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The Big Four Audiobook

The Big Four: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Framed in the doorway of Hercule Poirot's bedroom stands an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man stares for a moment, then he sways and falls.

Who is he? Is he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what is the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life - and that of his twin brother - to uncover the truth.

©1927 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

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    hmg 02-22-15
    hmg 02-22-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Weak Early Christie but Performance is Masterful."

    Just too incredible to satisfy. More like an absurd B-movie than the complex measured tales of her later years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 07-08-12
    Linda 07-08-12
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    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Hugh Fraser?

    Yes. This book was one odd failure in the Christie collection.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the reviewers who made bad comments about this book must have been mistaken. Not so. Hugh Fraser's performance was excellent, but even the best reader couldn't make the ridiculous plot less ridiculous. It was a James Bond fantasy starring Hercule Poirot, a character that doesn't fit at all. The whole thing was silly without humor. This was my ninth Christie listen, all the rest very good to excellent stories. I still want to hear more Poirot mysteries, and will bet on the fact that Christie didn't repeat the mistake she made with this one.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-18-13
    Brian Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Like a bad, less realistic James Bond book"

    This was not like any of the other Poirot books - no real mystery to solve, just running from place to place encountering "villains" that are more ridiculous than any Batman or Bond flick. I can't believe anyone who liked the earlier books - or mysteries in general - would like this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brianne Reeds Spring, MO, United States 07-08-17
    Brianne Reeds Spring, MO, United States 07-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my favorite Poirot book"

    I just had a difficult time getting into this book. Not my favorite Poirot, but that's okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lapetkus2 02-24-17
    lapetkus2 02-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Early dated work"

    Unless you're a Christie fan, I wouldn't bother reading. Its dated and not a mystery. Just a story of tracking down 4 people who want to rule the world. Actually a pre Bond, wonder if Ian was inspired.

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 02-17-17
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 02-17-17 Member Since 2017

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Go Hastings"

    This is a convoluted Poirot which was good, but not the best. What made me give it 5 stars was the fact that I loved Hastings in it. I have read over 3/4 of the Poirot books and I like Hastings as a foil for Poirot, and so that we the audience can have the plot explained to us. But in this book Hastings comes into his own it is a must read because it gives him so much character, and makes him into a truly loyal and honourable friend.

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    Amazon Customer 09-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Big Four"

    Another great Agatha Christie story which keeps you guessing about done it until the end.

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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 07-16-16
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 07-16-16 Member Since 2010
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    "The real big four"

    The narrator agains leads to an enjoyment of the story with his abilities to change voices. An excellent story with a great plot.

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    Walter 06-23-16
    Walter 06-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Typical Christie, excellent plot"

    Great twist and turns, whimsical characters that are clever and complicated, with a surprising death.

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    Robert 03-10-16
    Robert 03-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing intrigue"

    Hastings is back, but this is less of a mystery and more a disjointed spy thriller that appears as if Christie is trying to create Poirot's version of Moriarty, while channeling Fu Manchu and early science fiction. Overall, it was a failure as a novel and the Belgian investigator felt out of place in this attempt at grand international intrigue.

    Poirot retires at then end of the story and I wonder if it should have been set before "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?"

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