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Cards on the Table

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 15, Superintendent Battle, Book 3, Ariadne Oliver, Book 2, Colonel Race, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction
4.7 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Poirot that he considered murder an art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection.
©1936 Agatha Christie Mallowan (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"The finest murder story of her career... Mrs Christie has never been more ingenious." ( Daily Mail)

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Loved the red herrings!

I had previously watched David Suchet as Poirot in the television version of this book, and thought I knew the whole plot but it was wonderful how different the book was and how many false trails were cast before the reader along the way. Loved it!

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Brilliant and entertaining

Agatha Christie is in fine form here. It is a clever and engaging mystery which keeps you guessing to the very end. Christie always has a wonderful knack for observing and expressing human behaviour and her characters are fascinating and also very amusing. this is wonderful. Hugh Fraser is positively excellent as the narrator and I really enjoy his understated and engaging portrayal of Poirot and he does a very enjoyable Ariadne Oliver as well. One of my all time favourites.

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Excellent

Very clever book, love Agatha Christie, she is a genius! Hugh Fraser reads it beautifully, I love listening to his voice

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classic poirot

loved it, the narrator has a clear, easy to listen to voice. great story, great performance

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Poker face required!

A fantastic mystery, originally described at Poirot’s made to measure murder in ‘the ABC murders’ Christie writes a fantastic mystery. It’ll keep you guessing until the very end and Hugh Fraser does an amazing job as always. Also the first book with Ariadne Oliver! I do love a bit of author self insertion.

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  • Olga
  • 12-12-2019

Elegant crime story

As usual Agatha rules! Four people, each of them could commit this crime... Interesting plot, good psychological portraits of characters. Delicious as good coffe!

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  • Pushkaraj
  • 30-01-2018

Intelligent plot, awesome narration

What made the experience of listening to Cards on the Table the most enjoyable?

This was my first Agatha Christie and I am glad I made this choice. I am determined to listen to more of her. The best part of the entire listening experience was the narration. Hercules, Battle, Anne, Doors, Lorrimer, Shaitana, or Mrs. Oliver - all of them came out so live as if it's all happening in real.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cards on the Table?

Cold character Anne

Which scene was your favorite?

Meeting between Mrs. Lorrimer and Poirot where she confesses the murder.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The witness of the window cleaning agent.

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
  • 08-01-2015

Another cracking story

Agatha Christie again has the listener wondering who has done the deed. The return of a number of characters, such as the wonderful Mrs Oliver and Superintendent Battle to accompany Hercule Poiret on his quest for the truth, plus the usual twists and turns of plot. An enjoyable story, once again brought to life by the narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-2020

A favourite

So clever I have been looking for a cut off the last few months but I have been working on

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  • B
  • 07-07-2020

Another top read

Excellent story and characters and Hugh Fraser a fabulous narrator, it is perfect I loved it

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  • Christian
  • 21-06-2020

Great book

I absolutely adored this book, probably one of my favourites. So well-planned and the plot is very gripping. Great read, not that many characters but their background stories are very important. There is a strong element of human nature analysis in the book, to be fair quite typical for Hercule Poirot, but if someone prefers more ‘evidence-based’ like Murder on the Links or Orient Express, then I guess the book might quite not make the cut

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  • reviewer
  • 02-11-2019

Love the narrator, story ok

There are more thrilling stories than this one, but I do like a murder happening in the view of all guests! This narrator is so good it really makes it much better

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 08-12-2017

Entertaining preposterous tale.

This I enjoyed, unlike the humourless and misanthropic Curtain. Good old fashioned murder mystery, like a game of Cluedo, twists and turns, Ariadne Oliver as comic relief and gentle mockery of the profession of crime novelist, Poirot (and the police) employing dubious methods which eventually reveal the worst villain.
The relationship between the two young women now seems ambiguous, and I wonder what the author’s intentions were - as I did in Cat among the Pigeons, or even the first Styles novel. This was England with a large US market, not France...

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  • Mezzer B
  • 04-06-2017

Hugh Fraser brilliant!

I have read this story many times but I always enjoy hearing Hugh Fraser narrate he really makes the characters come alive.

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  • John
  • 04-03-2017

One of the best Poirot stories.

Really great performance. I think this story is a perfect Poirot mystery. It can be thought of a pure psychological mystery where solid evidence is lacking. The superb performance matchs the story.

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 15-03-2015

Cards on the Table

An easy to listen to audio book, with all that you'd expect from Agatha Christie.
Four sleuths & four murderers and one host. At the end of the night one is DEAD.....