• The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

By: Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
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Publisher's Summary

First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding...then the discovery of a corpse in a chest, but what can link these baffling cases? The little grey cells of Monsieur Hercule Poirot! Feast yourself on these intriguing crime mysteries from the distinctive hand of the queen of crime fiction. Stories include:

  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
  • The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
  • Four-And-Twenty Blackbirds
  • The Under Dog
  • The Dream
©1960 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"There is irresistible simplicity and buoyancy of a Christmas treat about it all." (Times Literary Supplement)

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Hugh Fraser is enjoyable as always

What did you love best about The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding?

A different kind of Christmas tale in true Agatha Christie style. LOVED it. As I loved all her books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Little Bridget strikes me as a forceful young lady in the making.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Christmas dinner where the pudding was eaten and each found their little trinket. So aptly, HP received the bachelor's button!

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

Yes, definitely.

Any additional comments?

No one but Hugh Fraser (or perhaps Dan Stevens) should be given AC mysteries to read. As Hastings in the ITV series, Hugh is a master at recreating the emotion of each story he reads.

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agatha at her best and a wonderful narrator!

this is a wonderful collection of short stories and the narrator is wonderful as usual. very much worth the listen.

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  • K
  • 01-02-18

Incredibly Comforting

Like an old friend, Hugh Fraser lets you relax comfortably in your favourite arm chair as he regales you with familiar tales. A perfect antidote to the rush and bustle of the festive season. Escape from crowds or parties to your own fireside and into these stories; bring a mug of something steaming or a glass of something warming and you'll feel returned to the equilibrium we crave in the bleakest of mid-winters.

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  • Tim S WILLIAMS
  • 01-07-20

Excellent!

Hastings read Poirot.

What could be better than the definitive Hastings reading Agatha Christie's famous detective!

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  • Spinny
  • 08-30-19

Wonderful

Loved this book and Hugh Fraser bought all the characters to life, as he always does

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  • JPR Beader
  • 03-07-19

Love this collection of short stories

Long enough to tell a good tale but short enough not to get too convoluted. Well done Hugh Fraser for his voices.

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  • colin ross
  • 01-06-15

perfect holiday listening

Good short stories, Hugh Fraser excellent at reading almost like having David Suchet himself! easy to navigate each of the five plots and some interesting twists and turns.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-19-21

Brilliant listen

loved it a few short stories the Christmas pud was a lush listen saw it advertised in Greenway when I visited last week

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-21

High Fraser & Agatha Christie

Brilliant stories read by the best narrator around. He's wonderful and brings the stories and the era to life.

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  • EC W
  • 11-18-19

Dated for today's teens

I listened to this with my boys (aged 11 & 13). They were fascinated by the randomness of the plots and the dated attitudes towards women or foreigners - and the fact that EVERYONE seemed to either be a Lord or have a butler. And wow I'd forgotten how dated some of those attitudes are. The BBC & ITV have been quietly updating their Agatha Christie shows for some years, making it grittier & less cosy, so actually listening to the original was a bit of an eye opener. The boys were fascinated. It just seemed very odd to them, almost a foreign England that they'd never been too before.

Hugh Fraser does have a lovely crisp and very English accent. However he doesn't really try to do too much in the way of different voices, so I found that it sort of wafted around the car and was hard to follow.

It was an interesting experiment. The boys said they enjoyed it and were interested in looking at Death on the Nile and so on. I don't think I need to keep this audiobook however. I can't imagine we'll want to listen to them again.

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  • Ruby Joy
  • 01-07-19

Lovely selection of short stories

Really enjoyed listening to this. Don't expect Christmas Poirot! Great selection of stories none the less.

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  • Shopaholic
  • 06-15-16

ADVENTURES OF OF THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING

great tape audio book

5 of Poriot struggles short stories it is an easy to listen to

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  • SP Parkinson
  • 11-27-15

Bravo! Hugh Fraser. Bien joué.

I couldn't think of a finer narrator for the Poirot mysteries than Captain Hastings himself, Hugh Fraser. Well done and I will certainly listening/reading more. Merci beaucoup, as the little detective would say.

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  • MumOfThree
  • 07-22-20

Wonderful, classic Poirot, but needs re-editing!!

These stories are all classics, and Hugh Fraser's performance was perfect as always, but the editing was seriously bad - there wasn't even a breath between stories, the last words of one story rolled into the first words of the next as though that were one sentence!! Very annoying, especially when you want to just listen to one story at a time...