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A Murder is Announced (BBC Radio Collection) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Agatha Christie
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21 Mar 2005 BBC Radio Collection
A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation starring June Whitfield as the deceptively mild spinster sleuth. The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th , at Little Paddocks at 6.30pm. Is it a hoax? As the time approaches, the crowds gather at Little Paddocks;and then the lights go out. This was Agatha Christie's fiftieth book - acknowledged to be one of the best.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; abridged edition edition (21 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563510900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563510901
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,287 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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About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became the bestselling novelist in history. She wrote 79 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humourous, Human And Satisfying 10 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This, I think, is the finest in Radio 4's distinguished series of Agatha Christie dramatisations. The novel dramatised is one of Agatha Christie's best, set in a post war English village coping with rationing, poverty, and a new social order, and replete with many of Christie's most well drawn characters: Bunch Harmon the vicar's wife, warm and unspohisticatedly intelligent; the old-style lesbian couple of Miss Hinchliffe and Miss Murgatroyd; the self-dramatising refugee Mitzi, who feels demeaned by her position as domestic help; the young frivolous postwar generation represented here by Patrick and Julia Simmons; the destitute, loyal, scatty and genteel Dora Bunner; the emotionally scarred war widow turned land girl Phillipa Haymes... All these and more are caught up in a mysterious murder at Letitia Blacklock's home that bizarrely enough is announced in the classified ads *before* it happens...
The worst fault of this dramatisation is that, presumably because of a lack of time, the characters of the Swettenhams, and with them an entire set of subplots, have been excised. Most Agatha Christie novels are simple enough to withstand a heavy editing, but A Murder Is Announced contains so many enjoyable subtleties that it could well have done with four cassettes to itself rather than a mere two... But despite the necessary loss of detail this remains an excellent play; full of fun, suspense and intrigue with memorable characters well acted by the cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 15 Jan 2010
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This was the first time I heard June Whitfield's assumption of the character of Christie's Miss Marple. She is very good - clear, articulate and shrewd if a little detached at times. I love 'Murder Is Announced' , its easily my favourite Marple and the BBC have done a good job here. The dramatisation is largely faithful, with the major exception of the cutting of the Swettenhams, and generally works very well. Additional voices are well done on the whole. I particularly liked Ian Lavender as Craddock and the ladies who voiced Miss Blacklock and Miss Bunner. I expect it is very easy to 'overdo' the role of Mitzi, the excitable cook and it is overdone here but its a very small flaw. I was completely enthralled from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 23 Nov 2013
By Sheila
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very good but I would have liked a longer version too much cut out although very true to the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas present 11 May 2013
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Ordered this for my mum for Christmas. She will love it. The old tape got caught in her old tape recorder.
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