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Agatha Christie
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11 Sep 2008 BBC Radio Crimes
This is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Agatha Christie's darkly suspenseful psychological thriller. 'Some are born to sweet delight/Some are born to endless night' - William Blake. Agatha Christie wrote "Endless Night" in 1967, and it is one of her greatest - and most unusual - novels. Creepy, malevolent and claustrophobic, it is a story about choices, the nature of good and evil, and grim retribution. Mike Rogers had a childhood fantasy about what life would be like as an adult; he'd have a beautiful wife, they would live in a beautiful home, and this would be a peaceful and deserved reward for a turbulent early life.When he meets Ellie Gutman at a lovely, remote spot known as Gypsy's Acre, suddenly it is all within his grasp. However, things are not as idyllic as they seem - local legend has it that the land is cursed, and several terrible accidents have occurred there. Mike and Ellie pay no attention to these tales: but when they move into their new home, the curse suddenly seems to come to life and they find themselves in grave danger...Starring Jonathan Forbes and Lizzie Watts, this is a menacing drama that perfectly evokes the atmosphere of Agatha Christie's brooding, malevolent tale, infused with passion, hauntings and grim retribution.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (11 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408400804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408400807
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A surpassing mystery...ingenious...dazzling."--"The New York Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With marriage to gorgeous and fabulously wealthy Ellie, the purchase of Gipsy’s Acre and the opportunity to build his wonderful house, the dream seemingly turns to reality for Michael. But does Gipsy’s Acre harbour a dark past? It would seem so from the words of warning they receive from the strange witch-like Mrs Lee. When a terrible tragedy occurs it would seem that Gipsy’s Acre is indeed cursed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 28 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read every Agatha Christie novel, and rank this book as one of the elite 3 or 4 (Along with Ackroyd, Orient Express, 10 Little Indians). The ending of her novels usually make or break them for me, and the ending to this book was unexpected and superior. This is one of the few books that gave me that "spine-chilling" sensation that I wish I experienced during the reading of all mystery novels. Excellent!
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not read these reviews! 26 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I must be very careful with what I say for fear of ruining this book or possibly other Agatha Christie's for you. The reviews that are here have the potential to spoil more than one great mystery of hers. I suggest not reading any of the reviews on this page. Look simply at the average star rating for this book and go off of that.
To give you what you're looking for without comparing this book with others, I found Endless Night to be a fantastic mystery. It is the only Christie that I have read more than once. It's wonderfully creepy, although not a traditional "murder mystery." A few very well placed surprises catch you off your guard and make this one of the most original books she's written. I highly recommend it.
I also recommend that you move on to another web page. You've got to be careful when reading reviews of mysteries. Someone's bound to say too much, which is the case here. I strongly, STRONGLY urge you to read no further in these critiques.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually chilling 26 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
I just love Agatha Christie. You can never go wrong picking up one of her novels. Although you can't read too many at once because they tend to follow a formula. I read about two a year, and try not to spend too much of the time trying to second guess the killer twist, if you'll pardon the pun.

Endless Night is quite different from any of her other more famous titles. There is no Poirot or Marple - the story is narrated by Michael Rodgers, a somewhat feckless young man with ideas of grandeur but no obvious means of attaining it. A chance encounter and a whirlwind romance result in him marrying the very lovely and very wealthy Ellie, and the fulfilment of a dream when they build a house on Gipsy's Acre. But the land is cursed, and the spectre of tragedy hangs over the newlyweds like a very black cloud.

Most of Agatha Christie's books can best be described as cracking thrillers. But Endless Night almost has the feel of a ghost story or a horror tale. There is a real sense of invisible menace from the first page, and it makes for a somewhat uncomfortable, disquieting, read.

