Audiobook Review: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)

Written by: Agatha Christie

Read by: David Thorn

Run time: 6 hours 30 minutes

I chose this as my first audiobook experience because, well, I am so obsessed with Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot, specifically.  I’ve been hesitant to dip my toe in the audiobook pond but have friends that have encouraged me to try them as I spend so much time in the car.  If I’m honest, I’ve been a bit of a snob saying, “That’s not reading.  It doesn’t count towards your reading goals for the year.”  Blah, blah, blah.  Bad, judgmental Mary.  (While I’m changing my tune slightly I still won’t include these in my reading numbers.  For now.)

I’m not sure how to rate an audiobook as I have nothing to compare it to.  I rated the written book 4/5 stars and I’ll just leave it at that.  The story worked well as an audible experience.  It was fast paced and easy to follow.

The narrator did an acceptable job but I will admit that he didn’t wow me.  His female voices were particularly unlikable but his Poirot and Hastings were pretty good.

I’ve seen that David Suchet and Hugh Fraser have narrated other stories and I’m anxious to hear one of their versions.

Any recommendations from audiobook lovers out there?

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