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4.46 out of 54.46 out of 54.46 out of 54.46 out of 54.46 out of 5 4.46 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" is a brilliantly written mystery where it is almost impossible to guess the murderer. Its twist ending has been praised by critics and is said to have influenced the development of the mystery genre in general.

At the beginning of the story, Poirot, who has solved a great deal of cases and made quite a name for himself, decides to retire at the height of his powers. He settles quietly in a small village called King's Abbott and devotes himself to quieter pursuits like growing vegetable marrows (a type of summer squash). However, retirement does not agree with him and in one very funny scene, he gets so irritated with gardening that he pulls out a vegetable marrow and throws it in the direction of his neighbor, Dr. Sheppard's house, almost injuring the good doctor.

After making Dr. Sheppard's acquaintance in this unconventional way, Poirot takes him on as a sidekick, a role previously filled by Captain Hastings who has now moved to South America. There are many similarities between Dr. Sheppard and Captain Hastings, both being straightforward, intelligent men with no street smarts. Dr. Sheppard's sister, Caroline, is also an amusing and likable character; she is an inveterate gossip who knows everything that's going on in the village. She has a vast network including friends, servants, delivery boys, etc. When anything happens in the village, one person tells another and Caroline soon hears about it.

Roger Ackroyd is actually someone that Poirot knew before coming to King's Abbott, when he was not yet retired. So when he is killed, Poirot immediately takes an interest in discovering the identity of the killer. The suspects include Ackroyd's stepson, Ralph Paton; Ackroyd's sister-in-law and her daughter Flora, both of whom live with him; his secretary, Geoffrey Raymond; and Major Blunt, a big-game hunter. There's also something suspicious about the butler who seems to listen at doors more than doing his job and the maid, Ursula Bourne, who gives notice right around the time of the murder.

Given that this is Christie, the murder investigation is also peppered with a couple of romances. At the beginning, Flora is engaged to Ralph Paton but later realizes that it's really Major Blunt whom she cares for. As for Paton, his affections are also secretly engaged elsewhere but he has bigger problems because he is the main suspect. Poirot looks into various little things that we don't entirely understand, such as the color of Ralph Paton's boots, an interesting detail that is explained in the end when the murderer is revealed.

Overall, this is definitely one of Christie's most engaging mysteries, with striking characters and an ingenious plot. It's just intriguing enough to bring Poirot out of retirement so that he can amaze us once again with his brilliant powers of deduction.

Agatha Christie was born in 1890 to an American father and an English mother. She was homeschooled at first and later sent to finishing schools in France. She was quite precocious as a young girl and taught herself to read by the age of five. She was married twice, first to Archibald Christie who ended up leaving her for another woman. Her second marriage, to archaeologist Max Mallowan was more successful and lasted until her death. Both Mallowan and Christie were knighted for their contributions to their fields. Currently, her works have grossed 4 billion dollars and rank third in the world, after the works of Shakespeare and the Bible. Her play, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history.

Download The Murder of Roger Ackroyd now from Audio Bookstore for a funny, romantic and brilliantly plotted mystery by the Queen of Crime.

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/29/2011

    " Another brilliant story in the Agatha Christie files....
    The twists and turns are astounding. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 6/28/2011

    " I'm ashamed of myself. Is this really my very first Agatha Christie novel?! I've been missing out. She is awesome! Kept me guessing to the very end. Clever dialogue, fun plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhys | 6/26/2011

    " I can't stop myself. I have an addiction to Agatha Christie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clint | 6/15/2011

    " My 2nd Agatha Christie book - loved, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genio | 6/15/2011

    " The greatest mystery ever to be taled!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/14/2011

    " One of the greatest murder mystery twists of all time. A Classic!

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maegan | 6/12/2011

    " Sadly enough, this is my first ever Agatha Christie novel! It was FANTASTIC! I can usually figure out "whodunnit" before the book ends, but this one took me COMPLETELY by surprise! Loved it, very clever!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 6/6/2011

    " First Agatha Christie book; it has a special place in my heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 6/5/2011

    " another i found in my stash, i am really cleaning out lately!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Srawan Kumar | 5/29/2011

    " An excellent murder mystery.

    The scene of murder is talked about a little too many times in the same fashion which was irritating but the revelation makes up for everything else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 5/29/2011

    " Hercule Poirot's last case.....another surprise ending by Dame Agatha.
    Another book read in London. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Possumsauce | 5/28/2011

    " My most surprising Christie read. Classic in all ways. "

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

    " Salah satu novel misteri terbaik yang pernah saya baca. Plotnya sangat rapi dan tidak bisa ditebak. "

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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

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.