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Evil Under the Sun

Narrated by: David Suchet
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 24
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It was not unusual to find the beautiful bronzed body of the sun-loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only, on this occasion, there was no sun...she had been strangled. 

Ever since Arlena's arrival at the resort, Hercule Poirot had detected sexual tension in the seaside air. But could this apparent 'crime of passion' have been something more evil and premeditated altogether?

©1941 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK; 1992 Chivers Press Ltd; 16 9

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Loved it

Love love LOVED it! David Suchet brilliant as always. very entertaining, have listened to it 3 times over and have loved it more each time.

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Evil Excellence.

Delightful. Have already read the book and seen the tv series many times over but still I found myself trying to find extra time between work and family commitments to listen in. David Suchet is pure brilliance in his character renditions. Evil Under the Sun was a whole lot of fun to listen to. Even if you know the ending.

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Just brilliant, again.

This is one of my favorites from Ms Christie. David Suchet is amazing as narrator.

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Evil under the Sun.

Having David Sucker act as Poirot is wonderful. You feel immersed in the story. Agatha Christie has all these red herrings and nuances to the plot it makes this Audible great to listen to. Historical Buff.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-06-2019

uneven character performance

in general a good listen , however David Suchet, seemed to struggle with the female characters, they were far less convincing than the male .

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  • JR
  • 20-02-2020

Dreadful narration

Unfortunately I could not enjoy the book fully as I find narration by David Suchet just dreadful. He is obviously a very talented actor and can read books amazingly well, however, some characters portrayed by him have such annoying undertones to their voices, not to mention a surprise increase in volume all of a sudden, that I really could not enjoy this book fully. Actually more than that, portrayal of mrs Gardener made me want to actually rip off headphones off my head and have me a headache. At the beginning, where characters are introduced, during the conversation scene, I had to stop the book and decide whether to actually continue with it. Truly dreadful annoying screechy voices. As some other reviewers mentioned, some characters sound almost comic, which is kind of spoiling the experience as well. This seems to be the trait to every Christie’s book I listed so far, read by him, and I will not be buying another one.

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  • Miss E Stacey
  • 07-02-2018

David Suchet is fantastic

The delivery and performance is absolutely spot on. It's not one of Christie's best works but Suchet makes it worth a listen. Slow in places but a good afternoon listen.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 16-01-2018

OK

Shame Hugh Fraser hadn’t narrated this. I haven’t seen more than a few minutes in passing of the TV adaptations with David Suchet and HF, so I don’t have any preconception that HF is “only” the dim stooge to DS. DS makes many voices comic, exaggerated, even for light fiction like this. Still I don’t like much of the current ultra-violent crime fiction, especially as bedtime listening. Far better a sanitised assassination of an unpleasant person with a minimum of gore.

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  • Robert Hyde
  • 13-01-2020

absolutely Amazing

I loved the story and being read by David Suchet is incredible. he brings the story to life as soon as the first words are spoken

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  • Deborah
  • 06-09-2019

Sun, sea and murder - what more do you need?

A well known book by Agatha Christie which has been dramatised on TV as well as film. While on holiday Hercule Poirot encounters death and mystery when wealthy actress Arlena Marshall is discovered dead on beach on their holiday island. Through a series of deduction Poirot examines the possible suspects amongst them are; the forgiving husband, downtrodden and bullied step-daughter, wife of the man Arlena is ‘secretly’ dating or maybe the reverend who sees evil around her. Having read the book before and watched the various dramatisations many times, the events and big reveal was of no surprise however this did not detract from my enjoyment of listening to this audiobook. A particular joy of this reading was the performance of the brilliant David Suchet who will always be ‘Hercule Poirot’ to me despite others who may come along.

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  • Emma Woodhouse
  • 30-08-2019

6 hours of pure joy

David Suchet is always a winner, and the ending was very surprising and catches you off guard.

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  • michelle
  • 07-11-2017

Love David Suchet and Agatha Christie books

Loved it great set of stories brought to life brilliantly on audible

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  • Mrs
  • 05-11-2017

Certainly a book to take on holiday

A classic Hercule Poirot mystery, though not the best, still thoroughly enjoyable as a Christie romp. The island setting, the close circle of suspects and the central mysterious death. It’s a wonderful puzzle, great entertainment, and it’s great to hear David Suchet lending the voice of the true Poirot to this story. Loved it. Been a Christie fan since I was a kid and always enjoy a great mystery of hers. Roll on the next one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-2016

Amazing

A fantastic story, fantastically read. David brings all the characters alive and brings you in to the book. Love this whole series' 💖