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30 review for Poirot's Finest Cases

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    BBC radio plays rather than audiobooks. Not too badly done, though I only listened to ones I hadn't seen recently on tv. The person playing Poirot, John Moffatt, produces a very variable French-Belgian accent, dropping out of it frequently in the earlier plays, but getting a bit more consistent toward the end. On the whole I think I'd prefer audiobooks to radio plays for these stories, though. These are rather cut-down affairs. "The ABC Murders", "After the Funeral", "Death on the Nile", "Peril a BBC radio plays rather than audiobooks. Not too badly done, though I only listened to ones I hadn't seen recently on tv. The person playing Poirot, John Moffatt, produces a very variable French-Belgian accent, dropping out of it frequently in the earlier plays, but getting a bit more consistent toward the end. On the whole I think I'd prefer audiobooks to radio plays for these stories, though. These are rather cut-down affairs. "The ABC Murders", "After the Funeral", "Death on the Nile", "Peril at End House", "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", "Murder on the Orient Express", "Three Act Tragedy", "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    A great selection of Agatha Christie Poirot novels. Well done for radio. If you don't mind the major plot holes and the totally incompetent police (who, I am sure, are in the story only to make Poirot look good)it is really enjoyable. A great selection of Agatha Christie Poirot novels. Well done for radio. If you don't mind the major plot holes and the totally incompetent police (who, I am sure, are in the story only to make Poirot look good)it is really enjoyable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ❆ Crystal ❆

    I enjoyed this collection of full-cast dramatizations of Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot. 5 stars all the way around. *** I rated each book individually, but overall, I loved this collection and the performances.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Heaney

    Listened to for Advanced Pop Sugar challenge 'A book about an eccentric character'. Listened to for Advanced Pop Sugar challenge 'A book about an eccentric character'.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I just found these little audio collections from BBC from my library (Overdrive). They are fantastic! I can't get enough of them, or Agatha Christie.....ever I just found these little audio collections from BBC from my library (Overdrive). They are fantastic! I can't get enough of them, or Agatha Christie.....ever

  6. 4 out of 5

    Harshita

    I am a recent listener of audiobooks and Audible's got me hooked on to them! Now instead of listening to songs I listen to books on my daily run and while driving. Do check out Audible - they offer one month free gold membership which includes one free credit to purchase any book of your choice, discounted rates of audiobooks, access to over 100s of auto channels and the choice of returning any book if you are not 100% satisfied with it. Disclaimer - I have not been paid by audible to promote the I am a recent listener of audiobooks and Audible's got me hooked on to them! Now instead of listening to songs I listen to books on my daily run and while driving. Do check out Audible - they offer one month free gold membership which includes one free credit to purchase any book of your choice, discounted rates of audiobooks, access to over 100s of auto channels and the choice of returning any book if you are not 100% satisfied with it. Disclaimer - I have not been paid by audible to promote their services :P. Coming to the book. We all know that Agatha Christie was one of the finest novelist of her times - in fact even today her books read as fresh as ever! It is not an easy job to pick out eight of her novels to dramatize, nonetheless BBC manages to pick out fairly decent cases of Hercule Poirot. John Moffat enunciates the Belgian detective and does a fine job of it! Rest of the cast is good as well. I had read most of these stories as paperbacks and it was a pleasure listening to them again. The stories included are - The ABC murders - Hercule Poirot gets anonymous letters from a murdered challenging him to stop him from committing murders; After the funeral - An estranged sister raises the possibility of foul play after her brother's funeral and is killed the next day; Death on the Nile - A jilted lover follows her ex-fiancè and her former best friend on their honeymoon and threatens to destroy their happiness; The murder of Roger Ackroyd - Poirot investigates the death of his friend who is believed to have been murdered by his own son; Murder on the Orient Express - Murder manages to find Poirot even aboard a train; The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Poirot's first case as a private detective. During the war, Poirot is living as a refuge near the home of Mrs Emily Ingelthorpe in England. When she is found murdered, he sets about finding the murderer; Peril at End House While on vacation, Poirot comes across a young girl who has narrowly escaped death thrice and becomes concerned for her life; Three Act Tragedy when there is nothing to connect two deaths except the people present on both the occasions, Poirot investigates to find the murderer. All the stories have been enacted well. Do read and give audible a try.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    This was an entertaining group of audio dramas. BBC knows how to put on good radio plays, right down to the period music. Hercule Poirot, played by John Moffat, is delightful and conveys the same quirkiness and idiosyncrasies that David Suchet brought to the character. This was a great way to present these stories and I am looking forward to the second compendium.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janey

