- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (11 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408400804
- ISBN-13: 978-1408400807
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Endless Night (BBC Radio Crimes) Audio CD – Audiobook, 11 Sep 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Michael Roberts - a sometimes chauffer, waiter and bouncer - meets a young American heiress, one of the richest women in the world, and the two fall in love. After an elopement, they move into a house which has a gypsies' curse upon it and there tragedy strikes. It's a well set-up and delivered tale, although the ending - which I didn't guess until I was almost upon it - does feel a tad too rushed and unconvincing.
Part of me is quite fascinated by Dame Agatha's oeuvre, as I find her work hypnotically compulsive even as the flaws scream out at me. But here, those flaws aren't as much in evidence (although when the dialogue begins, my of my, you can really tell that Christie is the author). Without a doubt - of the ones I've read - this is the best and certainly the most intriguing of her books.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not her best novel. It takes so long for the mystery to unravel. Still a classicPublished 4 months ago by NIKOLAOS SANTAS
There are Christie mysteries that have the air of a murder being solved pleasantly over a cup of tea, with a hotel or a manor setting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anssi Räisänen
Never a fan of Crime fiction or Whodunnits, I did not "discover" Agatha Christie until I became a pensioner! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Meretseger
The TV production obviously gave away the main plot, but the story as told by AC herself has a few more twists in it. A tad slow in places, but a very good read.Published 14 months ago by J. Osborne
Unfortunately, after coming off the high of And Then There Were None, this book fell short. Way short. Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. Shamma
A great read. I understand this was published after Agatha Christie's death and I found it very different from her usual style . Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elizabeth Vickers