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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
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...
Published on 28 July 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good novel, but audio play is far too abridged
This was a competent dramatisation by BBC Audio. But the narrative has been heavily abridged to the point that it feels rushed in places and there are abrupt jumps in timeline. Other than that, we enjoyed listening to it and it's an excellent dramatic story.
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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
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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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb, unusual Christie book, 23 Jun 1998
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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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Endless Night, 4 Sep 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
"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.
There is time for some Christie standards in amongst all of this, the retired military chap and the beautiful governess, but there are a couple of other characters which are well worth reading about, Michael's mother is a prime example of this.
Ultimately it is a rather tragic book and there isn't really any light relief amongst the chapters, but fans of Christie will find it well worth the read and other mystery or crime readers will also enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually chilling, 26 Jan 2009
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Z. OConnor "tantezoe" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping drama, 19 July 2009
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D. Morley "DougMorley" (Chilliwack, BC, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Endless Night (BBC Radio Crimes) (Audio CD)
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
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Grace Rostoker (Oceanside, California) - See all my reviews
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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, effective chiller from Agatha Christie, 11 May 2004
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you dont expect...., 12 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This book is simply fantastic: the plot is ingenious and it had me completely fooled all the way through. The scene setting also makes the book very atmospheric and very sinister. An excellent read - I coundn't put it down!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily Christie's Best ever!!, 13 July 1999
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This one was the 8th Book of her's that I have read, and the finest of them all! No doubt that if you are a beginner reader of Christie's, this book will get you hooked on them for life!! I still cannot believe how cleverly written this is with the most unexpected ending that will leave you thinking about it for days! And after you own it, you will want to read it over and over again!
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