They Came to Baghdad

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5 out of 5 stars
By KittyPryde1962 on 08-28-16

Not an obvious Christie tale.

Love this slightly silly story, very 1950s paranoia/spy type narrative with a charming and humorous heroine in Victoria Jones. Unfortunately it is occasionally let down by some of Emilia Fox's accents and voices (something I've heard before in her other adaptations, (it is a shame the publishers couldn't overcome their gender expectations and just use Hugh Fraser for all of the Christie adaptations).

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By MigratingFishSwim on 11-13-16

Like an Eric Ambler, but with a heroine

Leaves behind typical English bourgeoisie setting, and leads with a bright, resourceful, working class heroine. Very enjoyable and gripping, my new favourite among all the Christie novels I've read.
Narrator seems to think that women over 40 talk in shrill braying tones, but other than that bit of sexism and racism, is pretty good

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3 out of 5 stars
By Hannah on 07-26-09

Not Christie's best but still worth a go

Being a major fan of both Christie and Fox cannot I'm afraid blind me to the fact that this is not one of Agatha Christie's more stellar works. The story really lacks any of the suspense or urgency of her other crime novels and some of the characters are a bit slack.

However like all her work it is laced with divine comical satire and brillant observations of human nature through said characters. Plus the heroine Victoria Jones - while perhaps a bit silly - is absolute fun and a peasure to identify with and travel along with on her wacky adventure filled trip to Baghdad.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By David on 10-25-08

Another great read from Emilia Fox

Excellent story, brilliantly read by Emilia Fox as she makes the characters really live. Its almost like a drama production! Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed if you like Agatha Christie.

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5 out of 5 stars
By G R on 01-18-18

Superb read.

Gripping from start to finish. Brilliant twists! One of my favourite Agatha Christie's book! A++++++

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dr. R. Brompton on 12-24-17

A cracking Eastern Adventure

This is one of my favourite Agatha Christie stories as it combines a plucky heroine, daring escapades and (perhaps the real star of the show) the country and people of Iraq. Agatha Christie was well travelled in the East and spent a lot of time helping her archeologist husband Max Mallowan at his digs. I feel that her love of this region and it's people comes out in the details described in the book and really brings it to life. This is a 'spy' story rather than a straightforward 'whodunit' and the listener occasionally needs a strong 'willing suspension of disbelieve', however, aside from that this is a cracking story and one that many will enjoy.

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