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These stories are evocative of Agatha Christie's general style. They are read by Joan Hickson - the best Marple - from the 1980s TV series. The stories are a light-hearted romp through different times read by a person who made the character her own; an actress from the old school who knows how to use her voice to best effect.
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Where does Miss Marple's Final Cases rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I didn't think that 'Miss Marple's Final Cases' was as good as some of Agatha Christie's other short story collections, but these stories were still intriguing and enjoyable to listen to.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
As this is a short story collection, the endings varied.<br/><br/>There are eight stories in this collection, six of which feature Jane Marple. The last two stories do not, and are more supernatural in their style (narrated by Isla Blair). However, they all feature the usual Agatha Christie twists and turns.
What does Joan Hickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The authentic voice of Miss Marple.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, I like to listen to short stories one at a time. Maybe before going to bed, or on a short journey even. Which is why I love these type of collections. You don't have to finish these type of books in one go, as there are natural breaks at the end of each story.
Any additional comments?
As usual with Agatha Christie, these stories are very entertaining and will keep listeners gripped until the end.
I bought this book because of the narrator. In my mind, Joan Hickson is Miss Marple. Therefore, I enjoyed most of the short stories, but was a bit dissapointed, when I found out that the last two were narrated by a different actress. Not that she was bad, it just wasn't the same.
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Five stars to the writer and five stars to Joan Hickson who really was the quintessential Miss Jane Marple. And lovely to hear the stories told again by her.
But a woeful effort by Harper Collins who clearly don't give a fig for the convenience of their listening audience. The volume is a collection of stories and clearly some are longer than others. But that is no reason for the careless idiotic editing used for the chapter indexing. By all means split the chapters into smaller sizes, but for heavens sake ensure that each new story does start with a new index position. All that Harper Collins have done is to take the entire disk and divide it into roughly 20 minute sections - so it is virtually impossible to find the start of a story you want to listen to. And just to make it even more difficult for the listener, they haven't even bothered to give names to the Chapters. In 2015 there is no excuse for a large publishing house to treat its customers so deplorably in the manufacturing of Audio Books. Perhaps the clout of Amazon could give them a kick where they need it - their revenues - to improve the customer listening experience.
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