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Endless Night

Endless Night

Written by Agatha Christie

Narrated by Hugh Fraser


Endless Night

Written by Agatha Christie

Narrated by Hugh Fraser

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4/5 (70 ratings)
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6 hours
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Released:
Jul 3, 2012
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9780062229793
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Description

One of Agatha Christie's personal favorites, Endless Night is a critically acclaimed classic crime thriller from the beloved queen of mystery.

When penniless Michael Rogers discovers the beautiful house at Gypsy's Acre and then meets the heiress Ellie, it seems that all his dreams have come true at once. But he ignores an old woman's warning of an ancient curse, and evil begins to stir in paradise. As Michael soon learns: Gypsy's Acre is the place where fatal "accidents" happen.
Publisher:
Released:
Jul 3, 2012
ISBN:
9780062229793
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in over 70 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 20 plays, and six novels written under the name of Mary Westmacott.

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  • (5/5)
    One if her most sophisticated and haunting works. A cut above her more formulaic stuff.
  • (5/5)
    amazing Captivating narration by Hugh Fraser! endless night is one of my top Christie works, and this narration makes it even more gripping.
  • (3/5)
    A novel greatly influenced by the era in which it was written.
  • (5/5)
    "I’d no real idea that that wasn’t all there was to it. I suppose it happens to everyone sooner or later and it happens suddenly. You don’t think as you imagine you’re going to think: ‘This might be the girl for me… This is the girl who is going to be mine.’ At least, I didn’t feel it that way. I didn’t know that when it happened it would happen quite suddenly. That I would say: ‘That’s the girl I belong to. I’m hers. I belong to her, utterly, for always.’ No. I never dreamed it would be like that. Didn’t one of the old comedians say once– wasn’t it one of his stock jokes? ‘I’ve been in love once and if I felt it coming on again I tell you I’d emigrate.’ It was the same with me. If I had known, if I had only known what it could all come to mean I’d have emigrated too! If I’d been wise, that is."

    Endless Night is one of Dame Agatha's lesser known novels. However, it is easily one of her best.

    The narrator describes this story as a love story but it is clear from the outset - and obviously knowing that it is an AC story - that not all is well and that there are powers conspiring against the main characters. It is for the reader to follow the narrator into the story of Gipsy's Acre, his story.

    I'm not going to give anything away here but just want to say that this book had me hooked and led me down the garden path right until the very end. And for someone who is quick to describe Dame Agatha's mysteries as formulaic, this is not easy to admit. Well, ok, it is. I enjoyed every minute of being mislead by this story.

