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John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

"The ABC Murders": A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer.

"After the Funeral": A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder.

"Death on the Nile": Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place.

"Peril at End House": Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat, and a bullet.

"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd": Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

"Murder on the Orient Express": Poirot is aboard a snowbound train when a passenger is found murdered.

"Three Act Tragedy": Poirot is one of the guests at a party when a clergyman dies whilst sipping a cocktail.

"The Mysterious Affair at Styles": Poirot and Captain Hastings become re-acquainted in a quiet English village in 1916.

These BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations showcase eight of the finest cases in Hercule Poirot's career. Based on the original novels by Agatha Christie, they feature a cast of outstanding actors playing an array of likely suspects…

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Excellent performances

Would you consider the audio edition of Poirot's Finest Cases to be better than the print version?

No, because these stories are abridged.

What did you like best about this story?

Agatha Christie's books are always a pleasure, including the selections on this audiobook.

Have you listened to any of John Moffat and Full Cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to a number and they are all very good.

Any additional comments?

I suggest reading the books first. Because these are abridged, if you are not familiar with the full book there is a sense of gaps in the plots. It is most noticeable in the ABC Murders, After the Funeral, and The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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A Treat for your "Little Grey Cells"

This compilation of Poirot mysteries is extremely well done. The voice actors do a great job of bringing the stories to life- and the music and sound effects enhance the listening experience. I like that these are radio plays instead of audiobooks- I love Christie's novels but these are much more fast paced. A few details get left out but the twists and turns Christie is known for are all still there. In this collection you get some of the best Poirot stories- my favorites being The Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Akroyd. I'd recommend this collection to any mystery fan- it's a great intro to Agatha Christie's most famous detective and his most puzzling cases.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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John Moffat as Poirot is always wonderful.

Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or John Moffat and Full Cast ?

Of course. I have a large selection of them already- this purchase was to upgrade some cassette recordings to digital. I shall do more and I will continue to purchase programs I don't already own.

What did you like best about this story?

MIchael Bakewell does a great job adapting Christie's work and the performances are always first rate. I love the books but this allows me to revisit them without committing a huge amount of time. They're great for road trips as well.

Have you listened to any of John Moffat and Full Cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have enjoyed many of Moffat's performances before. In my opinion he and David Suchet are the best Poirot's ever- and I would have a hard time choosing a favorite between the two. Moffat is wonderful for this medium but he wouldn't work visually. His performance is spot on.

Do you think Poirot’s Finest Cases needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

A volume two would be nice, but I probably have many of them already. I'd probably still buy it.

Any additional comments?

If you're an Agatha Christie fan the BBC dramas are a great way to get to know her stories, if you're not going to sit down and read the books themselves that is. They have the tone and flavor of her books and are beautifully adapted- even the shorter ones. The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd is a favorite book and radio drama, wonderfully adapted with great performances.

This purchase would cost nearly $70 if bought separately. The price here is great. Go for it! Buy it now!

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Best Agatha Christie bargain

Loved this boxed set equivalent.
Thanks Audible.
All my favorite murder mystery radio plays in one place. Awesome.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Really great collection!

I love all the Poirot radio dramatizations so it was fun to have so many in one album! This will be a favorite!

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Most Excellent!

I truly. enjoy full cast performances. They we're all done quite well. And no matter how many times I listen to them, I get the same pleasure as the first.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Lovely versions of Christie classics

I just love old radio dramatizations, especially when they're as good as this. Perfect for long drives.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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John Moffat IS Hercule Poirot

Flawless performance as Hercule Poirot by John Moffat, and excellent cast performances all around. Well done.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • SJ
  • 01-16-15

So entertaining

This is a great presentation of these stories. The sounds punctuate the dialogue perfectly. Very enjoyable.
I highly recommend it.

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  • 2Ponds
  • Somerset, CA United States
  • 04-15-16

Always a good choice

I get tired of slogging around, looking for a book that will take me away, not insult me or inundate me with drivel and TMI, so I started going back to the old tried and true. Very entertaining and worth listening to. Holds your attention, entertains you, keeps you guessing. The actors are all very believable as portrayed and a bit different than just the one reader, which is a pleasant change.

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  • David T-Rex
  • 11-22-14

As good as David Suchet is on the TV

Any additional comments?

I have always loved Poirot on TV and John Moffat plays the role fantastically well - despite knowing the stories I am always drawn into the plots and drama

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  • GEORGIA
  • 02-06-16

absolutely perfect

all the cast was remarkable! it felt like I was actually there! loved it ! Totally recomend it for all Agatha fans!

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  • Pammy
  • 07-18-16

Enchanting Comforting Enjoyable

Firstly this is fabulous value for money and the acting in each one is charming and engaging.
The word of Poirot and Captain Hastings need little introduction. However the magic and charm never fades. I can only recommend this audio dramatisation with out reserve. It is comforting uplifting and somehow safe.

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  • Kerry
  • 12-03-15

A smorgasbord of delight

Would you consider the audio edition of Poirot's Finest Cases to be better than the print version?

