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Murder on the Orient Express

An Audible Original Drama
Written by: Agatha Christie
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, November 2017

A train stuck in the snow carries a cultural mixture of passengers...and all of them suspects in a brutal murder. All, apart from the great detective Hercule Poirot, mais naturellement, who is tasked with finding the culprit in a case where all is, of course, not what it seems. This multicast drama version of one of Agatha Christie's best known mystery novels features Tom Conti, Sophie Okonedo, Jane Asher, Rula Lenska, Art Malik, and many more great actors from around the world. With a full SFX soundtrak and exclusive score, the drama follows our wryly funny, sharply intelligent, and often grumpy hero as he untangles the most tangled of icy webs to uncover the truth. One of my favourite books since early teenage years, MOTOE showcases Christie in expert form, transposed into an excitingly immersive and lively production from Audible Originals. —Rebecca, Audible UK

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2018 CAMEO Book to Audio Award

What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. On board is the famous detective Hercule Poirot, and one man who, come morning, will be found dead, his compartment locked from the inside. 

This Audible Original dramatisation follows the train as it's stopped dead in its tracks at midnight. The train's stranded passengers soon become suspects as the race to uncover the murderer begins before he or she strikes again. 

This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti (The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo (After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast and even sound effects recorded on the Orient Express itself. 

Starring: Tom Conti as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo as Mary Debenham, Paterson Joseph as Colonel Arbuthnot, Walles Hamonde as Hector Macqueen, Jay Benedict as Monsieur Bouc, Jane Asher as Mrs Hubbard, Rula Lenska as Princess Dragonioff, Ruta Gedmintas as Countess Andrenyi, Eddie Marsan as Ratchett and Art Malik as the Narrator. 

Also featuring: Marie Rabe, John Chancer, Cedric Cirotteau, Andreas Karras, Barnabas Reti, Cristina Catalina, Greg Canestrari, Harry Hadden-Paton, Christope Delesques, Atilla Akinci, Hakan Silahsiz and Jeff Gerard. 

©1934 Agatha Christie (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

What the critics say

"With a perfect accent and professional ease, Tom Conti becomes one of the most-beloved detectives in fiction, Hercule Poirot.... The entire cast has a wonderful time playing off Conti as the detective interviews the suspects one by one.... Even those who know this classic's clever ending will enjoy the production." (AudioFile)

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Amazing narrations<br />

it took me a day to finish as the narrators and the story really buried me into the story, as if I was on the train myself

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Excellent Dramatization

Wasn't quite sure about the voice of Poirot at first, but he grew on me with time, and the rest of the cast gives an excellent performance. All in all, well done and highly recommended.

P.S: Please Audible, please give us more full length dramatization of Christie books; I really like this, and would love to see more.

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A favourite!

I recommend this as classic Christie.
I could wish Poirot’s voice be clearer, he sounds like he is talking into his vest.

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Nothing short of amazing

This was incredible. I felt like listening to an old-time radio soap opera. My only regret is not to have discovered these types of recordings before!

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Couldn't Have Picked a Better First Audible Book

I was in need of something to pass the time after my Lasik Eye Surgery, since screens and reading were a zero tolerance option. What a great way to spend a day stuck inside, eyes closed and in the dark. I could see it all. The train, the dining car, cabins and characters. Amazing!

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Recommend the book just not this version.

Recommend the book just not this version, It was all dialogue and barely any narration.

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Wonderful Listen

I am an avid Agatha Christie fan and loved this version of Murder on the Orient Express. The mixed cast of voices were true to character, and Poirot couldn't have been more perfect. They were all just as I'd imagined them the first time I read the book. Well done #Audible1 for adding this to your catalogue. It certainly didn't disappoint.

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A great cast

I wasn't expecting much from this audio drama. Once I listened to it I was blown away by the actor's performances. Murder on the Orient Express is such a well known story. This cast did it justice and made it well worth the credit. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys audio dramas and murder mysteries.

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Very good audible book!

I didn't expect that. It was like a play read by actors, with music and sound effects! I was on the train myself and couldn't stop listening to it!
Very good first experience!

Loved it!

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  • Tracy
  • Canada
  • 2017-11-06

A Classic Mystery, dramatized by Audible

Important note - This is a dramatized audio book, not a direct reading of the novel. Which means, this is a novel acted out by a full cast of actors, and is slightly shorter than the full reading would be. Personally, I LOVE dramatized audio, but some may not. Listen to the sample to see what it's like.

Ok, my review: I love Agatha Christie, and have listened to most of the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot classics, either the full version or the dramatized version. I have also read and listened to (and watched!) Murder on the Orient Express, so, while this is an amazing classic mystery, I actually knew the story. And I still loved it! The characters are so rich, the acting is superb, and Poirot is such a delightful treat at any time.

This book throws no surprises, and sticks exactly to the plot of the novel.

This is an Audible Original dramatized book; there is an earlier dramatized version available, by the BBC and featuring John Moffat as Poirot here:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Murder-on-the-Orient-Express-Dramatised-Audiobook/B0042GI7CG/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1509979055&amp;sr=1-1

You may also opt for the full novel instead. There is one read by Kenneth Branagh here on Audible.com here

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Murder-on-the-Orient-Express-Movie-Tie-in-Audiobook/B07664YTBY/ref=a_search_c4_1_3_srTtl?qid=1509979010&amp;sr=1-3

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  • Chris T
  • 2017-11-21

Very Entertaining But Not an Unabridged Book.

