Murder in Mesopotamia : Hercule Poirot

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by Anna Massey
  • Series: Hercule Poirot
  • 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Amy Leatheran had never felt the lure of the mysterious East, but when she travels to an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert to nurse the wife of a celebrated archaeologist, events prove stranger than she could ever have imagined. Her patient's bizarre visions and nervous terror seem unfounded, but as the oppressive tension in the air thickens, events come to a terrible climax in murder. With one spot of blood as his only clue, Hercule Poirot must embark on a journey across the desert to unravel a mystery which taxes even his remarkable powers.

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What the Critics Say

"Smooth, highly original, and completely absorbing." (New York Times)

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brilliant story - disappointing narration

I was really looking forward to this version as I thought Anna Massey was a good choice of narrator. However, her Poirot is really far off the mark - too gruff, rugged and garbled, and I'm afraid to say the accent is absolutely atrocious.



It quite simply doesn't match the adorably fastidious, self-important and precise character of Poirot that Christie created, and as such I found it an unwelcome distraction to the otherwise superbly-plotted and intriguing story.



Also, the tone of her voice is too strident. You either have to turn the volume down low, or risk getting a headache after half an hour's listening. And if I'm being honest I didn't take to her pronunciation of Hercule as 'Er-Cool' instead of 'Er-Kewel' - but I expect I'm just being really picky!



I'd suggest looking for this title with another narrator, or try the excellent dramatised version with John Moffatt.
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- Dawn

I understand why this title is read by a female, but....

This Poirot story is told from the perspective of one of the female characters. It makes perfect sense that the story is read on audible by a female.

Anna Massey does a good job of all the characters with one exception - Poirot himself. The wonderful portrails of the little Belgian detective by Hugh Fraser and David Suchet are sorely missed here. He doesn't appear in the story till perhaps halfway thru but I did find Massey's Poirot slightly off putting.


Having said that it is another of Christie's wonderful whodunnits and well worth a listen.


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- KI Girl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-10-2007
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited