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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Emilia Fox Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780062233936
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Baghdad is holding a secret superpower summit, but the word is out, and an underground organization in the Middle East is plotting to sabotage the talks. Into this explosive situation appears Victoria Jones, a young woman with a yearning for adventure who gets more than she bargains for when a wounded spy dies in her hotel room.

The only man who can save the summit is dead. Can Victoria make sense of his dying words: Lucifer … Basrah … Lefarge …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The action is rapid…The characters are astonishingly real.”

    New Yorker

  • “Excellent…delightful…and a very human heroine, whose powers of invention, like those of her creator, never fail her.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book far more than the last Agatha Christie I read (They Do It With Mirrors). In that last one the plot was interesting, but the characters seemed to really fall flat, even the popular Miss Marple. "They Came to Baghdad" was void of recognizable characters, with neither Marple nor Poirot making any sort of appearance, yet I found myself more drawn. The characters were full of life, especially the character of Victoria Jones, which made the plot (which I found a bit hard to fully grasp with all its details) an enjoyable story. There is no doubt that Agatha Christie knew how to write, and this novel reaffirmed that for me (especially after the disappointment with TDIWM). The setting in Baghdad was also quite interesting, providing a very different flavour from the typical English countryside of Christie novels (though maybe I've just been exposed to too much Marple!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Sparrow | 2/10/2014

    " This was in my top ten Christie books. I really enjoyed this. A little more adventure than her other books I've read and it felt a little Indiana Jones. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dellitt | 1/6/2014

    " I just remember this being so much fun to read! And I love these ideas from the mid 20th century of a group of conspirators out to control the world. "

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

    " This is surprisingly a spy book by Agatha Cristhie and so it fails to live up to the usual expectations of an Agatha thriller. She is so good when she is solving murders in rural england - but an international spy thriller - nah!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Binder | 12/19/2013

    " After a fairly slow start, I really liked the protagonist. Victoria was a good character who helped along a convoluted plot. The biggest problem was the large number of characters that needed set up. But, I really enjoyed Victoria Jones. She was a different character for Agatha Christie, and I think she was really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 nila | 12/6/2013

    " I'm always an Agatha Christie Fans "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shankar | 11/22/2013

    " I find Dame Agatha's conspiracy theory stories a bit contrived, but this one, at least, bowled along at a fair clip (or is that clipp?) and was entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jen | 11/4/2013

    " One of the best of I've read! Adventure, mystery, betrayal and international intrigue. Highly recommended and a definite keeper to be read over again and again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl K | 10/28/2013

    " Light reading. More a suspense story rather than a mystery. Plucky English girl goes off to post WWII Iraq. Enjoyable story. "

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

    " Typical Agatha Christie - great characters and settings. Silly solution that you'll never see coming because of the withheld info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie_ian_curtis | 9/21/2013

    " seemed very crap except for our female protagonist, Victoria Jones. boring at first but stick with it an admirable conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/10/2013

    " It's fun to go back and read the classics! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Kemeny | 3/19/2013

    " This is my favorite Agatha Christie book. I read a lot of her books when I was about thirteen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette | 3/14/2013

    " Way fun, twist at the end. I love Agatha Christie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ainiah | 3/9/2013

    " It was ok, but I found it extremely hard to follow till the halfway mark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 2/1/2013

    " This was a good one. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Isabella | 11/24/2012

    " A right good thriller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bashar | 10/14/2012

    " Once young Victoria Jones loses her job as a shorthand typist, she is determined to fly to Iraq after the handsome and charming Edward Goring where she would very soon find herself in the middle of an International conspiracy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kc Deborde | 2/17/2012

    " A charming little mystery. I recommend it to pass the time on a plane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hari | 11/20/2011

    " i just love agatha christie :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura E | 11/12/2011

    " My favourite non-recurring character book by Agatha Christie. I just love how Victoria Jones became interested in Anthropology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Wright | 10/29/2011

    " Not a Poirot or Marple in sight and a setting on an archeological dig. Good fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Puja Billore | 10/9/2011

    " grt book with romance and mystery combined.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 9/9/2011

    " Although Christie is never a bad read, the conclusion seemed a bit obvious once it was arrived at. The journey there, however, was a delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 6/25/2011

    " I really love this book - it's so classic :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmie | 6/22/2011

    " Loved this book!! A flaky girl turns out to be a great spy! Fun to read about baghdad in the 1950s. "

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

    " Move over, flatly-written wimpy heroines of today's fiction - Victoria Jones is here. Or rather HAS been here since 1951 but she's so fresh, you'd never know it. Has quickly taken its place as my favorite Christie novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bashar | 2/17/2011

    " Once young Victoria Jones loses her job as a shorthand typist, she is determined to fly to Iraq after the handsome and charming Edward Goring where she would very soon find herself in the middle of an International conspiracy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/10/2011

    " Not a Poirot or Marple in sight and a setting on an archeological dig. Good fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 2/8/2011

    " Though it took a while to get into, once I did, this was an amazing, complicated, enjoyable mystery. I saw little threads, but the majority of the mystery eluded me. Amazing writing, as usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/5/2011

    " Seems to be the usual subject matter for the non-Poirot and non-Miss Marple mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 12/29/2010

    " I have read most of Christie but don't remember a lot of them - there are a couple I am very fond of and this is one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/15/2010

    " This was only the second Christie book I have read that did not feature a main detective, the first being 'Ten Little Indians' which I read many years ago. I found this to be an enjoyable read. "

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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

Emilia Fox has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is an acclaimed and award-winning actress, most notably played the title role in the play Katherine Howard at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and Clara Copperfield in a television movie production of David Copperfield. In 2004 she began playing pathologist Nikki Alexander on the television series Silent Witness. In 2006 she garnered much praise for her role in the independent comedy-drama Cashback.