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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.

34 of 34 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.

16 of 16 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!

23 of 24 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.

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  • Kristin
  • GREENVILLE, SC, United States
  • 01-09-15

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Wonderful dramatisations of A. Chrisite's Poirot

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

Well. these dramatizations are abridged, full-cast radio productions and as such, are amazing and fully entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poirot's Finest Cases?

The sound effects, a full cast and the superb acting made this very entertaining.

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

John Moffat plays Poirot's character quite nicely.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of Agatha Christies novels, you will enjoy listening to this type of audiobook.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. D. A. G. Talbot
  • 03-24-18

Great but...

Why oh why do Audible seem to be incapable of producing box sets which tell you where you are? There are 8 stories & all we get is Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3 etc. What happens if the listener wants to listen to, for example, Murder in The Orient Express first?
It is ridiculous not to break up a box set into the actual stories, or at least to give The listener a clue!
The performances themselves are excellent, but I cannot give 5 stars due to the impossibility of choosing which story one listens to.

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  • Pamela
  • 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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  • 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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  • Nigel
  • 03-03-18

Fantastic,but why not compiled in broadcast order?

Whilst you don’t need to listen to Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot’ particularly in any set order, I do wonder why these two collections have been organised so randomly. Is there any reason to their order? It isn’t in book or broadcast order. The first set contain the better stories and are more recently dramatised.

[Book number - Year published] Name [Date broadcast by BBC]

Poirot’s Finest Cases:

[13 1936] The ABC Murders [BBC 2000]
[31 1953] After the Funeral [BBC 1999]
[17 1937] Death on the Nile [BBC 1997]
[04 1926] The Murder of Roger Ackroyd [BBC 1987]
[10 1934] Murder on the Orient Express [BBC 1992]
[01 1920] The Mysterious Affair at Styles [BBC 2005]
[08 1932] Peril at End House [BBC 2000]
[11 1935] Three Act Tragedy [BBC 2002]

More of Poirot’s Finest Cases:

[24 1941] Evil Under the Sun [BBC 1998]
[22 1940] Sad Cypress [BBC 1992]
[14 1936] Murder in Mesopotamia [BBC 1994]
[09 1933] Lord Edgware Dies [BBC 1992]
[39 1969] Hallowe’en Party [BBC 1992]
[02 1923] Murder on the Links [BBC 1990]
[25 1942] Five Little pigs [BBC 1994]

Expect there will be a third, and possibly a fourth, compilation as there are a further 10 Poirot stories dramatised by BBC Radio featuring John Moffatt.


[Anybody notice the incorrect spelling of John Moffatt’s name on the ‘More’ compilation?]

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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • Tim
  • 07-02-18

Excellent

Wonderful performance and gripping stories. Highly recommended! Moffet as Proirot delivers a cheeky but clever performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-18

love this so very much

i can not wait for next 1 This 1 held me captive till the end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-18

wonderful

loved this series of stories, love the full cast performance, just a very relaxing and pleasant listen.

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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 Violet
  • 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!