I found the performance quite enjoyable but I prefer unabridged audiobooks so I own both versions. I look forward to listening to the full story soon so I can better judge this abridged audiobook. The Poirot performance was uniquely done. His reactions of amused chuckles were unexpected but interesting.

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  • John St. James
  • 2017-11-12

Old Time Radio

It reminded me of listening to radio theater before TV became popular.
Lots of fun! !!l

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  • dr Frank
  • Beaver Falls, PA, United States
  • 2017-11-03

Amazing - I couldn't stop listening to it

Very few audio books hold my attention to where I don't want to stop and this is one of them. The story is excellent - A classic Agatha Christie - I will not give anything away except - expect the unexpected if you are not familiar with Agatha Christie and/or this classic novel.

The performance is amazing, keeping the listener engaged and anticipating the next part of the puzzle.

I hope Audible creates more Audible Original Dramas and wish there were more like it.

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  • Kate in SF
  • San Francisco
  • 2017-11-20

Fun Listen - Not the Actual Book

This is a fun listen - Tom Courtenay as Poirot is reason enough - but it is actually more of a radio play than an audible experience of Christie's book. If you want something quick and light, this will work, but if you want the real book, there are other versions you can listen to.

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  • Mel
  • 2017-11-10

Classic revisited with an ensemble


As far as the story itself: I had to remind myself that this was first published in 1934, and since then how many authors have borrowed Ms. Christie's cleverness. It is dated, but stands up when read in the spirit of its time. The setting of the Orient Express blocked in a snow storm felt perfectly claustrophobic and sinister; a great setting for the murderous deeds to come. The characters are like looking at a bag of glistening gems, each one beautifully colored, rich and faceted! It's hard not to see this story play out in your mind with every word Christie wrote

As far as the performance: I am a fan of the ensemble performances in most cases. I find them very entertaining, but sometimes the shift of character can seem jarring. This version was good, but not without a few notable faults that seem mostly technical. The sound effects team seemed like they just didn't fully commit to letting us have the full audio experience...were those sound effects I heard or just bad editing...was that a door shutting or something falling in the recording studio? I didn't detract any points for the effort, just am mentioning this so buyers know what to expect. It still added a little excitement to hear a train whistle or approaching steps. Overall a fun and entertaining experience.

Accents: Good news/bad news. Tom Conti as Hercule Poirot -- good acting but his accent was at times difficult to understand (perhaps because he is a Scottish actor doing a Belgian detective; perhaps because we are used to British actor David Suchet's portrayal for 25 yrs.) He almost seemed to be strangling on his accent in the beginning. His personal dialogues are half whispered with an echo-y effect added making them particularly difficult to understand. It gets smoother, stay with it.

For fans and those familiar with the story a good purchase, otherwise I would say read the text first and then if you enjoy that, try this production.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-26

change in volume makes version hard to understand

This version has 2 volumes within the story line. The change in volume makes it too difficult to understand part of the story. I will be listening to a different version of this book

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  • Matthew Kelley
  • NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States
  • 2017-11-14

Audible invites you to Board Christie's Train

Now THIS is a trip worth taking. Even if you are familiar with Agatha Christie's classic novel Murder On The Orient Express, Audible's full cast production is a pleasant revelation. Tom Conti makes a wonderful Hercule Poirot and heads up a terrific ensemble cast. The acting really is first rate and the sound effects enliven the listening experience. Now go, get your ticket (audible credit) before the train leaves the station, but be warned, it is already a pretty full ride! &quot;Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry&quot;

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  • theamazingcatherine
  • Aotearoa
  • 2019-09-06

There's a lot of exposition. A lot.

I don't normally say this about audio adaptations of novels, but I wish they'd cut large sections out of this. It's just... a lot of going over the clues three times, four times, with just Poirot and a handy exposition device, when what I'm interested in is the personalities of the passengers and how they start to unravel as time goes on.

There's some impressive acting talent in here. But I don't get to hear a lot of it.

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  • John leimberg
  • 2019-01-14

Expert sleuth

I put all of my non-existent sleuthing skills to the ultimate test and failed. Luckily Poirot is a much better detective than I.

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  • Stéphane B.
  • 2018-09-23

Non, "monsieur" ne se prononce pas "messi-heure" !

Autant j'adore ce roman (que j'ai déjà lu et relu en version papier), autant je n'ai franchement pas aimé cette version audio ; la faute en incombant totalement au narrateur principal, Tom Conti et à son accent français absolument ridicule... sans parler de son ton chevrotant qui m'a donné l'impression qu'Hercule Poirot était un vieillard sénile tout au long du roman...
Sérieusement, j'ai du mal à croire qu'il n'existe AUCUN acteur anglophone parlant un minimum le français, histoire d'éviter de massacrer la plupart des mots prononcés dans cette langue comme le fait Tom Conti.
L'acteur incarnant M. Bouc (le directeur de la compagnie) aurait été un bien meilleur choix.
Du coup, l'interprétation de Poirot, et elle seule, m'a totalement gâché le plaisir de cette écoute.
Dommage.

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  • C. Gaude
  • 2017-12-20

Un vrai bonheur!

Quel plaisir à écouter!
Un vrai travail artistique...
Voici déjà commencé ma troisième écoute. Les personnages de cette histoire m'accompagnent dans tous mes moments de détente ces jours ci. Excellente idée de sortir un tel livre en même temps qu'un film grand public.