13 February 2021

Review: THE MURDER ON THE LINKS, Agatha Christie - audio book

  • edition available from audible.com
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 2
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Release date: 01-30-09 
  • ©2008 HarperCollins Publishers

Synopsis (Audible)

An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse... 

My Take

I have recently read the printed copy which I reviewed here. So why, you say, listen to it as well? The narrator is Hugh Fraser and he does an excellent job. I'm not sure about his "French" voice but he does make the various characters easily distinguishable.

But the other thing with an audio book is that it forces you to "listen" (no pun intended) to the author in a different way, because in some ways you pick up the narrator's interpretation as well. Sub-plots seem to take on a life and certain nuances seem a little more obvious.

The one thing with an audio book is that it is not easy to go back over something and "read" it again, although my system does allow you go back in 30 second bits.

My rating: 4.5


Emma at Words And Peace / France Book Tours said...

Nice review. I totally agree, the Hercule Poirot series in audio is fabulous. I'm in the process to listening to it all. Hugh Fraser is definitely the best narrator here, and yes he is good too for French speaking characters (NB: I'm French native)

Mary R. said...

I haven't listened to any of these, but I love Hugh Frasier so will add these to my list. Have been on a mystery audiobook binge lately anyway.


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