The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Narrated by: Melissa Clifford
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In her first published mystery, Agatha Christie introduces readers to the heroic detective, Hercule Poirot. This is a classic murder mystery set in the outskirts of Essex. The victim is the wealthy mistress of Styles Court. The list of suspects is long and includes her gold-digging new spouse and stepsons, her doctor, and her hired companion.

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Transcends time... a classic

Agatha Christie set the standard for the contemporary detective procedural. She is always worth the time. I believe this is one of her first, and the way she draws characters, and unfolds the solving of the crime is exemplary. Of course we include Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian with the grey cells.. I believe this should have had a male narrator, as the story is told from the perspective of Mr. Hastings.. but, alors, it still remains a classic.

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Narrator Ruins Great Book

Christie never disappoints, but this narrator was a poor choice. She might be great for another book, but her girlish voice and juvenile emotions do NOT fit the cool, methodical Hercule! I had to work to try to ignore her interpretation. Actually, Poirot probably should be read by a man. Period.

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needs a new reader

This is not a review of the story. It's Agatha Christie, so we all know what we're in for. This is a review of the reader. She wasn't terrible, but wasn't great. She only gave unique voices to a couple of characters, and her emoting was pretty spotty. It kind of felt like this was her first time reading it, so she was just reading directly from the page. When speaking as Poirot, it was difficult to tell if he's supposed to be from Belgium or from India with the accent she used. But my main complaint is, that while she did pronounce some of the French words well, every instance of "monsieur" and "mademoiselle" was wrong. Monsieur was always either "mon-seur", "mon-shur", or "moo-seur". This may not bother others, but, having studied French, it drove me nuts. In addition, the volume kept fluctuating.

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Classic Christie

Hercule Poirot makes his debut in Agatha Christie's first mystery novel. I loved the diminutive detective in the PBS series and that is unchanged , listening to this novel. It is a book of its time, and one needs to realize that going in, as far as vocabulary . I enjoyed it.

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Not the right narration

A female narrator for a book written in first person by a male character is an odd choice and for me, it doesn’t work.

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great book!

it was a great book, I love mysteries. I tried guessing the murders countless times and got them wrong love this type of mystery!

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Poirot accent off, but a good price

Overall it was decent, but the accent for Poirot was off, which is crucial.

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Female reads, main characters are make

Since this is Hastings (make) telling the story, and the main character is Poirot, a male (one with a good French accent) would have been preferable.

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Great story, poor narrator

Fabulous first foray of Poirot. Very enjoyable. The narrator though struggled with his accent and certain words.

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Keeps you guessing

Love Agatha Christie and this closed room murder mystery. Did not like a female voice reading for a Male narrator despite the fact that she was good I kept having to remind myself who was "speaking ".

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  • Priscilla
  • 06-12-19

Dreadful narration

This book was completely ruined by the narration. Not only was the narrator unable to pronounce even the simplest French words - 'Mon-seer' Poirot was infuriating - but she also made hideous errors on fairly simple English words. She also ignored the natural grammatical pauses of commas and full stops, running one sentetence into another, which made the story very hard to listen to. I gave up half way through.

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  • Susan M Price
  • 06-12-19

Disappointed

I love a good Agatha Christie story, so was glad to find this one on sale at a very small price. Sadly though, the performance is not up to the standard you usually get from Audible. Some words very oddly pronounced too. Very distracting. The voice completely spoilt it for me.

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  • John M. Howitt
  • 06-15-19

OK but the pronunciation was a bit weird

It was a free book so I don't want to complain too much and it did hold me for the whole story but the narrator had some strange way of pronouncing some of the words. Quarrel became Querl. Strychnine which I pronounce Strick-neen was Strick-9 (but that could be me) and there were one or two more that I forget. Also there were pauses missing where I would have expected them but the sentence ended and the the next one started instantly. That though could be editing. On balance worth listening to and interesting in that it was the first Poirot story

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-14-19

The mysterious affair at styles

I'm sorry but I found the narration irritating also a female voice speaking for a male seemed wrong apart from that it is a good story well told although the pronunciation of the word quarrel is irritating being delivered as quirril so sorry no

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  • TB
  • 06-18-19

Horrid narration -

Story good. Terrible narration. Agatha as usual excellent. Story good. Terrible narration. Agatha as usual excellent.

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  • James
  • 08-05-19

Terrible narration

Really awful. I don't know what accent this person has naturally but it's barely covered up by the faux-posh she puts on for this book. I found it barely tolerable and then MON-shure Poirot appeared and that was the end of it for me. She also pauses in odd places and doesn't seem to have the sense of what she's reading. She pronounces the name LAW-rence and her Belgian accent is... well spare yourself.

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  • debbie evans
  • 07-10-19

Affair at the moment style

It was hard work as it would of been better with a male reader Melissa Clifford was OK but not brilliant I found it annoying

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  • Seafr
  • 06-22-19

Disappointing

I purchased this for 78 pence, it was an offer. Even for that price I am not going to keep it. I couldn't listen to it as it is so badly read. that is a shame as it is a good story, but even that couldn't stop me sending it back.

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  • Suzy Elizabeth Robinson
  • 06-21-19

Poorly read

How disappointing to have an Agatha Christie so poorly read. Mispronunciations of English words with stress on the wrong syllable (was the reader American?); wrongly pronounced French words which, whilst clearly expected from some characters, were difficult to accept from Hastings himself and the characters from a Middle Class family at that time. Surely, for instance, they would have been able to pronounce ‘Monsieur’ correctly and I am positive that Hercule Poirot would have been able to do so. I was incredulous to hear him pronounce it with the first syllable as Mon, as in ‘on’! The speed at which the text was read was also too fast (I actually checked that I had not accidentally increased the speed to 1.5). All in all, a good story spoiled for me.