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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (19 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007212879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007212873
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 2.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Superb, vintage Christie’ Sunday Express

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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.

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Format: Audio CD
Poirot's Early Cases are fairly short mysteries for the famous Hercule Poriot but there are eighteen stories read by David Suchet (Poriot) & Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings).

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.
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The first of Poirot's cases, and though not as detailed and textured as later ones, these stories are hugely enjoyable, with that light touch, sharp intelligence and touches of deft humour that are charateristic of Christie, plus settings of wonderfully fruity extravagance. Lots of fun!
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Bought this for my Mum as one of her Christmas presents and she loved it. Recordings are of excellent quality, and its David Suchet and Hugh Fraser from the TV shows doing all the voices. Well worth the money, and a great present for any 'Poirot' fan.
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18 short stories on 7 CDs read by David Suchet (Poirot) and Hugh Fraser (Hastings). David Suchet *is* Poirot to many, and his reading of Poirot is excellent, although hearing him refer to himself as Hastings was slightly strange at first. Hugh Fraser acquits himself equally well, and his imitation of Philip Jackson's Chief inspector Japp made me laugh out loud!

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.
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Crime stories must be one of my preferred genres, and I have recently taken to reading Agatha Christie, maybe to pass the time until David Suchet et al have finally finished filming every last Poirot story.

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.
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Good, but disappointed that although it says read by Hugh Fraser and David Suchet, it is either or the other, I was hoping for both as per the TV series. On that note, David Suchet's readings are excellent but personally I found Hugh Fraser's stories hard to get into. primarily because I found his impression of Poirot not very good and a bit flat, but that is my opinion.

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.
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I've read this book loads of time and each time enjoyed it. True Poirot style. The relationship is has with Hastings and Japp is brilliant and makes a good combination.

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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The whole family had great fun listening to these cameo performances by Hercule Poirot (mostly read by David Suchet). Each story lasts only 20-30 minutes and is excellent for car journeys. you get to the end of the story before the end of the journey. The stories sound a little bit dated but that is Agatha Christie for you. Overall gently entertaining.
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