Friday, 24 November 2017

Audible Review ~ Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express Performance
My thanks to the publicists midas and for my listening copy of Murder on the Orient Express

Written by: Agatha Christie

Narrated by: Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas,Walles Hamonde, Paterson Joseph, Rula Lenska, Art Malik, Eddie Marsan, Sophie Okonedo
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins 


Release Date:01/11/2017

Publisher: Audible Studios

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 Hammonde 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

This is an excellent performance of one of Agatha Christie's most iconic novels. Murder on the Orient Express has been read, watched and listened to countless times in the eighty years since its first publication, and its universal and timeless appeal never wavers.

I sat quietly on a rainy afternoon to listen to this Audible original recording and was immediately transported to the elegant world of detective, Hercule Poirot and his now famous investigation into the murder of a passenger, on the Simplon-Orient Express as it travels from Istanbul via Italy, to Calais.

The performances throughout the narration of the story are very, very good. Tom Conti in the iconic Poirot role ensures a strong character interpretation and the other characters are equally as compelling, particularly, Jane Asher as Mrs Hubbard and Rula Lenska as Princess Dragonioff. Art Malik does a superb job as narrator and holds the story together with his customary charm.

The performance comes in at just over 5 hours, so can be listened to quite easily in the space of a couple of afternoons or evenings, or even better listening to this performance of Murder on the Orient Express would break up a long journey by making the time go by really quickly.

Perhaps just not a train journey !!

You can find the Audible recording of Murder on the Orient Express by clicking here 


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