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Summary

A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox. 

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.

©1957 Agatha Christie (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)

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Good But!!

One of my Favourite Agatha’s but somebody should tell Emilia Fox she can't Narrate! simple has that.

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A classic story underdone.....

This is a well know, classic story but the narrator didn't seem to get Miss Marple right, I've doted on the screen versions of the Christie Marple, but this audiobook was flat. Its a good job I know the story or I would be struggling to know how Miss Marple 'got her man' ! (I'm still a bit mystified)

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clever, well read

I very much enjoyed the usual Miss Marple shenanigans, such a cheeky 'old' lady!
I also very much dispute a reviewer here who said Emilia Fox is a dreadful narrator - she is brilliant! Very evocative with the females voices, as adequate as possibly can be with the males. we'll done all round 👏👏👏

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Wonderful but I found the sound quality a bit cracklely. The narration was otherwise excellent

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Finally a great Marple audio!

I got this at the same time as another emilia fox narration and that was just awful. Still, I decided to give this a go and I'm glad I did. She performs this much better. The voices are well done, not over the top, and for the most part, the accents that pop up are quite good as well. This is one of my favourite Marple so I was relieved this was well done.

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The best Audio book

One off the best Agatha Christie books ever it is so gripping and nerve racking

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Couldn't Finish

I found the plot of this particular novel very slow and underwhelming. I still love the character though. A swift move on till the next Miss Marple.
Looking at the publication dates, it was 7 years or so between Miss Marple stories. I wonder if AC felt the same way about her own character in this novel as I do...

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Classic tale, a classic listening experience

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No problem recommending this one. Well read. The different voice characterisations are well done. I have been 'hopping' between reading the book, listening to it on the exercise bike and watching the DVD version. The audio by far beats the rest.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 4.50 from Paddington?

Mrs McGillicudy's witnessing of the murder. Fleeting but intense.

What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

The different characterisations are well delivered. Emily so easily moves from old Mr Crackenthorpe to Lucy Eyellesbarrow.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times very funny with all of the 'proposals' of marriage. And quite outrageous the way some of the characters flippantly deal with murder.

Any additional comments?

I am always amazed how 'little' Miss Marple actually appears in the storyline.

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Emilia Fox delivers an outstanding performance.

If you could sum up 4.50 from Paddington in three words, what would they be?

Beautifully articulated by Emilia Fox, full of tension and intrigue, the reader takes us with her on an amazing journey.

What did you like best about this story?

Emilias varied voices for each and every character.

What does Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A perfect delivery of the narrative.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me smile on many occasions, Emilia manages to go from sweet delicate voices of older ladies so cherished by Agatha Christie to grouchy old men and all voices in-between! I do not know how she does it so perfectly.

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I am looking for more audible performances by Emilia Fox, she is simply an outstanding narrator.

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One of my favourite Miss Marples

What made the experience of listening to 4.50 from Paddington the most enjoyable?

I have only ever watched the tv versions of this story and to finally get round to reading...well, listening to the original was great fun. I loved seeing where some thing were more padded out and were some bits were completely different.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 4.50 from Paddington?

The murder! We actually got to see the murder of the woman instead of just a body showing up and working backwords. We knew there would be a body to find, it was just a case of waiting.

Have you listened to any of Emilia Fox’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Emilia Fox before and I always enjoy her performances. Can't really compare.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't laugh or cry, I just went though it with a little bit of excitment as I waited for something to happen. Also a few eyes rolls at the dialogue in some places.

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  • 25-06-19

Great Agatha Christie!

Miss Marple is a wonderful character though I'm glad she didn't really exist as that would have meant too many extra murders about! Agatha Christie at her best!