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Romance, adventure, and train travel can all be a little bit dangerous, especially in the hands of Agatha Christie.

The Man in the Brown Suit: Pretty young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her - and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails.

The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death. But Anne is not satisfied. After all, who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race off, leaving a cryptic message behind: "17-122 Kilmorden Castle"?

4:50 From Paddington: For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away.

But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses...and no corpse.

This title was previously published as What Mrs. McGrillicuddy Saw!

Keep the mystery alive with more stories from Agatha Christie.

©1957 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.

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Why has the story been stolen from me?

I am disgusted by the fact that I can no longer access this story. Please unfreeze whatever it is that you have frozen. I have paid for this and i want permanent access to it..

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Forgotten how rich the Agatha Christie books are

It has been awhile since I had reread an Agatha Christie novel and had many film versions in my memory instead. The films although interesting in their own right cannot replicate the intricate writing of the original. The narrator of The Man in the Brown Suit made it easy to listen to this intricate story. The narrator of the 4:50 From Paddington made it a bit more challenging because it is a voice associated with Jane Marple from the films. It is not a strong voice. Initially it distracted me, however as I became immersed in the story itself it all dissolved into one delightful listen. Agatha is truly a remarkable writer of this genre and it is difficult to find her equal after all these years. This was a great value for my credit and I recommend it.

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Exactly as anticipated

Solid performance of a classic set of Agatha Christie's iconic mysteries. Emilia Fox enlivens The Man in the Brown Suit admirably (though the story is not on my list of favorites) with her vocal performance, while Joan Hickson is the definitive Miss Marple narrating 4:50 from Paddington, the definitive cozy mystery. Hickson reads the story more than performs it, but her association with the Miss Marple role is so strong this is hardly the detriment it would be for another narrator. Recording volume is a bit low, and as is common with older recordings transferred to Audible, the first syllable of some passages is cut off.

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Agatha Christie, Queen of Mystery

I loved hearing Joan Hix’s narration. So easy and clear to listen to. Good choice for this story and hopefully she did more. She was the perfect Miss Marple.

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Good but.....

I really enjoyed The Man in the Brown Suit which is a longtime favourite. I found 4:50 difficult to follow because although I have read the book many times, the narrator being someone who I am so used to seeing actually playing Miss Markle made it confusing to follow dialogue. I will listen to Brown Suit again but sadly, I will not purchase another of the Miss Marple’s narrated by Joan Hicks.

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  • Bebe
  • 2015-06-10

Two mysteries

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The Man in the Brown Suit: 4/5
Emilia Fox did a good job, and the story is full of mystery, adventure and romance with charming characters.

4:40 from Paddington: 3/5
While Joan Hickson was well suited to voicing Miss Marple, that character doesn't appear in much of the book, and the other voices were indistinguishable, making it a bit hard to follow at times. The audio quality was also quite low.

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  • lou
  • 2013-04-13

Surprisingly Good

Both stories are good but I really like the Man in the Brown Suit. It is fun to listen to a book with so many changes of locale. Emilia Fox is a good narrator. I always think I will like Joan Hickson's narration as she is great in the old BBC Miss Marple's, but I don't think she's a good choice. Her speaking style seems so affected, and I can never get the volume loud enough to properly hear her. I don't have that issue with any other readers.

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  • Monika Krupa
  • 2013-06-25

Least favorite Agatha Christie listens so far

If you’ve listened to books by Agatha Christie before, how does this one compare?

I only listened to The Man in the Brown Suit, which I found to have particularly uninteresting characters. I did not listen to 4:50 from Paddington, although the story sounded very interesting, because I thought the audio was terrible. The narrator sounds recorded from very far away. Additionally, the narrator reads the story very slowly. I stopped listening after 10 minutes. I have listened to probably 20 Agatha Christie novels so far, all of which I enjoyed, so this set of books was a disappointment.

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  • Amy S Bogen
  • 2017-03-26

Thoroughly enjoyable

As others have said the sound quality of 4:50 from Paddington is poor. I found it difficult to understand the narrator, due to a combination of her thick British accent and the recording equipment. In fact, it sounded like she was in her living room reading into a tape recorder.

I found both stories delighful and well-written--both were full of the usual Agatha Christie wit, humor, and intrigue.

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  • Chelsa Yoder
  • 2017-03-23

Totally opposite reviews for these two

The performance of Ms Fox in The Man in the Brown Suit is great. I wasn't a big fan of the story.
Opposite for 4:50, I know she playing Miss Marple years ago but I found her voice wasn't pleasant and I had to strain to understand often. But I loved the story line in this one.

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  • ButterflyRose
  • 2016-09-27

My favorite Agatha Christie Story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The Man in the Brown Suit is my fave Christie story. I like all the characters and the narration by Emilia Fox is perfect for this story.

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I was unable to listen to the 4:50 from Paddington story because I had a hard time understanding Joan Hickson's narration. I like Joan Hickson very much acting in the television Miss Marple series but I just could not hear her very well on this audio recording.

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  • Cynthia Johnson
  • 2016-02-15

A very good set

Wonderful stories. I thought I had one figured out. I was wrong.
The narrator did a good job of creating feeling and inflection but once and a while it's hard to differentiate which character is speaking.

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  • firstrich1
  • 2015-10-10

Fun

Would you consider the audio edition of Man in the Brown Suit & 4:50 From Paddington to be better than the print version?

I switched to audio books due to migraine issues with reading. Having never read these two, I can't say if the narration is better than the print version. However I enjoyed the narrations of both readers. The first by a young woman who accurately conveyed the enthusiasm of the young female protagonist and the second by an old woman who doesn't vary as much in voice character but still carries the emotions of the characters. Agatha Christie is often an easy read.

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  • granny
  • 2019-11-18

Audio is great!

In response to those complaining about the audio - especially regarding the second book - it’s excellent. It does NOT sound like it was done in someone’s living room on a tape recorder. This book must have been upgraded since that review.

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  • Ruth
  • 2018-07-27

Brown Suit doesn't wear well, 4:50 narrator bad

The Man in the Brown Suit shows its age. Too much macho man/woman in peril for my taste. I prefer Agatha Christie's books with clever plots more than these 1920s adventure stories. I gave it 2 stars because "It's OK" sums it up. On the other hand, 4:50 from Paddington is a good story, but I couldn't stand more than 10 minutes of Joan Hickson's narration. I love her in the BBC adaptations, but she is not a good reader and her voice is so soft and breathy that it's barely understandable.

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