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The Mysterious Affair at Styles Audiobook

The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe - she of a sizeable fortune, and so recently remarried to a man 20 years her junior. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings recruits an old friend, now retired, to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance into the pages of crime literature.

©1920 Agatha Christie Limited All Rights Reserved (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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    Ruth Bain 12-28-15
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    "The start of a stellar career"

    Agatha Christie began her illustrious career with this story. It's not dated at all and hold up well. As always, Hugh Fraser is the perfect narrator.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 04-28-15
    Calliope 04-28-15
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    "wonderfully read, engaging mystery"

    This story is narrated in the first person by Captain Hastings, played in the well known British TV series "Agatha Christie's Poirot" by the narrator of this book, Hugh Fraser. It's a perfect match, and Fraser is a wonderful performer on many Agatha Christie audiobooks. He's terrific. This was Dame Christie's first book, and is also the first appearance of Hercule Poirot, recently arrived in England from the German-occupied Belgium of WW I.

    The mystery is well crafted and well written, with all the clues laid out but well hidden under red herrings and the setting of a family manor home during the deprivations and suspicions of a country at war.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Walsh 02-19-16
    Julie Walsh 02-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "You will love this book!!"

    the story is great and so enjoyable, but the narration is really the crown jewel. Hugh Fraser is so talented as an actor and portrayed Captain Hastings wonderfully in the series. But I had no idea he would be such a skilled narrator! I enjoyed this book so much. I can't recommend it enough.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 11-05-12
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "keeps you wanting more"
    Where does The Mysterious Affair at Styles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is one on the best; the Narrator, Hugh Fraser's tone and skills leads the listener on an exciting adventure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mysterious Affair at Styles?

    The way in which the whole adventure came together at the end. Characters were introduced but you never really knew who was guilty.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    Hugh Fraser's performance was memorable due to the tone and the past in which he lead the listener along in the adventure.


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

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    Any additional comments?

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    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    O A Chapman 05-10-15
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    "Entertaining"

    Loved it. One point you know then you second guess yourself and third guess yourself. Lots of clues to keep straight. In the end your instinct was correct. Good book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    V. Schreiber 02-28-16
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    "british, lovely "

    The prototype of a murder mystery, spoken by the most fitting british narrator. Very cultivated and conniving. Enjoyed it a lot.

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    "Since When is Poirot from Transylvania?"

    There are a lot of Agatha Christies read by Hugh Frasier and given automatic kudos by people who know he played Hastings to David Suchet's Poirot. That doesn't make his reading good or even tolerable. Despite working for years with Suchet's superb Belgian accent, Frasier gives Poirot a floating accent that goes from German to Romanian to Hungarian with side-trips into the full Dracula. Maybe others can blissfully tune it out, but it pulls me out of the story several times a chapter. I've removed all the other Frasier-Christies from my wish list.

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    reader 03-30-16
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    "Classic Mystery!!!"

    I was not prepared to like this as much as I did. Since I had watched videos of Agatha Christie mysteries without ever reading (or listening) to one and since I love English mysteries, I felt compelled to give this a try. The narrator was excellent and it is obvious why Christie's works have endured. The characters are well-developed, the plot is suspenseful without being contrived and overall the reader's mind is engaged the entire time. I am pleased to find another favorite mystery writer to help populate my Audible library.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 01-01-17
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 01-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic Whodunnit"

    Overall, this was an engaging and entertaining mystery, and I looked forward to every opportunity to listen. The narrator, Hugh Fraser, is flawless as always. Nonetheless, a few caveats are worth mentioning: Although the first of the author's Hercule Poirot mysteries, this book begins after the irrepressible Poirot and his faithful sidekick Hastings are already acquainted, which I found mildly disappointing. I'd have loved to see that first meeting. Also, although the story holds up very well for its age, there are a few references to objects literally so antiquated that the modern reader is likely to have no idea what they could be. For example, a key piece of evidence concerns a crucial piece of paper that is torn up, "rolled into spills, and hidden in a spill vase" on the victim's mantelpiece. Spills? Spill vase? Thank goodness for Wikipedia! Prepare to have to look up a few terms.

    Grade: B.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 04-07-17
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 04-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful Mystery!"

    This story is SO complicated that even though I'd seen the TV version years ago I still found the mystery compelling. While I had a pretty good recollection of who the murderer was I had forgotten how many of the details, like how exactly it was accomplished and who was complicit in the crime.

    Hastings was as naive as in the TV series but also a bit more petty in his relationship with Poirot - who is even more insulting with his friend than I remembered.

    The TV producers do a fabulous job with these stories but since they are so complex I found the audio book more satisfying - it's easy to miss some of the details when watching a TV drama.

    Hugh Fraser's performance is faultless.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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