    Brilliantly dramatised, really easy to follow with a good variety of voices. Well acted, with just the right degree of drama - slightly melodramatic, as Christie stories need, but not annoyingly so. The stories are classic Christie. Most enjoyable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    X. Natasha

    This was such a fun listen. I look forward to listening to more radio dramatizations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    S.J. Higbee

    When browsing in Audible and wanting something completely different, this offering caught my eye. I’ve always enjoyed the dear old Beeb’s Radio 4 productions of Christie’s plays and thought this collection was excellent value for money. These were a joy. I listened to them back to back, though perhaps in hindsight, I would have appreciated them even more if I’d thought to break them up as I did the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. It was something of a departure for me, as it was the first time I’d bou When browsing in Audible and wanting something completely different, this offering caught my eye. I’ve always enjoyed the dear old Beeb’s Radio 4 productions of Christie’s plays and thought this collection was excellent value for money. These were a joy. I listened to them back to back, though perhaps in hindsight, I would have appreciated them even more if I’d thought to break them up as I did the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. It was something of a departure for me, as it was the first time I’d bought a full dramatization, rather than a straight narration. However, I needn’t have worried – after all, this is the Beeb and the pulling power they have to acquire the very best actors cannot be overstated. Indeed, the cast list reads like a Who’s Who of British acting talent of the time – many now departed and sorely missed – John Moffat, Simon Williams, Jill Balcon, Philip Jackson, Hilda Schroder, George Cole, Gemma Saunders, Rosemary Leach, Donald Sinden, Stratford Johns, Sylvia Syms, Sian Phillips, Francesca Anna, Frank Windsor, Peter Polycarpu, and Joss Ackland… All the performances were marvellous – I particularly enjoyed John Moffat’s masterful portrayal of Poirot, which I think is every bit as good as David Suchet. Listening to these dramatisations reminded me all over again why Christie is regarded so highly and has lived on in popularity as the mistress of the whodunit. The plotting is spot on and in the hands of the very capable cast, the characterisation pulled me into the story so that there were times when I was genuinely surprised. While I knew most of the stories, I did not know or remember the plot of Three Act Tragedy and found the denouement quite a shock. With the stories that I did know, I was able to listen and appreciate the overall excellence of the production, the acting and the storytelling. Highly recommended for fans of Christie at her best. 10/10

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Rating 4 An enjoyable group of radio adaptations produced by the BBC. John Moffat was very good in the role I thought even though when you meet him he looks nothing like Poirot - even less than David Suchet. It was nice that the adaptor did nothing to the stories to make them ‘more relevant to a modern audience’ which happens to all current adaptations on the BBC. That action deliberately misses the point of why people enjoy the stories. Yes remove any casual racism/sexism etc that was not a delib Rating 4 An enjoyable group of radio adaptations produced by the BBC. John Moffat was very good in the role I thought even though when you meet him he looks nothing like Poirot - even less than David Suchet. It was nice that the adaptor did nothing to the stories to make them ‘more relevant to a modern audience’ which happens to all current adaptations on the BBC. That action deliberately misses the point of why people enjoy the stories. Yes remove any casual racism/sexism etc that was not a deliberate plot point but otherwise leave alone and just tell the story. The AC readers/viewers/listeners come back to the stories to get away from the modern world with its messy relationships and be entertained (and probably relaxed) Some of these stories were more interesting than others for sure , Styles has never been a favourite of mine, but overall well worth a listen. On a side note, probably best listened to in parts as originally intended rather than continuously.

