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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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  • 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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  • melanie
  • 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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  • 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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  • Gwen Seller
  • 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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  • Derek Thorburn
  • 18-05-2016

Poirot On The Spot As Always

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

Definitely. It's an intriguing book and the plot is excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the lead up to the murder, which Christie always does so well and the investigation was excellent.

Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, many of them. He is perfect as a narrator.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I could understand why Catherine got fed up with Lady Tamplin and Chubby. They could be irritating.

Any additional comments?

Agatha Christie never fails to disappoint and if you want a mystery where you're kept on the edge of your seat, you won't be disappointed. This is also her first book which mentions St Mary Mead, which is where Miss Marple resides. It is also the first book where George, Poiro's valet, appears and where we meet Mr Goby for the first time.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 07-02-2016

MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN

Don't rags to riches came true, beyond becoming a member of society high class there's a murder and theft.
Excellent storyline with its normal twists

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  • D. Eastwood
  • 17-02-2017

Wonderful plot from Christie

Another wonderfully intriguing mystery from Christie with a famous train the BLUE train creating great atmosphere - the Mediterranean and romance thrown in - leaves us guessing until the last page, wonderfully presented this is a favourite in my collection.

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  • J. Armour
  • 09-05-2015

😊

I don't get the story. It is not the best agatha christie book. But is a good one. The reader is very good and overall it's quite good

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