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Spider's Web

Spider's Web

Written by Agatha Christie

Narrated by Hugh Fraser


Spider's Web

Written by Agatha Christie

Narrated by Hugh Fraser

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4/5 (304 ratings)
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4 hours
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Released:
Jul 3, 2012
ISBN:
9780062232199
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A classic from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.

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Released:
Jul 3, 2012
ISBN:
9780062232199
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.


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  • (5/5)
    Vintage Dame Agatha! I most enjoyed the repartee between the inspector and the suspects. very well crafted. Excellent narrator. I haven't been read to since I was a child. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • (5/5)
    What a wonderful story this was! Intrigue, humor, and the unexpected! I highly recommend.
  • (5/5)
    It was so different but interesting! I really enjoyed it!
  • (5/5)
    I loved this novelized play by Agatha Christie. I especially loved the character of Clarissa. She is so warm, imaginative and full of humor. All in all, a great plot with surprises and wonderful colorful characters. And of course, greatly narrated by Hugh Fraser.
  • (4/5)
    The end of Agatha’s books are always a treat! Great!
  • (4/5)
    The disposal of a corpse holds a lot of comedic possibilities, and it’s been used in memorable films such as The Trouble with Harry, plays such as Arsenic and Old Lace, and even in the staging of the opera Gianni Schicchi. It should be no surprise that Agatha Christie would take a stab at this plot. This is one of Christie’s original dramas that wasn’t based on an earlier novel or story. Charles Osborne provides a readable novelization of Christie’s play, but while the plot is obviously Christie’s, it doesn’t read like a novel Christie would have written. Christie had a knack for conveying action through dialogue. Osborne’s novelization is heavy on description, and reads as if he turned stage directions into prose without much editing (which is probably exactly what he did).
  • (5/5)
    I really liked this book
  • (5/5)

    4 people found this helpful

    I am so amazed at Hugh Frazer's presetation.  The way he changes his voice and accent for every character makes it easy to follow the story.  After a few chapters, I can discern between each person. Most entergaining and well done!

    And the story, just another day at the office of Agatha Christie's Amazing Story Creations, Inc.

    4 people found this helpful

  • (4/5)
    Christie schrieb nicht nur Romane, sondern widmete ihr Talent auch dem Schreiben von Bühnenstücken. Dies ist nun eins davon, umgeschrieben zu einem Roman von Charles Osborne.Clarissa Hailsham-Brown ist Gattin eines Diplomaten und nebenbei auch eine findige Geschichtenerzählerin. Ihre Fantasie ist so weitumfassend, dass es für ihre Freunde oftmals nicht genau klar wird, wann Clarissa die Wahrheit erzählt. Eines Tages findet die Hausherrin eine Leiche im Wohnzimmer. Da diese zufällig der Ehegatte der Exfrau ihres eigenen Mannes ist, muss er verschwinden. Doch zeitgleich steht ein Inspektor und sein Gehilfe vor der Tür.Deutlich ist es dem Buch anzumerken, dass es ursprünglich für die Bühne geschrieben worden ist. Es ist nicht ganz Christies Redensart und ihr Stil, der aus dem Buch spricht. Die eigene Note Charles Osborne ist spürbar. Nichtsdestotrotz spiegelt die Geschichte eine typische Christie wieder:Ein Herrenhaus, eine Leiche, ein begrenzter Kreis von Verdächtigen. Das einzige, das fehlt, ist ein scharfsinniger Detektiv.Die Charaktere sind bunt gemischt. Clarissa als eine Art Hauptfigur ist ein bisschen sehr verspielt, was ihre Lügenmärchen und Streiche angeht. Sie ist wie ein kleines Mädchen, das zu seinem Patenonkel Roly, der zufälligerweise an diesem Abend auch im Haus ist, hinaufschaut und sich von ihm beschützen lässt. Das Buch lebt von dem Motte: Wer einmal lügt, dem glaubt man nicht. Und so ist es auch für den Inspektor schwer, Clarissa Lügen von den Wahrheiten zu unterscheiden.Eine überraschende Wendung in der Zeichnung der Figuren darf natürlich auch nicht fehlen. Man fühlt sich wohl, denn Christie erfüllt die inneren Erwartungen des Leser, auf genau solche Wendungen.Trotz der etwas anderen Art und Weise im Schreibstil, bleibt IM SPINNENNETZ eine interessante, wenn auch vorhersehbare Kriminalgeschichte.
  • (4/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    This book is classic Christie. It's a good old fashioned who-dunnit! When a body is discovered in the house of a dignitary and his young wife, can they figure out who murdered the man before the police drag them in? It is full of twists and turns and lies and surprises. It is a fast, fun read! I recommend this to any mystery lover.

    2 people found this helpful

  • (3/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    This is a novelization of one of Christie's plays. Clarissa Halisham-Brown, a diplomat's wife, finds a body in her parlor while waiting for her husband to return home with an important diplomatic guest. Her efforts to hide the murder and save her husband's career become increasingly more complicated. The body is the focal point of Clarissa's efforts, and her attempts to hide it are increasingly more difficult to execute. As the story progresses, Clarissa traps herself in a web of lies. It is fully evident that this story was originally a play. All of the action takes place in one room, requiring only one set. There is no change of scenery, and only limited characters. It is less satisfying than Christie's novels. Those new to Christie's work should start with her novels. This is for the Christie fan.

    2 people found this helpful

  • (3/5)
    What a quick read this was! Also, I never suspected who the killer was. I haven't read enough Christie to know if the play-to-novel adaptations are not as good as her original novels.