Reader reviews for Murder on the Orient Express

Kennedy. although Frederick`s comment is impressive, on thursday I got themselves a Renault 5 from having made $5135 this-past/five weeks and in excess of $10,000 last month. no-doubt about it, this really is the easiest work I have ever had. I began this 8-months ago and pretty much straight away started making a nice over $75, per hour. his comment is here http://www.wep6.com
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My first Agatha Christie story (in any media) listened to via the BBC 4 Dramatization starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot and full cast (2007). First, the production is first class all the way, sounds effects, music, each person a separate voice etc.. it was like a movie. The script adaption is good enough I was able to follow the story. The clues were impossible to decipher, perhaps by design, but it became clear towards the end who the guilty party was (and there was one giant clue at the start that should have been enough to figure it out). The acting by John Moffatt was remarkable, I would listen to more of these just to hear him speak. Light fare but entertaining.
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Hercule Poirot has is suddenly called back to London from Stamboul (Istanbul) and takes passage on the Orient Express. The first class section is unusually full for a winter passage with an eclectic mix of nationalities and class and a snow storm will play a major role in the case.The murder of an American, who is discovered to be traveling under a false identity, sets the stage for an 'impossible' case for Poirot--his favorite kind. The victim has been stabbed twelve times, some with tremendous force and some just barely, some obviously left-handed, others right-handed.Too many convenient clues and red herrings seem to drive the investigation, yet once Poirot sits down to silently 'think it out' and arrives at a satisfactory conclusion.
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Agatha Christie is rightly considered the epitome of the detective novelist. She wrote over 80 novels and I've read over a dozen of them. If I had to pick one to recommend, I'd give a slight edge to the one-off, And Then There Were None, but Murder on the Orient Express, featuring her private detective Hercule Poirot, would be a close second. Like the other novel, this book features one of those Christie twists that left me slack-jawed and guaranteed I'd never forget the novel. And despite this being one of 33 novels featuring Hercule Poirot, order doesn't matter, so you don't have to read any of the seven previously published novels with him--I hadn't read any of them before reading this one, and only read two of them since. I doesn't add to anything if you do. The point of the Poirot novels isn't character development or long-term story arcs, they're about the solution of the case with Poirot playing the Great Detective a la Sherlock Holmes. There's more to this novel then just the twist though. This is a pleasure to read as Christie throws at you several memorable vividly-drawn characters in what is essentially a classic locked-room murder mystery--the killing occurred in a snow-bound train--the Orient Express. This story also holds interest as there is a thinly described allusion to a then notorious real-life crime. The film tips its hat to that angle right in the beginning--one reason I'd prefer the book is for the slower reveal.Although truly, the film does do justice to the book with a cast you could hardly match today: Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar), Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave. But read the novel first.
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Our nanny in England had read all of Agatha Christie's books. She loved them. I, however, had never read any. I learned that Ms. Chrisite's books have been read more than any other aside from the Bible and Shakespeare. I decided it was time to change the fact that I'd never read any of her books. Murder on the Orient Express. The title made is sound interesting to me. We did a lot of travel in Europe. We never had the chance to travel overnight by train although we did travel by ferry and hhad berths on the ferries. I was certain I could visualize the book well enough to enjoy reading it.Poirot is the thinking man's man. He thinks outside the box. My kids and I enjoy watching Monk and Psych. The mysteries on those shows tend to be solved in such a way that they are not easily unraveled by jus anyone; of course, if they could be, they wouldn't be very mysterious, would they?There were certainly a large numbers of characters integral to this story. Ms. Christie did a good job of helping the reader distinguish each character though. She also managed to keep the story moving pretty well. She drew me in. I liked the fact that the murder was solved by wit alone. The train was stranded in a snowdrift, set many years ago. There was no way to communicate with the outside world.
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My favorite Agatha Christie book. It was a brilliant murder mystery with an ending that was just perfect. Not as gruesome as her others.
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This is one of Christie's finest books where she creates a complex plot that hinges on a simple idea, but where the writing of the characters and setting makes it hold together. On the snowbound Orient Express, a man named Ratchett is murdered and Poirot working with the director of the company and a doctor work to figure out what happened. The joy of this story is in all the small details and how cunningly Christie puts things together and how Poirot does his reveal.
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Quite simply, one of the best mystery books ever written. A true picture of the age, fantastic characters, and a surprise ending that dazzles. If you read no other Agatha Christie novel (though you should), read this one. Forever in my top ten of all-time favorites.
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This Hercule Poirot mystery has a whole list of suspicious suspects, but all are connected by two murders, one of them being unscrambled by the detective. A whole web of sticky lies must be untangled, and a family of different nations must be put back together.
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I avoided reading this for a long time, not least because I remember not liking the film, but having booked a sleeping car for the first time in many years (only from Holland to Switzerland, not across the Balkans!), I thought "What could be more appropriate reading matter?".This is one of those detective stories where the ending is more famous than the story itself, so I knew how it was going to end and had the sense of cogs grinding inevitably towards a solution. Thereś not much else to enjoy in Christie besides the mystery itself - characterisation and dialogue are always a bit wooden - but it was a pleasant enough read to keep me amused until Basel. There does seem to be rather a lot of product placement for the Wagons-Lits Company - I hope she got more than a complimentary ticket out of them for all that publicity!
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