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When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again - for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing.

The prime suspect is Ruth's estranged husband, Derek. Yet Hercule Poirot is not convinced, so he stages an eerie reenactment of the journey, complete with the murderer on board.

©1928 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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Loved this mystery!

Big, big Agatha Christie fan here. Was browsing Audible for a good mystery to listen to during the long 12 hour drive back to upstate NY with 6 wee pups. I came across this mystery featuring Hercule Poirot---it was one I had never come across before. Hugh Fraser did a fantastic job reading the story! And the plot is perfect. I am partial to Christie's murders that take place on a train and was not disappointed! If you love Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot you will love this audio book! Five star rating for everything!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding Narration

Hugh Frasier's variety of accents bring an enthralling vibrancy to Christie's work. You feel as if you are surrounded by a cast, each telling what they saw (or what they want you to think they saw!) when in truth it is one talented man's voice. The story is full of lush descriptions, twists and turns in the Christie way, and the characters are easily recognizable- indeed whatever the audio equivalent of "leap off the page"- due to the individuality of voice the narrator applies to them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Weak Christie novel with excellent narration

Of the Agatha Christie novels I've read, this was the weakest with an uninteresting mystery and characters that are hard to find likeable or interesting. The narration on the other hand is excellent, with Hugh Fraser doing a phenomenal job.


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Clever. And Hugh Fraser is superb.

Loved Mr. Fraser portrayal of Ms. Viner near the end. Delightful. All characters were well done.
You could easily see in your mind's eye the English village, the train, and Nice. Good entertainment.

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All aboard for mystery!

Hugh Fraser does a fantastic job with the many voices in this the story. A colorful cast of characters both help and hinder Poirot as he probes for the truth. All the clues are there, it just takes order and method to figure out the truth.

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Classic Christie

Hugh Fraser perfectly captures the atmosphere of one of my favorite AC novels. Well worth listening to for fans of the genre.

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One of Christie's best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The plot is engaging from the first chapter and, as usual for Christie's work, there is suspense and guessing until the last chapter. I thought the ending was both satisfyingly happy and realistic.

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

Yes, numerous characters being involved, most of whom had secrets and shadows.

What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

His vocal elasticity and inflection for characters is incredible! His narration voice is soothingly deep and steady.

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

Yes! I felt transported to the world inside its covers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very Orient Express

This is a very classic sort of Christie—very reminiscent of Murder on the Orient Express, with hints of jewel thievery and some romance for flavor. I guessed who the murderer was about halfway through, but the method of the murder and how it was accomplished took me by surprise. Christie always manages to take me by surprise in some way. Hugh Fraser can’t be rated highly enough. Excellent read!

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One of my HP faves

A great precursor to MOTOE. Christie begins to explore the possibilities of train-based murder. A blessed return to strong story telling after the dreadful Big Four. Excellent characterisation and fun caricatures (so?)! Fraser in high narrating form.

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Not my favourite in story or narration

This is only time I've heard Hugh Fraser fail a little while narrating an Agatha Christie story (and I've listened to several dozen)....There are some characters here where he has a falsetto, nasal-y voice that sounds kind of ridiculous, and it pulls me out of the story a little bit. It's also not one of my favourite mysteries she's written, and the combination drops this from a 5 to a 4 star.

Still mighty good, though.