Hey!, welcome back to another Audiobook review, this one #5.
Again, I'm looking at a series of books, rather than individually for a couple
of reasons; a) it is easier for me to do this way and, b) you'd be bored silly reading as I wax lyrical about how much I love this book or that. Yes, you will find that I do enjoy the books I review. I have reviewed a few that didn't quite do it for me but
for the most part, I really do enjoy the books I've reviewed - I am the consummate bookworm!
So, onto the review. I've chosen Agatha Christie's 'Poirot' series of books because they are my favourite
series of books that Ms Christie wrote, I love the 'Poirot' character as written and even Sophie Hannah has been able to bring him to life in her books too, even if it is a little odd to read 'Poirot' by another authors hand.
In particular, one of the reasons I've chosen these is in part, not only due to my love of the books and characters, but especially due to the narrator of the books I have listened to; Mr Hugh Fraser. Name sound familiar? It should.
Hugh Fraser played Captain Hastings in the TV adaptation of the novels alongside David Suchet playing Poirot.
I will freely admit I'm a snob when it comes to these books, especially in audio
format - I can only stand to listen to those read by Hugh Fraser. I have listened to one read by David Suchet, and while it was good, it (oddly, considering we're talking about 'Poirot' himself) didn't have the same feel about it. There is just something about
the way Hugh reads the books that just sounds right. He even makes Poirot sound like Poirot (when you listen to the books, that comment will make sense). I also think that because I have watched the TV show (all episodes - it is a lot better than some of the
tripe on tv nowadays) and so have seen Hugh playing Captain Hastings, and viewed the character interations, I feel like I'm listening to the TV program at times.
Remember what I have said before,
the narrator makes the Audiobook - a bad narrator is the death of the Audiobook.
Which one is my favourite so far? "Death on the Nile" I think, though "One, Two, Buckle my Shoe" is a good one
A 5 book score from me - these are just some of the best crime novels written and I will take them any way I can get them!
safe, look after each other and as always, Keep Reading! x