• The Murder on the Links

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Rayburn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • 2.2 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The detective story was more or less invented by Edgar Allen Poe, but he more or less lost interest with the genre and moved on, with the next leading practitioner being Arthur Conan Doyle with his Sherlock Holmes tales. It was about 33 years before Agatha Christie entered the detective mystery field, and she wound up becoming one of the most well-known English authors of the 20th century. Her success was so extraordinary she became the bestselling novelist of all time, with only the Bible and Shakespeare exceeding her sales. 

Her accomplishments often came in unusual fashion, as she would be walking down a street and a plot idea would come to her. All this had begun when she had a poem published in a local London newspaper when she was only four years old. Remarkable, yes, but the extremely early beginning led to her tremendous success. She finally created a play, The Mousetrap, that began in 1952 and had more than 27,000 performances before being finally halted in mid-March, 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. For now, let’s listen to one of her creations for the infamous Belgian detective/investigator Hercule Poirot. You can rest assured we’ll find out “whodunnit.”

Public Domain (P)2022 John D. Rayburn

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Sorry Agatha

I can't finish this. The narration left a ringing in my ears. Horrible narrator.

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Heard it was a great story but couldn’t get into it

Could not get past the Narration. Not trying to be mean but I just couldn’t get past it. Poor guy right?

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Terrible Narrator

The voice of the narrator is extremely difficult to listen to. After a few minutes I had to turn it off and return the book

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Please choose another version...

Everyone has their preferences granted, but Mr Rayburn's voice is very distracting and not appealing.

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Worst reading ever

This is without question the most abominable reading of any audiobook I have ever listened to. I’m sure John Rayburn is a nice man, and may be right for some books, but this is the worst case of miscasting I’ve ever observed. An Agatha Christie /Hercule Poirot book should have English and Belgian accents. Not one from the western US. I couldn’t listen to more a half hour of this before I had to give up and return it to Audible.

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great book...BAD SOUND AND NARRATION

Agatha Christie is great at writing, so the story is great. The problem with this audio book is that the sound quality is TERRIBLE. Never before have I gotten qn Audible book that sounded this bad. The narrator is not a good one either. It was distracting at times.

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Horrible narrator

I could not stand listening to this man’s voice.

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Terrible Reader

Had to quit the book the reader was so bad. May have been a good story. Sorry to have missed it!

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Do not purchase!

The narrator’s voice distracts from the story. I could not get past chapter 1, very disappointing!

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Worst performance on audio book I've ever heard!

This is without a doubt the worst audio book I've ever heard. I bought the nook version so Ican read it instead because I LOVE Agatha Christie but I can't listen to this grating voice another minute! He sounds like an old smoker with loose dentures!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-22

sound quality terrible

Was looking forward to this but the narration is just unlistenable. The reader is muddled, running sentences into another, there are audivle outside noises, avoid!

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  • Patricia Mackay
  • 03-04-22

Love Agatha Christie but not this one

This book was ruined for me by the narrator. His speech was unclear and it was difficult to distinguish the words. He read too fast making it hard to work out which character was talking. I gave up on this book fairly early on as I had no idea what it was about. Very disappointing.

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  • brinton b.
  • 01-29-22

Don't buy!

How can anyone do so much damage to such an amazing author!
I love Agatha Christie and thought that this was a no brainer to buy and listen even though I have seen it on TV a number of times.
However the story was ruined by a dull monotonously boring voice which you struggled to comprehend. The only thing missing from that brief comment would be adding four letter words to emphasise how truly awful this narrator was , and that is doing an injustice to narrator. I am also surprised that Audible could put this in for anyone to select. I have not written a review before but I feel so angry that it pushed me to try and prevent others from making the same mistake, as I did, and also betraying the legacy of such a great writer
Very unhappy BB

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  • alanjbell
  • 01-20-22

boring

please don't waste your money on this narrative, it is the most mind numbing ever, sleep inducing monotonous story telling book I've ever heard.
A.C would be turning in her grave.