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Agatha Christie , Carole Boyd
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6 April 2007
Hercule Poirot takes a trip to the Middle East and takes on a case where an entire family all have motives for a murder

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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio; New Ed edition (6 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780230015593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230015593
  • ASIN: 023001559X
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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“Twice as brilliant as Death on the Nile, which was entirely brilliant”
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--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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A tyrannical old martinet, a mental sadist and the incarnation of evil. These were only three of the character descriptions levelled at Mrs Boynton, the matriarch who kept her family totally dependent on her. But did she really deserve to die on the excursion to beautiful Petra? Hercule Poirot is on a visit to the Middle East when he hears about the murder. He feels compelled to investigate – despite the family’s request not to do so. Do they have something to hide and, if so, can they keep it hidden from this master sleuth?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful BBC take on Agatha Christie. 15 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Once again, the BBC does a stellar job on an Agatha Christie book, one of my favorites no less! John Moffat is perfect as Poirot! My only complaint is the music that opens and closes this production. It's too modern a take on middle-eastern music. I'm sure it was done on a synthasizer. Otherwise- top notch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha once again beats me to the solution 17 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Christie's most successful and popular books hold a pattern. Her writing subtely encourages you to suspect everyone except the real murderer, who you ignore. Even when you know the rules of her writing and the tricks she plays, she is so brilliant as to still deceive you. Appointment With Death fits that pattern, and as such is a very pleasing read for fans of classic Agatha Christie. There are a limited number of suspects in an isolated area, and details of times and locations are added to muddy the waters. However, there in the middle of the situation is Poirot, quietly confident. As usual, if you have a mind like Poirot's and are really paying attention, you can work it out. For us mere mortals, there is always the answer at the end of the book, and very satisfying it is too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie 4 Oct 2011
By iandliz
Format:Paperback
I chose this book to take on holiday with me to Jordan. The murder takes place in the great lost city of Petra and there are passing mentions of Amman and Jerash too so I got a great deal out of reading the book in situ and imagining the characters at their camp in Petra.

However, I found this book lacking. It is my first Christie read, and I am sure she has done much, much better, but I couldn't help feeling she stuck to her tried and tested formula with this one. Murder takes place, many suspects, Poirot is brought in, he interviews everyone then gathers them all together to tell them whodunnit. Furthermore I couldn't relate to the characters. The victim is someone who we have little sympathy with and the suspects are not an inspiring bunch. There is some discussion early on as to whether a murder has indeed taken place and the police came close to letting this one go - the reader can't help but agree and is left wondering why they are bothering. Add to this a very unconvincing love story between a fiesty young doctor and a wet sap of a victim's son and we have a disappointing novel.

Poirot himself is full of self-confidence, bordering on arrogance, and perceptive as always, and that is how he is known and loved. But there is an irritating passage along the lines of "If I was a crime novel detective this is what I'd do" and then goes on to be exactly like the stereotypical crime novel detective, which is what he of course is! I found it neither clever nor funny and did not see the point.

So sorry, not one of her best, but I was pleased to read it in Petra.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Fraser is a great choice 23 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This Five disk set is well worth your money, you get so much more detail with the books than you do with the two hour TV shows with Six hours listening the unabridged Poirot is a joy to listen to.
Hugh Fraser is a great choice to read these books and if you like his voice he has a great gift for playing the different parts.
My only question is why did it take so long for someone to do away with Mrs Boynton!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Page-Turner 7 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was my first Agatha Christie book and it has encouraged me to try another one on my latest excursion to Amazon.co.uk! It had a riveting plot which kept me reading throughout the book without wanting to put it down. I would recommend this to any age and anyone who likes crime novels or wants to start reading some.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable play 31 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
It seems that, though BBC TV are rapidly desappearing down the tubes, Radio 4 can still come up with the goods. That said, this is not the best Poirot story in their repatoire, although it's enjoyable all the same. The ending is ludicrous, but surprsing (the fault of Agatha Christie not of the writer) and it doesn't do such a good job of evoking the Middle Eastern setting as the wonderful adaptation of Murder in Mesapotamia did. Also, some of the acting is a little dodgy, most notably John Woodnut, who is miscast as Colonel Carbury.
That said, if you want to be transported to a world of mysterious old monuments and murder in the desert for an hour and a half, you could do much worse. Hugely enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Moffatt as the great Belgian detective... 28 July 2012
By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The "Appointment with Death" production dates from 2001 and is again directed by Enyd Williams. The copy I have is the earlier format packaging that has CD track information that is very useful should you need to stop listening and then go back to a particular point on the CD. John Moffatt plays Poirot and the cast includes well known actresses Miriam Karlin (1925 to 2011; She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1975. Miriam was the first woman to play the traditionally male lead in "The Caretaker" by Harold Pinter. She was devoted to welfare work and charitable causes, including Amnesty International) who here plays as Mrs Boynton and Jill Balcon (1925 to 2009; Daughter of Sir Michael Balcon. Married Cecil Day-Lewis in 1951. Children: Daniel Day-Lewis and Tamasin Day-Lewis) as Lady Westholme. Listen out also for John Woodnutt (1924 to 2006; A character actor with radio, television and stage experience, often cast in coldly authoritarian, military or aristocratic roles. Seen in four different instalments of 'Doctor Who', between 1970 and 1981) here playing Colonel Carbury. The action takes place a long way from London whilst Poirot is on holiday in Jerusalem. A cast of varied characters is brought to life in this 1 hour and 30 minute play that has atmosphere and some excellent sound effects. Good value price wise.
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Published 13 days ago by BETTY COOPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kept me guessing until the end!
Published 1 month ago by S J McGough
4.0 out of 5 stars appointment with death (Poirot)
one of the agatha christie novel I don't have, and wanted to build up my collecton; so easy to download with one-click button
Published 4 months ago by vicky rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Appointment with death
It's a wonderful plot and read. Well Agatha Christie does it again. It's another must for the Agatha Christie collection.
Published 8 months ago by AndyMcD07
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot and setting
As usual, Agatha Christie weaves a novel storyline together with a surprise ending. Well crafted and researched. Poirot at his best.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Appointment With Death
Poirot is on one of his trips abroad and is called in to investigate the death of Mrs Boynton who is an oppressively odious woman who likes nothing better than to control her... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. A. L. Maddocks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good used book, added to my collection, to be read but can be sure it will be a good read
Published 18 months ago by O
4.0 out of 5 stars Poirot does it again.
One of the good Poirot books in my opinion. The story works and all the background stuff helps bring it alive.
Published 20 months ago by Patsy Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Appointment With Death
Postage was very quick
Quality recording good story keeps your interest right to the end
Highly recommended for anyone who loves murder mysteries
Published 20 months ago by Jefftvman
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of its kind
Appointment with Death is one of my favourite Christies. It perfectly represents what the best of her craft is: a clockwork plot, subtle clues, simple but effective character... Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Jack Heslop
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