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The Moving Finger Audiobook

The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery

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Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir.

But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says "I can’t go on", but Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone - as secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly.

©1943 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    ButterflyRose 07-20-15
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    "My favorite Miss Marple Mystery"
    Would you listen to The Moving Finger again? Why?

    Yes, The story line, characters and superb reading by Richard Grant make this an audiobook I would listen to again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The Moving Finger could almost be considered a stand-along book by Christie, as Miss Marple does not appear until Chapter 10. The characters were engaging, the story had more going on than just the murder mystery, and I found it quite enjoyable.


    What does Richard E. Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is perfection. He narrates quite well and does each of the different voices in a pleasant manner. Richard Grant does such an excellent job that I would actually seek out more audiobooks read by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The sweet romance between the main character/narrator Jerry and Megan. I really enjoy when there are interesting side stories going on within the main plot.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary G. 02-22-15
    Mary G. 02-22-15
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    "Richard E Grant is marvelous!"

    The classic mystery that introduced the world to Miss Marple, given just the right touch by the charming, sly and irresistible Richard E Grant. A wonderful way to rediscover an old favorite.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 06-26-14
    Marie 06-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Miss Marple is Mostly Missing"

    Listen to this book if for no other reason that Richard E. Grant is the perfect narrator.

    I think this was my first Miss Marple mystery in book form. And it is so different from the Joan Hickson variety TV movie. Mainly because the book is written from the first person point of view of another character. And at least in this instance, Miss Marple is hardly part of the story. In fact, she doesn't show up until well into the narrative. She is used mostly to reveal the killer and motive.

    The story revolves around anonymous letters plaguing a small village. The narrator is pilot recovering from injuries in a flying accident. He and his sister are renting a home in Lymstock while he recovers. The rest of the cast are local recipients of the hateful letters. There's a bit of romance, a bit of intrigue, and lots of local color. A pleasant diversion for a summer's day.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 12-29-13
    Calliope 12-29-13
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    "great characterizations with a little mystery"

    This is a great small-town drama with wonderful characterizations and (oh, by the way) there's a little mystery thrown in to the mix. It's really not primarily a mystery, but that turned out to be OK by me, as Christie's characterizations are wonderful. I was enjoying the drama of Jerry and his sister Joanne living in a small country town while Jerry heals from a nasty accident that almost left him paralyzed.....Meeting the townsfolk, developing friendships, and learning the local gossip - and so the mystery of the Poison Pen letters seemed almost an afterthought. At least until a couple of townsfolk turn up dead, that is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DJDecca 07-03-17
    DJDecca 07-03-17
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    "The Moving Finger Writes...."
    What made the experience of listening to The Moving Finger the most enjoyable?

    Richard E. Grant's performance is wonderful. His character voices are distinctive and he has a relaxed and engaging style.


    Would you recommend The Moving Finger to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd happily recommend this to any fan of the classic cozy mystery genre.


    Have you listened to any of Richard E. Grant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Although I'm a huge fan of his work in movies and on TV, this is my first experience with him as a narrator. It definitely won't be the last.


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

    No, I enjoyed spreading it out over several long commutes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Wood Central, NY 05-19-16
    Gail Wood Central, NY 05-19-16 Member Since 2014

    Librarian, reader, commuter. I got tired of the radio and CDs and switched to audio books. Now I listen to books while I quilt, clean, etc

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    "Poison Pen Letters and a Charming Romance"
    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite mystery tropes--the poison pen letter. When pilot Jerry Burton is seriously injured in an accident, his doctor recommends that to complete his recovery that Jerry and his sister Joanna go to a small village and get involved in the life, politics and local scandals. Quintessential Londoners, the siblings rent a house in the village of Lymestock, far away from anyone they know. <br/><br/>People are very nice, old-fashioned social calls and the two of them settle down to village life as Jerry continues to heal. One day, they get an anonymous letter with pasted letters from another book, intimating that they are not brother and sister but really illicit lovers. Both laugh and toss it into the fire. <br/><br/>Later, it seems that the letters are going everywhere. The police become involved and no one can find the writer, though it seems to be a woman. And then there is a suicide or so it seems followed by a murder. Are they connected? They all seem to stem from the letters...<br/><br/>Jerry and the police doggedly pursue clues and leads, seeming to get somewhere but never to the murderer. The Vicar's wife, frustrated, calls in an expert. Not Scotland Yard but a seemingly harmless knitting maiden lady named Miss Jane Marple. And the game is afoot.....<br/><br/>Charming story with a lovely romantic love story, again with a familiar trope. It's interesting to see Miss Marple not on center stage but still the galvanizing energy to solve the mystery and reestablish peace and harmony.<br/><br/>

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    National Velvet 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent - great performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Moving Finger to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Richard Grant's rendition of this mystery novel is masterful. He does a wonderful job with the main character, Jerry, as well as with Megan, and with minor characters such as Mr. Pie. I can highly recommend this one!

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    m 05-02-17
    m 05-02-17 Member Since 2016

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    "One of Christie's Best"
    Where does The Moving Finger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is truly one of the best though it is not as well known as some of Christie's other mysteries. And the narration-- pure magic. I would listen to this narrator read pretty much anything. His recording of Pocket Full of Rye is also stellar.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Love the plot. And-- oddly-- love the fact that we're kept waiting for Mrs. Marple to appear for so long. When she finally shows up, it is the magic icing on the cake.


    What does Richard E. Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fun, silly, moving, perfect characterization.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The transformation of Megan. And the moment it is clear that the narrator's sister is falling for the village doctor.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this reading highly enough. I have been ritually disappointed with many narrators of Christie. Richard E. Grant and Joan Hickson are pure magic every time, and David Suchet comes in for a close second.

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    Amazon Customer Miami, Florida United States 04-12-17
    Amazon Customer Miami, Florida United States 04-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant"

    This is one of the dramatised narrations of an Agatha Christie audio book that I have ever been exposed to. Richard E. Grant was absolutely brilliant. His ability to protest different characters that realistically captures the characters as created by Agatha Christie was simply brilliant.

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    Debbie Sharp Grand Chain, IL, US 04-07-17
    Debbie Sharp Grand Chain, IL, US 04-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    ""There is the thrrrrrrrrill!""

    Very well performed! Absolutely loved this story! Twists and turns everywhere! Just when you think you know what will happen, another twist!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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