The ABC Murders

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 13
Length: 6 hrs
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There's a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole country is in a state of panic.

A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarkein Churston. With each murder, the killer is getting more confident - but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal, mistake.

©1936 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers
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🚂🔪🗝📝⚰️☕️🧩Better Than the Malkovitch Series!🧩🔮🎲🚂🗺📞📽⚖️

Inspired by the recent series starring John Malkovitch, I finally listened to this title, and was not disappointed. In fact, this is tons more fun than the series; where the series is dark, gloomy (almost depressing) and slow-moving, this book is light, fun, funny, and fast-paced. Whereas Malkovitch’s Poirot is alone, lonely, downcast and defeated by age and encroaching infirmity, this is the Poirot I remember from my youth: wisecracking, gently ribbing his faithful sidekick and affectionate companion Hastings, facing old age with good humor and aplomb, and delighting in another opportunity to exercise The Little Gray Cells. The plot is intriguing and fast-moving, the characters well drawn, the final denouement mostly unpredictable and with a good twist, and plot holes or inconsistencies generally nonexistent. Dame Agatha was a very careful writer at her best, and this is one of her best. Enjoy!

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Hugh Fraser is the best!!

Hugh Fraser is the best narrator of Agatha Christie. Made the mistake of buying another Agatha Christie audiobook with another narrator. Wanted to bang my head against a wall. I'll only listen to Hugh Fraser from now on!!

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First Serial Murder Case Told by Hastings

Another installment illustrations the methodical workings of Hercule Poirot's little gray cells. Rather fantastic seeming, the first serial murder case Hastings has told us about. The alphabetical nature did have me wondering. I liked the new investigative legion of victims' family/friends to help hone in on the culprit. I particularly liked a comment Poirot made about how conversation was the undoing of concealment and his quoting that speech was man's invention to prevent thinking. He hinged much throughout the investigation on what would come to light in the course of discussion - and, of course, he was right. And as always he (and the narrative) employed a little misdirection and suggestion while the pieces fell into place. Leading up to the traditional reveal scene I still had no clue how the explanation would go...my suspicions had been thoroughly diverted. Until he said something in the early moments of his speech about the nature and personality of the killer, and it suddenly dawned on me. Still a nice little surprise or two in the denouement after that. Trusty narrator Fraser again did not disappoint, incorporating numerous voices and accents to distinguish not only the traditional cast but more than a dozen other major and minor players. An interesting mystery, unique in many ways, and yet still classic Christie / Poirot style.

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Jolly good mystery!

I really do enjoy these well-narrated Agatha Christie novels, and this one doesn't disappoint. Although I'm not a huge fan of the egotistical Poirot, I am a big fan of Christie's mysteries and her (other) characters and, yes, Poirot is growing on me, if only as a somewhat laughable genius.

This mystery involves a series of alphabetical murders - the person's name and their town, running down the alphabet - that have been fortold in a series of taunting letters sent to Poirot, daring him to stop them or solve them. For reasons that later become apparent, it takes Poirot to the fourth murder (in Doncaster) to solve the problem and find the murder. In the interim, there are suspects, witnesses, red herrings, subtle clues, and a roulette wheel.

I recently found out that the character of Arthur Hastings (Poirot's friend who chronicles many of his adventures in several Agatha Christie novels) was played for almost 25 years on TV by the narrator of this book, Hugh Fraser. A nice match.

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The ABC Murders

I watched the 3 part episodes of this story on Prime. It was very dark and I was unable to understand some of the dialogue. That’s why I wanted to listen to the story on Audible. I understand the story now and really enjoyed it. It’s amazing how one reader can do all of those different voices! An excellent job!!

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One of AC's masterpieces

I know "masterpiece" is supposed to refer to one work. However In Agatha Christie's case there are a handful that are really special. This is one of them. I read this many years ago so I knew the ending. I still thoroughly enjoyed the listen.

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not as captivating as her other works

this story was different from the others because the characters didn't know each other and I think that's why I didn't enjoy it as much.

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Wonderful

It's wonderfully done. If you want a good mystery this is it. Reader is excellent.

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Loved!!!

Hugh Fraser does amazing work, rightly suited with the writings of Agatha Christie! I can’t wait for my next listen!

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Gets the gears in your head turning

The characters were engaging, the story kept me on the edge of my seat, and the narrator did a good job encapsulating the personalities of the varied characters. I actually heard about this book from a video game based off it, but after going through I can be certain I prefer the book more