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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.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
This book is not something I would normally read, but I like Poirot both on TV and in book form. This book has some interests and I very gentle on the ear. There were no great revelations but I would recommend Suchet as author and narrator.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Where does Poirot and Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Very highly indeed for selfish, sentimental and not intellectual reasons.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Poirot and Me?
As for most devotees of this specific journey by the character Poirot and actor David Suchet, the several farewells "they" must make as they "die" and leave the film set.
Which character – as performed by David Suchet – was your favorite?
Perhaps it was the David Suchet/Poirot incarnation who visits the elderly folk in the Nursing Home, in costume and character whilst on set, filming the series.Or perhaps when he comes across people in Hastings in real life and later whilst filming who either are confused at seeing "him" on their street and declare that they never understand a word "he" said during the 13 series.
Any additional comments?
No doubt there exists at least one Masters or Doctoral Thesis on the research available on the impact television series have on their audience or the actors who portray the characters in them. The psychological ramifications are alluded to when media analysts protest that the depiction of violence is reflected in the behaviour of the viewer. This novel hints at the impact that television does in fact have on vast numbers of people in the world. In fact I viewed a very moving documentary about a victim of the terrible events in New York who alluded to the calm she felt watching the eponymous series on television on a regular basis. This novel similarly can calm and reassure whilst listening to a pleasant, human journey many can sympathise with.