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Editorial Reviews

Originally published in 1922, the story finds Tuppence and Tommy reacquainting themselves and grappling with various spies in their first adventure. While neither a very well-known nor very well-respected series, the two are rather cute, and Penelope Dellaporta portrays a sense of this without going over the edge. She gives an enthusiastic narration, and if her rendition of an American accent occasionally becomes distracting, she otherwise bounds happily around this complex story, admirably tackling the many different forces that were part of England between the Wars. She does an especially effective job with the spirited Tuppence, although when the plot falls into the particularly improbable, she is unable to raise it with her narration.

Publisher's Summary

In 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership, hiring themselves out as "young adventurers". Their first case, however, is more of an adventure than they expect. It involves finding documents that, if they were known to the general public, would fuel a communist revolution in Britain.

Tommy and Tuppence know that Jane Finn was carrying top secret documents when she disappeared five years ago. What they don't know is that a killer is targeting a sinister older woman because she knows all about Jane. And soon Tommy and Tuppence are themselves in grave danger.

(P)2006 Tantor Media Inc.

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  • Linda
  • Longview, TX, United States
  • 11-24-13

Vintage Intrique Romp

I enjoyed the story and had no problem with the narration. Think of this one as RETRO! Anglophile style. It's also nice to read an early Agatha Christie story.

The story is pleasantly convoluted. The naiveté of the principals is charming.

This is not today's hard-edged mystery.

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  • Kira
  • Connecticut, USA
  • 06-18-07

Terrible Narration!

I had read this years ago I thought it would be a fun and nostalgic listen. The book does suffer from some cringe-producing dialogue (especially with Christie's attempts at American lingo), but listening to the audio version was torturous. If the plot didn't have the usual Christie twists and suspense, I wouldn't have been able to get through it. The narrator does such a terrible job I just can't understand why she was chosen for this project. She sounds like she must be a much older woman and yet all the main characters are young twenty and thirty-somethings. An older woman attempting to sound like young men just comes off as simply ridiculous and really distracts from the story. It would be bad enough if the problem was only with the younger male characters, but she even puts on a false, high-pitched, sing-songey voice for Tuppence! Instead of making Tuppence sound young (which I assume is the intent) it makes her come off like a high strung old lady! It would have been far better if the narrator had just read the book without any attempts to "act" it out.

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Great Christy! (Not Great Narration)

The story is typically Christy - interesting and enjoyable! I found the narration annoying, especially Tuppence's loud exclamations and shrill squeaky voice. Ugh.

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Don't overlook this book

I loved this book. It was refreshing to hear an Agatha Christie novel that I hadn't ready seen on tv and with new characters. I was kept guessing until the end.

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Terrible narrator

What made the experience of listening to The Secret Adversary the most enjoyable?

As always, an excellent story from our Queen of Crime, but truly terrible narration. Try to rise above it

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Great Listen!-but....

The narrator's voice was crisp and clear, but it was very distracting when she tried to have different voices for each character. I would've preferred just to listen to the story. Good Christie story!

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Introduction to partners in crime

A good story, but chaotic but excellently presented. Lots of twists and turns and looking back it seems obvious but well constructs its journey