Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Listening to my books

A morning spent trying to upload photos to my computer, unsuccessfully, followed by success and then failure again, which is why there is no photo to go with this post... - allowed me time to also listen to one of my books on tape.  The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.

This story has always been a mystery to me, I feel as though I should remember whodunit because I have read the book before and have also listened to this tape version before I am sure, as well as watching the television version.  For some reason though the guilty party always escapes my memory, although I do remember how it was done, so should I perhaps concentrate more on the story and work it out I wonder!

The story tells us of the time that Hercule Poirot has retired to the country and is now engaged in growing vegetable marrows - as he calls them, just marrows to us (sort of a giant zucchini for the rest of the world!) - whilst living in a country house.  Suddenly a local man, Roger Ackroyd is murdered one night and of course Hercule - who has until now been lying low - is soon in action tracking down the killer.

There are twists and turns, could it be this person or that, does Hercule really have a sick nephew - who we have never heard mention of before - or not, and what on earth does that have to do with the story.

Eventually the riddle is solved - thanks to a piece of technology wouldn't you know!  Not a useful piece of tech to help me with my problems, but one to help solve this mystery.

We are left at a bit of an odd point in the story and I wonder if that is why I cannot remember the ending as I find it a little unsatisfactory, but hey ho, it is what it is.  This is typical Christie fodder and well worth a listen - or read.  I give it an 8 out of 10 - for the ending I didn't like - and I will be returning this borrowed tape to the owner who I am sure will listen to it again.

Another one for my tally this year which is increasing nicely!

Amy

p.s. my other reviews can be found here.

p.p.s. if anyone knows how to fix an SD card reader and USB slots that have stopped working, please let me know!

8 comments:

  1. I love listening to books! I've got most of Dame Agatha's offerings on my ipod and even though I know who dunnit, each gives me great pleasure

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  2. Yes I found that story complicated too. Last week I was lucky enough to go and see the Mousetrap, in comparison to the The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that was quite a simple story

    Julie xxx

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  3. What sort of moustache did Hercule have while you were listening to the mystery?! 😊

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  4. I’ve never really tried audio books, but I do think it’s something I would enjoy, especially while I’m sitting crafting xx

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  5. Oh no .... SD slot AND USB? That makes downloading a tad difficult. Hope you find a solution.

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  6. I always enjoy reading Agatha and rereading her too. I'm pretty sure I've read this one, know I've seen the movie, but right off hand I don't remember who done it.

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  7. Did you try restarting your computer? Probably have, but sometimes when mine don't work just restarting it gets them going. I have a love/hate relationship with my computer. I really want it to look at my photos on but I hate it - really slow, keeps messing up, one of the letters has fallen off. Sigh. Good luck!

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  8. Have you listened to The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah? It was fantastic! Hugs to you Amy.

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