    "In my end is my beginning…That’s a quotation I’ve often heard people say. It sounds all right– but what does it really mean? Is there ever any particular spot where one can put one’s finger and say: ‘It all began that day, at such a time and such a place, with such an incident?’ "
  • (4/5)
    Reading through the opening chapters of this mystery, I had to double check the author's name on the cover. I love Christie, and this book seemed so different from every other work I had read from her before. Not in a bad way, simply different. The story is about a boy meeting a girl, falling in love, and building their dream home ... supposedly. Michael is a charming dilettante, unwilling to stick at any job for long but loving his roving life. He stumbles upon Gypsy's Acre, and is intrigued. Later, he meets legendary architect Rudolf Santonix, and begins to fantasize about the perfect house he could build to replace the dilapidated building on Gypsy's Acre. Within a few months, he happens to be back in the same village, and he meets Ellie, a young American heiress. From the moment they see each other, they are madly in love.The reason I was surprised I was reading an Agatha Christie novel is because these events - the meeting between Michael and Ellie, their romance and eventual marriage despite protests from both families, and the building of their dream home on Gypsy's acre - occupy at least half the novel. I was used to Christie's more usual format of introducing the characters and setting up a murder right away. Not that the change was a bad one; I found the story engaging from the beginning, and was eager to keep reading, even without any mystery in sight. The story is told in a first person point of view, from Michael's perspective, and his voice was compelling. The book just didn't seem like a mystery. However, from the start ominous notes present themselves, beginning with the notorious background of Gypsy Acre, the name of both the home and the land around it, and the frantic warnings of a gypsy woman. As the romance between Michael and Ellie deepens, and they marry and move into their home, the darker elements start to bubble up more frequently. Certainly events are headed to a bad end. Someone throws a rock through their window the first night they stay in the house, and a shard of glass cuts Ellie's cheek. Ellie sprains her ankle. The gypsy woman returns, with more dire warnings, and Ellie is frightened. Even so, I wondered if the novel would end as a tragedy, rather than a mystery. And then, one of them is killed.Even after the death, the normal mystery formula is not followed. Although some of the characters are suspicious, and interesting possibilities for foul play are presented, most people accept the official verdict that the death was accidental. No detectives people these pages; instead, the reader is the detective, trying to sort through the various lies and deceptions to find the awful truth buried in this tale of love. At the end, the truth is revealed, in a surprising way, and the reader is made to reevaluate everything she had read before. In this aspect, the novel remains faithful to Christie's other work, in that the ending has several surprises, and makes the reader realize that the clues were there from the beginning, they just needed organizing with the right interpretation. The story is a fast read, and cleverly evokes a creepy atmosphere the permeates even the brightest moments in the narrative. While some Christie novels are a bit too unhappy at the end for me, I have yet to read one that wasn't taut and compelling. This book is no exception, and even with the grim ending, I found it a highly entertaining read.
  • (3/5)
    I thought I owned and had read every Agatha Christie book, but somehow I missed this one. It's quite unlike her other work. The first 3/4 of the book is about the main character's relationship, courtship, and marriage, then boom! Typically Christie plot twist. All of the pieces fell together. She really was the master of mystery.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of the Christie titles that I really don't think I have read before. I've certainly seen at least one TV or film version, even the one that recently introduced Miss Marple as an extra character. I thought poor Miss Marple was put in extraordinary danger and had her physical powers fully tested in that one. As a general rule I don't like these plot modifications.ENDLESS NIGHT was however written as a stand-alone and in it Agatha Christie returns to the writing exercises of the unreliable narrator, and exploring the mind of the psychotic killer.The author does not really play fair with the reader, because we don't ever get the full picture all at once. Little bits are left unexplained. Ellie's American relatives are portrayed to us by the narrator, Ellie's husband Michael Rogers, as predatory and untrustworthy, and there are characters like Michael's mother, who could have explained so much, who remain elusive and shadowy, because Michael does not want us to meet them.Divided into four books, the novel takes quite a long time to build up to Ellie's death, and then the events that follow. There is an almost Gothic quality to the story: American heiress, quick marriage in defiance of her advisor's wishes, cursed land, gypsy woman who tries to scare the heiress.An enjoyable read, part of my quest to complete the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge.
  • (4/5)
    Well-written but quite different from Christie's typical mysteries.
  • (2/5)
    Mike meets the girl of his dreams, and they find a house they both love. But they are warned away by gipsies... the book takes a shocking turn, and has a very odd ending. Not one that appealed to me much at all, though as usual with Agatha Christie it was fairly compulsive reading.
