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Poirot's Early Cases: Complete & Unabridged Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Still in the formative years of his career, Hercule Poirot faces a most taxing case: who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay’s death on the same night a mere coincidence? And did she deliberately take an overdose of cocaine?
No sooner has Poirot revealed his astonishing conclusions, than he must turn his powers of deduction to seventeen other whirlwind mysteries.
WITH EVERY CASE IN THIS COLLECTION, POIROT ENHANCES HIS REPUTATION AS THE GREATEST MIND IN DETECTIVE FICTION
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 80 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.See all Product Description
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These stories are spread over 7 discs the total running time is almost 9 nine hours which is great for a very long trip. Any Agatha Christie fan will enjoy these short stories and Poirot fan will like hearing about his early years.
Poirot's Early Cases have been out on Casstte but I think CD's are better more portable and never loses sound qaulity and can be played anywhere, anytime if you have some of the most famous stoires this is your next buy.
A thoughly entertaining and enjoyable listen. If you've enjoyed the TV series and are thinking of listening to the audio books, I recommend starting with this one.
Although some of the tales grate a little with their rather formulaic style, the gathering together at the end of all the suspects, so mocked by many since, seems entirely fitting for a character like Poirot who considers himself the best detective in the world. He needs an audience!
The Christie stories stay in my mind, unlike many modern crime novels which I have downloaded; they are easy to read and, although there is violence and murder, there is no gore or finely detailed butchery.
This volume contains the following stories: The Affair at the Victory Ball; The Adventure of the Clapham Cook; The Cornish Mystery; The Adventure of Johnny Waverley; The Double Clue; The king of Clubs; The Lemesurier Inheritance; The Lost Mine; The Plymouth Express; The Chocolate Box; The Submarine Plans (also published as The Incredible Theft); The Third Floor Flat; Double Sin; The Market Basing Mystery; Wasps Nest; The Veiled Lady; Problem at Sea; How Does Your Garden Grow?
Unfortunately for me, I already had all these stories in Hercule Poirot: the Complete Short Stories! The giveaway was possibly in the title - "complete"! I have the book, a big fat one which I have to hold carefully so as not to break the spine, but it is also available on kindle. More happily, I realised this in time to ask Amazon for a refund, which was immediate.
Update: after buying another set: The Labours of Hercules: Complete Short Stories: Complete & Unabridged
I found them much better to listen to with regards to Hugh Fraser's reading (he reads the whole set) It was MUCH better, in fact I'd go as far to say very good. I think the problem in this particular set is he seems to be impersonating Hastings impersonating Poirot and that is why it seems a bit flat as Hastings character vocal range is a bit flat.
Once I realised that, it is much more enjoyable.
Didn't take me long to read. Great stories that would make you want to read then again and again. Can'r recommend enough.
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Miss Christie up to her usual standard, but not 'sparkling'. Nevertheless, worth a read for the ingenious plots and distractions.Published 6 months ago by Ian D Morgan