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The Clocks

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 37
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (492 ratings)

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Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent - not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it's clear that they are going to need a very good detective.

"This crime is so complicated that it must be quite simple," declares Hercule Poirot. But there's a murderer on the loose, and time is ticking away.

©1963 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent in every way

I have not listened to anything else done by Hugh Fraser but he sure does add to the enjoyment of a very excellent story.

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I forgot that this was one I didn't care for

Hugh Fraser is great, with a wide range of characters and accents.

too bad the story is overworked and drawn out. never really felt that interested in getting to the answer.

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  • Andrea
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 03-21-13

False Advertising

What did you like best about The Clocks? What did you like least?

I do enjoy Agatha Christie, but when I this popped up as Hercule Poirot, I was not expecting him to be a character who is only featured on occasion. Also, of all the plots, I found this one the most hard to believe at the end...not a bad listen at all, just not my fave of the Hercule Poirot stories.

Would you be willing to try another book from Agatha Christie? Why or why not?

Absolutely, have listened to lots of her other stuff and enjoy it.

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

Poirot. Shocker, since I was seeking stories about him...

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Nope. Movies are long, overpriced and not worth it unless they are the Lord of the Rings or James Bond :)

Any additional comments?

Love Audible!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Too little of Poirot

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The thing about this book is that it drags a little. And there's really very little of Hercule Poirot in it. Hugh Frasier is very good. His Poirot is almost indistinguishable from David Suchet's, probably from all those years playing opposite each other in the movies.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not that I would dare to think I could improve on Christie, but in this instance I felt it could have moved a lot faster, and I felt that the central character - who was not actually Poirot, so calling it a Hercules Poirot mystery is misleading - was not as worldy as he was supposed to be. In fact, he felt rather flat. I just didn't care what happened with him.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

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Agatha Christie must have really hated Poirot at this point

I’ve always heard that Agatha Christie hated Poirot later in life, and you can kind of tell here. He’s barely in the book and he’s portrayed as being much more annoying than he is in her earlier books. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. It had some Cold War spy action for flavor. I guessed part of the ending but not all of it. Hugh Fraser is absolutely magnificent, as always.

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Ticking Clocks, Hercule Poirot,and Spies

The Clocks, one of Agatha Christie's later novels, is a fun mix of her signature style mystery with intrigue and Cold War spies thrown in for good measure. Sometimes, I'd have to go back and listen to a chapter again to make sure I was catching all the hints being dropped along the way. The ending was a surprise, which made listening until the end a pleasure. Hugh Fraser is my favorite reader of Agatha Christie novels. I recommend this to all Christie fans.

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Lightweight whodunnit, nicely narrated

This is a particularly lightweight mystery, pleasant but not really interesting or compelling. Hugh Fraser narrated it well, however, and I won't hesitate to download another book with him as a reader.

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  • Nina
  • Berkeley, CA, United States
  • 12-29-12

No poirot

What could Agatha Christie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not a terrible mystery, but kind of lame cause poirot was barely in it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Underwhelmed.

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Great read!

Agatha christie never disappoints. Great history and characters. Very well read. Overall i loved it.

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Excellent

As always, an excellent book by Christie. I am happy to say this is the first book I've read of hers where I correctly guessed the murderer. Fraser does an outstanding job with all the voices. Far better than any movie version.

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