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The Murder at the Vicarage Audiobook

The Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery

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The first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction.

"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, "would be doing the world at large a favor!"

It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later - when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman's study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.

©1930 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Scaramouche239 06-11-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Christie's Story+Grant's Performance = Great Book!"
    Would you listen to The Murder at the Vicarage again? Why?

    I would certainly listen to it again. The story was brilliant and had me second guessing everything I thought. The clues were all there, but I missed them. I enjoyed trying to piece them together, and the brilliant humor that Christie manages to weave into her books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really loved the vicar and his wife both! They were great characters and had lots of commentary and humor. All of the characters,m however, were wonderful.


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

    Yes! I would have to say that this was just as brilliant as the first one to which I listened, "The Moving Finger". He has a wonderful range in his characters and, once again he has proven that he understands Christie's style of writing. It is often hard to fall in love with a book when you aren't reading it yourself, but Mr. Grant makes this possible by his wonderful interpretation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Running a church can be murder"


    Any additional comments?

    A definite must-read!!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Molly 08-14-14
    Molly 08-14-14
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    "Narrator Ruins It"
    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Richard E. Grant?

    I would not buy another audiobook with Richard Grant as the narrator. He adores putting emphasis on completely innocuous words and phrases and making things sound sinister at the wrong moment. I'm buying the book with another narrator.


    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    "Mornin' Steve." "Mornin' Ralph." 11-20-17
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    "A little too long"

    For the mystery of this complexity, it ran about 2 hours too long. But because this is an early Agatha Christie, so she can be forgiven.

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    Judith FitzGerald Kailua-Kona, HI USA 10-30-17
    Judith FitzGerald Kailua-Kona, HI USA 10-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lovely listen"

    Am listening to books while on long drives. what a delightful way to travel. I highly encourage it for long flights also.

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    TwoBadWolves Fayetteville, NC 08-07-17
    TwoBadWolves Fayetteville, NC 08-07-17
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    "Score one for irritatingly insightful and smart "little old ladies"!"

    Score: Miss Marple...1; Local Constabulary...0. This particular little old lady isn't one to listen at keyholes or watch a person's every move because she has nothing better to do with her time; she is quite simply a keen observer of the unusual and an astoundingly accurate interpreter of human behavior and the reasoning and motives behind it. Miss Marple's intelligence and masterful insight of people leads her pay close attention to the smallest of clues in the murder of a local community gent that most people find rather distasteful. But is the first person most people think is the murderer actually the one who has commuted the crime? Each twist and turn in the story leads the listener to consider yet another member of the small community...but Miss Marple is ahead of everyone and has it all figured out. Her explanation of the clues makes one wonder why they didn't see the answer all along. Great storytelling and the narration keeps interest in the tale throughout.

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    Anonymous 07-25-17
    07-25-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Bland Narrator"
    What disappointed you about The Murder at the Vicarage?

    The narrator drones


    Would you recommend The Murder at the Vicarage to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, the narrator isn't right


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard E. Grant’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Agatha Christie is a fantastic writer, and the narrator is enthusiastic, just poorly chosen


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    Abby F Pratchios SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL, US 07-18-17
    Abby F Pratchios SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL, US 07-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun story"

    This is a really fun story, but make sure you get the right version! Richard E. Grant does a good job narrating, but before getting this version I bought a two for one version (Murder at the Vicarage/The Mysterious Affair at Styles) which had a horrendous narrator! She didn't ever pause or change her inflection when going from one character to the next or back to the general narrator! So make sure you buy the version with Richard E. Grant narrating because he does a fantastic job.

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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 03-16-17
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 03-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "AMAZING NARRATION; So-So Mystery"

    I grew up reading only the Agatha Christie mysteries featuring my favorite detective, Hercule Poirot, but my husband, keen on Miss Marple from his early youth, urged me to give that deceptively benign-looking old lady a try. So I started with this, allegedly the first installment in the series. While I did enjoy listening, I was not bowled over. The story is just so-so; there's some humor to lighten the mood, but overall this is just the typical cast of villagers (and almost too many of them for a casual listener to keep track of), many benign-seeming but most of them acting suspiciously in one way or another, and lots of clues and red herrings but not a lot of what could be called real action. The killer, it turns out, is just who you'd have suspected if you'd been the detective. Also: Maybe because Christie didn't know at the time she wrote Vicarage that she was going to make Miss Marple a recurring character, Miss Marple actually plays a fairly small part in the story.

    But the narrator, Richard E. Grant (who happens to play the shrewd butler in that fabulous Robert Altman/Julian Fellowes period mystery film Gosford Park), is out-of-this world fantastic. So that's what elevates the whole experience from three stars to four. He's one of those rare narrators who can do a distinct voice for each character and have them all sound great, entertaining, and intelligible, and without ever mixing them up. I sure will be looking for more titles narrated by him!

    Grade: B.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Summer1 11-13-15
    Summer1 11-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An intriguing time in prewar England."

    So nice to go back to a time when Britain was a cozy spot where everyone knew each other and intelligent Miss Marple could figure out dreadful murders.

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    jb Plano, TX United States 10-26-15
    jb Plano, TX United States 10-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Meet Miss M"

    Somehow in my teenage Agatha Christie binge, I missed the introduction of Miss Marple. Not a bad thing, because it was a lovely treat to uncover now. Seeing how this iconic character snuck on the scene was so much fun. And if you love those English countryside mysteries, this has got everything: busybody neighbors, the cockeyed caste system, red herring and a murder that doesn't get in the way of the fun (I know, tsk, tsk. But it's true.)

    Love Richard E. Grant's reading. The different characterizations help you keep track of the players, and keep things lively.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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