No sooner has Poirot revealed his astonishing powers of deduction than he is faced with 17 other mysteries to test his soon-to-be-famous "little grey cells".
As a matter of courtesy to a group of young people, he endeavours to solve the gruesome murder of a woman whose body they have stumbled upon while locked out of their flat, and with his usual precision and elan, he discovers exactly how "Mary, Mary quite contrary" makes her garden grow.
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Excellent storytelling in the best style of Hecule Poirot. Hugh Fraser and David Suchet provide a fantastic reminiscence into these wonderful stories.
"Great small doses of listening"
I love this audiobook. The short stories lend themselves very well to listening and the narration is excellent. Both Hugh Fraser and David Suchet narrate (separate short stories) and they are by far my favourite narrators. have listened to this book multiple times.
"A nice collection"
Very intriguing, wonderfully crafted stories, narrated expertly by Hugh Frazer, the actual Captain Hastings of the TV series.
"Great listen, but marred by narrating inaccuracies"
A great collection of classic Poirot stories which held my attention in each case. Lovely to listen to as each case was well written, as is to be excepted in the case of an Agatha Christie work, and each had a nice plot twist.
I was also excited to see it was read by Hugh Fraser and David Suchet, who play Capt Hastings and Poirot in the TV series; however my enjoyment of this audiobook was marred by the fact that not every case included David Suchet's performance as Poirot and one was not even narrated by either Fraser or Sachet. I couldn't help but feel slightly cheated because, as far as I was aware, the description do not mention the changing narrators etc. It didn't ruin the book completely but did leave me feel fairly aggrieved!
"Poriot Early Cases
I purchased this as a relaxing book.
There's numerous different stories right from the beginning of Agatha Christie career, if you're a keen reader of Agatha Christie you may find that somethings sound familiar this is where later on she expended the short story into a full length book. It was really easy to listen to and it gives you an insight into Agatha Christie earlier stories
"Nice short stories."
If you are looking to listen to short stories, this is the audiobook for you. Well read, easy listening. Good book.
The short stories are alternated between narration from David Suchet and Hugh Fraser. To be really picky, I would love them to include both, and Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon narrating their own lines, but nothing is perfect. These are great, really quick easy listens, perfect for one each on the journey to work, approx half an hour each. If you like Agatha Christie books anyway you will love these. If you've never tried anything of hers, I think I like the short stories best, a good place to start.
Hours and hours of perfect, familiar, non threatening characters. perfectly read. just the ticket for brains that need soothing before bed.
Cant go wrong with Agatha Christie stories and this is no exception.
Picked for the narrators voice. Puts life into each character. Agatha Christie's short stories are always a pleasure to hear.
Yes, definitely: they are nice, short stories - all of which I have heard/read/watched before, but each is so well acted and somehow "neat" that I would be happy to listen to them again and again.
It has to be Hastings - so trusting, so naive, and so wrong all the time!
"David Suchet delivers beautifully"
This book is very dear to me, as most of the stories have been turned into TV episodes where the brilliant David Suchet plays Poirot, a favourite series of mine. To hear the actor's voice narrating the stories, and to hear him speak as Poirot is pure delight. Each story is brief, but it is easy to slip into the world of Agatha Christie in each episode.
The wonderful Hugh Frasier also narrates some of the stories, and he does quite a good job, but alas, he is not Poirot - he does the accent, but his tone of voice doesn't change much when changing characters, making it a little hard sometimes to realise that the words spoken are now another character's than before.
Apart from this minor detail, I enjoyed this book very much and will certainly look for others where these actors are narrating.
I have read these short stories several times, and it was a joy to revisit them with such great readers. Fans of Christie and the latest TV adaptations of her works will enjoy this audiobook.
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