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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Audiobook

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

©1926 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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    Deb 04-20-16
    Deb 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best in series"

    I have read 9 Agatha Christie books featuring Hercule Poirot. This is my favorite. The characters had me laughing out loud. Hugh Fraser is an absolute delight. Characters and plot woven seamlessly. A must have in your audible library.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    mjrousos 04-17-16
    mjrousos 04-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "What a surprise!"

    One of Christie's best! An unexpected delight, very original. Perhaps my favorite Poirot mystery. Delightful characters and unique presentation.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas1 10-17-15
    Dallas1 10-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another gem from Christie!"

    I can't get enough of Agatha Christie! It doesn't seize to amaze me the depth with which Dame Christie planned and executed her novels; the attention to detail is impeccable!
    Very enjoyable read/listen. Love, love High Fraser! I forget at times that it's one person speaking. He gives each character such specific accent/intonation/pitch, and you get transformed into the novel.
    My commute to work and back home is something I now look forward to thanks to Hugh Fraser and Ms. Christie.
    Now off to go check out my next Christie book!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-02-14
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2017

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "Great narration; loved by my 6th grader"
    What did you love best about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

    I read it almost 40 years ago and found the final plot twist really shocking. What was fun about the audio was that I could share the experience with my 6th grade son. He loved it! This was some elective reading he had to do for school, but it turned into a fun experience for us to do together. I wouldn't have thought of this as a kids' book!


    What other book might you compare The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to and why?

    Well, it is a great example of Agatha Christie. It actually isn't one of her ones I most enjoy experiencing -- in fact, I found it disturbing enough when I read it as a tween that I didn't reread it until now. However, because of its subversion of the conventions I can see why it is an interesting one to read for English class. A great example of the unreliable narrator.

    So to compare it to other Christies, I would say it is more thought provoking, but not a cozy (though much of Christie has disturbing elements, especially for the time it was written).


    Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well, I enjoyed him as Dr. Hastings, Poirot's sidekick on PBS Mystery. Although my son often watches Mystery with me, he wasn't familiar with the Poirot episodes so it was a new narrator/actor for him. Neither of us had listened to his audios before.

    I thought he was an outstanding narrator for this book. I would hope that he narrates other Christies.


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

    My son certainly found it hard to take a break from. We had to turn it off so he could get some sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    I continue to marvel about how accessible this was to a modern 11 year old who has grown up on TV and computers.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 08-20-17
    Christina 08-20-17 Member Since 2005
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    "A very fine story"

    Written much later than most of Christie's Poirot stories, it is still a very fine example and perhaps one of her best psychological mysteries as so much hinges on the personalities of the characters. I'm a lifeline Christie fan so I can't claim I didn't know how it ended. But it was fun trying to spot the clues. There is a difference between this one and most of the others, and that difference is a clue in itself. But I won't give it away. The reading is very fine and the characters well defined. I enjoyed this story very much.

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    Amazon Customer 08-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding book and performance"

    Book is extremely well written, performance is outstanding would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Mysteries

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    LopLop 03-16-17
    LopLop 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "best mystery I have ever "read""
    What did you love best about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

    The pace, the wit, the plot, the characters. This is the best mystery I have ever read. A few times I thought maybe I guessed who-did-it, but I was never quite sure. In any case, it's superb. I started to re-read it almost immediately because it was so delightful and to see if I could catch clues along the way. Yes, there are a few, very cleverly done!


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

    Yes. The characters were compelling and the mystery kept me wondering.


    What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes, he did an excellent job. Not quite perfect enough for a 5 star, but definitely good and animated.


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

    With enough time, yes. But it's pretty long and I think reading a bit each day had me excited to pick it up again the next.


    Any additional comments?

    A truly brilliant, witty, clever plot. A joy all around!

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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 12-28-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 12-28-16 Member Since 2014

    Audible, can you please return the Give As A Gift option for individual books???

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    "Huge Surprise Twist"

    This is a cool mystery despite its mildly dated quality because of the surprise twist at the end, a twist I only began to suspect was possible a minute before it was revealed. The narrator, Hugh Fraser, is absolutely flawless, and I will look for more books narrated by him. It would be a solid five-star listen if not for the difficulty some listeners (including me!) will have keeping track of a rather large cast of characters. This would make a great movie, possibly, and I now plan to check online to see if a movie version is available. Bravo, Dame Agatha! Way to continue to be relevant well into the 21st century! I was very glad to discover this title, consider it a credit well spent, and will likely listen again.

    Grade: A.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I've never read anything like it..."

    Very unique ... a delightful twist.
    I can honestly say I've never read another mystery quite like it. Didn't seem so at first, with the usual style of relating facts and Poirot's usual method, but I had figured it out before the big reveal. If only just. I knew it the moment after the arrival of the telegram at Poirot's little conference. It struck me suddenly, but I had hit the nail on the head, as the last chapters then revealed. Most unique narrative.
    Hugh Fraser is a great narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 08-22-15
    Ruth Bain 08-22-15

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    "Good but not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Very entertaining, but not the best of Agatha Christie


    Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hugh Fraser is a superior narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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