I had, from the start, developed a sneaking suspiscion as to the outcome (although murder does not occur until the last quarter or so). There are not that many characters to choose from. But the murder and the unmasking of the killer, means and motive seem to take a back seat to a very chilling tale of human desires and weaknesses. These are far more shocking and memorable when you turn the final page.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Endless Night 4 Sep 2005
Format:Paperback
"Endless Night" is in many ways a real departure from Agatha Christie's normal style. There's no frothy drawing room games here, but a steady building malevolence that culminates with, of course, a murder.
Written in the first person, young poor drifter Michael Rogers tells of his story of discovering the mystical and enchanting location of Gypsy's Acre. The current building that occupies the land is for sales and penniless Michael dreams of building his perfect house there, designed of course by the mysterious architect Santonix, who Michael has met during his duties as chauffeur to the rich.
All Michael needs though is the money to build the house with and the girl to marry and live there. Solving both of these requirements is rich heiress Fenella (Ellie) Guteman who Michael bumps into by chance whilst viewing Gypsy's Acre. The two young people fall for each other and after a whirlwind romance they are married in secret, much to the displeasure of Ellie's extended family who seem quite concerned that Michael might be a gold digging rogue, only after Ellie's money.
The couple decide that they will build their dream house on Gypsy's Acre and they engaged Santonix to perform the work. The only grey cloud on the horizon is the creepy and possibly sinister figure of Mrs Lee, a villager and gypsy who claims that the land the Rogers are building on belongs to the gypsys and woe betide anyone who plans to live there.
I found it was one of those Christie novels where you can guess who the victim is going to be and who the murderer is almost immediately, but that's not to say the book is any less enjoyable for that. The writing style, as I say, is almost poetic in approach and she really creates an atmosphere of brooding evil around the location of Gypsy's Acre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping drama 19 July 2009
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Not having read the original I came to this radio dramatisation with no concrete expectations other than a liking and appreciation of most BBC productions of Agatha Christie and other authors of crime and mystery novels.

I was not disappointed. Excellent production and good radio acting resulted in an exciting portrayal of the sinister nature and the story ended satisfyingly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 28 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this audio book to occupy me during a few days' 'holiday at home' and couldn't have chosen better - it's the perfect relaxation to sit back and have a very vocally talented actor tell such a dark, intriguing story. Although a great Christie fan, this is, amazingly it now seems, a story I've never read, but I shall now buy the book also, because as with all Christie stories, knowing the outcome doesn't detract from the rereading or relistening pleasure. The false leads and red herrings are dropped into the narrative with such skill that although they are small and subtle they still take you along a variety of wrong paths. The final unravelling is, whilst not completely unexpected by that point, satisfyingly dramatic and dark. And even at - almost - the very end, Agatha Christie dares to tempt you with the possibility of a near impossible alternative ending. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Night
This is a stand -alone novel by Agatha Christie and is one that I had not read before. I have to admit that Christie is undoubtedly my favourite author of all time and, whether... Read more
Published 5 days ago by S Riaz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best. and most unusual.It does not start with the murder
It's more unusual in that it does not start with the murder.Can't say more or I will give away the plot.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. Ricketts
2.0 out of 5 stars Endless Night?
This was a cd which was so boring. I usually get lost within the story but this one was not to my taste compared with other cd's such as Inspector Morse.
Published 1 month ago by beryl irene
5.0 out of 5 stars new to me
I could not believe I had found an Agatha Christie I had not read. It was as usual a whodunit but again with a twist which keeps you going to the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SIMON SHEPPARD
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Agatha Christie can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. This tale has the usual twist at the end, a great read
Published 1 month ago by susan broadbent
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, but storyline a bit boring.
I found the relationship with the young couple extremely detached and cold. Again, too many Americans involved in the plot - not a particularly inspiring read, although well... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ingrid
4.0 out of 5 stars Will keep you guessing
the characters are interesting as is the setting. Can be a bit long winded in places but a good read with an unexpected ending.
Published 3 months ago by Suzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and off the usual style for Agatha Christie
I was a bit disappointed in this book, as I was expecting a more enjoyable ride. It is quite a departure from every other Agatha Christie book I have read; very different in style... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good
Having read most of Agatha's work I found this book rather strange, in fact the story didn't quite fit. Read more
Published 3 months ago by gary c atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Night
This seems to be one of Agatha Christies books that hasn't been televised recently. I shall enjoy reading this again!
Published 6 months ago by Arabella Allely
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