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By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17
My first Christie
What a great book to start with from such an accomplished writer. Really fun read and one that goes down quick. As much as I love mysteries and thrillers and I had never attempted a Christie book. But at the recommendation of my grandfather and with the new movie coming out I figured why not and it did not disappoint. The performance was also really from the audible side of things. I will be diving into more soon.
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By Jennifer on 01-26-14
Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?
I will definitely listen again. This was already my second visit to the story in the past year, I am a Christy and Poirot fan through and through. This particular story is a favorite, and this version was wonderfully narrated.
What other book might you compare Murder on the Orient Express to and why?
The nearest I could get might have to be another Christy novel, starring Poirot, which I recently read: The Mystery of the Blue Train. Similar not just because of the author and in the train as crime scene, but that they are also two of the Poirot mysteries which lack Captain Hastings and are 3rd person narratives.
What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?
He was fantastic across the board I thought. I may have been predisposed to like him, having been one of his Downton Abbey fans, primarily I do love his voice. But I am constantly dissapointed by narrators I like when they fail to adopt an appropriate voice for the opposite gender, or are imprecise or inconsistent in voicing multiple characters. And if ever there were a test of skills, it is this book - since it is mostly conversation and interviews with characters who range the whole spectrum: male and female, and all classes and several different nationalities. He managed them wonderfully, slipping effortlessly and precisely from one to the other consistently, and there are no fewer than 16 characters. I am beyond impressed, and he has found in me a devoted listener to whatever book he elects to lend his soothing voice to in the future. I have already bought the other Christy novel narrated by him which is currently available on Audible, and I hope there will be many more to come.
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By Gretchen SLP on 01-13-16
It Was A Dark and Stormy Night In The Calais Coach
How do you solve a murder that occurred in a sleeper car aboard a snowbound train, when no one could have entered or exited without leaving footprints in the snow, and everyone had an alibi supported by one or more unrelated passengers? No spoilers here, but unless you've seen the excellent and star-studded 1974 film (for which the incomparable Ingrid Bergman won a well-deserved Oscar), you'll be enthralled by Christie's ingenious (if somewhat implausible, at least in real life) solution.
Dan Stevens provides competent narration, with my only two complaints being that his Hercule Poirot speaks too softly and gently (if you've seen and loved the film, as I have, you'll find yourself longing for Albert Finney's energetic, vigorous and entertaining portrayal of the quirky Belgian detective with his humorous pride in his mustaches and his very justified reliance on the dependability of his "little grey cells"), and that sometimes his rate of speech is too slow, requiring 1.25 speed to get as rapidly as Poirot's grey matter to the thrilling exposition.
Highly recommended for mystery lovers, whether you've seen the film or not. If you have, your enjoyment will be that much greater. If you haven't, you'll want to get it and watch it right away!
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By Darwin8u on 05-21-18
The impossible cannot have happened.
"The impossible cannot have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
― Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express
I wanted to read this because the movie* was coming out and I had never read the book and didn't want this classic to be defined in my brain by the movie. It was OK. I had to keep telling myself that some of the conventions and tropes she used, she probably INVENTED, so there is that. I also enjoyed how she subverted the whole form of the locked-room mystery form. She blew it to hell (about as much as I can say without giving the ending away to whoever on this planet doesn't know how it ends). But the prose was mediocre and the characters floated between bland/conventional and cut-outs. Again, it wasn't bad, just not a genre I spend a lot of time with. If I'm reading detective novels, it is a different type entirely.
* The movie was also good without being exceptional.
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By Sara Beth Wade on 08-10-17
Love it love it love it
I love it when Dan Stevens narrates anything, but to have him narrate such a childhood favorite, and so impeccably well is just a treat. I love it whenever Stevens does an accent, and he gets to run the gamut here. Such an entertaining and easy listen! Highly recommended.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful