by Agatha Christie
Nine short stories, perfect for listening to one or two just before bedtime. Hugh Fraser, who plays Captain Hastings in some of the PBS productions of Agatha Christie mysteries, is a wonderful narrator but especially good on some of the Hercule Poirot/Captain Hastings stories. He brings a humorous treatment to some of the interplay between Poirot and Hastings. David Suchet, who plays Poirot in some PBS productions, is "magnifique" as the narrator of "Problem at Sea". His ability to inhabit each of the many characters with such a distinct voice is truly amazing. Joan Hickson, who played Miss Marple in some PBS productions, is solid as Miss Marple, the primary narrator voice in "Miss Marple Tells a Story". The quality of the stories is uneven but the narrators more than make up for this. Many of these short stories have been made into full length PBS television films. -- recommended by Evelyn D. - Bennett Martin Public Library
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