  • (4/5)
    This was the first time that I have read Christie, and despite the old fashioned time of the story, it had me gripped right till the end. I read it quicker than i thought I would, and, and what a suprise ending! I will be reading more from her in future. Hugely enjoyable 
  • (5/5)
    Agatha Christie's Endless Night is far more than a great read, a psychological thriller and a riveting mystery: it's one of the most insightfulbooks about a sociopathic predator and his beguiling mask of sanity I have read.
  • (5/5)
    Michael Rogers dreams of having a rich, beautiful wife that he can live "happily ever after" with in a wonderful house in the country. Marriage to the fabulously wealthy and gorgeous American heiress, Ellie Guteman, brings Michael as close to his wildest dreams as he can possibly want to get. Michael and Ellie happily purchase Gipsy's Acre and start to build their dream house together. Michael studiously ignores the country gossips who whisper that Gipsy's Acre is a cursed tract of land. That's until a mysterious murderer strikes much too close to Michael's ultimate dream life for his liking.I really enjoyed this story. It was the first time that I had read this book and I give it an A+! It was quite interesting to receive this particular book in the mail - I received it directly from Ireland and opened the package to discover the back cover was written in Chinese. The book was written in English but the synopsis on the back cover was written in Chinese! :) I asked my daughter to "translate" for me and she burst out laughing when she saw it.
  • (5/5)
    This was another read for the Agatha Christie summer reading challenge and my favorite so far, It starts out like a Gothic romance novel and turns into a crime book. I did not see the twist at the end, it was surprising to me. When you think back on the events in the book the clues along the way light up in your brain. I don't want to give too much away and spoil the surprise waiting for the reader at the end. This is short book, around 200 pages. It is worth reading it in one siting to get the full effect.
  • (4/5)
    A lot more sinister than most of Christie's works. It starts off almost dull and very uneventful, but the sense of uneasiness just grows throughout the book, and the twist at the end is brilliant.
  • (4/5)
    I'm ashamed to admit that this is my first Agatha Christie. That said, since Nancy Drew, I was not a mystery reader until about five years ago. I chose this as my first since it was listed as one of her best and the only among that list owned by our library. I didn't see the ending coming and what seemed a relatively tame tale, turned into an incredibly sinister one. The complexity came only at the end and compared to many of the contemporary mysteries I have read, this paled in suspense, writing style, characterization and detail.
  • (4/5)
    My absolute favourite by Agatha Christie. I didn't see the twist coming, maybe that makes me a bit thick, but I always like to be caught out by a book. Wonderfully dark and sinister.
  • (4/5)
    This book came as somewhat of a surprise to me. Originally published in 1967, I think it is a wonderful example of how versatile an author she was. This was not what I had usually come to expect from Agatha Christie, it read rather as if it had come from the pen of Ruth Rendell, much more of a psychological thriller. Michael is a charming, working class fellow who moves from job to job as his interests change. He tells us the story of how he meets, falls in love, and marries a young American heiress. They decide to make their home in the English countryside and proceed to built their dream home. Unfortunately the piece of property they build on appears to have a built in gypsy curse. The action builds slowly, the murder doesn’t happen until the last third of the book As Michael’s story unfolds, his suspicions and paranoia are first turned on one character, then another, until the truth is undeniable. I must admit I had figured out what the final truth was going to be, but I still enjoyed the ride. Endless Night is not one of Agatha Christie‘s traditional mysteries, but certainly shows us why she was called the “Queen of Crime”.
  • (4/5)
    An unusual book for Christie as it has almost a Gothic feel that reminded me of du Maurier's "Rebecca". Written in first-person narrative, it follows the meeting and marriage of poor English Mike and weathly American Ellie. The problem is that Ellie has inherited so much money that she can't get free of her greedy relatives and the family lawyers. Well, that's part of the problem...
  • (5/5)
    The narrator, Michael Rogers, tells us the story of his marriage to Ellie, an American heiress and how they came to build a hose at the cursed Gypsy's Acre. This is very different from Christie's other books, no Miss Marple, Poirot, just a sinister and tragic tale told in simple, poetic prose. Simultaneously lovely and disturbing at the same time.
  • (4/5)
    One of my favourite Agathe Christies. Unlike her other books, where murder is treated as a matter of fact ,routine , event occuring in the lives of ordinary people, in this novel she touches upon the moral dimension, that we have choices..
  • (5/5)
    My favourite Christie novel, tense, interesting, no Poirot or Marple in sight and a cracking plot twist at the end. Great stuff from the mistress of crime novels.
  • (3/5)
    Great fun, wonderful trek in pursuit of a murderer. As ever, I did not guess correctly. But with Christie, it doesn't matter since the fun is in the journey.
  • (3/5)
    An easy, fun read - had Christie been watching Hitchcock?Heightened, early-1960s dialogue and all the tropes of the chiller-thriller help to make for a page-turning and ultimately gut-wrenching experience - though quite incredible, of course!