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Ten Little Indians

Ten Little Indians

Auteur

Norman Barrs (stem), Agatha Christie

Eerste Uitgave

1939

Uitgave

1992

Uitgeverij

Listening Library

Vorm

audiobook

Taal

Engels

Duur

5 uur 54 minuten

Gelezen

2010-03-29

Score

9/10

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Considered the best mystery novel ever written by many readers, And Then There Were None is the story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets--until they begin to die.

"Norman Barrs... enhances this classic mystery with his smooth narration. His different voices for this busy cast are done so well that one could almost believe that there is more than one reader." -- Rainbo Electronic Reviews

"[Norman Barrs] lends just the right emotional notes of outrage and fear to the many narrative passages. This reading is especially recommended for those who know only the watered-down Hollywood version of the tale." -- AudioFile, October 1992

Bespreking

A detective masterpiece

Off the coast of Devon lies an island clouded in mystery. It carries the name of Indian Island because its form resembles an Indian. The silence surrounding the mansion is suddenly disturbed when eight guests arrive. Both Thomas and Ethel Rogers, the butler and the cook, are awaiting the guests. But they already have a problem. Their host hasn't arrived yet. And even stranger: there's a framed copy of the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" hanging on the wall. They decide to go ahead with dinner in absence of their host. But when suddenly a gramophone record starts to play, it becomes clear that it is dangerous to trust anyone on this forsaken island.

And Then There Were None is arguably one of the best works by Agatha Christie. Originally published in 1939 under the title Ten Little Niggers, it still hasn't lost a single bit of its attractive power. The basic idea is as simple as it gets, but the denouement is simply a showcase of the inventiveness that is so characteristic of the English author. I have read this novel now for the third time and still I discover new aspects that show the ingenuity of the plot. Never will the reader feel unfairly treated, although it requires a very astute sleuth to predict the outcome at a first reading. The characters are quite stereotypical, but that cannot be avoided if you require that the reader keeps track of ten possible suspects and as such is easily forgiven.

And Then There Were None is simply a must read for anyone with a liking for a good detective novel.