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Summary

A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.

In utter disbelief Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel—an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. Recognising in Miss Marple a natural flair for justice, Mr Rafiel had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing.

©1971 Agatha Christie (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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

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Delightfully unabridged

Well narrated, and so good to hear a properly read book, including the wonderfully dated attitudes (so unPC).

I’ve never understood why people keep wanting to modernise or update books. They reflect their time, right or wrong, and cutting out any iffy bits, or updating the language, just makes a mockery of it all. Part of the ‘fun’ of reading/listening to books is seeing their reflection of ‘that’ time, ‘that’ moment.

Well done, and worth listening to. Miss Marple at her best.

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Just a bit too long...

Firstly, if you are thinking of getting this after seeing the Geraldine McEwen version, beware that it bares no resemblance to the original story.
I like this one of AC as it shows Miss M having to do a bit more digging than usual. Having seen the tv original and listened to the bbc radio versions, I decided to give the full book a go.
It's well written and holds your interest. The two downsides are that for starters, it's at least an hour too long. There are elements that are just over-repetitive, as if the author thought you needed to be reminded about how the story starts all the time and the overdescription of other elements - you don't need over 10 minutes on flowers!. I have a couple of Marple and Poirot and they tend to be 6/7 hours rather than this which is 9.
Secondly, the story is based around the assault and/or rapes of young women. The attitude towards the women is terrible . Even at the time of writing I'd still say the opinions were out dated. They are very harsh but I don't think they should be left out, because sadly, some of the views in this are still held by people and perhaps that is something to be aware of too.
Finally, after having to return one narrated by Emilia Fox (Murder is announced) and keeping one (4.50 from.padington), I honestly didn't know how this one would go. I was pleasantly surprised as there are a lot of characters and you can tell who is who quite easily. There are a few that grate a little but overall, the narration works well.

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Emilia Fox makes this book live

I’ve read this book before and remembered some of it. But it was bought to life with Ms Fox interpretation of Jane Marple.
Just exactly how I heard her voice in my head when I read the book years ago
As usual with Christie the story twists and turns and you think you’ve solved the crime and then find you haven’t
Very good version

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Miss Marple at her best.

The best Miss Marple story,I think. Beautifully performed by Emilia Fox. Will listen again, definitely.

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Mismatch between narrator and main character

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I couldn't finish this audio version, unfortunately, due to the narration. The book itself is one of my favourites.

What other book might you compare Nemesis to, and why?

This is a Miss Marple book in which Miss Marple herself is quite prominent as a character, and where we follow her actions, and where she's self-conscious of being older and frailer. Other Miss Marple books like this would be "At Bertram's Hotel" or "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side".

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I think Emilia Fox is a terrific narrator, but her MIss Marple voice really didn't work for me. She's one of my favourite narrators for Agatha Christie stories with younger protagonists, like in "They Came to Baghdad", "Seven Dials Mystery", "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" and others, but for me her Miss Marple voice sounded like a shaky parody of an old lady. I prefer the older version narrated by Joan Hickson, which is amazing. And Stephanie Cole does a very good Miss Marple as well.

Could you see Nemesis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Certainly. I have seen several. Joan Hickson is my favourite Miss Marple by far, and the TV dramatisation with her is fabulous.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to love this, but I didn't. I'll keep buying the non-Marple Emilia Fox Agatha Christie's, and the Joan Hickson Miss Marple books.

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Emilia Fox is the story's Nemesis

While Christie is the story's birth mother, Fox makes the story come alive! Wonderful characterisation and superb subtlety. I loved every nuance of the plot.

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brilliant, a classic

loved it, great narration and Marple never dissapoints!
a must read for Agatha Christie fans!

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Narrated brilliantly

What a talent, really brought the story to life with excellent multiple accents, surprising me!!

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Disappointed.....

This is such a disappointment, a book that is nowhere near as good as the TV or Film versions. This Miss Marple just didn't work for me and that was partly down to poor narration of the character. Maybe a different narrator would of brought Marple to life, shame.

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Narration was excellent, story was good,

Characters were believable, would have liked killer not to be so predictable. Very easy listening. Narration great.