now I’m even more eager to see the new movie adaptation (by Kenneth Branagh, also with Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer) opening next week. Grade: A

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Audible invites you to Board Christie's Train

Now THIS is a trip worth taking. Even if you are familiar with Agatha Christie's classic novel Murder On The Orient Express, Audible's full cast production is a pleasant revelation. Tom Conti makes a wonderful Hercule Poirot and heads up a terrific ensemble cast. The acting really is first rate and the sound effects enliven the listening experience. Now go, get your ticket (audible credit) before the train leaves the station, but be warned, it is already a pretty full ride! "Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry"

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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More AODs please!!

MOTOE is probably the most renowned and well known Christie but this Audible Original Drama production and the abundance of talented narrators (there over a dozen in total) brought the drama of this classic to life. It was like listening to a play that lacked nothing for not being visual. Conti was the perfect Poirot but all the narrators were equally talented at breathing life into the characters. It won't matter if you already know the ending, the journey getting there is worth the credit!

I love listening to audiobooks. I can't get through a day without reading so thank goodness for audiobooks which allow me to be productive while enjoying great books. But Audible Original Dramas take it to a whole new level creating a completely immersive experience. MOTOE was so good, I had to finish it in one day and likely was low on production because I refused more than one phone call in order to continue listening to this great drama.

If you haven't tried an Audible Original Drama yet, this is a great one to start with but I highly recommend them all. (AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY)

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  • steven lawson
  • 11-06-17

Smashing!

Loved it. A first class cast recording. Tom Conti highly believable. Jane Asher a revelation. Very well done

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Mikey
  • 11-05-17

All-star Poirot!

Being a big fan of audible's original dramatisation series (passenger 57, the child etc) I was looking forward to listening to this adaptation of a modern classic and boy was I not disappointed.

I'll admit that I have never read any of Agatha Christie's work up until now (I know, shame on me) but I certainly will be from now on, as I can now see plainly that I've been missing out.

Entertaining and enveloping, strap on tight as you board the Orient express because this has more twists than a formula one racing track. Absolutely 10/10.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Nigel
  • 11-02-17

When's the next one Audible, please soon?


Although ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is one of Agatha Christie’s more well known books, my view is it works better in a visual rather audio format. The problem is that after the murder is discovered the majority of the story is then played out in the dining compartment as Poirot interviews the passengers. Without the backdrop of the snow and decor of the Orient Express to keep you enthralled, the story begins to plod. Though I can understand why this story was chosen as it links with the new film, of the same name, starring Kenneth Branagh. It is still an ingenious story, but there are better ones.

Anything bad? Nope not bad, I did really enjoy it, though found some of the minor cast accents a little wobbly - they didn’t always seem authentic, some syllables sounded English/ Welsh.

After so many years with David Suchet depicting Poirot, it took a little time to adjust Tom Conti, but I do hope Audible will dramatise many more books so that he cements himself as the character.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Connell
  • 01-04-18

Hooked

First audiobook, said I'd pace myself and make it last. That did not happen.

Too good a story and performance. The different voices from the actors made it super immersive and when the ending was revealed, I had to stop whatever else I was doing, I was too excited.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-18

The greatest detective!

I love Agatha Christie. what a talented author. This was my first audio book and I plan to get more. GR8 sound.

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  • 12-30-17

Excellent

An excellent and entertaining version of a great classic.. Good casting and good narration made in easy listening.

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  • M. Mower
  • 12-28-17

Very enjoyable

Good performances from the cast. The story is a classic and despite having seen the film so many times I still enjoyed hearing Hercule reason it out. I hope Audible will do more original drama of this quality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-17

GRIPPING

I listened to this in one hit on what would have been a long and tedious journey. My journey passed in what seemed like 10 minutes. Each role has been played perfectly making it feel as if you were on the Orient Express yourself!!

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  • lynette69
  • 12-05-17

an oldie but loved it still

it's a real favourite and this adaptation was enjoyable if not a tad over the top performance wise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-17

Loved this!

I’ve been meaning to read this for a while and decided to give it a go before watching the new film. The whole production is fantastic and the voice actors very compelling. I’d definitely recommend this version to anyone on audible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful