• Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (646 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly harmless to Captain Hastings: There was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr. Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara, Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington.

So Hastings was shocked when Poirot declared that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?

©1975 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Wonderful Finale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Poirot of course.

What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

As always excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was, but I didn't!

Any additional comments?

Whilst many of the later books in this series were disappointing this was an excellent ending to an overall wonderful series. It was fantastic to have the pairing of Poirot and the gentle Hastings for the last mystery. If you have enjoyed Poirot you will not be disappointed.

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My favorite of all Hercule mysteries

Very nostalgic, I was in tears. The relationship between Hercule and Hastings so warmhearted in this book. I loved, loved loved it. I will listen again sometime with less sadness and more appreciation of very good friends.

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An Amazing and Emotional Farewell to Poirot.

For fans of Poirot this final book will be thrilling and unexpected. Poirot impresses and surprises us to the very end. This is a story not to be missed.

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Best for Last

A very fitting ending to the saga of Poirot...as a big fan I was touched.

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Hugh Frazier did a great job on Curtain

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

Yes. Hugh Frazier did a great job in playing the each of the role of the individuals in Curtain Poirot's last case. I have read the book and seen the movie. The Audiobook was the best way to take in characters

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Well Yes, Both my wife and myself read the book and preferred the Audiobook and the Movie

What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

His representative of all the characters was excellent. I purchased another Agatha Christie's on Audiobook narrated by Hugh Frazier

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

It made you think about he characters and the ending

Any additional comments?

Will look for more of Hugh Frazier's Audiobooks

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Wonderful Poirot!!

have always liked Agatha Christie, but especially have I loved her Belgian detective. This story takes us full circle with Poirot and Hastings, back to Styles the scene of their first adventure together. I won't go into more detail as I don't want to give any spoilers. This is a worthy addition to your Christie library, and I highly recommend this book. Good hunting!

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intriguing and bittersweet

a good mystery, nearly impossible to figure out, kept my interest.

SPOILER: as was mentioned, this is Poirot's last case and he dies in this book. I have to say that that part was quite emotional and sad for me. The mystery was good, so I was a bit torn in choosing a rating. It definitely had an emotional impact. The other AG mystery that was similarly emotional was "Endless Night". I would recommend both.

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Can it really be the end...?

As Poirot's body has begun to fail him, he has called on his friend, Hastings, to act as his eyes and ears throughout this unusual investigation. Poirot was not called in to investigate on this one; instead, after studying five previous murders, he has called Hastings in to help him prevent the mysterious "X" from killing yet again.
We are treated to a final cast of unusual characters as the story progresses. Hastings is constantly reminded by his Belgian friend that he makes poor use of his brain as he tries to identify the unknown "X"; only Poirot seems to have determined the identity of X and he is not willing to share this information even with Hastings. We are also introduced to one of Hastings' grown daughters in this tale.
As Poirot's final exercise in the use of his gray cells began to wind down, I felt a pang of regret that Poirot's life was coming to an end and felt for Hastings as his life must move on without his friend.

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What a poignant closure to Poirot's career

This book makes me quite nostalgic. I went back and reread The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

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Like a sack of bricks!

I saved this book for the very last of my Agatha Christie binge listen. My goodness. I almost wish I hadn’t have read this one. Hit hard. I have no more Poirot to read... almost felt like someone real and now, well....

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