• The Witness for the Prosecution: An Agatha Christie Short Story

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 20-10-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (61 ratings)

Summary

A classic Agatha Christie short story, available individually for the first time in digital audio, performed by Christopher Lee.
When wealthy spinster Emily French is found murdered, suspicion falls to Leonard Vole, the man to whom she hastily bequeathed her riches before she died. Leonard assures the investigators that his wife, Romaine Heilger, can provide them with an alibi. However, when questioned, Romaine informs the police that Vole returned home late that night covered in blood.
During the trial, Ms French's housekeeper, Janet, gives damning evidence against Vole, but as Romaine's cross-examination begins, her motives come under scrutiny from the courtroom. One question remains: will justice out?
©1933 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers
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"The plots are so good that one marvels...most of them would have made a full length thriller." ( Daily Mirror)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Claire on 04-01-17

Lee-ly good narration

An intriguing short story from the master, similar in tone to the likes of Endless Night and And Then There Were None, in terms of darker motives undisguised by a kindly Marple or Poirot protagonist: plumbs darker depths, leaving you with a classic Christie twist. Superbly narrated by the 'other' Master!

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4 out of 5 stars
By SST on 14-04-18

BBC adaptation is better

The BBC’s 2016 2 part adaptation of this book is better in my opinion. Agatha’s original seems too short and the ending of the book seems unfinished in comparison to the bbc’s version.

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4 out of 5 stars
By DFK on 26-01-18

Good story - the version without the extra twist

I bought this book after just seeing - and thoroughly enjoying - the play in London. I read about how Christie changed the ending for the play version (as well as some other changes). I’m not sure which end I like better. I’d say the end in the play (I won’t tell it) came as more of a surprise, because I had an inkling on my own about the end of the story before that last twist. If you like Agatha Christie, you’ll like this, though it is kind of short. The narrator was fine, but nothing outstanding. Perhaps the story is too short to give him an opportunity to shine.

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