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Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger.

As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté gradually converge on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret....

©1925 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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Delightful to listen again and again.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret of Chimneys to be better than the print version?

Hugh Fraser narrated the story very well, gave each character life and personality.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are many surprises, humours and delightful moments in the story.

Any additional comments?

One of my favourite non-Poirot and non-Marple Agatha Christie mystery novel.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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My favorite Agatha Christie novel

Where does The Secret of Chimneys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's difficult to rank this book among the others that I've listened to as they are all such different types of books. The Secret of Chimneys would definitely be close to the top, though.

What did you like best about this story?

This has always been my favorite novel by Agatha Christie. There's something about Anthony Cade that I've loved from the first time I read the book. His carefree manner vs his secretive nature just draws me in every time. <br/>A very likeable main character, a murder mystery, and all set at an English house-party...it just comes together for me and keeps me entertained from the very first word to the very last.

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

The accents. Hugh Fraser's ability to use different accents for every character really makes the book come alive in a way you don't get if you just read the book. Not only does he do several different British accents, but he's also great with the American, French, and Baltic area accents. He makes it that much more entertaining to listen vs read.

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

Without giving too much away about the murder mystery, I'd have to say the scene where they find out who the murderer really is and everyone's reactions. Especially George Lomax - the politician who thinks he knows everything - his reaction is priceless.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend getting The Secret of Chimneys as an audio book. The story itself is one of Agatha Christie's best, in my opinion. Hugh Fraser's performance is spot on and his voice is very enjoyable listening.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Somehow missed the humor before

Perhaps Hugh Fraser should be credited with bringing it out in his wonderful interpretation, but now I know, Agatha Christie really had a way with words, not to mention that the plots and characters were beautifully portrayed. I don't suppose I can offer anything new in my review, so I'll just say I'm glad I eventually noticed that I had been giving 4-5 stars to all the previous Christie audiobooks that I have in my library, and wonder why I only now have come to realize that I'm a fan.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not up to her usual quality

Another great narration by Hugh Fraser, but the story itself is not up the Agatha Christie's usual standards, in my opinion. Probably because this was a very early story of hers -- I like Inspector Battle, but the set up and mystery is both too confusing (fake monarchs of fake countries) and too cliche (stodgy forgetful old men, widow becomes a princess).

I'll gladly listen to Hugh Fraser again and again, but it will be one of Christie's other novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding narration, so-so story

I was really excited to read this given the reviews on goodreads, but I have to say I struggled through the middle terribly. I mean, it's Agatha Christie, so it could never be a bad book, but it just wasn't the best I've read of hers. Many of her books have my mind turning the entire time and that didn't happen for me with this one. I don't think there were enough twists and turns or intrigue laced throughout to keep me in suspense like usual. It finished in true Christie fashion, except I was still left wondering the details of a character mentioned throughout the entire book.

Narration was beyond incredible!! Though I hate using that word, Hugh Fraser deserves the sacrifice. This is the first book I've listened to performed by him, and I have to say I'm now super excited to listen to Christie's Hercule Poirot series.

So to sum it up: not the best, but I'm certainly not mad I used a credit. It as worth it for the narration alone. I'd just say to perhaps not start with this book if you're new to Agatha Christie. Everyone is different though, and perhaps I'm way off considering the high reviews on goodreads.

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  • Patricia
  • CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States
  • 03-29-14

Inspector Battle is Introduced

Where does The Secret of Chimneys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is high up on the list of books I have listened to for relaxation and enjoyment. The narration is excellent and it is clear which character is speaking at any time.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way the Christie weaves the plot so you are never quite sure who did it. The ending was quite good.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favorite?

Anthony Cade

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

Everything is coming up roses

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Long Time Reader of Agatha Christie

I had never read or listened to this book, even thou I thought I had read all of the Agatha Christie novels
It was written in the 1920's and is charming. I loved it

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love My Christie!

That being said, I had some difficulty keeping all of the characters straight in this one. Partially perhaps that I listen during chores and had some interuption between chapters. Despite that, it was still worth the listen and I enjoyed the ending. The narrator is consistently wonderful. One of my favorites.

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Too many secret identities

It was a good story but I did get mixed up with all the secret identities.

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Loved it!

Hugh Fraser is one of my favorite narrators. Agatha Christie is a wonderful author. Great combination​.