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Poirot's Early Cases

By: Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Hugh Fraser, David Suchet
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Summary

Still in the formative years of his career, Hercule Poirot faces a most taxing case: who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay's death on the same night a mere coincidence? And did she deliberately take an overdose of cocaine?

No sooner has Poirot revealed his astonishing powers of deduction than he is faced with 17 other mysteries to test his soon-to-be-famous "little grey cells".

As a matter of courtesy to a group of young people, he endeavours to solve the gruesome murder of a woman whose body they have stumbled upon while locked out of their flat, and with his usual precision and elan, he discovers exactly how "Mary, Mary quite contrary" makes her garden grow.

©1974 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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I love it

I really like this audiobook, the performances are very good. There is something I would like to clarify though, for those people who actually read the comments and reviews. I have seen one reviewer complaining about the fact that one story, or some parts of the stories are not read by Hugh Fraser or David Suchet. Well, they all are, but if one is not familiar with David Suchet's work, apart from his performance as Poirot, then they might not recognize his normal voice.

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easy listening

Would you consider the audio edition of Poirot's Early Cases to be better than the print version?

Cant go wrong with Agatha Christie stories and this is no exception.

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Absolutely loved it!!!

David Suchet was (as always) excellent! Highly recommended this Audiobook, was a pleasure to listen to, especially on the crowded tube :)

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Great short stories

I enjoyed the bitesize poirot stories. Very well read by David Suchet and Hugh Fraser. I was expecting them to read their own parts so was surprised when they read both parts in their story. Enjoyable listen though. Great for a quick fix.

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Homage to Conan Doyle

It would have been helpful to have had the names of the stories and narrators specified in the details of the book. Some are recounted with more intelligence than others.
Many of the tales are reminiscent of Holmes and Watson, which seems deliberate, but of course with some contrast between Holmes’s methods and those of the fastidious Belgian. Poor old Hastings is no match for Watson, in spite of their similar beginnings as war-wounded bored by long convalescence. He really is very irritating; Watson has a proper job, which must keep his brain alive, but Hastings has no obvious source of income, till he goes off ranching in Argentina much later. Perhaps Christie got even more fed up with him than she did with Poirot!!
There is another veiled reference to Christie’s attitude to LGBT people, as you’d expect contemptuous, and obviously with a large American Puritanical readership of that era, muted.
Murder must be respectable!

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Great listening

stories fantastic dislikes nil so sorry the book had to finish can't wait for the next installment

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A very good narration by Hugh Fraser

Murder in bite sized pieces and Hugh Fraser keeps up the tension and attention with his narration. I usually prefer the dramatised versions but was kept enthralled with this version. Thoroughly recommended; just wish I knew what happened to Captain Hastings!

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bite sized Poirot

condensed versions of the t.v. episodes to nibble on between grittier heavy going books. perfect for doing chores or relaxing with a cuppa. i like the narration from Captain Hastings point of view with David Suchet in between as the great man himself.

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Some good, some less so.

It was fantastic to have David Suchet bringing Poirot to life in this thrilling audiobook.

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Well done!

This is a collection of Agatha Christies tales, maybe not so well known to everyone, well read and a great performance. I am an avid knitter and find Audible books the only way to 'read' and knit simultaneously!

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