Poirot and Me

  • by David Suchet
  • Narrated by David Suchet
  • 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Actor David Suchet recalls his experience of playing Agatha Christie's world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot, for almost a quarter of a century.
In the summer of 2013 David Suchet filmed his final scenes as Hercule Poirot. After 24 years in the role, he will have played the character in every story that Agatha Christie wrote about him (bar one, deemed unfilmable) and he will bid adieu to a role and a character that have changed his life.
In Poirot and Me, David Suchet tells the story of how he secured the part, with the blessing of Agatha Christie's daughter, and set himself the task of presenting the most authentic Poirot that had ever been filmed. David Suchet is uniquely placed to write the ultimate companion to one of the world's longest running television series.
Peppered with anecdotes about filming, including many tales of the guest stars who have appeared over the years, the book is essential for Poirot fans all over the world.

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A delightful treat

I was hesistant in downloading und purchasing this book from Audible, as I was unsure whether it would be interesting enough for me to keep on listening. There was no need to worry though.

'Poirot and me' covers David Suchet's career from the moment he takes on the role of Hercule Poirot till the final film 'Curtain' in which Poirot dies. David Suchet actually played Poirot for 25 years in 70 films made for television. And it was quite a journey for Suchet with the constant uncertainty whether or not there would be another Poirot series. Luckily, David Suchet was able to play many other roles in between the various Poirot series. Nonetheless the book shows the less glamourous, more realistic side of acting: the constant waiting on a call that might never come.

Besides David Suchet's career span, you get in detail the production of each Poirot film together with details about Agatha Christie life and career, and the story concerned. As I don't consider myself to be an avid Christie reader it was interesting to have these facts. It added something extra.

'Poirot and me' is read by David Suchet. David Suchet's attention for detail really shows in this audiobook, making it a delight to listen to. All in all I consider 'Poirot and me' to be a delightful treat.
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- Danielle

Delightful story of the creation of a character

This book will appeal to those of us who enjoyed (and still do) the memorable Poirot series that started in late 1980s with its stylish sets and most of all the David Suchet’s creation of Poirot as a believable character. The book is an engaging account of his life during the 25 years that Suchet played “the little man” and the immense amount of effort he put into getting the characterisation just right. Previous Poirots to my mind all verged on caricature, whereas Suchet brings out the character’s humanity as well as his endearing foibles, without making him a figure of fun.

Though most of the book concentrates on his work on the Poirot series we learn of the other often totally contrasting film and stage work he did between recording all of Agatha Christie’s immense output of Poriot stories.

It’s good to hear of an actor’s life that has been professionally rewarding and enjoyable though often at times uncertain and mentally and physically demanding.

David Suchet has a lovely voice and is an excellent mimic so the audio version of this book is even better than the written word.
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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-11-2013
  • Publisher: Headline Digital