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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,596 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Korda Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9780743545327
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The bestselling author of Queenie and The Fortune combines brilliant storytelling with a special inside perspective on the theater to create a tantalizing portrayal of the scandalous lives of two celebrated actors and their glittering circle.

Felicia Lisle and Robert Vane—she the Oscar-winning star of the world’s greatest epic motion picture, he the greatest English actor—are the perfect couple, until Vane’s moody genius and Felicia’s private demons begin to tear them apart.

Curtain is an absorbing and highly entertaining novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Korda’s latest sweeping melodrama is set in London theaters and Hollywood studios of the 1940s…Korda knows the milieu and keeps the pages turning.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Korda’s tightest, most smoothly written, most tackily distasteful novel, in a lengthening line of tacky tales, and his best ever…it’s riveting, especially Korda’s rich ideas about classical acting and the Vanes’ talents.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/8/2014

    " Another brain twister from Christie. I had just read Murder on the Orient Express and on the back cover it says, "Have you read "Curtain"? It was my last case. And I took it to mean that it was his prior case and now it turns out he dies! That blows! Well, I am sure I have a ton more Poirot books to read before I finish them all. I thought the "curtain" thing meant it was all an act, especially when he said he came back from Egypt "better" than when he left, I thought it was all staged for the killer's benefit. Wrong! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Utari | 2/6/2014

    " Agatha Christie was great!! This book was unpredictable. Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Princess Melanie | 2/3/2014

    " Now as an avid fan of Hercule Poirot I have almost been dreading this book BUT....What an AMAZING finale. .. there's not a lot I can say without giving anything away but I was suitably very impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gunawan | 1/29/2014

    " The death of my favorite detective. Well, at least he died solving a case. A legacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Estee | 1/25/2014

    " This is the best of all Hercule Poirot story! Hercule Poirot's play is over and the curtain has to be closed... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/8/2014

    " Short, easy to read, and good. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Wells | 1/8/2014

    " Outstanding! Poirot's last case with an amazing twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Shaw | 12/26/2013

    " A great read, sad and very shocking in the end you'd never believe it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lohita | 12/21/2013

    " this is superb "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maren | 12/19/2013

    " I was disappointed with the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 katie | 12/18/2013

    " This was probably the best one yet! Right until the last chapter you think you know who it was and then bam! you were wrong! Applause to Ms. Christie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariana | 12/11/2013

    " I have to admit, I did tear up a bit at the end of this novel. However, it was still a fitting end for Poirot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona Khawli | 11/28/2013

    " AMAZING book. Definitely one of Agatha Christie's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabine | 11/28/2013

    " Generally love Agatha Christie, but this one was definitely not my favorite. The story is a bit bizarre. Still, for most of it (except the ending) a light, fairly enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fei | 3/10/2013

    " Seri terakhir Hercule Poirot, detektif favorit gw.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kartix | 3/5/2013

    " Really an intellegent end to my favorite detective! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Novie Octavia | 2/8/2013

    " When Hercule Poirot does a criminal in end of his life and none aware and notice until his bestfriend read Poirot's letter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandie | 10/26/2011

    " This was a remarkable book...and such an emotional ending for me...I loved it! Probably my favorite book by Dame Agatha!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harini Srinivasan | 7/16/2011

    " Good mystery, but bad book. Old detectives, like old soldiers, should never die but only fade away. "

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

    " Poirot's last mystery. Very good read... I finally figured out one : ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/8/2011

    " This was the first Poirot book I've read, and I think in this story that was a disadvantage as I didn't have a chance to really get to know the characters previously. In the end all the pieces fit together very neatly, possibly too much so for my liking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabina | 2/27/2011

    " Poirot's last case - with a surprising twist ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 2/26/2011

    " I love Hercule Poirot and just had to read his last mystery. I think I cried at the end. This is a fantastic mystery full of twists till the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniella Sampepajung | 3/26/2010

    " The last book of Agatha Christie's hero, Hercule Poirot. Conclude Poirot's adventures very well. I was burst into tear when he died, he really was one of my favorite character of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S | 1/31/2010

    " Superb. Haunting, even. This book is a fitting end to Poirot's career. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 7/22/2009

    " Wish I hadn't even read this one.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dahniar | 3/13/2009

    " sedih banget,didetik terakhir pun poirot masih sempat menyelesaikan satu kasus.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 4/29/2008

    " Didn't love it. Not a bad story, but the characters aren't lovable. On the other hand, a nice look into a forgotten generation of actors.
    "

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About the Author

Michael Korda is the former editor in chief of Simon & Schuster and is the author of many books, most recently With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain. He served in the Royal Air Force and lives in Dutchess County, New York.

About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.