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Endless Night (BBC Radio Crimes) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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: 1 pages
  • 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 (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,430 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 alternate Audio CD edition.

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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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57 of 61 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
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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb, unusual Christie book 23 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Readers of "Murder On The Orient Express", "Death On The Nile", "Crooked House" or other classic Christie titles may be surprised by this 1967 book. The basic plot idea has been used before by the authoress, and yet "Endless Night" is completely unlike any other book in Christie's whole canon. It is, however, without doubt one of her finest, and arguably the best she wrote in her later years. The atmosphere and pace are beautifully sustained, and the ending is positively remarkable. This is a quiet, chilling book; all of the "cosy" murder mystery element found in the Christie books of the 1930s are banished to create an even more sinister novel of very high quality. Essential reading for any Christie fan, and worth investigating anyway, because this really is a very fine book.
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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, effective chiller from Agatha Christie 11 May 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
Quite often in a Christie story there is a sentimental romance
in the background; when the main mystery is cleared up we
frequently find that two of the minor characters end up engaged.
In "Endless Night" the author has become aware of this
little foible and is deliberately exploiting it to her readers'
downfall! The result is shockingly effective.
We are assured at the start that it's a love story, and it is.
There is something terribly wrong, something we dimly sense
from the beginning. The author hints at it throughout the book,
building up the unease imperceptibly, until the truth is so
obvious that our realisation can be taken for granted. What
makes this story memorable is not the plot in itself (ingenious
as usual) but the atmosphere, the manner of the telling. The
most powerful clue to what's really going on is not any
material evidence, but the mind-set of one particular character
. (At the same time there is little violence, and none of the
wallowing in gore which lesser writers rely on.) This
spine-chiller shows the author at the height of her powers.
The story is ably read by Hugh Frazer, who manages to keep
the various voice-accents distinct throughout the extensive
dialogue! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars for me the worst CD of Agatha Christie from radio
Did not take to the story, for me the worst CD of Agatha Christie from radio crimes
Published 8 days ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a story line you normally get from Agatha, ...
Not a story line you normally get from Agatha, but just as compelling. Typically she threw in loads of clues among the red herrings, but I still didn't guess it until very near the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by amemfajael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic. This is a must if you love audio books.
Published 28 days ago by Jennifer Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Incredibly shocking ending! I never would have guessed what was going to happen, loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have.
Recommended to horror/thriller fans, it's a pretty dark story. Hard to believe the same person who wrote this wrote miss marple! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caurus
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Did not see the end coming as I was expecting a different outcome, this is a nice change from the normal Agatha Christie style.
Published 2 months ago by Robert
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Having read many of the authors books I thought I had made a mistake and this was written by another author.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Shakespeare
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless night
I didn't like this one from Agatha christie. There is always going to be from someone whom is good at storytelling that something they wrote is not as great as some others. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Markerp3n
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
As always Agatha Christie rises to our expectations.different from the Miss Marple and Poirot additions this novel keeps you enthralled with a love hate relationship with the main... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Tracy Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy customer
A great story written by a great, classic author. Bought as a present to feed a family members passion for Agatha Christie. A good buy indeed.
Published 6 months ago by Alice Milnes
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