While nothing quite compares to the joy of curling up with an Agatha Christie paperback, these dramatised versions of her magnificent characters and plots comes pretty damn close.
The performances effectively explore both the sublime and ridiculous (in the best way!) elements that drive each of these stories home. They add just enough 'tongue-in-cheek' to drive the story and glamour to perfectly capture the ambiance of interwar splendour.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My enduring love for Captain Hastings is only deepened by the fantastic performance of Simon Williams, who captured his sweet naïveté without slipping into buffoonery.

Have you listened to any of John Moffat and Full Cast ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to many of John Moffat's performances as Poirot. I enjoy the way that he not only shows the characters admirable qualities but also his irascibility and foibles.
I was also pleased to hear casts that included many of my favourite voices on the radio and felt that they all excelled themselves. These dramatisations more than hold their weight with similar works by the cast.

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  • Dean
  • 06-22-17

Excellent Value for your Credit

Would you listen to Poirot's Finest Cases again? Why?

Of course. It's an excellent way to while away an hour or so listening to one of the Plays. 8 to choose from. Each story begins at the odd numbered chapters, so easy to choose the one you want.

What did you like best about this story?

8 Dramatiastions to choose from with the proverbial 'Jewel in the Crown' being, 'Murder on the Orient Express'. How can you go wrong.
I have long enjoyed BBC Dramatisations and these deliver the usual expected quality.

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

Maybe not all 8 stories in one sitting but certainly at least 1 story per sitting.

Any additional comments?

An engaging listen. The stories are brought to life by the music and effects as well as the actors

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  • Jean the Bean
  • 01-14-15

Poirot on tap

Loved these radio adaptations and great to have a collection - Poirot on tap. Comfort listening at its best. More please.

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  • Ms. C. M. O'meara
  • 01-13-15

little grey cells

some detective fun, great whilst out walking, can't beat Poirot! He is his biggest fan!

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  • Daren Weaver
  • 01-01-15

Great set of stories for long journeys

Love these plays. Trying to find more of the same. BBC Drama at its best well worth the credit spent

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  • iris
  • 10-26-15

A must have for your audible library

I first became addicted to Agatha Christie at the age of 14 and I have never ceased to enjoy the numerous film and radio adaptations of her work. In my earlier years I was just gripped by the intrigue and wanted to know who 'dunnit" but now I enjoy the dramatisations as period pieces I love all the details which capture the 1920s and 1930s in the Poirot mysteries. The various drugs they used, the social climate, the emerging film world, the adventures of the rich, the clothes, the vocabulary of the time. Admittedly it is a world of the upper middle class for the most part and it is very, very English apart from Hercule Poirot of course! The BBC adaptations are wonderful - I think the Murder of Roger Ackroyd is probably my favourite but I know most of them off by heart. I think all Christie fans will thoroughly enjoy this collection.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-16

Best buy!

If you only buy one audiobook on audible, this is the one I'd recommend. All storys beautifully dramatised and gripping. I have listened to it countless times. Just wonderful!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • SheSells
  • 12-27-15

Excellent cast recordings of classic mysteries

What made the experience of listening to Poirot's Finest Cases the most enjoyable?

Really nice casting, good acting, and good scripting.

What did you like best about this story?

These are some of Agatha Christie's most famous mysteries.

What does John Moffat and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I like to listen to this book while relaxing at home or to fall asleep if I'm travelling or having trouble sleeping. These books are ideal for that. I can listen to the same stories again and again and enjoy them.

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  • Jane
  • 11-22-17

great fun

at first it was jarring because i am uses to the more recent adaptations, but once i got used to different voices from these old radio plays i loved hearing the stories played out with lots of humour and drama.

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  • Telaga
  • 08-19-17

Live performance

Would you consider the audio edition of Poirot's Finest Cases to be better than the print version?

Yes. It's a compilation of many stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Poirot n Hastings, a perfect duet just like Holmes and Watson.

Have you listened to any of John Moffat and Full Cast ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first. Looking forward to more.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Poirot poirot is Back!

Any additional comments?

Clear easy to follow dialogs and plots. Excellent dramatisations!

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  • kerri_1986
  • 08-11-17

Best audio book

this is the next audio book I've heard. i recommend this to everyone whether or not you've heard of poirot or not. this is a great book

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  • Alexandra
  • 08-26-16

really enjoyable

The performances were great. Such a wonderful variety of characters. Really worth it. I'm going to download more.

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  • Lady Cavanagh
  • 08-15-16

Excellent value and performances

Would you listen to Poirot's Finest Cases again? Why?

The audio plays are great for long travel or falling asleep. For me its usually the latter so I can listen over and over. The atmosphere is created with realistic sound effects and good character actors really bring the stories alive.

What about John Moffat and Full Cast ’s performance did you like?

It's hard to go past David Suchet as Poirot, but John Moffat is very close.

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

No, its 8 plays - perfect for diving into at different points to enjoy all the strories

Any additional comments?

These plays can be purchased individually on in this bundle for the same price - do yourself a favour and pick this one!