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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49,934 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hercule Poirot Mysteries Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781470327729
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Sidelined by his war injuries in 1916, Captain Hastings travels to his friend’s estate at Styles Court to recover from his wounds. As the summer heats up, a tragic murder occurs, and Hastings calls upon the services of his old acquaintance Hercule Poirot. With seemingly unrelated clues—a scrap of a burned will, a false beard, and an empty packet of bromide—the brilliant detective launches his first investigation on English soil and forges an enduring friendship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Though this may be the first public book of Miss Agatha Christie, she betrays the cunning of an old hand…You may safely make a wager with yourself that until you have heard M. Poirot’s final word on the mysterious affair at Styles, you will be kept guessing at its full solution and will certainly never lay down this most entertaining book.”

    New York Times Book Review, 1920              

  • “The only fault this story has is that it is almost too ingenious.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Characteristic Christie cunning and subtle deception—Poirot scintillates.”

    Saturday Review

  • “The story is, especially for a first adventure in fiction, very well  contrived, and that the solution of the mystery is the result of logical deduction. The story, moreover, has no lack of movement, and the several characters are well drawn.”

    British Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/19/2014

    " I love eccentric detectives so when I went looking for more Agatha Christie I decided to start at the beginning with Hercule Poirot. He is endearing and brilliant and developed enough to make up for the lack in the other characters, who are there mostly to support the plot, which kept surprising me even when I thought it was over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katharine Holden | 2/16/2014

    " Kind of predictable. Loved getting the story from Hastings' often mistaken point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsa Duncan | 2/15/2014

    " My first Agatha Christie novel. It was good but not great. My epectations were a bit too high. Still I was satisfied with the plot twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lianna | 2/15/2014

    " Nope, couldn't guess the killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 2/10/2014

    " I like everything Agatha Christie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bart Van Loon | 2/9/2014

    " As always, Agatha Christies' murder mystery is as brilliantly conceived as they are brilliantly unraveled to the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/7/2014

    " I had never read the introducton of the characher of Hercule Poirot before. I was actually quite engrossed for a very brief period, as the book was short enough, but my love of Inspector Poirot shall continue to the day I die....and hopefully, if I am murdered, someone equally as interesting will solve it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelyn | 2/6/2014

    " I have read three books of Agatha Christie and all of them end up with weddings!! Never mind, I like the book and especially the fact that the reader can't realise who is the "bad guy", until the end of the book. It has much suspense... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed solving as the story progressed. Instead of just learning whodunnit and who-didn't-dunnit all at the end. I was given plenty of time to revise theories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Brown | 1/29/2014

    " I loved Agatha Christie and I loved this book as well! When I finished it I found a list of her works in the back and it has inspired me to read every one of her mystery novels, in order :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Toyne | 1/18/2014

    " 3.5 stars. A nice introduction to Agatha Christie and to Poirot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Astrid Lim | 1/7/2014

    " not the best poirot's book, but it's the first so definitely recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dlords | 1/5/2014

    " I read this over a couple weeks. I think Agatha Christie books probably need to be read in a much shorter time period. I couldn't remember all the finite details and had a hard time following how the murder was solved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Moriarty | 1/5/2014

    " I read this book and it was good. It was about a woman who was murdered with poison. It was part of a cleverly concealed plan to get her money. But they did not count on Hercule Poirot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qingsu Chen | 1/2/2014

    " the first agatha fiction i've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee (Rocky) | 12/24/2013

    " A nice little conventional mystery. The twist was guessable without being predictable, and was just enough different from what I expected to make it interesting. Definitely an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/18/2013

    " An easy quick read. Apparently the first of the Hercule Poirot books. Enjoyable read, but I do not feel inclined to read any other books of the series. At least now I know that Christie's actual Poirot is not so annoying and irritating as the popular BBC TV version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 12/7/2013

    " In this book, "The Queen of Crime Fiction" introduced the other famous fictional detective - H. Poirot, the quirky little ex-policeman from Belgium. Now in the public domain, a free electronic copy of the mystery is available here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/7/2013

    " Solid. I pseudo-figured it out, but couldn't really make all the details add up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beby | 11/5/2013

