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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie, Penelope Dellaporta Narrator: Penelope Dellaporta Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781400179213
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Agatha Christie’s popular detective team Tommy and Tuppence, two young people short of money and restless for excitement, embark on a daring business scheme, Young Adventurers Ltd. The duo is hired to find a woman who disappeared with sensitive government documents but soon find themselves drawn into a complicated web of intrigue, intelligence agents, dubious identities, missing government papers, false clues, and danger. Their advertisement says they are ‘willing to do anything, go anywhere’. But their first assignment for the sinister Mr Whittington plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 2/17/2014

    " Absolutely loved it. Like all her books, I have absolutely no clue till the last few pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marte Patel | 2/14/2014

    " I thought I had read all of Agatha Christie's novels when I was around eleven, but I obviously missed this one, as I have no recollection of reading it. It is very different from her usual novels, in that it's quite action-packed, and more about uncovering the truth as the plot moves on, rather than sleuthing after the event. I really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgana | 2/13/2014

    " Period piece! Good light fun. "

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

    " this was my first Agatha Christie book, and it certainly will not be my last one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/2/2014

    " I love Agatha Christie but this has to be the worst of her books I have ever read. Doubt I will be reading the rest of the series. Very disappointed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette Johnson | 1/30/2014

    " One of my favorite novels of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/30/2014

    " My new reading obsession is mystery novels written in the 1930s and 1940s and this book fit the bill entirely. Set in 1919 in post World War I England (a period with which I am fascinated) Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley need money, can't find jobs, have known each other from childhood, and decide to hire themselves out as "young adventurers". They are approached by a stranger, hired to find a young woman named Jane Finn who is a Lusitania survivor (or not), become involved with the English government at the subCabinet level, and get themselves into an adventure that may be way over their heads. This is the first in the Tommy and Tuppence series--which indicates that they both survive this book and a is a fun read. "

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

    " I love Tommy and Tuppence and this is a classic with enough twists to keep you on your toes without being absurd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 1/27/2014

    " This Agatha Christy book had neither Hercule Poirot nor Miss Marple. It still had all the twists and turns of plot you would expect. It is unusual for me to be able to pick the villain from an Agatha Christy story. This time I was knew who-done-it. The flavor of this book was rather juvenile but worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Maggiacomo | 1/22/2014

    " I really liked trying to figure out who Mr. Brown was and I liked the romance between two couples. I liked how the reader had clues and could figure things out along with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K8 | 1/21/2014

    " I can't decide if I like Poirot or Tommy and Tuppence better!! On to the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/18/2014

    " Haven't read many Agatha Christie. This was a quick read and was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 1/17/2014

    " Pretty good, a little confusing at times, but everything is explained well in the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Caskey | 1/16/2014

    " For the first Agatha Christie novel I've ever read I'd say it was a pretty good first choice. I love Tommy and Tuppence and the mystery kept me guessing. "

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

    " I love Tommy and Tuppence! So far they're my favorite sleuths in my overwhelming Agatha Christie project. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Tobin Allen | 1/14/2014

    " Classic Christie! Keeps you guessing to the very end! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/2/2014

    " There's a reason Agatha Christie is still read now-- she's very clever and very fun. I really enjoyed this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikhil Mahashur | 12/30/2013

    " Absolutely not an Agatha Christie thriller!!!1 "

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

    " I never really liked Tommy and Tuppence in the tv series, but this makes me want to know more about their background. I want to read more of them? ...yeah for lunch books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merwyn Haskett | 12/22/2013

    " I like Tommy and Tuppence better than Hercule Poirot - too bad they were only in 3 or 4 books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 11/30/2013

    " Loved this two young detectives... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jjo | 10/21/2013

    " This is my first Agatha Christie book. I had a longtime bias against reading them, but I got over it and really really liked this one. This may be a good time to mention that I really love early 20th century British writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabelle Lahaie | 10/1/2013

    " One of my favorites from the infamous Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. The two main characters, Tuppence and Tommy, are lovable and energetic. The plot is compelling and the pace is irresistible. A classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sholeen | 9/23/2013

    " Christie always enjoyable. When I was young I was always fooled, this one I figured out soon enough. Still didn't wreck the enjoyment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Hoover | 9/20/2013

    " Entertaining and enjoyable. Tommy and Tuppence are my all-time favorite detectives!! :-) "

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

    " Enough mystery and political intrigue to keep me busy. Even though I sort of figured out whodunnit very early on. Also, this is the first novel I read in regards to Tuppence and Tommy, and I must say I like the duo. Another great Agatha Christie "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mackenzie | 9/11/2013

