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Publisher's Summary

Baghdad is holding a secret superpower summit, but the word is out, and an underground organization in the Middle East is plotting to sabotage the talks.

Into this explosive situation appears Victoria Jones, a young woman with a yearning for adventure who gets more than she bargains for when a wounded spy dies in her hotel room.

The only man who can save the summit is dead. Can Victoria make sense of his dying words? "Lucifer...Basrah...Lefarge."

©1951 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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Last 2 chapters missing!!

What made the experience of listening to They Came to Baghdad the most enjoyable?

This is a lesser known Christie book, but one of my favorites. Imagine my disappointment to find that the recording does NOT include the ending to the book!!!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Dave G
  • SPRINGFIELD, OH, US
  • 06-30-13

Last chapter is missing :(

What did you love best about They Came to Baghdad?

Great story!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It was wonderful until I got to the end and realized the last chapter is missing!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Nan51
  • Sammamish, WA USA
  • 06-27-13

Great until it wasn't

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The audible narration stopped at Chapter 22. Unfortunately, the book continued through Chapter 25. Emilia Fox was a wonderful reader. She's a very fine actress and it comes through as she reads. Thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing. I only wish it had continued through the end of the novel.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was original and unexpected. Agatha Christie created a memorable heroine. Similar to her early writing with Tommy and Tuppence but more developed. As a fan, I expected to be intrigued and she did not fail me.

I was surprised by who the villain turned out to be.

What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

Her characterizations gave life to the words on the page. I could imagine the scene and scenary from England to Egypt and Iraq.

Do you think They Came to Baghdad needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I would have liked to have read more stories with Victoria Jones as the lead character but this story certainly stands on its own.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read and hear more Agatha Christie books --- as long as they are complete!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

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

No

Has They Came to Baghdad turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Any additional comments?

This book was not finished. If Final Destination was end like this book, it would have ended when Hilary arrived at the leper colony.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Keeps Your Interest

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

I've read this book several times and now I've listened to this audible version. It may be one of my favorites because we get to see a great description of life in the Middle East through Agatha Christie's eyes.
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What does Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the characters to life and gives them personality. She also adds the element of surprise and suspense that carries you along and keeps your interest.

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

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

Any additional comments?

I would like to see this made into a movie.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mm
  • FL
  • 05-12-16

Excellent performance

Emilia is the perfect Victoria! Cant say which we like better; the story or the character.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another Great Christie Story

What made the experience of listening to They Came to Baghdad the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed Emilia Fox's narration. She distinctly expressed each character and kept me interested until the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Victoria Jones was my favorite character. Beautiful,funny, and smart as a whip, Victoria's wild ride From England to Baghdad and beyond.

What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed her voice and how she changed it for each of the main characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mollie
  • United States
  • 07-18-12

Christie fails to deliver

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have read almost 70 of Agatha Christie's works, and this is by far, one of her worst ever!

What was most disappointing about Agatha Christie’s story?

The book is not finished. Christie just quits in the middle of the action!

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

I love Emilia Fox's voice. She is a great narrator, and it is only her narration that made the book durable.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from They Came to Baghdad?

I would not cut any! I would just finish it.

Any additional comments?

This would be a good book if the book had been completed.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • WWM
  • Belleville, IL
  • 09-08-13

Problem with the recording

What did you love best about They Came to Baghdad?

One of agatha Christie's best....but the audible version is missing the last three chapters! Luckily I got the kindle version at the same time and was able to read the end or I would have been pretty frustrated leaving the heroine just as she was in the greatest peril!

What three words best describe Emilia Fox’s voice?

Good old English voice. Nice that its recognized a woman can read men's voices just as men can read women's. she does a great job.

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

It was fun...a little old fashioned in a sense, but still bringing the sights and sounds and a time gone by....the characters were very visible...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • LAKEVILLE, MA, United States
  • 06-22-13

A Good A. Christie non Miss M. or H. Peirot

Would you listen to They Came to Baghdad again? Why?

I don't know that I would listen to the story again knowing the outcome of the mystery. However, Emilia Fox does a very nice job narrating the different characters in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful