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The Mystery of the Blue Train

Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 6
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again, for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing.
©1928 Agatha Christie (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." ( Observer)
"The Empress of the crime novel." ( Sunday Express)

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Very enjoyable.

Great story without being ridiculously convoluted. Hugh Fraser does a superb job narrating and of character dialogue.

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Brilliantly written and performed

A well written mystery that will keep you always wondering. As for the performance....brilliant, just brilliant.

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Good story but didn’t love the narrator

The storey was really good. Not my favourite Agatha Cheshire book but still good. However it was hard to differentiate between the male and female voices that the narrator used. Some of the females did sound female but occasionally there was one that sounded male and it was quite confusing when trying to keep track of which character that was. Besides that, I have no complaints.

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Great Performance But Only OK Story

This was an unusual story. I love Agatha Christie but this is probably the weakest story I have read of hers. It was quite disjointed and jumped around. It was a Poirot story but for the first hour plus he wasn't even in it, I thought I had got it wrong and chosen the wrong book. The performance, however, was first class, really good, and that helped a lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-2018

A Hercule Poirot mystery with almost no Poirot

The story was not so much a mystery but what appeared to be an incoherent story. Fans of the other books may want to give this one a miss.

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  • Jess
  • 23-05-2013

Hugh Fraser does it again

Would you listen to The Mystery of the Blue Train again? Why?

The Mystery of the Blue Train is one of my favourite Christie novels, and I think Hugh Fraser did a wonderful job mimicking David Suchet's Poirot voice, as well as making the women sound normal instead of overly feminine.

What other book might you compare The Mystery of the Blue Train to and why?

And Then There Were None, narrated by the same actor, but with no Poirot, so no fallback character. A wonderfully creepy rendition of Justice Wargrave.

What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

Wonderfully varied in voice, with each character distinct by sound alone, and his natural voice is perfect for narrating.

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

When Katherine tells Poirot she can't go on, Hugh Fraser captures the distress in her voice in a perfect, yet understated, manner.

Any additional comments?

Would recommend to anyone and everyone - thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Janey
  • 05-05-2015

Good story

Good story. Classic Christie tale. As always Hugh Frasers narration is perfect. I could listen to him reading anything. Brilliant!

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  • Pengwen
  • 25-09-2016

The Blue Train twists and turns

I love to hear Hugh Fraser's telling any of the Poirot stories. He has Poirot's voice just right and he is excellent at the range, accents and tone of all the other characters especially women where he manages never to sound shrill but remains sympathetic and believable as a woman's voice.
The story of Blue Train twists and turns, it is quite dark at times and the denouement is unexpected, Agatha Christie at her best.

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  • Alf
  • 20-05-2016

Hugh Fraser

Outstanding! Enjoyed every word and the conclusion. Listened in the car, cooking - driving my family mad!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-02-2013

It's Agatha Christie

Another wonderful book from Agatha Christie. Narrated by the wonderful Hugh Fraser who reads all the parts with excellent accents and makes you feel your really in the strory.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-06-2019

A GREAT Dramatisation

fabulous performances, great pacing , painting a vivid picture. made me want to re-read the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-2019

Loved it.

A classic Agatha Christie story , brilliantly narrated by Hugh Fraser. Thoroughly recommended and good value.

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  • Audio master
  • 11-04-2017

you must get it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes because it is so good

Who was your favorite character and why?

the grate Hercule Poirot because he is smart

Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favourite?

the grate Hercule Poirot

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

yes

Any additional comments?

i love it but not my favorite Agatha Christie book

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  • B
  • 17-06-2020

Another excellent listen

Love Hugh Fraser as a narrator, and this is another fab listen, excellent story and characters - although I did guess who did it.

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  • Lee
  • 20-10-2019

Sadly DNF :(

I love Agatha Christie and her read most of her books, watched all the televised episodes of both Poirot and Marple, films with Margaret Rutherford etc but I've never read etc the Blue Train. Sadly I got about 15 chapters in and gave up as I just found it slow moving and the characters didn't engage me. So I've returned it and got the BBC dramatisation in which I enjoyed more. Even the narration by Hugh Fraser didn't save it for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2019

Another Poirot

Not the best of the Poirot mystery I have listened to so far. Well read and produced.