    " If you like Christie it is an entertaining read. I've only read her Poiroit and Marple books so this was different, but I think I like her other series more than this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 8/14/2013

    " Good book was spread out so much that it was once in awhile hard to keep up the train of thought. I read it from Daily Lit ebooks so I got a part each day in my email. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 7/5/2013

    " Fun, riveting, action-packed. A great ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 6/6/2013

    " I really like Tommy and Tuppence. I feel like I've read another book about them. Postern of Fate perhaps? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 5/30/2013

    " Wonderful classic spy/mystery. I have never read one of her "Tommy and Tuppence" books. It is different from the Miss Marple ones, but quite enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denae | 5/26/2013

    " Just a little, light fun. Bit different from a lot of hers, but somehow reading it was refreshing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Krenrich | 5/17/2013

    " I love Agatha Christie, but I didn't like this book as much as I liked some of her other ones (although I still thought it was great). I think it's because it was one of her first books and she was still honing her craft a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryeliz | 4/23/2013

    " Creative plot, delightful characters. This is one of my favorite sleuthing duos! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 4/17/2013

    " Decent story but the characters were shallow and I figured it out too soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawnh | 4/14/2013

    " This one was fun to read. I like the young main characters. The plot is pretty complicated and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayes | 3/30/2013

    " Fun story, awash with adventure and kidnappers and red herrings, and spies, and villains... What? No pirates? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Afyhrlund | 2/22/2013

    " Cute, easy mystery read. Free on Gutenberg. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Moyes | 12/27/2012

    " This is a decent mystery novel but nothing more. I do like the characters - especially Tuppence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 11/2/2012

    " Tommy and Tuppence weren't my favorite characters (vs. Poirot and Marple). But still enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 7/3/2012

    " Do you like Agatha Christie? Then read this, even though it seems to have younger characters than most. This is a fun read, with a lot of classic Christie good (great characters, twisty intrigue) and bad (of course the union must be busted and the foreigners are suspicious). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/30/2012

    " I've never been a huge Agatha Christie fan, but I liked that this didn't start out with a dead person followed by the puzzling out of the cause and culprit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manikanta Avinash | 12/16/2011

    " It looks like one of her earlier works. The lead characters are very fun and they have little chemistry too! But the story as such is not up to her standards. The final twist was the only one that wasn't expected and that too could be guessed a couple of pages before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hypatia | 8/7/2011

    " Fun story, fairly light, despite the subject. Fairly predictable I thought. I kept laughing at the language - it was just so stereotypically 20s. I enjoyed it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 7/27/2011

    " While it definitely was cliched and formulaic, this early book by Agatha Christie was adorable and fun, and I found myself frequently laughing both at and with the characters. This book is a great introduction to Tuppence and Tommy, some of the most fun characters in the Christie litany. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Nowakowski | 7/11/2011

    " Not sure I like Tommy and Tuppence as much as Jane and 'ercule but I really enjoyed the story. Its a rousing post war romp which gives lots of interesting characters. The plotline is nicely woven. And I got the murderer about halfway through. Hurrah! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 7/1/2011

    " Exceedingly convoluted plot, with too many characters and way way too many "old thing!" and "old girl" language use. "

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

    " My first Agatha Christie. It was free on iBooks. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Looking forward to the other free one. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 6/12/2011

    " To me, it read like a children's book. Totally predictable and boring. I "perused" more than half this book instead of reading it. I just got too bored with it. "

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

    " A typical Agatha Christie murder mystery: dated and very British with a female character who is a twit unable to figure out who she is in love with. Why must Agatha make her ingenues such simps? "

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

    " Love Tommy and Tuppence...great 1920's era story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 5/25/2011

    " A classic whodoneit of Agatha Christie. At times a little confusing with all the names, but packed with action and suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/25/2011

    " Classic Agatha Christy! I enjoyed the characters immensely and the twists and turns kept me guessing right to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 5/22/2011

    " I've never been a huge Agatha Christie fan, but I liked that this didn't start out with a dead person followed by the puzzling out of the cause and culprit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 5/21/2011

    " Interesting. First Agatha I've ever read. "

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

    " It was good, although I knew who dunnit before the end of the book! This was the first Agatha Christie book I've read and I did enjoy it. I will definitely read more of her books in the future. "

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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

Penelope Dellaporta is a published narrator. Some of her published credits include Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary and Edith Wharton’s The House Of Mirth.