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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 18 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Jun. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L4TQOCY
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Ordeal By Innocence Audiobook – Original recording
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This BBC Radio 4 dramatisation gives it a refreshingly updated feel whilst retaining the original storyline.
Whilst serving a sentence for killing his adoptive mother, (and protesting his innocence,) Jacko Argyle dies in prison.
His alibi for the homicide, Doctor Calgary, is subsequently involved in a road traffic accident and is in a coma, only recovering
consciousness, a little over a year later.
Upon learning of the fate of Jack Argyle, and knowing his innocence, Calgary resolves to put things right and begins an investigation to reveal the true identity of the killer. In so doing he has to persuade a sceptical senior detective, and a family,who both adopt a 'let sleeping dogs lie approach,' for entirely different reasons.
Calgary is nothing but persistent and determined much to the frustration and irritation of the family members, although he does find one ally, who is found murdered. The plot gets thicker. He patiently unravels the pieces of the jigsaw.
This slick BBC production is brilliantly presented, finely acted and richly atmospheric.
This excellent drama is ideal to play in the car, download onto your MP3 player or at home on a CD player in your favourite armchair. Recommended.
Ordeal by innocence, first published in 1958, was Agatha Christie’s 50th (I think) full length novel. It came at a time when she had established her name and reputation enough that she could break free from the confines of her ‘traditional’ stories to do something a little different, but before she reached the stage in her career where she was just churning out the same old stuff. It is probably one of her most interesting stories, and I am told it was a favourite of hers.
This has all the Christie hallmarks, a murder has been committed in a country house, it has to be one of the respectable family living there, the police are baffled and it is left to an amateur sleuth to work it all out. But it is very different to the usual tale. The murder was committed 2 years ago, a man was found guilty and died in prison. But then a witness comes forward who can clear the convicted man’s name. The focus of the book is not so much on the investigation, but on the effect that this revelation has upon the people in house. If the matter is not cleared up they will always be under suspicion, and the innocent will suffer as much as the guilty. If the mystery is solved then one of them will be revealed as a murderer. What follows is a well-drawn character study as the tensions start to explode the family apart.
This 2 hour radio dramatization is well up to the BBC’s usual standards. It provides a good clear story, getting in both the mystery and the study of a family falling to pieces. I did not recognise any of the actors, but in general they provide an array of distinctive voices that allow you to keep track of who is who. There is a decent pacing in the direction, and all in all this made for an enjoyable listen. The story is split across two discs, roughly an hour per disc. The discs come in a fold out jewel case. Liner notes are the only let down, with the same short description of Christie that appears on every BBC Christie audio drama release and a list of cast members and production team. The BBC could take a few notes from NAXOS on how audio book liner notes should be done.
All in all though a fine rendition of a great book. 5 stars.