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Amy Leatheran had never felt the lure of the mysterious East, but when she travels to an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert to nurse the wife of a celebrated archaeologist, events prove stranger than she could ever have imagined. Her patient's bizarre visions and nervous terror seem unfounded, but as the oppressive tension in the air thickens, events come to a terrible climax in murder. With one spot of blood as his only clue, Hercule Poirot must embark on a journey across the desert to unravel a mystery which taxes even his remarkable powers.
©1936 Agatha Christie Mallowan; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
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"Smooth, highly original, and completely absorbing." (New York Times)
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By Dawn on 09-15-12

brilliant story - disappointing narration

I was really looking forward to this version as I thought Anna Massey was a good choice of narrator. However, her Poirot is really far off the mark - too gruff, rugged and garbled, and I'm afraid to say the accent is absolutely atrocious.



It quite simply doesn't match the adorably fastidious, self-important and precise character of Poirot that Christie created, and as such I found it an unwelcome distraction to the otherwise superbly-plotted and intriguing story.



Also, the tone of her voice is too strident. You either have to turn the volume down low, or risk getting a headache after half an hour's listening. And if I'm being honest I didn't take to her pronunciation of Hercule as 'Er-Cool' instead of 'Er-Kewel' - but I expect I'm just being really picky!



I'd suggest looking for this title with another narrator, or try the excellent dramatised version with John Moffatt.

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By Helen on 08-21-17

Poor narration

One of the few Christie books I've been unable to finish - Anna Massey's narration just didn't suit the book, and her voice for Poirot was dreadful. Give me Hugh Fraser any day, his are a joy to listen to.

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By Judith on 06-18-17

The narration detracts from the story

While I like Anna Massey as an actress, her narration of this book detracts and distracts from the story. For example, at times, Poirot sounds German. And the character who narrates the story sounds much older than the age she is given.
I can't recommend this audio book.

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By K. on 03-19-15

Not her best

Unfortunately the narrator of this novel had the most annoyingly high-pitched voice - it grated badly. And the story dragged.

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