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The Early Cases of Hercule Poirot

Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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Publisher's Summary

This collection of 25 Hercule Poirot adventures is compiled from short stories written by Agatha Christie for The Sketch magazine in 1923 from March to December. In these stories, including "The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim", "The Veiled Lady", and "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb", the eccentric private detective slowly and surely solves mysteries involving jealousy, revenge, and greed. These stories were well-received at the time and cemented Christie's reputation as the worthy successor to Arthur Conan Doyle.

©1974 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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1923 Was a Very Good Year

I’ve never studied Golden Age crime fiction; I just enjoy it. So I have no idea if the number, range and quality of these stories are out of the ordinary or if, almost a hundred years ago, everyone was doing this sort of thing. I suspect not. All 25 appeared in different magazines, all in a single year,1923.

Most deliver what we go to the Golden Age for: that “a-ha” moment; that tingle in the back hair when you suddenly “get” it. And that moment of humility as you realize you overlooked “the” clue. And even those few stories that don’t provide that level of enjoyment are still worth the listen.

Our reader, Charles Armstrong, is a man of pretty near Hugh Fraser-like gifts. At times I thought I was listening to Fraser, and that’s about as fine a compliment as any Christie listener can bestow.

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Great short stories

Great short stories, quick to fill in short waits. Fun to listen to. Will look for more.

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What an awesome listen!<br />

My partner told me about this author. so I listen to her first book and been hooked ever since. I would highly recommend all her work.

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Horrible narrator

The only thing I have to say about this book is run! Unless you can ignore the worst French accent ever to be attempted, you will spend more time gritting your teeth than enjoying the storylines.

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Didn’t like the performer

This is the 4th audiobook of Agatha Christie I go through in a week. The story is gripping as always, but the performer ruined it. He spoke in a stressful tone and it felt like as if he was screaming the story instead of reading. I couldn’t listen past the first chapter.

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  • 02-26-19

All round good listen.

Great stories well told. Definitely worth listening too. When is there ever a bad time for Poirot!!