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