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Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries

Twelve BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
Written by: Agatha Christie
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Twelve BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of short stories by the Queen of Crime. First broadcast in the early 2000s, the stories were adapted and brought up-to-date for a contemporary audience. The stories are 'Philomel Cottage'; 'Swan Song'; 'Magnolia Blossom'; 'Witness for the Prosecution'; 'The Gates of Baghdad'; 'The Hounds of Death'; 'In a Glass Darkly'; 'The Dressmaker's Doll'; 'The Case of the Perfect Carer'; 'The £199 Adventure'; 'The Gypsy'; and 'The Last Seance'. Duration: 6 hours approx.

©2016 Agatha Christie (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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  • Carol
  • 2016-09-10

Campy

Short stories alone were disappointing but the effort to recreate in a modern time was contradictions of all things Agatha Christie.

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  • Diana
  • 2017-10-18

Butchered AC classics

Entertaining performances but the experience was marred by the absolute butchering of AC's classic stories. Some adaptation or changes is ok but these were bent and twisted to be 'modern' and somewhat 'fashionable' to a crude degree.

Some performances overdone and lots of erratic screaming that really wasn't necessary.

Great if you are not familiar with AC's work. Steer clear of you are.

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  • Jessie
  • 2016-05-29

Too Little Provided

I love myself some Agatha Christie Mysteries. I try, but I haven't won a case yet! This production didn't do her justice. It didn't include enough of the mystery to make it enjoyable. It skipped too much. Just didn't help connect the dots. More frustrating than enjoyable.

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  • Myrtle
  • 2016-03-22

Murder of Agatha's style

They changed so much it's not worth it. I have listened to very many of her books but it's by far the worst.

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  • M
  • 2017-02-19

Not what I was expecting

The acting and narration were great. The stories simply weren't interesting. Each mystery lasted about a half hour, and was populated by 2 to 4 characters - making the plot easy to decipher. In addition to this, plots were updated for modern consumption (cell phones and internet). I was not impressed.

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  • G Carter
  • 2016-12-31

Modern stories

Modern stories with modern themes. Not enjoyable. Cast does a nice job. Not what I expected.

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  • Gina
  • 2016-07-02

BBC has another wonderful production

Agatha Christie with mostly modern adaptations--absolutely brilliant! You will love these short stories. The voice actors truly bring her magnificent writing to life member

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  • Bret
  • 2017-05-18

Didn't care for it

They adapted the stories to the point that they bear almost no resemblance to the Agatha Christie stories they are based on.

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  • Dale Thompson
  • 2016-09-09

Good stories not yet heard

What did you love best about Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries?

Shorter length perfect for bedtime

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Mix of stories plot lines

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good as always

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Always well constructed and holds your interest

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  • Grahame
  • 2016-03-11

New Stories. Well Performed.

I had only heard one of the stories before. They varied from drama to comedy to supernatural. Most were not murder mysteries but I enjoyed them all.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful