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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (11 Sept. 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 (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘One of the best things Agatha Christie has ever done’ Sunday Times

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Michael Rogers’ dream is to have a wonderful house in the country – and a beautiful woman he can live ‘happy ever after’ with. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 1999
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Z. OConnor on 26 Jan. 2009
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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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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 1999
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grace Rostoker on 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 By A Customer on 23 Jun. 1998
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2014
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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 re-visiting favourite characters such as Poirot, or coming to one of her books for the first time, it always feels as though you are reading something familiar. In fact, immersing yourself in a Christie novel is rather like slipping into a warm pool and being taken effortlessly on a journey – she is the most capable plotter and absolutely joyous to read.

In this book we meet Michael Rogers; a rather shiftless young man, whose aimless lifestyle is about to change when he comes across the beautiful young Ellie outside a ruined house called ‘The Towers’, but known to local as Gipsy’s Acre. Michael had the area in mind for the house of his dreams, but does not have the means to build or buy it. However, Ellie turns out to a wealthy heiress and, before long they have married secretly with the help of Ellie’s companion Greta. Soon, Ellie has commissioned the building of their dream house on Gipsy’s Acre – even though both Michael and Ellie have been warned off by old Mrs Lee, who insists that the land has been cursed by gypsies, who were turned off the land.

From the beginning, you feel that something terrible will happen and this is a dark novel, with many plot twists and turns and a surprising ending. I am delighted that I finally got around to reading it and that, as always, Agatha Christie did not disappoint.
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