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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Audiobook Review: Dead Man's Folly

Title: Dead Man's Folly<.i>
Author: Agatha Christie
Narrator: David Suchet
Length: 6 hours, 2 minutes
Publisher: Harper Audio
Genre: mystery
Copy for review was purchased by me

Back Cover Summary:
Whilst organising a mock murder hunt for the village fete hosted by Sir George and Lady Stubbs, a feeling of dread settles on the famous crime novelist Adriane Oliver. Call it instinct, but it's a feeling she just can't explain...or get away from.

In desperation she summons her old friend, Hercule Poirot - and her instincts are soon proved correct when the "pretend" murder victim is discovered playing the scene for real, a rope wrapped tightly around her neck.

But it's the great detective who first discovers that in murder hunts, whether mock or real, everyone is playing a part.

I am hopelessly addicted to Agatha Christie novels. I've read all of them at one time or another, and I can revisit them over and over again even if I know the outcome and it doesn't make a lick of difference. I'm sucked in and having a great time.

I find the audiobook versions to be just as addicting, especially because most of them are narrated by either David Suchet or Hugh Fraser, who play Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings respectively in the TV movies that I love so very very much.
Hugh Fraser on the left as Hastings, David Suchet on the right as Poirot

Anyway, this particular story was narrated by David Suchet, and he did a marvelous job as always.  I definitely have my favorites among the Poirot stories, and this one was pretty middle of the pack. The familiar story elements were all there- the country house, the mysterious auras and feelings, the pack of people who were loosely tied together and sitting around waiting for something to happen, the murder that couldn't be prevented, the mysterious foreigner, the works.  Ariadne Oliver  is featured in this one as well, and her commentary was fun.

The back cover summary puts the plot together fairly nicely, and without giving anything away, this is one of those stories where if you accept that events happened the way the resolution outlines them, then it's a good story.  If you don't, then it seems...less.  I was happy to just immerse myself in the narration so when the ultimate resolution came along it didn't disturb my enjoyment of the book.  I can see why someone would be kind of put out by the idea of the subtle influences and the subconscious whatnots.  It depends entirely on how you're feeling when the story elements are revealed.

When reading mysteries, I have the bad habit of flipping to the end so that I know how the story ends and can see (or not see) how the story elements came together.  I find that to be way more enjoyable than the surprise of the ending.  This drives some people crazy but that's their problem!  I didn't do that here, mostly because it's tough to do with an audiobook that I'm mostly listening to on my phone, but I found that not having the road map didn't detract from the story either.  The clues and important facts are fairly well marked here.

Is this my favorite Christie story? No, but I did enjoy listening.  David Suchet is one of my favorite narrators for one of my favorite authors.  It was a win win situation.

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