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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Written by: Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Thomas Cardwell
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by British writer Agatha Christie. It was written in the middle of the First World War in 1916. Styles was Christie's first published novel. It introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery. This first mystery novel by Agatha Christie was well received by reviewers.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 2019-05-21

Who Done It With Agatha Christie Mental Gymnastics

An Agatha Christie story exactly what you expect from her. Beautiful countryside home where you are introduced to the character, through a young man. We see the story through his eyes. As the dynamics are provided, with questions in your mind what are these relationships...a death occurs....poisoned...her husband...her son....a servant?
We are also introduced to the fabulous Poirot, an extremely intellectual who the narrator is in awe of but also jealous and on occasion angry.
Fantastic narration that draws you in, keeps you going and so engaged with the story you don’t want to stop.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Jan
  • 2019-05-13

Great mystery much improved by this narrator

Classic mystery introducing Hercule Poirot is well known to all mystery geeks, what makes this one better is its narration by a skilled voice actor.
I won this audio in a giveaway and am delighted!

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  • Christian
  • 2019-05-13

A wonderful work..

Styles is both Agatha Christie's first published novel and Hercule Poirot's very first case. In my view, it is one of the most complex cases and it was a pleasure to listen to the audiobook. Also, the voice of the narrator drew me right into the story. Entertaining and thrilling. Recommended.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • James Marsh
  • 2019-05-10

Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot Shine

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This is the first novel published by Agatha Christie and consequently the first novel featuring arguably her most famous character Hercule Poirot. Christie started off strong with a mystery surrounding a wealthy family, poison and a lot of intertwined relationships including red herrings. She weaves her tale and her characterization is strong while maintaining a Fair Play Whodunnit. I probably don't to sell you on Agatha Christie's strengths as a writer. There's a reason her works are adapted over and over.

The narration by Thomas Cardwell is fantastic - especially balancing multiple strong accents while keeping everything, understandable and keeping strong character voices.

It's a delightful way to pass a few hours.

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  • Deedra
  • 2019-06-17

The Mysterious Affair

I have never read an Agatha Christie book before.I found this to be very good!I did have an issue with the narration by Thomas Cardwell talking too fast.I know I missed some of what was said.His voices were great,he just spoke too fast.
I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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