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.
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.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
One of Christie's best! An unexpected delight, very original. Perhaps my favorite Poirot mystery. Delightful characters and unique presentation.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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!
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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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
One of the very best I ever heard. Great story and brilliant execution. Huge Fraser does it very well.
A gripping murder mystery told by a narrator that keeps you engaged throughout the entire story.
I keep reading the reviews for Christie and I'm always so nervous. How can she live up to the hype? Coming into her blind I think I take for granted a lot of what she started. This is a must read and must ending you that takes the direct detective model and throws it all away.
Readers have grown more sophisticated, so maybe this won’t be as shocking a twist as it probably was when it was first published, but it had me fooled up until the very last second. I always love Hugh Fraser’s narration, and if you’re a Christie fan and haven’t read this, I personally think it’s some of her best work. (Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry)
If you love Agatha Christie and/or a solid whodunnit, you’ll definitely enjoy this story. Hugh Fraser, who played Cpt. Hastings opposite David Suchet’s Poirot, masterfully performs the story. There’s no Hastings in this story. Instead the good doctor tells this story while staying at Poirot’‘s side.
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