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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,448 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: John Moffatt Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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John Moffatt stars as the great Belgian detective in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. Famous crime novelist Ariadne Oliver, visiting her friend Judith Butler in the little town of Woodleigh Common, is invited to a Hallowe'en Party put on by society hostess Mrs Rowena Drake for the local teenagers.

During her preparations for the party, the conversation turns to Ariadne's grisly novels. One of the teenagers, Joyce Reynolds, boasts that she once witnessed a murder, although she didn't realise at the time what she'd seen. Convinced that she is just trying to attract attention, no-one believes her - but later she is found tragically drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. Distraught, Ariadne decides to call upon the services of her old friend Hercule Poirot to solve the case.

Assuming that Joyce was killed because of what she said, Poirot knows he must find out if the teenager was telling the truth. If so, there is not just one death for him to investigate, but two....

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyrie | 2/17/2014

    " This is my other favorite Christie story - Poirot stuck in a typical English village (where you'd expect to find Miss Marple) and he's trying to find out who drowned a girl in an apple bobbing bucket, and why. I love the way the present is all tied up in the past in this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 2/16/2014

    " Shocking. Dark. Beautiful. One fo my new favorites of her mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 2/5/2014

    " A lovely, absorbing Agatha Christie, as always. I enjoyed this one very much, as I usually enjoy Poirot. I always think I'll be able to figure it out and never do. This time, I was half right at least. ;) The only problem with this one, for me, was the character Ariadne. She was SO irritating that I actually just glossed over almost every long-winded paragraph she dominated. Luckily, she pretty much only talks endlessly near the beginning and end. I love Hercule Poirot so obnoxious characters won't keep me away from him ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/27/2014

    " Another great Hercule Poirot mystery. This one was creepier than some of the others from Agatha Christie. Also features Ariadne Oliver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/22/2014

    " Quite repetitive and dull in the beginning, but it really picks up in the second half. There's a lot going on here, and it all works for the most part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharidya Rahman the Vampires empire | 1/12/2014

    " The book was slow to start off but then initiated continous thrill and excitement. It was alluring and intriguing. The ending was rather a twist very likely of Agatha Christie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave M. | 1/9/2014

    " [Relevant to AC's other mystery novels.] "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fanficfan44 | 12/31/2013

    " Really well crafted mystery. Interesting characters. Enjoyed this more than I expected to. i have read this Miss Marple but not the Poirot mysteries from Christie so this was a first. I would definitely recommend to mystery fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 12/21/2013

    " An interesting, though twisted, mystery of death at a halloween party. Poirot is as clever as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin O'Riordan | 12/21/2013

    " One of two Agatha Christie novels I read for class in middle school/grade school, along with And Then There Were None. I preferred this one, and I remember it quite a bit better, so I bet I read it in 8th grade. I still think it's a good, though creepy, story. I would reread this. "

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

    " Always love Hercule when he gets to the country! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vera | 12/7/2013

    " This book was ok. I didn't hate it, but it certainly wasn't amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 11/25/2013

    " Agatha Christie - one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette Brown | 9/17/2013

    " You'll never go bobbing for apples again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 9/2/2013

    " What is it about an Agatha Christie that is so refreshing? This isn't one of her best, but I've certainly read (and enjoyed) worse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4cats | 7/20/2013

    " Not at all bad, sixties poirot crime involving the murder of a child. Not what i was expecting from Christie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Bennett | 5/4/2013

    " Kind of slow! Come on, Poirot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Therese Gilardi | 4/21/2013

    " it's not autumn without a re-read of this classic who-done-it set in a country manor home "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan Shaw | 12/30/2012

    " A fantastic errie and horrifying Chrstie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Anderson | 10/4/2012

    " Poirot put some miles on patent leathers in this one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bubblebee | 5/18/2012

    " It has been ages since I last picked up an Agatha Christie book. Chanced upon this one at a bookfair at a bargain price, how could I resist? Just re reading her works is simply refreshing. A book worth reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 9/11/2011

    " Very unusual and slightly creepy (albeit realistic) insights on the mentality of children. There's nothing more frightening than the deliberate murder of a child, with another either in danger or implicated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 7/4/2011

    " I just felt like reading a good mystery. One day, I will read an Agatha Christie book and figure out the murderer before I'm told! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Therese | 5/1/2011

    " it's not autumn without a re-read of this classic who-done-it set in a country manor home "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 3/28/2011

    " I really enjoyed it. Oh, and I was half right about who did it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ???? | 3/12/2011

    " This book was ok. I didn't hate it, but it certainly wasn't amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/28/2011

    " The only one I've read so far that I figured out before I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lark | 2/19/2011

    " I like Agatha Christie for a quick and fun read. I don't like Poirot. Fortunately, he didn't figure particularly prominently in this one.
    Excellent bad guy, though the descriptions of him were a little *too* flowery, to the point where I was rolling my eyes way back at his first introduction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 2/18/2011

    " i liked it but this was nowhere near as good as her other novels. it was too long, mostly because she spent a great deal of time spelling out every thought, idea, clarification as though the reader would be too daft (yeah, daft) to understand. it made the writing seem amateurish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kim | 2/18/2011

    " gah, this book was so irritating! It was my first Agatha Christie, and apparently she's not my style at all. Too much dialog, too much repetition, too many spots where you tell the characters how stupid they are. To top it off, I listed to it on audio and the accent was SO BAD! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennasmeeks | 2/5/2011

    " Had a clever plot, but this one has too much of the English style of going into way too much detail for me. They started describing flowers so much so often that we were forced to skim this one and read like the last two chapters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 1/30/2011

    " This is one of Christie's later books and it is not one of her best. While I found it better than Endless Night and Passenger to Frankfurt it lacks her concise and clear writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/11/2011

    " I really enjoyed the ending but the book was almost too dense for me. I feel like it took forever to get anywhere yet I never could put it down until I found out who had done it in the end. Pretty good afterall... It's a keeper. "

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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

John Moffatt (1922–2012) was an English actor and playwright. He was best known for his portrayal of Hercule Poirot on BBC Radio and for a wide range of stage roles in the West End from the 1950s to the 1980s.