Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Kenneth Branagh

Published June 30th 2020 by Harper Audio

3.5 Stars:

This is the first book I have read by Agatha Christie, and I am not sure if the grand dame of mystery is my cup of tea or not. I did enjoy the end of the book, but I found the beginning extremely slow. The narration of Kenneth Branagh was what kept me listening to the satisfactory ending of this story. I know that I am in a minority with this book, but I guess, we all have our likes and dislikes.

Once the story gets going, the mystery is quite intriguing. There are many characters on the boat and they are not what they seem to be. Hercule has to do a lot of questioning and digging to get to the bottom of this one. Of course with it being written back in 1937, travel was very different than it is today. Overall, the mystery is intriguing, the characters are quite interesting, yet mysterious and the dialogue well done. I will try another of her books, but I am not a fan yet. As I stated earlier, the narration was well done. I love Kenneth Branagh’s voice as well as the voices he gives the various male characters, especially Poirot’s. Unfortunately, the female voices do not sound female at all, which did throw me off a few times, but once I got used to it, I was okay. He makes the rich sound arrogant and pompous which adds to my grasp of the story. I will definitely listen to more books he narrates. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.


About the Book: Soon to be a major motion picture directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh alongside Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer

Beloved detective Hercule Poirot embarks on a journey to Egypt in one of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries, soon to be a major motion picture sequel to Murder on the Orient Express.

The tranquility of a luxury cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything…until she lost her life.

Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: “I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.” Yet under the searing heat of the Egyptian sun, nothing is ever quite what it seems.

A sweeping mystery of love, jealousy, and betrayal, Death on the Nile is among Christie’s most legendary and timeless works.