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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Narrated by: Melissa Clifford
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 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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A great story

A very good mystery. Bit disappointed by the narration. However it cost very little and I was pleased to persevere.
Fun to hear characters voices by this narrator. Ms Clifford’s voice is quite pleasant.

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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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  • Amazon 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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  • 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.