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The Murder at the Vicarage

Narrated by: Joan Hickson
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, "would be doing the world at large a service!"

It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.

©1930 Agatha Christie (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)
"When she really hits her stride, as she does here, she is hard to surpass." (Saturday Review of Literature)
"Joan Hickson: You can't beat her, you know. So enjoy this not-so-fluffy old lady doing her Marple thing. Genius." (Time Out)

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Joan Hickson is perfect

Not perhaps Christie's best, being the earliest of the Miss Marple mysteries, but the puzzle is neatly constructed, and Joan HIckson is the perfect narrator - not simply because she IS Miss Marple, but because she can handle the range of voices, characters and scenes with extraordinary effectiveness

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Like truly living the story.

Loved the audio book. Joan Hickson is the best story teller ever and she pulls us into the mystery and entangling us in the action.

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Joan Hickson - the Eternal Christie Queen

Everything Joan Hickson touches turns to gold ♡
the command she has over her voice is incomparable and her performance with this Marple classic is as always - excellent. She brings the story alive.

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Murder at the Vicarage

Brilliant! Joan Hickson is a gem, speaks like a real upper class English lady and creates a wonderful atmosphere for this clever tale. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • JPH
  • 09-15-17

Joan Hickson the consumate Miss Marple

A Classic Agatha Christie story with the wonderful narration from the consumate Miss Marple, Joan Hickson. If you want an escape from the every day drudgery then this is a must. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Ceripol
  • 08-15-15

Wonderful introduction to Marple

The fluffy old village cat shows her claws in this wonderful village mystery. Beautifully read by the incomparable Joan Hickson; you get a lovely sense of the cosy village atmosphere, and she gives Miss Marple just the right degree of deceptive vagueness when she finally unveils the solution to the baffled police force.

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  • Javics
  • 02-02-19

Dreadful. Can’t listen to it

Joan Hickson is my favourite tv Miss Marple, but my goodness this is dreadful. I’d never appreciated how high pitched her voice is - like fingernails on glass. She isn’t a very clear speaker either. I’m going to return this. I’ve listened to 20 minutes and I can’t take any more.

I also have to question the wisdom of having a female read a book where the narrating character is male... makes it even harder to listen to.

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  • Brid
  • 08-28-17

wonderful narration!

I've seen this many times on tv so I know the story well (including the whodunnit!) but I just loved this audiobook and am sorry to be finished. Joan Hickson was my favourite Miss Marple on tv and her narration here is just perfect.

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  • S Het
  • 10-30-14

Joan Hickson the perfect Miss Marple

Would you consider the audio edition of The Murder at the Vicarage to be better than the print version?

Yes. It really takes you right into the heart of the story. You're really there.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder at the Vicarage?

All of it !

Which character – as performed by Joan Hickson – was your favourite?

Always Miss Marple

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes if I'd had the time

Any additional comments?

I will listen to this again it was so enjoyable.

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  • Shelagh Robinson
  • 01-06-19

Terrible audio version.

Simply cannot understand why a book that is written in the first person, a male vicar,, should be read by a Miss Marple type woman's voice. It made no sense. Do the producers of these audio productions actually ever read the book? . It used to be possible to return ab audible purchase. Can't find out how to do it.If I could I would.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-15-16

Superb

No one can replace Joan Hickson as Miss Marple - perfect understanding and delivery of Agatha Christie's work.

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  • Lorna
  • 06-03-15

Good book, just the wrong reader

The only downside was the reader. She did a wonderful job but you got the impression that she was chosen to sound like Miss Marple, when in fact the story is told by a middle aged man - the vicar. A little more care could be taken in choosing a reader to match the person actually speaking, rather than acting on assumptions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-19

long winded

the story goes on too long and very long winded ,not good enough for listening

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  • Miss Emma Kirby
  • 01-28-19

Joan Hickson is a joy

Such an engaging little story; a lovely way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon trying to guess who did it. Perfect for a little escapism. I love Miss Marple too and Joan Hickson is the perfect narrator. She was and always will be the best Miss Marple in my opinion.

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  • Sam
  • 02-23-19

Horrible narration destroys the story

I couldnt focus on the story thanks to horrific narration. Therefore I dont know how good the story was. Its just a waste of credits/money. If you really are interested in the story, get the book instead of the audiobook.

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  • Barrye Dickinson
  • 07-29-15

Confusing

Although Joan Hickson's narration was beautiful, it was confusing that she was reading in the first person of a male character. It did my head in. I kept thinking SHE was Miss Marple. Didn't work for me - and the story itself was one of AC's worst.

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  • mrsvee
  • 05-16-16

Wonderful reading

Joan Hickson does not pretend to be other characters but her reading makes it believable.

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