- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (19 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910281026
- ISBN-13: 978-1910281024
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ordeal by Innocence: Dramatisation Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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‘Family tensions and suspicions are adroitly handled, and the solution is characteristically surprising’ New York Times
‘Has the particular distinction of presenting a new temporary detective in place of Poirot or Miss Marple.’ New York Herald Tribune Book Review--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A brand new Agatha Christie radio drama, which complements an extensive list of over 50 bestselling radio dramas from the BBC.See all Product description
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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.Read more ›
The story is both very "Christie" like and yet at the same time a little unlike most else she ever did. A man is involved in a terrible accident which means that for two years he is unable to provide the alibi for a man accused and convicted of the mother of his own (adoptive) mother. When he can finally confirm the alibi to the world it is far too late. His best intentions of informing the family that their brother was indeed innocent, however, do not pass as he imagined. Indeed. if the so called guilty party didn't do it, one of the rest of the family must have done.
Although it clearly is a "whodunnit" it's actually more concerned with the psychological effects on the family given the way that this crime now has to be painted. Suspicions drift and allegiances change from minute to minute.
The largely "unknown" cast do largely wonderful jobs (with only the odd dodgy accent) and this is overall a very good dramatisation of one of Christie's own favourite stories. Highly recommended for fans of Christie, murder on the radio or "old fashioned" crime novels with a surprisingly modern slant.
Arthur wakes from a year long coma to discover that he was a man's alibi for murder and because he was unconscious he was unable to come forward. feeling guilty he goes to the family to tell them that their brother/son, was really innocent but instead of getting gratitude or angry they are annoyed that he is innocent. Finally it becomes clear that they are annoyed because if he wasn't guilty then one of them really is and the likelihood is that the police will not solve it. Hence the title ordeal by innocence.
I loved this version of it, have to read the book again, I enjoyed it so much I listened to it twice in one day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of Mrs Christie's better ones, as the non-Poirot, non-Marple ones usually are (some of the Poirots are unreadable). Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. A. Bentley
This book kept me guessing right to the end. Intriguing, with an unusual plot, a very entertaining read. Highly recommended.Published 9 months ago by Pete
Excellent read and, although I had an inkling who the guilty person was, the revelation was kept until very near the end.Published 15 months ago by Robert A. Carr
The characterisation is brilliant and gripping, even though you feel you want to smack the main character !!!!Published 17 months ago by Mrs. E. T. Currie .
Great read and it was handy listening to the audio version too. Would very much recommend it to anyone interested in crime novels.Published 17 months ago by POS
I liked this book because it kept you wondering, thinking, who the murderer could be. Anyone who likes AC will love this.Published 19 months ago by Ann Dean