Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. With tension mounting, detective Hercule Poirot comes up with not one, but two solutions to the crime…
Uh….. confession time. Up until now… I have never read Agatha Christie. 😯 I know, I know. I have wanted to…. I just never did.
Ryan from Wordsmithonia is a huge fan and he inspired me. Then Julie at Booking Mama held a contest and I won a copy of the book and seriously as excited as I was, you would think that was enough of a push….
yet…. it sat.
Then I came across it on audible.com and I knew that would be the answer – I would go audio. And, Christy fans, or newbies like me…. this was a fun choice.
David Suchet was the perfect narrator. When he would do the voices of the women on the train (especially the snippy ones) I laughed out loud. Seriously. I may have even snorted a bit. 😀 Fantastic narration. You can listen to him here.
As for the story itself… it was an experience. There are a lot of character/suspects. I tend to like books with less characters as when there are so many I tend to either get confused on who is who, or I feel they are not developed well enough for me to remember them beyond the turn of the page…
However – as each character was interviewed about the crime… I felt as though I did get a feel for who each of them were (even if I did wrongfully accuse a few!). There were twelve other passengers on the train… each with some connection….
Does everyone remember the original game board Clue?
LOL…. seriously though. Fantastic listening experience. I do plan now to go through it again in the book. I am always impressed when an older (much older) read touches me. I tend to read more modern books… and Murder On The Orient Express was originally published in the UK in 1934.
I would recommend that if you have not experienced Agatha Christie that you make it a point to do so in 2012. This book was exciting, funny, and interesting…. a brilliant over all experience.