  12. 5 out of 5

    J.C. Pillard

    I have never read any of Agatha Christie's work before, but found myself hankering for some solid mysteries over the summer. My dad is a huge Poirot fan, so I decided that Poirot's Finest Cases would be a good place to start. This is a fully voice-acted dramatization of eight of the Poirot stories. I'm a sucker for fully acted audio books, so this was right up my alley. Personal favorites include "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" and "Death on the Nile," but all the stories are wonderful to listen to I have never read any of Agatha Christie's work before, but found myself hankering for some solid mysteries over the summer. My dad is a huge Poirot fan, so I decided that Poirot's Finest Cases would be a good place to start. This is a fully voice-acted dramatization of eight of the Poirot stories. I'm a sucker for fully acted audio books, so this was right up my alley. Personal favorites include "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" and "Death on the Nile," but all the stories are wonderful to listen to. I'm thinking I'd like to pick up one of the original books right now, since obviously a dramatization leaves things out/modifies things to make it more interesting to listen to. All around, this was a great audio book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yosef Shapiro

    This is a collection of audio plays of BBC adaptations of several of the Poirot stories. They are ok. John Moffat was ok as Poirot. But, he seems to struggle with the accent. The stories themselves have been abridged and have left out several- key plot points.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    If you love Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries you will really enjoy these BBC dramatization of some of the best of them, in what seemed to be chronological order. They are admirably acted. If you love Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries you will really enjoy these BBC dramatization of some of the best of them, in what seemed to be chronological order. They are admirably acted.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie H

    Lovely performances. Now to find the long form of these works. Audio dramas are growing to be a favorite of mine.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Just the job for a wet Sunday afternoon. To be savoured when the house is quiet and you can become totally immersed in the plots/stories. I nice find and worth a credit.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kerrie

    Several Poirot novels produced for the radio all in one place. Several were so impressive, a couple disappointing, but overall, this was a lovely way to occupy my mind for a long car ride.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Parmita

    Anything by Agatha Christie gets a five-star from me. But my bias set aside, this audiobook was a delight to listen to.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Bartlett

    A fun and enjoyable listen.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dayna Smith

    Eight of Poirot's finest cases in full cast BBC productions. A fun listening experience for Christie lovers everywhere. Eight of Poirot's finest cases in full cast BBC productions. A fun listening experience for Christie lovers everywhere.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Holen

    If you enjoy murder mysteries and Hercule Poirot, then give this book a chance. The cast performed wonderfully, it was definitely a treat for my ears and my "little grey cells." If you enjoy murder mysteries and Hercule Poirot, then give this book a chance. The cast performed wonderfully, it was definitely a treat for my ears and my "little grey cells."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tamar

    BBC Radio performance are wonderful as always. Hercule Poiro is one of the greatest detective ever.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sneha Sahay

    Oh Poirot! How i love falling back to you for quick intelligent suspenseful read :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Absolutely delectable radio show! The acting and sound is wonderful, completely engrossing, and so easy to blow through in a work day and a bit! I'm obsessed! Absolutely delectable radio show! The acting and sound is wonderful, completely engrossing, and so easy to blow through in a work day and a bit! I'm obsessed!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    They are really worth listening to.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erika Weidenhaijn

    Amazing performers, really enjoyable listen.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vicky D

    I really enjoyed this audible collection of radio dramatisations. I’ve been in rather a reading slump lately and this was just what I needed, real escapism.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donny

    Poirot is not Holmes, but he's still very entertaining. A full cast dramatization of 8 of his cases, and it's absolutely sumptuous. Wait, I used the word 'sumptuous'. That's a silly word, and shouldn't have a place in reviews, along with words like 'titillating' and 'awesome possum'. Anyway, it was a superbly entertaining. Poirot is not Holmes, but he's still very entertaining. A full cast dramatization of 8 of his cases, and it's absolutely sumptuous. Wait, I used the word 'sumptuous'. That's a silly word, and shouldn't have a place in reviews, along with words like 'titillating' and 'awesome possum'. Anyway, it was a superbly entertaining.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lotta

    Nicely done dramatisations of Poirot cases. I was not convinced by Poirot's French/Belgian accent in the first few plays, but it got better. This is a nice collection if you like audiodrama and Agatha Christie! Nicely done dramatisations of Poirot cases. I was not convinced by Poirot's French/Belgian accent in the first few plays, but it got better. This is a nice collection if you like audiodrama and Agatha Christie!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Claverton

    Excellent full-cast dramatisation of Christie's works - can highly recommend these. Excellent full-cast dramatisation of Christie's works - can highly recommend these.

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