©1957 Agatha Christie Limited; (P)1994 Original Sound Recording owned by EMI Records Ltd trading as Music for Pleasure. This edition published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK 1999
"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)
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"classic Jane Marple"
Hickson was always the best Marple. Her narration is perfect. Possibly one of the best Marple stories.
"Joan Hickson is wonderful!"
Joan Hickson is, for me, the quintessential Miss Marple. It was a delight to hear her reading the story (which differed from the TV adaptation).
One of Agatha Christie's best known novels, the books sees Miss Marple come up with a cunning plan to obtain information about a murder on a train. There are some fantastic characters too, such as the capable Lucy Eyelesbarrow and curmudgeonly old Mr Crackenthorpe. Read by the quintessential Miss Marple herself, Joan Hickson, who has the perfect delivery (though I found it odd at first when she referred to Miss Marple in the third person!). Recommended for Christie fans.
Having listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed "Murder in the Caribbean" and "Nemesis" read by Joan Hickson, I was slightly disappointed with this recording. This, I believe, had more to do with the story, which didn't flow as well nor maintain dramatic tension as masterfully ss the afore-mentioned. However, in addition, I fear it wasn't Joan Hickson's best series of characterisations.
"4.50 from Paddington "
Do any of Miss Marple friends, do anything which doesn't involve murder!!!!!!
CHRISTMAS shopping, two trains passing each other, and on the other train she sees a murder but did she? There's no body no signs of trouble what is going on.......
"More enjoyable than the tv version"
It's not one of the best Agatha Christie but still a very enjoyable listen plenty of murders and twists and romance.
"Miss Marple, but not much of her!"
Miss Marple is a recurrent character through the book but the main character is actually her friend Lucy. The story is classic Agatha Christie, and gets straight down to it, with a murder in the first few minutes. Rather a slow middle but picks up again towards the end and was very enjoyable. Lovely narration by Joan Hickson too
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