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nope

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-11-04

Did not like the narration. Accent/voice seemed affected. If an rp English accent was wanted, they shouldn't have chosen an American actor to narrate.

Of interest only to completionists

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-09-11

Buy this last if you buy it at all, and only if you, like me, feel a need to have all of Agatha Christie's works, from the best to the worst. This is arguably Agatha Christie's worst piece of work, certainly it is among the lowest rank. In her writing career she attempted the spy thriller about half a dozen times, never very well. Passenger to Frankfurt is a mess with a ludicrous string of conspiracy theories intertwined with psuedo science, stock characters, and tropes that are wholly unconvincing and un-entertaining. The plot is ridiculous and the storytelling repetitive and quite frankly boring. The narration by Hugh Fraser is very workmanlike, but it is not enough to elevate the source material. If you do listen to (or read) the whole book you will come across a few scenes that shine like gems in the muck, a few passages of lovely descriptions and vivid realism, like a child coveting a koala in an airport lounge, that almost certainly Agatha Christie had to have really observed.

Terrible narration, okay book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-08-12

Yet another great Agatha Christie novel murdered by Emilia Fox's detestable narration. Some characters she voices well, but the rest are so poorly done I'd rather listen to an illegal unlicensed amateur job off some podcast or other. If she can't be a consistently good voice actor, she should at least just read clearly, but you won't find that here.

Brilliant characters given life again

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-07

Ian Carmichael's narration is the perfect fit for Sayers finest creation, Lord Peter. I might prefer a new higher quality modern recording in some respects, but Carmichael I think hits the authentic period accent so integreal to enjoying vintage fiction, particularly stories that are as much social commentary as they are murder mystery. I doubt another actor could better it. The audio quality of this version is not great. It's a bit hollow or flat in sections and hard to follow at lower volume or with poor speakers.

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Nope, not impressed.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-05

Returning this one, managed to listen to only one of the three included stories. The first narrator, Nicholas Briggs, was tolerable, but I just straight up hate Camille Coduri's narration. I can't listen to nine hours of it. She's an entertaining actress and I like her as part of an ensemble, but absolutely not when she has to voice every character. I cannot review the second two stories as I didn't listen to them. Thie first story was quite entertaining and if you feel less strongly about your narrators than I do, this bundle is probably worth trying.

Meh

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-01

Really not worth my time. I regret that this title is stuck in my library now for fear that I might accidentally cue it up again one day. I intensely disliked the format.

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Good mystery, ruined

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-29

I've read this book in the past, so I know it is a solid Agatha Christie mystery. Unfortunately I wouldn't know that from this recording. David Suchet though an excellent actor and otherwise credible voice actor has taken the direction in the text too literally. It does the listening audience no good at all when the voice actor whispers half the dialogue. We do need to actually hear the words. Half the characters are described as whispering or softly spoken. Story ruined. I will be returning this.

Classic Agatha Christie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-21

Great narration by Hugh Fraser makes this version come alive. This is not my favorite Agatha Christie mystery, or even in my top 5, but it is a solid example of her work and well worth trying if you've enjoyed her other books.

meh

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-11

Agatha Christie writing a campy mid century spy novel would be one thing, but shoe horning her Belgian detective into such a mélange was a step too far. Fortunately for my tastes, this book can be comfortably skipped without disrupting the flow of the other Poirot mysteries as they more or less stand alone and only occasionally and obliquely refer to each other. I've read this, but was ultimately unwilling to listen to it. Book returned. If, however, you have a taste for the ridiculous, The Big Four might be right up your street. I can find no fault with the quality of the narration.

Not my cup of tea, YMMV

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-25

I couldn't really get into this. I'd read other Rex Stout books before, and this was a typical example (I assume, I did not finish) but I think with a physical copy I simply skipped ahead until it got interesting. This slow starter failed to launch, so to speak, and went back on the shelf.