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Publisher's Summary

Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. For here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident: the broken body of a woman was discovered on the rocks at the foot of the cliff.

This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies, a husband and wife, shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder?

Poirot delves back into a crime committed 15 years earlier and discovers that, when there is a distinct lack of physical evidence, it's just as well that "old sins leave long shadows".

©1972 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." ( The Observer)
"Splendid...she tells us all we want to know and nothing that is irrelevant." ( The Times)

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Another classic - just wish they were longer...

I love Hugh Fraser's Mrs Oliver voice - it just makes me smile!! His Poirot is spot on too.

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Poirot, Oliver, love young & old, and memories

"You can't stop people being what they are." The premis for much of Christie's work. This is an okay working of the bad person v ill person, with Fraser's always engaging narration. His efforts at women's voices make me grin but I end up thinking that's how they would have sounded to the Grand Dame. She continues to throw out tiny tidbits of herself through Ariadne Oliver, which I like.

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  • Johanna
  • 27-08-2012

Not Christie's best work

If you could sum up Elephants Can Remember in three words, what would they be?

Classic Christie mystery

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It might be because I've read so many of Christie's mysteries before but I found this story slightly predictable.

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  • CaWa
  • 02-01-2016

Capitol!

Awesome story, first class narration, characters beautifully described and performed. Love High Fraser- the very finest Agatha Christie narrator.

I listened with my husband and 12 year old son (and dog- story has dog interest too) we all were held by the story until the exciting end!

Just amazing!

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  • S. Wolfe
  • 13-04-2013

Enjoyable listen

I enjoyed listening to this typical Christie plot with twists and turns galore. It focuses quite a bit on Ariadne Oliver before Poirot gets involved but is well read by Hugh Frazer

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  • Laura
  • 16-05-2010

Avoid the later Christie novels

I've really enjoyed Hugh Fraser's other readings of Christie's novels, and, whilst Fraser is as good as ever, sadly Christie herself just isn't up to scratch here.

First published in the 1970s, Elephants Can Remember doesn't come close to the Poirot novels of forty years before. I couldn't even listen to it all the way through, it was so dull. Best avoided I think, and better to try another Poirot story instead.

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  • Jaye
  • 06-05-2015

Elephant's can remember

At the age of 11 Ceila was sent to Switzerland, to go school, she's then told her parents have been found dead, a pistol between them, everyone believes that it's suicide pack, until she decides to get married, and her mother in law starts poking around but why????????

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  • susan sinnott
  • 15-01-2021

Another good book.

You can't beat Agatha Christie and Poirot mysteries are one of my favourite to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-2021

Love the narrative

Very good listening session. Highly recommended. From me 5 star all the way.
Let’s start another one. Hopefully narrated by Hugh Fraser.

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  • T W.
  • 30-11-2020

Don't bother!

Dreadfully tedious novel. Too much tiresome repetition, as if the author were simply 'padding' to use up time and space! This is noticeable in a number of Agatha Christie's later novels, as far as I can see. As usual, Hugh Fraser is very good and makes the most of a difficult book.

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  • Jacinta Townley
  • 17-11-2020

One where the ending is very obvious

Obvious ending but very well read as usual by Mr Fraser. Nice easy story to listen to that doesn't require much concentration.

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  • Fialka
  • 10-07-2020

Great idea, not Christie’s best writing

This is essentially a harrowing and sinister story that could have been made more of. It doesn’t achieve the atmosphere that the story deserves.

Some of Christie’s worst dialogue, same things are repeated over and over, it really sounds at times as if she was trying to hit a word count.

But as always, Fraser’s beautiful performance rescues what can be rescued.

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  • JASMINE PEARCE
  • 25-10-2019

Brilliant

Agatha Christie at her best - if you’re not sure this is a good one to start listening to

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