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Miss Marple's Final Cases

Narrated by: Joan Hickson
Series: Miss Marple, Book 14
Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction
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Publisher's Summary

First, the mystery man in the church with a bullet-wound. Then, the riddle of a dead man's buried treasure...the curious conduct of a caretaker after a fatal riding accident...the corpse and a tape-measure...the girl framed for theft...and the suspect accused of stabbing his wife with a dagger.

Here are six gripping cases with one thing in common: the astonishing deductive powers of Miss Marple.

©1960, 1979 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)1993 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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Classic Christie, very enjoyable.

One of the few Agatha Christie books I haven't read before. I loved Joan Hickson as Miss Marple in the older DVDs and she made an excellent narrator.

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  • Paul McMahon
  • 13-09-2010

Joan Hickson - the best Marple

These stories are evocative of Agatha Christie's general style. They are read by Joan Hickson - the best Marple - from the 1980s TV series. The stories are a light-hearted romp through different times read by a person who made the character her own; an actress from the old school who knows how to use her voice to best effect.

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  • Stevo
  • 16-08-2014

Miss Marple Entertains... Again.

Where does Miss Marple's Final Cases rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I didn't think that 'Miss Marple's Final Cases' was as good as some of Agatha Christie's other short story collections, but these stories were still intriguing and enjoyable to listen to.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

As this is a short story collection, the endings varied.

There are eight stories in this collection, six of which feature Jane Marple. The last two stories do not, and are more supernatural in their style (narrated by Isla Blair). However, they all feature the usual Agatha Christie twists and turns.

What does Joan Hickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The authentic voice of Miss Marple.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I like to listen to short stories one at a time. Maybe before going to bed, or on a short journey even. Which is why I love these type of collections. You don't have to finish these type of books in one go, as there are natural breaks at the end of each story.

Any additional comments?

As usual with Agatha Christie, these stories are very entertaining and will keep listeners gripped until the end.

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  • Melkorka
  • 18-03-2013

Exellent.

Where does Miss Marple's Final Cases rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Final cases rates about fourth, after two similar Poirot collections and a similar Miss Marple collection.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration, and the plot twist endings.

Have you listened to any of Joan Hickson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to several of her performances, and I love the way she can make each character distinctive. This is about the level of other performances I have heard.

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  • Aedifico
  • 03-10-2015

Wonderful Joan Hickson & Agatha Christie; but poorly published and useless indexing

Five stars to the writer and five stars to Joan Hickson who really was the quintessential Miss Jane Marple. And lovely to hear the stories told again by her.
But a woeful effort by Harper Collins who clearly don't give a fig for the convenience of their listening audience. The volume is a collection of stories and clearly some are longer than others. But that is no reason for the careless idiotic editing used for the chapter indexing. By all means split the chapters into smaller sizes, but for heavens sake ensure that each new story does start with a new index position. All that Harper Collins have done is to take the entire disk and divide it into roughly 20 minute sections - so it is virtually impossible to find the start of a story you want to listen to. And just to make it even more difficult for the listener, they haven't even bothered to give names to the Chapters. In 2015 there is no excuse for a large publishing house to treat its customers so deplorably in the manufacturing of Audio Books. Perhaps the clout of Amazon could give them a kick where they need it - their revenues - to improve the customer listening experience.

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  • Henrik
  • 20-10-2011

Good stories, but Joan Hickson only narrates some

I bought this book because of the narrator. In my mind, Joan Hickson is Miss Marple. Therefore, I enjoyed most of the short stories, but was a bit dissapointed, when I found out that the last two were narrated by a different actress. Not that she was bad, it just wasn't the same.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-2016

Why?

Excellent stories and really well told but why do the stories end and a new one start in the middle of a chapter? Have several short story audio books and have found no others like this. It is really irritating if you want to select one particular story to listen to.

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  • E. Flower
  • 13-09-2017

Joan Hickson is the perfect Miss Marple

I love Joan Hickson. We had these on audio tape and used to listen them in the car on long journeys when I was a child.

I have no idea why The Dressmakers Doll is included in this set...it doesn't feature Miss Marple at all.

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  • Lizzie Brewin
  • 09-05-2018

Chapters are misaligned

The chapters in this audio book are completely misaligned. Each chapter begins on the middle of one of the stories. Very disappointing and difficult to navigate. It would be great if the chapters were properly aligned and individually titled, rather than just numbered within the audible app. I still love Miss Marple though and Joan Hickson is perfect.

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  • Sharon
  • 13-02-2015

Marple + pretender

The Miss Marple stories and Joan Hickson's narration are top notch, as expected. However, a monotonous story (by a different author) about a creepy doll who shows up in 2 seamstresses' shop tainted the collection. Although the narrator (not Hickson) was good, the story was repetitive and boring. It is not worthy of keeping company with Agatha Christie. Also, the editing leaves something to be desired. No sooner is the final word of each story uttered, then the next chapter is announced nearly right on top of it, instead of leaving a couple of seconds between stories.

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  • Hannah Jenkins
  • 08-06-2020

Not a great rendition

Didn't like the reader but really hated the that the chapters don't line up with the audible chapters.

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  • Ailsa Routledge
  • 24-01-2020

A mystery worthy of Agatha herself

This collection of short stories is great and Joan Hickson is a delight to listen to but the mystery, that needs solving, is why does a new story not start a new chapter. It is impossible to find where one finishes and another one starts. Surely it is not difficult to have each one starting a new chapter to aid the listener. 😁

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  • Flint
  • 20-03-2015

An Enjoyable Book

It was well read by and the book was interesting but I didn't like the last story, it seemed out of place.

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  • Sally Alp
  • 09-01-2015

Brilliant yet again!!!

I am coming to the end of reading miss marple sagas and I am sad because there are no more for me to read.
The last story in this book was creepy but what an ending!!!

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