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These first novels of the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot series are very fun introductions to the world of Agatha Christie and the narrators are each great in their own way.
Despite the negative reviews of Joan Hickson's narration, I enjoyed her interpretation and felt she gave the characters the right inflections and life. She will always be the definitive Miss Marple to me after the brilliant BBC/A&E series and I loved her reading of 'Murder at the Vicarage', though she does sometimes almost slur/eat words.
Hugh Fraser does an even more excellent job reading 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'. I enjoyed his Captain Hastings in this story as well as in the PBS/A&E Poirot series. He has a lively voice adept at portraying each character distinctly and makes me want to listen to more Poirot stories just to hear him read these classic mysteries.
I would definitely recommend this combination to Agatha Christie fans; two unabridged novels in one purchase is a great treat!
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I am notsure why they chose to have a female reader for this Marple mystery. The narrator in the story is a man, and he is the primary investigator in the mystery. It was very confusing to keep hearing the narrator say "I" and then realize she was referring to a man. Normally that kind of gender swap doesn't bother me when the narrator is good, but in this particular case I would strongly recommend getting a different version of the audiobook.
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