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The Golden Ball and Other Stories

Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Is it a gesture of goodwill or a sinister trap that lures Rupert St. Vincent and his family to a magnificent estate? How desperate is Joyce Lambert, a destitute young widow whose only recourse is to marry a man she despises? What unexpected circumstance stirs old loyalties in Theodora Darrell, an unfaithful wife about to run away with her lover?

In this collection of short stories, the answers are as unexpected as they are satisfying. The Queen of Mystery takes bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder to inventive new heights.

©1971 Agatha Christie Limited All Rights Reserved (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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  • Kathy
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 06-11-13

Surprise - Great Stories that I hadn't read

What a treat it was to listen to these stories. For one thing, I never knew Agatha Christie wrote any stories concerning the supernatural. Not all of these employ supernatural elements, but they are all enjoyable and the narrations are over-the -top. I think I feel my British roots asserting themselves!
Highly recommend, a great summer listen as they are short stories and you can finish in a car or plane ride.
I hated to see these end and will definitely listen again sometime - you know, there's always some subtle things you miss the first time. That said, in the story with the cat, I have never seen two such clueless characters trying to solve the mystery. But it was very entertaining anyway.

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Alright but disappointing in places.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no, too many holes and not the typical writing of Christie

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

Love Christies writing, this combination of stories was not up to par. Many of the stories seemed to end too soon, too quickly.

Did The Golden Ball and Other Stories inspire you to do anything?

Not to buy another combination book.

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Not What I Expected, But a Pleasant Surprise

These fifteen stories range everywhere, from light romance to the occult. Apparently, the queen of mystery could turn her hand to other subjects besides bodies in libraries and types of little-known Asiatic poison. Even without such riveting centerpieces to a story, Christie is able to create engaging characters and entertaining plots. In the light of the American Psychological Association’s recent classification of masculinity as a disorder, it’s interesting to note that several of these tales revolve around a male character discovering and asserting his masculinity—to the surprise and delight of the women in their lives.

The switch from Hugh Frasier’s smooth, even delivery to Christopher Lee’s more rugged reading was, at first, a jar, but both do a superb job. The stories assigned to Lee do seem to suit his particular approach.

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Early Christie Stories?

Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Hugh Fraser and Christopher Lee ?

The stories here are short and very simple. There are none of her familiar characters and I wondered if these stories were written early in her career. The mysteries are ways to get couples together and marriage is quickly proposed after a short meeting. The supernatural stories were very different, with the Hound of Death having a bit of Lovecraft feel. Both narrators were excellent.

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Agatha Christie not at her best

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The first half of the audio book is read wonderfully by Hugh Fraser and consists of lighthearted mysteries with a hint of romance. The second half of the audio book is read dourly by Christopher Lee and contains tales of the supernatural. Yes, Agatha Christie goes creepy here and well, it just does not suit her style of writing and storytelling.

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Great, even if it's a bit too familiar.

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Great collection of Christie short stories. A couple that I read in earlier books, but still enjoyable. Some gems in here.

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Very enjoyable listen

This is two books of short stories narrated by two different people. The narration is excellent. There is a distinct difference between the two books. The first contains several stories that are not specific to any of Christie's regular detectives. The second, however, consists of stories that involve a touch of the supernatural, something that fascinated her. I really enjoyed these stories, and recommend them to any Christie fan. The short stories are good for times when you want something that doesn't require a long time commitment.

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Good Listening

l enjoyed most of the stories. They were certainly varied. l thought the narrators were very good. They put a lot of expression in their reading. l will be listening to it many times, l am sure.

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I found the stories bland and not at all interesting.
Would never have guessed she was the author.

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Some fluff, but some really good ones


A very good collection of short stories from the Queen of Mystery. Standout stories are "The Strange Case of Sir Andrew Carmichael" which concerns a murder plot and the ghost of a gray cat and "Next to a Dog", not a mystery story but a simple, well told tale of a girl at her wits end, who has only the love of her dog to keep her going. The tales Christopher Lee reads, which had been published in the UK as The Hound of Death, are overall better tales, as some of the others are slight romances, where people fall in love after knowing each other mere hours!