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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: John Moffatt, George Cole, Michael Cochrane, Clive Merrison Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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John Moffatt stars as Hercule Poirot in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Agatha Christie's famous novel.

Hercule Poirot is a guest at a weekend house party, given at the Cornish clifftop home of the celebrated actor Sir Charles Cartwright. The other visitors include keen amateur detective Mr Satterthwaite and distinguished Harley Street nerve specialist Sir Bartholomew Strange. Death visits the house soon after Poirot's arrival, the victim an elderly clergyman who's only had a sip of dry martini. What else was in the glass? Are natural causes to blame... or murder?

In Monte Carlo a short time later, Poirot and his aquaintances hear of another, similar death. Is this a mere coincidence - and can Poirot resist further investigation? Everyone concerned will be much relieved if he does. Meanwhile, a third tragedy is waiting in the wings...

George Cole, Michael Cochrane and Clive Merrison are amongst the cast in this adaptation of Agatha Christie's intriguing mystery.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Weleski | 2/20/2014

    " This wasn't one of Christie's absolute best stories. For once, I could have almost figured it out. Still, it was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 2/12/2014

    " I always have a soft spot for Hercule Poirot and would have given this more stars if he had been in the entire book. Murder at a cocktail party, where there are poor members of the aristocracy, famous doctor, famous playwright, famous actors, rude upstarts, shabby clergy, and Hercule Poirot. The murder of the well-liked clergyman seems so unlikely that even Hercule Poirot poo-poos it. Not until the second murder of the famous, nerve-specialist doctor, does suspicion fall on the first. And when the third murder of one of the doctor's patients takes place does Poirot jump into high gear, and we see the detective we love in action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 2/10/2014

    " A little slow to develop and harder than usual to get into. I managed to figure out the "who" in this whodunnit but was in the dark on the motive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harish | 1/31/2014

    " True Agatha style narration. Inimitable. Poirot pulls the strings marvelously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Coleman | 1/12/2014

    " A thoroughly enjoyable read. I, for one, did not guess until the very end. How clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tali | 1/10/2014

    " I first saw this a couple of years ago as a TV adaptation, and I have to say that the novel is much better than that interpretation. That given, it wasn't one of Christie's novels that reached out and grabbed me from the start. The mystery is straightforward enough - two murders which appear to have no motive or bearing on each other, but the solution lies in the novel's title. The plot and the romance in it did lag in the middle which is why I've knocked the stars off. I did enjoy the book being set out in the three acts of the title though, with the added note at the beginning stating that 'illumination' in the tragedy is provided by Hercule Poirot - a sly nod to the detective in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Lucas | 1/8/2014

    " An excellent reading of an entertaining mystery! Very well performed, and as always, Christie's prose is engaging and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Gamble | 10/22/2013

    " While fairly slow paced, the ending was stellar! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/29/2013

    " A very clever cover-up, and a whole lot of acting going on in this book. Oh, that Poirot is such a snarky devil, but he uses his little grey cells to fight crime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 /\//-\RÚ¯S | 5/19/2013

    " it was fantastic!!i haven't read any book such this in my life,the best book i've read from christie or other writer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/20/2013

    " Well all I can say is that got me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena | 2/3/2013

    " Read it since my DVR didn't finish taping. Had to know who done it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 10/9/2012

    " Some strange deaths caused by nicotine poisoning at unrelated dinner parties which have some of the same people attending. It take Poirot to sort it out eventually, he gets involved late in the book, although present at the first date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 10/5/2012

    " what can I say, I'm in the mood for murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samita | 6/24/2012

    " Much better. I kept suspecting pretty much everyone. Poirot never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 5/28/2012

    " My first Agatha Christie book, and certainly not my last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meera | 4/12/2012

    " Kind of guessed the end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 1/25/2012

    " I've started to fall in love with Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot books. Her characters are amazingly interesting and precise. One of my favorite aspects is Poirot's broken English that includes direct translations of French idioms. For example: "But let us come back to our muttons." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 11/26/2011

    " I'm a huge Christie fan. I was glad to find one of her books that I haven't read. I actually liked this one more than some of her others because the ending was so different than any of her others. Particularly the motive for the crime. Interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kc | 11/5/2011

    " A very rare glimpse of Monsieur Hercule Poirot's own mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anirudh | 10/15/2011

    " One of her best. Absolutely loved it. I'm giving this 5 stars just because of the reason behind the murder. One of the most innovative Christie books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sana | 9/25/2011

    " There's hardly much of Poirot in this mystery; he only shows up toward the end. The good thing was that I didn't find it predictable, which was what kept me intrigued until the end. And "Egg" is such a weird nickname to give/have! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 8/29/2011

    " Yet another one where I didn't predict the murderer. Another murder, moderatley interesting characters. Very intersting motive though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samita | 6/21/2011

    " Much better. I kept suspecting pretty much everyone. Poirot never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 6/13/2011

    " Enjoyed every minute! Come join us as we cool down with AC this summer by reading & watching new productions on PBS Masterpiece Mystery. "

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

    " Even if you start suspecting every character ever mentioned in this book, you'll surely be surprised at the end. Unlike some of her other works I've read, the motive in this is quite satisfactory. This may not be her top work, but is still one among the best. Enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonas | 5/31/2011

    " I want to give this novel a third name : the nicotine crime
    awasome crime , i love this story
    thank u agatha christie , thank u thank u

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 2/27/2011

    " Cozy. Good settings and a twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 2/26/2011

    " Another quick and fun read from the Dame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 2/19/2011

    " This is one of the best of Agatha Christie's novels! Its was such a drama that the murderer has always been 2 feet away from Poirot himself and that 'it'(I don't want to be a spoiler) has also injected 'itself' in the investigation. Poirot was absolutely funny in the end... XD "

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

    " I managed to figure this one out before the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/5/2010

    " Some strange deaths caused by nicotine poisoning at unrelated dinner parties which have some of the same people attending. It take Poirot to sort it out eventually, he gets involved late in the book, although present at the first date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 10/20/2010

    " this is a good mystery, as with most of Christie's books it is not really suspenseful it is just solving the mystery. But she is always so clever and cunning in the twists and turns they are very hard to figure out. If in if you figure out parts it is very difficult to figure it all out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 9/14/2010

    " While fairly slow paced, the ending was stellar! "

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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.