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If you could sum up Death on the Nile in three words, what would they be?
Clever, Atmospheric, Tricky
Who was your favorite character and why?
Hercule Poirot is the greatest fictional detective ever, Sherlock be damned. Poirot has character to spare, his foibles are human, he is funny as anything, and yet he maintains dignity, the proper reverence for human life, and the proper revulsion for murder.
Which scene was your favorite?
The reveal of whodunit is extraordinary. Even for Christie (the queen of intriguing yet plausible solutions), this is an outstanding denouement.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It is excellent, but I have read it several times, so I did not have an extreme reaction, just enjoyed the new medium for drinking it in.
Any additional comments?
Suchet's characterizations are mostly on-point, and his Poirot (as anyone who saw his performances on BBC/A&E/PBS can attest) is the best there is, the closest I've seen anyone come to capturing the witty little Belgian. While the vocalizations of the "natives" in this book could be questionable/offensive to a modern reader, that is mostly Christie's doing. It was a different time.
What really needs addressing is Suchet's Colonel Race. For some reason, his vocal characterization is both nasal AND with a lisp. And since he's the character who speaks second-most (I'm guessing) in the book, this is problematic. I alternately wanted to giggle at the strange choice or strangle Suchet for the choice (or perhaps the director/producer for not saying, "Uh, David, pick nasal or lisp, not both"). "I say, Pwoiwot, do you weawwy think that's the wight thing to do?" I'm exaggerating a little, but not by much. Strange choice, to make the seemingly level-headed Colonel Race a cross between Steve Urkel and Barbara Walters.
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This is what I'm talking about! Give us more David Suchet doing Agatha Christie's Poirot books and short stories. Any and all of them. It's that plain and simple. He's a perfect narrator for ANY Christie story really but he's the master of performing Poirot. He's always been great onscreen and now he's great on audiobook. If you've ever wanted to read a Poirot adventure or one of Christie's classics, buy one of the full Hercule Poirot audiobooks read by David Suchet and you will not be disappointed.
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