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…

The latest version of the book - and OOOOH so good!

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 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. 

The original UK cover. 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.

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Posted on January 13, 2012, in audio review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. This is my favorite Agatha Christie book, and I loved the film adaptation too! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Happy Weekend, Sheila!

  2. I read this many years ago. I really want to reread a lot of Agatha Christie. Maybe I need to sign up for a challenge. lol

  3. Hip Hip Hooray! I’m so excited that you got your first Agatha Christie book under your belt. This is one of my favorites, though it would sit about 3rd or 4th on my list. By the way David Suchet is who plays Hercule Poirot on the PBS mystery movies.

    I didn’t care for their verison as I felt Poirot was a bit too emotional towards the end, not something that he is in the book. I love the Albert Finney version though. It also has Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, and Michael York. It’s a fun movie to watch on a cold winter day.

    If you decide to read any more of her books I would suggest The Man In The Brown Suit, And Then There Were None, and The Murder of Roger Ackryod. They are all brilliant.

  4. I remember getting caught up in the remake of the movie and watcing it until the very end…and then laughing at myself…because of course, I ad forgotten that I KNEW the end…lol…It is a brilliant story!

  5. I love Agatha Christie books so I’m glad you took the plunge! You MUST read And Then There Were None – it’s seriously brilliant! 🙂

  6. I’m RIGHT in the middle of this book, so I only looked at what you thought of the narrator, glad you liked him!

  7. Glad you discovered her. Better late than never!

  8. I keep thinking I’ll read one of hers too, but it never seems to happen. Do youe ver listen to audio when youa re working out? I did that this past week, but I think music keeps me going better which is not quite what I expected. I think I’ll give it one more try before I rule it out completely though!

  9. Glad you enjoyed Murder on the Orient! It’s one of my favourites. But my ultimate Agatha Christie favourite is “And Then There Were None”. Also very similar to Clue… which is my favourite board game but everyone always hates it.

  10. I love Agatha Christie’s books. I think they are what made me fall in love with mysteries way back when. I’ve never listened to one on audio, but I do tend to like listening to mysteries.

  11. Agatha Christie is fun! I read my first in early high school, I think. Glad you enjoyed it!

  12. Yes! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I just finished my 2nd AC book ever and really enjoyed it. I’m also looking to listen to a few of them this year so your review was very timely!!!

  13. I highly recommend all the Hercule Poirot books; those are the only ones I really got into with Christy, but I looooovvved them.

  14. I loved Clue as a kid. I was an only child, though, so I had to play it by myself most of the time, which kinda takes the fun out of it. 😦

    Anyway, I’ve actually only read one Agatha Christie novel–this one! Because it was the only English book I could find when I was in Paris! I have to say she was a really good writer.

    • Ah… thats sad about Clue! I wonder if there is an online version? I would play it with you as I LOVED Clue too!

      I am glad to see I am not the only one who has just a little experience with Christie

  15. I read this book last year and it was my first experience with Christie. I enjoyed it and thought it was very clever, but I was frustrated that readers weren’t really given any clues.

  16. The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is at

  17. I’ve only read one Agatha Christie, but I’m a tad chuffed that there’s so much more of her that I get to read! 🙂

  18. I have also never read a Christie. Not a fan of the classics.

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