A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.In utter disbelief Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel - an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels.Recognising in Miss Marple a natural flair for justice, Mr Rafiel had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing.
The best Miss Marple story,I think. Beautifully performed by Emilia Fox. Will listen again, definitely.
Emilia Fox is a wonderful narrator and a great performer! What a joy to listen to her!
She adds depth, emotion and funny moments. She has an incredible range of voices It is a pleasure to listen to all her voices.
I was really disappointed with the story. I've read/listened to lots of Agatha Christies, and particularly like Miss Marple. However I didn't enjoy this one at all. The story is a bit disjointed, and for me the unusual approach just didn't work. Instead of the usual murder/murders within a cohesive group of people, with a one-location setting, this story is all over the place.
Also, the ludicrous attitude to rape (not even old-fashioned - just plain idiotic) could be distressing if you have experienced this.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I couldn't finish this audio version, unfortunately, due to the narration. The book itself is one of my favourites.
What other book might you compare Nemesis to, and why?
This is a Miss Marple book in which Miss Marple herself is quite prominent as a character, and where we follow her actions, and where she's self-conscious of being older and frailer. Other Miss Marple books like this would be "At Bertram's Hotel" or "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side".
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
I think Emilia Fox is a terrific narrator, but her MIss Marple voice really didn't work for me. She's one of my favourite narrators for Agatha Christie stories with younger protagonists, like in "They Came to Baghdad", "Seven Dials Mystery", "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" and others, but for me her Miss Marple voice sounded like a shaky parody of an old lady. I prefer the older version narrated by Joan Hickson, which is amazing. And Stephanie Cole does a very good Miss Marple as well.
Could you see Nemesis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Certainly. I have seen several. Joan Hickson is my favourite Miss Marple by far, and the TV dramatisation with her is fabulous.
Any additional comments?
I wanted to love this, but I didn't. I'll keep buying the non-Marple Emilia Fox Agatha Christie's, and the Joan Hickson Miss Marple books.
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Any additional comments?
Really appalling amounts of victim blaming. I mean I know its an old book, from the point of view of even older people but theres some really shocking sentiments from quite a few men in the story. This is just a warning because it took me badly by surprise. <br/><br/>Its still one of the better Mrs Marple stories, and one of the few I've come across that actually deals with her perspective. She can be such an all-knowing all-seeing background character in some books its nice to see her stumped.
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