Three Act Tragedy : Hercule Poirot

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by Hugh Fraser
  • Series: Hercule Poirot
  • 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sir Charles Cartwright should have known better than to allow 13 guests to sit down for dinner. For at the end of the evening one of them is dead - choked by a cocktail that contained no trace of poison.
Predictable, says Hercule Poirot, the great detective. But entirely unpredictable is that he can find absolutely no motive for murder.…

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A fitting fine narration of one of my favorites

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

Until I was forced by health reasons to listen to audio books, I had no idea what a fine voice actor Hugh Fraser (who played Captain Hastings on the TV adaptations of Christie novels) really was. It is a pleasure to listen to his voice performance.


Any additional comments?

This is one of my favorite Poirot novels which is why I purchased it to entertain myself while restricted from reading due to eye health problems. I was not disappointed at all, as I have been with some other audio book narrations of other authors' books. The readers/voice actors chosen for the Christie books have all been chosen wisely. I wish the readers for audio books of Jayne Ann Krentz novels and J D Robb novels had been chosen as wisely but unfortunately they were not. For instance, the narrators of JAK's Grand Passion and Trust Me and Robb's Brotherhood In Death destroyed my enjoyment of those audio books. I suggest audio book producers should consult a list of known fans of authors (selected from reviewers) with a choice of samples of various narrators before producing the full length narration. Since I face a possible future of having sight inadequate for reading, I am keenly, nay desperately, interested in very high quality narrations of audio books. I am also desperately interested in Audible developing a specially priced program for borrowing audio books for people who are certified blind. My own possible future health has made me aware of the plight and financial costs of those stricken permanently with blindness.

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- Carol Mello

The Queen of Crime at her peak.

What did you love best about Three Act Tragedy?

I love Hugh Fraser's performance of the world's greatest detective. I like him more than David Suchet on audio.


What did you like best about this story?

As with most of Dame Agatha's books I like the twists and her reliable cast of characters.


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

The listener truely gets a sense of how Perot feels about himself. Mr. Fraser makes you love him in spite of his arrogance and pompous nature.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every fan of this author loves the "Agatha Christie Moment". That part of the book where all the characters are gathered and the detective procedes to explain the crime and expose the wrong doer.


Any additional comments?

While I highly recommend this and all of Agatha Christie's books, if you are new to this author I recommend "The ABC Murders" first.

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- Jane

Book Details

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