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Poirot's Early Cases: 18 Hercule Poirot Mysteries [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Agatha Christie , David Suchet , Hugh Fraser

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Book Description

Sept. 13 2005 Mystery Masters
The unabridged tales in this Mystery Masters audiobook include all the ones in the print book first published in 1974. With each case, Poirot further proves his reputation as the greatest mind in detective fiction. In "The Plymouth Express," the body of the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist is found stuffed under a train seat. "Problem at Sea" finds a disliked rich woman murdered in a locked room on a ship. "The King of Clubs" involves a prince, his dancer fiancée, and a fiendish bit of blackmail. These gems are alternately read by David Suchet and Hugh Fraser, whose roles as, respectively, Poirot and his sidekick, Captain Hugh Hastings, in PBS’s Mystery! series and the Arts and Entertainment’s Poirot series are considered definitive.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO; Unabridged Edition edition (Sept. 13 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572704721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572704725
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These 18 cases were first gathered together in 1974, but they represent the early portion of Agatha Christie's career, as well as Poirot's. David Suchet and Hugh Fraser, who played Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and friend Captain Hastings on TV, do the voice work here. Since they don't switch off within any of the stories, but each does all the voices in a given story, that leaves both Suchet and Fraser doing a more exaggerated voice for Poirot, since Hastings actually does most of the narration in the stories. Otherwise, the reading is excellent, and the more interesting cases offer insights into Poirot's heart as he makes moral choices regarding his findings. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent collection April 22 2006
By A. Guyton - Published on Amazon.com
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It is wonderful to have these unabridged short stories on CD. This collection has two readers- sometimes the story is read by Hugh Fraser, sometimes by David Suchet. Suchet is definitely the better reader, as he uses more distinctive voices for each character, enabling the listener to follow the conversations a little better. However, all the stories are clearly presented, and each one is a delight- and better yet, most are solvable.

Another problem I had with this collection is that the stories are sometimes split between two CDs. This makes this particular collection harder to use in the car, when you have change CDs to hear the end of a story.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Yes and Yes June 19 2008
By J. Comeaux - Published on Amazon.com
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Quite a nice collection of short stories from Christie. She calls them early cases, but Poirot is not stumbling around making mistakes. He's still Poirot, just not the famous, arrogant, self-promoting Poirot of later years. Very fun collection. I can't wait to listen again.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great purchase Dec 20 2007
By Susan Dickinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this product. In fact this is the second time that I have purchased it. My original copy was scratched up from overuse. I play this in my car. The stories are short and sweet, just long enough for my morning commute.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Order of Short Stories is Different Nov. 11 2011
By Agatha Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I had this audiobook in my shopping cart for months but was reluctant to buy it because I was not able to find the answer to my questions regarding the product. Recently however, I made up my mind and went ahead to buy it. Now, I have the answer to all my questions. There might be others out there who have the same questions, so I will address them.

1. The audiobook consists of 7 CDs housed in two folded black cardboard cases. The box is slim (about 1 inch width) which makes it convenient to carry around.
2. The cardboard cases inside have no design or writings. Very disappointing as I was used to seeing the Harry Potter sleeves with a lot of drawings.
3. The 18 stories are listed at the back of the cd box and are the same stories that appeared in the book. However, the order of play in the CDs does not coincide with the order in this list.
4. There is no list of the particular stories contained in each CD.
5. Upon listening to the entire collection, I found out that the order of the stories is different from the book.

So, these are the contents:

Disc 1
The Adventures of Johnny Waverly
The Double Sin
The Submarine Plans part 1

Disc 2
The Submarine Plans part 2
The Cornish Mystery
The Market Basing Mystery

Disc 3
Problem at Sea
How Does Your Garden Grow

Disc 4
The Lost Mine
The King of Clubs
The Affair of the Victory Ball part 1

Disc 5
The Affair of the Victory Ball part 2
The Wasp's Nest
The Chocolate Box
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook part 1

Disc 6
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook part 2
The Double Clue
The Third-Floor Flat

Disc 7
The Lemesurier Inheritance
The Veiled Lady
The Plymouth Express
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie Fan March 7 2006
By Tweet Brasic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hercule is undoubtably one of the most endearing characters for those of us who enjoy mystery. He has style, class and (surprisingly) humor. This series provided many, many hours of enjoyment.

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