Friday, November 17, 2017

My Thoughts: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/853510.Murder_on_the_Orient_Express
Murder on the Orient Express
(Hercule Poirot #10)
by Agatha Christie

Publication Date: June 4th 2007 (first published 1934)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9780007119318
Genre: Adult Fiction | Mystery | Classic
Source: Own & Library Audiobook

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"The murderer is with us - on the train now..."

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again... (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I have been pretty excited to read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie since I discovered that a remake of the movie was coming out, and that a lot of my favorite actors would be starring in it. Then, the more I read about the book, the more excited I became to actually read it. I was so excited, in fact, that I chose it for my book club pick for this month! (What better way to spend the month than to read the book and seeing the movie!) Having finally read the book, I’m now even more excited for the movie, which I’m hoping to see soon!

Let me start by saying that I’ve never read an Agatha Christie book before, though I hear of her books all the time, and I was curious to see what the fuss was about. I actually really enjoyed the mysterious storyline, even though it was a little predictable, and I figured out the plot pretty early in the story. (I would say I’m a good detective, but I’m really just naturally suspicious of pretty much everything. Bahaha!) Despite that, I was still hooked, and I ended up finishing this book in just one day.

Though I purchased a copy of the book last month to read, I ended up listening to the audiobook for it instead. There are actually TWO versions of the audiobook, should you decide to listen to one of them. The one I listened to was narrated by the talented Dan Stevens (from Downtown Abbey), and I really, really enjoyed his narration of the story. The second audiobook is narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays Hercule Poirot in the new movie, and I definitely plan to listen to his version soon as well. (And yes, I’m definitely going to read the book too!)

Overall; Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie was not at all what I expected, and though it was a little predictable, I did enjoy the story! I’m really looking forward to reading (and listening) to it again soon, and seeing the movie, both the new one and the original one, as well!



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