The Unexpected Guest

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by Hugh Fraser
  • 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A classic from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.

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This doesn't sound like a Christie to me.

What would have made The Unexpected Guest better?

The story having more of the "Christie voice".


What was most disappointing about Agatha Christie’s story?

The story had such brutal dialogue it didn't sound like Agatha's usual writing when it came from the mouth of the husband and Jan, the strange child. Too gory, all the descriptions of shooting and killing things (animals).


What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hugh Fraser is the BEST narrator for the Christie books because he can do so many voices and accents. I think I'll probably "hear" his voice when I do actually read or reread a Christie novel.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Unexpected Guest?

Some of the descriptions of how the husband enjoyed "killing things" and some repetitive material when the characters were analyzing the death and some of the high-pitched remarks of Jan.


Any additional comments?

I don't think this will be a repeat listen for me.

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Excellent Performance by Hugh Fraser

I don't recall ever reading this story (play?) before. If I have, it was at least 45 years ago and it was fun to "find" a new Christie. It starts on a dark and stormy night in Wales and grabs the listener with the broody atmosphere. Hugh Fraser gives his usual wonderful performance with the narration, which helps paper over some of the minor holes in the plot.

I will listen to this again and recommend it to any Christie fan.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio