• Murder at the Vicarage (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: June Whitfield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple, the sharp-witted spinster sleuth.

In the sleepy little English country village of St Mary Mead, all is not as it seems. Under a seemingly peaceful exterior lurks intrigue, guilt, deception - and murder.

Colonel Protheroe, local magistrate and overbearing landowner, is the most detested man in the village. Everyone, even the vicar, wishes he were dead. And very soon he is - shot in the head in the vicar's own study.

A visiting artist confesses to the murder, but residents saw him elsewhere at the time the Colonel was shot. If he didn't do it, who did? Is he protecting the wife whom he loves? Faced with a surfeit of suspects, only the inscrutable Miss Marple can unravel the tangled web of clues. A trap set, and Miss Marple's theory is put to the test when the true killer is finally unmasked.

©1930 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Love These Dramatisations

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Sometimes I don't have enough time to sit and listen to an audiobook over a few days - but these short dramatisations are a great way to engage with Agatha Christies flawless masterpieces.

What does June Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

When she speaks she just is Jane Marple. Its perfect!

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Murder at the Vicarage will always be my no 1 Miss Marple story and this was just as good as the novel.

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Very Well Done!

I spend a lot of time traveling and these stories often keep me company and makes the drive not so long and tedious. There is a whole line of Agatha Christie books that have been dramatized and they are very well done. Not just actors reading lines. These are professionally dramatized with background noises and all. Can't wait to get the rest of them. I will listen to them over and over.

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Not This One

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I absolutely adore most of the Agatha Christie dramatizations, and every other one with June Whitfield has been perfect. This one is kind of terrible. Griselda is a whiny idiot, and it is SO FAR from how she is written, it's crazy. I don't really like any of the voice actors, and this is one of the radio programs that suffers from a needless overload of sighs, gasps, umms, throat clearings and other noises filling up what might be a milisecond of dead air. It's okay to have a natural pause, you know, like how actual humans speak and converse?

Murder at the Vicarage is a fantastic Christie novel. This production is bad. Skip it.

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.Writing a murder mystery

It t might surprise some people that the modern murder mystery was early on formulated by Edgar Allan Poe. The idea of bringing the reader with the detective step-by-step through the process of deduction and elimination by his inspector Dupin . Agatha Christie of course elevated this elementary formula to new great heights in my opinion. I never came the conclusions of Miss Marple or Poirot before they were revealed in her books, which is what I believe the author wants so that one keeps turning pages. In the end, if you reach at least close to the same conclusions, that is very satisfying. In this book, which I am reading for a course (but I’m not sure I will finish before it starts so here I am listening to this wonderful dramatization) is that the author has chosen to view Miss Marple from that of a third-party, namely the vicar. I believe in most of her books Miss Marple is the one who is telling the story. I suppose it’s understandable, since this is the book in which Miss Marple is first introduced. As I say it’s really a wonderful dramatization Though honestly I expect that reading the book will be even more satisfying though I do now know the culprit, just Christie’s writing is great and how she uncovers clues while at the same time leading the reader astray at times fascinates me.

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Loved it

As usual the actors were splendid and sound affects on clue it was was reading!

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A good mystery

listened while cooking and couldn't believe it was finished, totally captivating as usual and enjoyable

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Amazing

Very good and I loved everything about it. Good performance and an amazing job.nice work

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  • LH
  • 07-04-20

Dramatizations

Agatha Christie's book and televised shows are FANTASTIC and now the dramatizations of her book oh..so lovely. Truly they are as much joy to listen to as to watch as to read. The cast feel believable and authentic. I cant say enough about the wonderful world of Agatha Christie and now her books on Audible and many are dramatized.

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Brilliant adaptation, Miss Marple brought to life

...as well as English village life. The intricacies of the plot were not at all diminished by the abbreviation.

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The best way to listen to a Christie story

The BBC narrated books and plays are always on point. With this one you'd be transported to St Mary Mead and follow Miss Marple in a world of total englishness. If a fan of Agatha Christie it's a great way to enjoy her books in a different format.

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  • CaWa
  • 01-27-18

Superb dramatisation

I Thoroughly enjoyed this dramatisation of dear Agathas earlier novel. The actors do justice to the complexity of the characters and depth of plot.

Fantastic for boring car journeys- kids loved it not too gory!!

Enjoy !

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  • 03-01-15

Absolutely Classic Agatha Christie

I adore Murder at The Vicarage it is true classic Christie in every way.
Murder fun & mystery rolled in one.

Miss Marple is at her best as the nosey old sleuth who gets it right
every time. So much going on in this production to pin to one scene.
It is all true delight. A full cast & excellent soundtrack to take you on the Agatha mystery tour.

I enjoy these audio full cast

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  • Gwenny Ross
  • 02-01-22

Love Agatha

I loved the story line and the twists
Having full cast, audio stories , just takes you back into their world.
June Whitfield, is a wonderful Miss Marple, bringing her to life.
I have the whole series of the full cast versions and you can't beat them. I find myself, at times, listening again and again, taking me into their village life.
Excellent.!

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  • 01-26-22

Brilliant

I love this series,June Whitfield is great as Miss Marple.I hope to collect the whole series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-05-22

Excellent Listen

I really enjoyed Murder at the Vicarage, June Whitfield is the best Marple out there.

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  • Lynne Currie
  • 04-28-21

A well adapted Christie classic

Agatha Christie has always been well adapted for radio by the BBC, and this is no exception. Classic cast for a classic book. Whitfield is to radio Marple what Hickson was to TV Marple.

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  • Michael A
  • 03-08-17

Who did it ?

Once again, A C has shows why she is the undisputed Queen of the who done it genre.

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  • Sandra Wilson
  • 07-31-21

very mediocre

This was performed as a play and it didn't keep me interested, so I kept losing the storyline.

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  • Intheamazone
  • 10-22-16

Perfect!

First class dramatisation. A fabulous cast all round with June Whitfield perfect as the meddling but razor sharp Miss Marple. A host of characters in this one and so very well performed. Even the choice of interlude music is spot on.I loved it! A few hours of pure escapist bliss!