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Unusual plot, with the standard cast of characters. First class entertainment, beautifully read by Hugh Fraser
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I regard the novels of Agatha Christie as an indictment of the ridiculous class system which still has a certain power in the Southern parts of this island. The headmistress of this establishment troubled by unexpected murders has some ethical values, albeit limited, and nourishes intellectual growth and encourages more than superficial development of her pupils in preparation for a “good marriage”, but they are still taught how to behave at lunch with the Queen and how to exit gracefully from a Rolls Royce!!!
These are not useful skills on the whole: I cannot think they’ll ever be incorporated in the National Curriculum, or count towards university entrance, even in St Andrews!
I do think Christie must have had tongue in cheek, and so now I’m beginning to appreciate her more, as a crypto revolutionary, having for so long despised her work as stuff you read at 12 or 13, and avoid like the plague on TV. “retro nostalgie”. Candy floss..
Nonetheless there’s none of that noir of ultraviolence that pervades so many detective stories of today, and keeps you awake and troubles dreams. It’s all good clean snobbish fun, and the murders are less shocking than the ambience in which they occur.
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Where does Cat Among the Pigeons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of my favorites
What did you like best about this story?
It never got dull and the characters were well portrayed. You always thought you could predict the story, and then it did a "twist"!!!
Which scene was your favorite?
The school with all the descriptions of the beginning of the 1st term and new people.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, I was just kept enthralled, which could be called extreme when you still have a busy life rushing around you all day.
Any additional comments?
Agatha Christie, has an amazing ability of making her characters "real"
If you could sum up Cat Among the Pigeons in three words, what would they be?
Always enjoy a Agatha Christie and this story interesting
What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?
Hugh Fraser is a great reader and sounds very plausible with acting women parts in book....Has good variation for different people