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Man in the Brown Suit & 4:50 From Paddington

Série : Colonel Race, Volume 1, Miss Marple, Volume 8
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Romance, adventure, and train travel can all be a little bit dangerous, especially in the hands of Agatha Christie.

The Man in the Brown Suit: Pretty young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her - and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electrocuted on the rails.

The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death. But Anne is not satisfied. After all, who was the man in the brown suit who examined the body? And why did he race off, leaving a cryptic message behind: "17-122 Kilmorden Castle"?

4:50 From Paddington: For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away.

But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses...and no corpse.

This title was previously published as What Mrs. McGrillicuddy Saw!

Keep the mystery alive with more stories from Agatha Christie.

©1957 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.
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  • Bebe
  • 10/06/2015

Two mysteries

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The Man in the Brown Suit: 4/5
Emilia Fox did a good job, and the story is full of mystery, adventure and romance with charming characters.

4:40 from Paddington: 3/5
While Joan Hickson was well suited to voicing Miss Marple, that character doesn't appear in much of the book, and the other voices were indistinguishable, making it a bit hard to follow at times. The audio quality was also quite low.

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  • lou
  • 13/04/2013

Surprisingly Good

Both stories are good but I really like the Man in the Brown Suit. It is fun to listen to a book with so many changes of locale. Emilia Fox is a good narrator. I always think I will like Joan Hickson's narration as she is great in the old BBC Miss Marple's, but I don't think she's a good choice. Her speaking style seems so affected, and I can never get the volume loud enough to properly hear her. I don't have that issue with any other readers.

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  • Monika Krupa
  • 25/06/2013

Least favorite Agatha Christie listens so far

If you’ve listened to books by Agatha Christie before, how does this one compare?

I only listened to The Man in the Brown Suit, which I found to have particularly uninteresting characters. I did not listen to 4:50 from Paddington, although the story sounded very interesting, because I thought the audio was terrible. The narrator sounds recorded from very far away. Additionally, the narrator reads the story very slowly. I stopped listening after 10 minutes. I have listened to probably 20 Agatha Christie novels so far, all of which I enjoyed, so this set of books was a disappointment.

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  • Amy S Bogen
  • 26/03/2017

Thoroughly enjoyable

As others have said the sound quality of 4:50 from Paddington is poor. I found it difficult to understand the narrator, due to a combination of her thick British accent and the recording equipment. In fact, it sounded like she was in her living room reading into a tape recorder.

I found both stories delighful and well-written--both were full of the usual Agatha Christie wit, humor, and intrigue.

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  • Chelsa Yoder
  • 23/03/2017

Totally opposite reviews for these two

The performance of Ms Fox in The Man in the Brown Suit is great. I wasn't a big fan of the story.
Opposite for 4:50, I know she playing Miss Marple years ago but I found her voice wasn't pleasant and I had to strain to understand often. But I loved the story line in this one.

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  • ButterflyRose
  • 27/09/2016

My favorite Agatha Christie Story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The Man in the Brown Suit is my fave Christie story. I like all the characters and the narration by Emilia Fox is perfect for this story.

Any additional comments?

I was unable to listen to the 4:50 from Paddington story because I had a hard time understanding Joan Hickson's narration. I like Joan Hickson very much acting in the television Miss Marple series but I just could not hear her very well on this audio recording.

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  • Cynthia Johnson
  • 15/02/2016

A very good set

Wonderful stories. I thought I had one figured out. I was wrong.
The narrator did a good job of creating feeling and inflection but once and a while it's hard to differentiate which character is speaking.

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  • firstrich1
  • 10/10/2015

Fun

Would you consider the audio edition of Man in the Brown Suit & 4:50 From Paddington to be better than the print version?

I switched to audio books due to migraine issues with reading. Having never read these two, I can't say if the narration is better than the print version. However I enjoyed the narrations of both readers. The first by a young woman who accurately conveyed the enthusiasm of the young female protagonist and the second by an old woman who doesn't vary as much in voice character but still carries the emotions of the characters. Agatha Christie is often an easy read.

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  • Ruth
  • 27/07/2018

Brown Suit doesn't wear well, 4:50 narrator bad

The Man in the Brown Suit shows its age. Too much macho man/woman in peril for my taste. I prefer Agatha Christie's books with clever plots more than these 1920s adventure stories. I gave it 2 stars because "It's OK" sums it up.

On the other hand, 4:50 from Paddington is a good story, but I couldn't stand more than 10 minutes of Joan Hickson's narration. I love her in the BBC adaptations, but she is not a good reader and her voice is so soft and breathy that it's barely understandable.

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  • sarasandra
  • 05/11/2016

Great stories! !!!

I always love Agatha Christie!!!! The Man In The Brown Suit is a favorite! !!!

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  • Sheherezade
  • 16/11/2018

First reader good, second not!

I don't want to rate the stories itself because when you like Agatha Christie you'll like those books. They are, after all, wonderfully typical books by the queen of crime.
But I wasn't very happy with the reader of the second book. The first one (Man in the brown suit) was a good reader, liked her clear voice very much although she tried too hard to mimic all men's voices. But you got used to it.
But the second reader was simply annoying. The sound was bad, the voice not clear like she constantly had something in her mouth while talking. I could hardly stand her talking. One of the worst readers I've ever listened to.

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  • Chris
  • 31/10/2019

Two narrators of very different quality

The first book both very well written and exceptionally narrated. The narrator is very talented, employing different intonations, accents and tones of voice to make the book come alive and help the listener understand what is going on.

The second book is quite the opposite. The book features an extremely flat, foreseeable storyline. But what really makes the book a pain to listen to is, I’m afraid, the narrator. She has a nice voice for an old lady and makes a splendid elderly Miss Marple. Sadly she reads the story with such monotony that it’s very hard to follow the plot because all the voices sound the same.

The quality of the recording is surprisingly poor too. It sounds as though the narrator were mumbling into a shoebox.