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Five Little Pigs

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 25
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other suspects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried ‘wee wee wee’ all the way home. It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can’t get that nursery rhyme out of his mind…

©2007 Agatha Christie (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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great book.

great book. the ending does seem abrupt but it's all wrapped up in the end.

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Some technical glitches

All round a great production but right at the end there is an abrupt end, sometimes to do with the editing. It really puts a dampener on it.

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  • Elise
  • 04-07-2016

Great book!

I enjoyed this book a lot. The language used is beautiful and descriptive, and the story engaging and well imagined. I also very much liked that Hugh Frasier reads it, as he reads it in a calm and nicely paced way while still making every character distinctive.

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  • Anniebligh
  • 13-03-2016

If only all Agatha's books were as good.

A regular old fashioned "Who Done It?" Poirot is a little more low profile, and still solves the problem. The other 5 star listen is a play Spiders Web.. Hugh Fraser gives his usual good reader performance in this. The plot is maybe a little contrived, however it does suit the nature of the mystery.

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  • B
  • 06-08-2020

Brilliant

Loved the style and the narration, fabulous story telling, loved all the characters, Hugh Fraser is by far my favourite narrator

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  • Fialka
  • 09-11-2019

One of the best

This is one of Christie’s best plots and well paced with interesting characters . Only the end lacks a bit of drama and human reaction.

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  • Angus
  • 04-07-2019

Very enjoyable Five Little Pigs

Very well read, only let down by Audible butting in too early at the last sentence

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  • Luce Briggi
  • 01-02-2019

Poirot's cold case

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“Juliet singles out Romeo. Desdemona claims Othello. They have no doubts, the young, no fear, no pride.”

I thoroughly enjoyed Five Little Pigs. Departing from her usual formula Christie shows just how good a writer she is. This mystery is a cold case which did not slow down the narrative, quite the contrary as it turns out. After Poirot is approached by Carla Crale he undertakes what might seem like a futile endeavour. The murderer of the father of his newest client has already been convicted. Yet, in a letter addressed to her daughter Caroline Crale claims that she did not kill her husband, Amyas.
With his curiosity piqued, Poirot approaches the five people who had been with the Crales on that tragic day.
I loved the small differences the characters gave in their recollections of the events leading to Amyas' death. They paid attention to different things, ascribed certain meaning to certain words, gave more weight to one thing than another. Each version has its unique take on the Crales and what really happened.
I loved that it was...sad. There is Christie's usual humour but here it is more subdued. This is a bittersweet mystery that takes readers down five wistful paths.
The audiobook version is superb (I look forward to reading it too).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-2016

Fantastic

Love the story and how it's been brought alive by Huge Fraser. On to the next one.

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  • Joanna Palmer
  • 13-09-2020

Five Little Pigs

It was an unusual twist on a story. While the ending was vaguely predictable, the various reflections offered by the 5 people a past event was fascinating.

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  • Bucks mum
  • 28-08-2020

Very engaging mystery

Listened to this on long journey to and from our holiday. Really enjoyed it. Love Poirot and made a 5 hour journey each way fly. I had seen a TV drama - but so much more detail in this audio dramatisation. Characters were really good. Really recommend this.

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  • Oliver Usher
  • 05-08-2020

Different

Largely written from the perspective of transcripts it doesn’t have much on Poirot and his thinking’s.
It’s a good, interesting case none the less.

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  • Agatha Christie
  • 21-07-2020

Worth listening to.

Well read and an excellent story. One of Agatha Christie’s best novels. Great plot and an interesting way of unraveling the crime.

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  • T Alexander
  • 04-02-2020

Gripping, excellently read,v believable characters

Excellently read gripping story, I followed the twists and turns with eagerness to see if the obvious person really had done it. I felt the ending was cut short so suddenly it was jarring. I don't expect a full trial, but did Elsa get charged? Did Caroline's name get cleared? Part of what makes it jarring though is the way the story finishing and the"we hope you enjoyed audible" jumped in on Hugh's last word without a seconds pause.