Extended Audio Sample

Download Appointment with Death: A Hercule Poirot Mystery Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Appointment with Death: A Hercule Poirot Mystery Audiobook, by Agatha Christie Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,851 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hercule Poirot Mysteries Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780062229427
Regular Price: $18.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $14.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to audio.

The unstoppable Poirot finds himself in the Middle East with only one day to solve a murder in this classic Agatha Christie mystery, Appointment with Death.

Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her.

With only twenty-four hours available to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalled a chance remark he’d overheard back in Jerusalem: “You see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?” Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he’d ever met.

Download and start listening now!

c1in

Quotes & Awards

  • “Twice as brilliant as Death on the Nile, which was entirely brilliant.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Good reading, though it has the one Christie shortcoming—the final evidence contains matter of which the reader can have no knowledge. Again Hercule Poirot deduces his solution of the death of a hateful old American woman whose power complex is ruining her family. Conversations with the family and fellow tourists in the Holy Land give him his ammunition in twenty-four hours.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Hugh Fraser’s engaging reading makes the time pass pleasantly. Vacationing in Jerusalem, the Belgian detective encounters the Boyntons, a wealthy American family dominated by its tyrannical matriarch. When the old lady suddenly dies on an excursion to the ruins at Petra in Jordan, her children come under suspicion. As usual with Christie’s tales, there are romantic complications among the tourists as well…Fraser, best known as Captain Hastings in the televised versions of the Poirot stories, gives his usual sympathetic reading, making the protagonists seem to have greater depth. For Fraser’s efforts alone, this is recommended for popular collections.”

    Library Journal audio review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 1/15/2014

    " This is only the second Agatha Christie book I have read and both seem to have very unlikable characters in them. I wonder now if they all do. The fact is that the story was well written and kept my attention. But I would rather read about people I like and in some way can relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alberte | 1/5/2014

    " This is the first Agatha Christie book I've read - despite watching the TV interpretations of Poirot's mysteries plenty of times. It was splendid!! Left me guessing all the way through it. I quite enjoyed the psychological aspects of the story, which is revolves around actually, as they offered a nice twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Goose | 1/4/2014

    " I thought for sure I had this one figured out and I did get it part right. I enjoyed this one for the psychology attached to the Boynton family and for the great characterization given to all the characters including Lady Westholme, the rather imperious MP, Dr.Gerard, the French doctor, Miss Pierce, a scatterbrained goose, and Miss Sarah King, a newly degreed doctor. As with many Christie novels, more than one person lies and many people have something to hide. The ending while happy for the Boynton family may be a bit romantic, leading me to think that Christie had no intention of punishing them any further than the character of the stepmother already had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 12/24/2013

    " My first AC novel. Not sure what the big fuss is about. Will try one more perhaps... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 12/5/2013

    " Probably the worst Agatha Christie book I've ever read. Normally, her characters are likable, the plot (and how Poirot solves the mystery) is interesting, and the identity and motive of the murderer is surprising but makes sense. In Appointment With Death, none of the characters are likable, the plot is extremely dull, the reader falls asleep during Poirot's deductions, and the murderer comes out of left field in a very loose case. Agatha Christie is a great writer, but Appointment With Death is flat-out terrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vaishnavi | 11/24/2013

    " Another awesome book from Agatha Christie! The way the plot is solved.. it's like the truth actually stares in your face, but you just have no idea about it!! :) An amazing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linnea | 9/25/2013

    " Super good, but the movie was poo poo. Quite different from the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dewie | 8/27/2013

    " Kisah seorang ibu yg amat dominan. Anak2nya sampe stress, bahkan ada yg nyaris gila. Tiba2 ibu tsb dibunuh. Siapa pembunuhnya? Anak2nya kah? Atau.....??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phani | 4/24/2013

    " I read through Poirot's notes thrice to find the clue but without success. Kept me guessing until the last moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TheRose | 4/4/2013

    " One of her better ones, riveting from the first page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keegan | 10/8/2012

    " The ending felt like such a cop out "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Forney | 9/14/2012

    " This was my Halloween read... Quick and compelling... as usual for a Christie I didn't know until the last pages who done it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rainey | 6/24/2012

    " A very good read. The conclusion, however, I found to be a little "safe" for Christie--very conclusive and romantic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack Barraclough | 3/21/2012

    " One of the strangest Agatha Christie's so far. I feel like nothing much happened in this book - the story was over almost before it had started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/22/2012

    " It has been a very long time since I have read anything by Christie but this one wasn't as good as I seem to remember others such as MOTOE, And Then There Were None, Elephants Can Remember, ABC Murders. Still a fun, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michalle | 10/22/2011

    " My favorite Agatha Christie book, for the memorable villain and the character Ginevra. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raina | 5/31/2011

    " "She was much respected and almost universally disliked." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shreya | 5/26/2011

    " The most twisting end any one could never think it was HER!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexi | 5/19/2011

    " A typical but excellent read. Enjoyable because it's set in Jordan--in PETRA, one of my favorite places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 5/10/2011

    " It is a fun read, always wondering if you can figure out the murderer from the clues divulged throughout the story. It was also a fun listen to with all the accents. Americans were not portrayed very well, but was interesting to get the comments of the characters of us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/5/2011

    " I read this after watching the BBC production with the same title. It was interesting to see how it had been adapted. This is classic A.C. with a great sense of atmosphere as well, as it is set near the ancient city of Petra and then partly in Jerusalem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 4/5/2011

    " This book was the best of the ones I've read from her! AMAZING!!! I loved how she completed the ending and didn't leave it hanging loose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabell | 3/17/2011

    " This was a very good piece of work by Miss Christie. While I suspected some characters, I didn't for one moment suspect the actual murderer. As always a real treat listening to the audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/24/2011

    " As always, a fun Agatha Christie read. I do like it that it was based in the Middle East, Petra, during the time that the British Empire stil held the reigns of power. Of course Hercule Poriot was at his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/20/2011

    " Já li há muitos anos, uma boa história! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 1/16/2011

    " I think I'm getting the hang of figurong out her murderer. Her books are entertaining and quick. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

About the Narrator

Hugh Fraser is an English actor and theater director who is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and is currently an associate tutor, director, and member of the audition panel at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, specializing in Shakespeare. He is the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.