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One of mystery fiction's most beloved heroes, Hercule Poirot, is brought vividly to life in this delightful audio production. Originally published in 1927, this outing thrusts Poirot into one of Christie's most outlandish and melodramatic adventures. It finds her Belgian detective pitted against an international quartet of criminal masterminds bent on world domination. Narrator Fraser is no stranger to Poirot's world, having played the detective's faithful companion, Captain Hastings, in several made-for-TV movies. A gifted reader, he obviously enjoys interpreting this material, and he perfectly captures each of Christie's diverse characters, shifting flawlessly from one to the other. But it is in his portrayal of Poirot that Fraser shines. With a well-tuned accent, Fraser brings out the full range of Christie's eccentric detective. This mystery may not be Christie's best, but with its over-the-top premise and international cast of villains, portrayed with relish by Fraser, it is certainly one of her most entertaining. (Jan.)
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“It is always a delight to meet Hercule Poirot again. He is one of the few detectives with real charm.” (Dorothy L. Sayers)
“The acknowledged queen of detective fiction.” (The Observer (UK))
What can you say about Hercule Poirot....one of my very favourites. Just once I would like to be able to predict the ending, but once again Christie has fooled me.Published 24 months ago by jill forrester
Agatha Christie was out of her element in the spy thriller, The Big Four, in which the villains are fomenting nothing short of world wide conquest. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by Ricky Hunter
The Big Four represents one of Agatha Christie's early attempts at a "conspiracy" type mystery.Those familiar with some of her later efforts in this genre, such as "Passenger to... Read morePublished on June 16 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
I have read many Christie mysteries and Hercule Poirot is one of my favorite fictional detectives. He really shines in this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003 by Melissa Bourdius
... Anyway, this book would entertain all readers because of its profinity and great danger. You have to like dangerous and surprising plots for this book. Read morePublished on May 8 2002
...this book would entertain all readers because of its profinity and great danger. You have to like dangerous and surprising plots for this book. Read morePublished on May 8 2002
Long before Hitler, Mussolini, or even Osama Bin Laden, Agatha Christie created a number of novels with the master-criminal-out-to-rule-the world theme. Read morePublished on April 27 2002 by Antoinette Klein
Several other reviewers rehashed the plot points already, so I won't do that right now. What I will say is that this book sat on my shelf for a while before I got to it, and when... Read morePublished on March 6 2002 by DARBY KERN