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I was terribly disappointed that this well-read Agatha Christie novel was blemished by poor audio quality. The wonderful David Suchet, who played Hercule Poirot on the tv series narrated it wonderfully, only the sound quality was poor. (It was recorded over 20 years ago, so that could be part of the reason, though I've listened to radio programs from the 40's and 50's that sound great--so I don't know what happens).
I think this is one of Agatha's better books--where only the genius of Hercule can save Elinor from being charged with the murder of Mary Gerard. By now it is a classic I suppose, so I don't have to describe the mystery, but I had hoped to enjoy the performance as much as the story itself, which I already knew. I would never happily give anything read by the marvelous David Suchet only 2 stars, unless there was a serious problem with the quality of the recording. His narration is fine--just difficult to hear. His voice has just come to be associated with Christie's books, (much like Hugh Fraser's). So I'd say it's definitely worth a listen, but be prepared to strain to hear it all clearly.
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If you could sum up Sad Cypress in three words, what would they be?
Suspenseful, perflexing, frustrating
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sad Cypress?
When Piriot came forward with a rather complicated explanation of how the murder was committed.
Have you listened to any of David Suchet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Dave Suchet does an excellent job in bring Christie's characters to life. He did an excellent job this him and I'd rate this performance up to his usual standards.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It's a book that moves rather slowly, I definitely would not say I was on the edge of my seat at all times--but the plot unfurles like a flower blossom opening until it is fully in bloom.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed this book a great deal, but I don't think it's one of the best Piroit Mysteries. It is unusual in that it has rather long court scenes, which is different in a Christie mystery. The ending was rather complicated and I actually had to listen to it twice to fully understand the relationships of the people involved and why the crime was commited. The herione falls to pieces in the end, she was not particularly sympathetic or empowered, she kind of let events overtake her in the name of unrequited love. By contrast the young woman in Christie's Sparkling Cyanide seemed to have it more together and the ending of that story easier to grasp. Die hard Christie fans won't want to miss this book, but if the listener is only an occasional Christie listener there are other books she wrote that are much better.
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