    " buku yang pertama kali menampilkan Hercule Poirot, detektif kecil berkumis tebal dari Belgia.salah satu karya terbaik Agatha Christie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 9/18/2013

    " I enjoyed listening to this book. There were many people among those who were suspected of the murder. It was interesting how the clues came together to find those responsible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bita | 9/5/2013

    " I think I have liked the other Agatha Christie books better than this one. It is my first Poirot book to read. I loved the Miss Marple ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 6/29/2013

    " The narrator was purposely an unreliable narrator (he was a complete idiot and very full of himself, which skewed his opinion on things), but it made the novel somewhat irritating to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 3/11/2013

    " I do so love Poirot. And I love the fact that Christie can keep me guessing even though I had this feeling I'd seen this as a BBC tv show. Bless her little writier's heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brynne Thomas | 1/13/2013

    " It was my first Agatha Christie. I now understand what people are talking about when they say that all is revealed at the end with everyone gathered around. All in all I liked the book. It didn't blow me away, but I will read more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qingsu Chen | 12/24/2012

    " the first agatha fiction i've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta Kimel | 12/20/2012

    " One of the best surprise endings ever! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 7/9/2012

    " I believe this is her first published novel. I enjoyed it but it wasn't quite as good as some of her others I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Pi | 3/2/2012

    " My first Agatha Christie. Cleverly plotted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/18/2012

    " Enjoyable read. Having heard the snobbery surrounding Christie's alleged flat prose and implausible plots, I decided to find out for myself. Whilst I wouldn't recommend her for her descriptive prose (unlike, say, Lindsey Davis), her ear for dialogue and mastery of plot are superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/6/2012

    " Read it in one day at work for book group. Haven't done that in ages, but it was Halloween and a slow day on the children's desk. Had to write down all the names and relationships in the beginning to keep it all straight, but was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne-Kathrine | 10/4/2011

    " Good to read an Agatha Christie book again. It had been many years. I must say I like several of her other books better than this one :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 10/4/2011

    " I highly recommend this book, I love Agitha Christy! This was one of her best in my opinion, the characters truly came to life. It was a real page turner. "

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

    " I am surprised how much I enjoyed this story. I believe this is the actual first Agatha Christie story with Hercule Poirot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 6/24/2011

    " First Poirot. Even for a first, Poirot is already Poirot.


    Read entirely on Kindle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronak | 6/23/2011

    " Great book with amazing twists and turns... with everything explained by Poirot at the end... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 6/15/2011

    " Checked this out because it was free on Kindle... actually my first Agatha Christie book. Convoluted plot but the book kept my attention. Typical whodunit... and it reminds you that the basic formula hasn't changed in nearly 100 years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/15/2011

    " I listened to the audio book read by B.J. Harrison and really enjoyed this. I didn't think I would, since I don't really like mysteries as a rule, but this one was well-written and somewhat fast-paced. I was *close* as to who the bad person was, but not quite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 6/14/2011

    " Really enjoed Hercule Poirot and Hastings. Hope to read all of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 6/8/2011

    " I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Normally I am not a huge fan of murder mysteries, but Agatha Christie has a way about her writing that is somehow irresistible. And I did not see the solution coming, though after the reveal it made total sense. In a word: Brilliant! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 6/7/2011

    " I probably read this 100 years ago, but it was free on the i-book reader and I wanted to try it out. Really liked the digital experience, probably more than the actual book! "

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

    " A typical Agatha Christie Poirot mystery. Very British and very dated. The female character is a twit who can't seem to figure out who her true love is. "

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

    " It was an enjoyable, quick read. It's only my second "Poirot" mystery at this point, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 6/4/2011

    " Great story- Poirot is first introduced. Stories like these make you realize why Agatha Christie is the number one read author!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arthur | 6/2/2011

    " One of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie always provides a good mystery and a good read. Engaging characters, twisting plots, and a lot of humor. This was one of the first books of hers that I read and it made me a lifelong fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 6/1/2011

    " I love Agatha Christie. I love all her books and her stories. This one is smart intelligent and sink your teeth into. It is amazing! "

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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

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received twenty Earphones Awards and was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics, as well as one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S. F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.