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What would have made The Monogram Murders better?
Where is the sparkling dialogue? Where is the sense of Poirot as a real person? Where is the exquisite language and subtle description that characterizes the best Agatha Christie novels? Not here. Even at 15 minutes in I was annoyed by unPoirotistic remarks made by Poirot, by overly colorful secondary characters, and by the strange narrator, who makes sweeping pronouncements.
What does Julian Rhind-Tutt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I would have put it down after page one.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
DO NOT PURCHASE
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I have read all of the Poirot stories, some many times. Agatha Christie Limited will kill their golden goose with trash like this. Has Sophie Hannah even really read a Poirot story? This whole project shows no respect for Agatha Christie or her character. Just money grubbing morons. Read the real thing.
What could Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I don't know Sophie Hannah. I know the works of Agatha Christi very well. Sophie Hannah does not. She has no respect for her character. The story it the most tedious I have every listened too. Sophie Hannah should watch the video on Acorn that is an interview with David Suchet about resecting the author and the character. David Suchet knows Poirot. Sophie Hannah does not.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The narration was fine. It is just that the story is so bad that it is had to admire the narration
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Monogram Murders?
This is just a bad book. Agatha Christi at the end of her live wrote some not so good stories as "Halloween" but even her worst stories were 10 times better than this. The plot is ridiculous and contorted.
Any additional comments?
I hope this book goes out of print and there is never another fake Poirot. It might be possible to do if the author was really familiar with the material. I imagine that Agatha Christie Limited belongs to some huge company and they don't care about Agatha Christies legacy. The more recent "Marple" series where the story all changed around proof that. I can't stop this but it is a pity. I have listened to hundreds of books and this is the first book I where have felt strongly enough to comment.
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