I read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, narrated by Dan Stevens as part of my challenge to read the top 10 best selling books of all time and see if I have read them, which you can read here.
I also decided to re-read those books that I had already read so I could rank them in order after I have read them all.
Agatha Christie’s world-famous mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.
Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N. Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.
The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again…and again.…
And Then There Were None, is the ultimate locked room mystery thriller, and even though I have read the book many times before,the story holds up. Evan when you the plot line and the end of the story.
The way that Agatha Christie builds up the story from meeting each individual at the start of the book, as a brief description is given, you get a snapshot of their personality. In addition how each one is brought to the island is done in such a way that you believe they all would want to go.
In addition Christe built up the tension in the book by speeding up the time between major events in the story, at the start of the book it takes four or five chapters for the first major event to happen. However by the end of the book it goes to more than one event per a chapter.
So like when a writer writes short sentences to raise the tension Agatha Christie does this on the larger scale by putting more events in a chapter.
The only weakness in the book for me is how the reader gets to no the solution, it did seem to be a very convoluted way of going about it,but with the writer writing such a wonderful thriller I think i can let christie of this one as it is only a couple of paragraphs in such a well crafted book.click book to see price at Amazon
I am sort of puzzled on how to rate the narrator of the Audiobook, Dan Stevens, because I usually judge the narrator two ways, the first being how well they did reading/performing the story and second on how fast I am able to play the audiobook itself.
The First part is the reading/performance, with the book having 10 individual characters most of which have major parts it would have been easy to confuse the voices as a listener, however i always knew who was talking and in addition nobody had a so called comedy accent, as some audio narrations can have.
I normally listen to an audiobook at about 1.75 speed however i was not able to do that with this book, however as able to follow the story i will let Dan Stevens off on this point.
Who should read And Then There Were None? Everyone, as this is one of those books that because of the way it is written and crafted it is one of the best books of its type.
With the tension built up throughout the book and suspects being killed throughout the book, then the simple answer is everyone as not reading an Agatha christie book is like living in the United Kingdom and not knowing who the Queen is, so why not Read the best, And Then There Were None.
Meet the Narrator
Dan Stevens, first professional acting role is one for the books – legendary director Peter Hall cast him as Orlando in his 2004 production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. After debuting at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, the tour of the production took the young actor to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
His performance won praise from critics on both sides of the Atlantic and he went on to star in a string of TV productions, including Frankenstein and Sense and Sensibility.
Stevens got his big break in 2010, when he was cast as Matthew Crawley in the hit series, Downton Abbey.
Meet the Writer
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages. She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.
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