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The Body in the Library

Written by: Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Stephanie Cole
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Publisher's Summary

It's seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

©1942 Agatha Christie Mallowan (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"The best opening I ever wrote." (Agatha Christie)

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 25-03-17

A great miss Marley

Not the best story by chistie but very well read. It important to have the right voice, and she does.

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  • Bug
  • 21-02-18

Stephanie Cole narrates this beautifully.

Would you listen to The Body in the Library again? Why?

Absolutely. All Agatha Christie novels are brilliant in my opinion. It flowed easily and kept me interested all the way through. There is humour in this book you don't expect.

What other book might you compare The Body in the Library to, and why?

Any other Agatha Christie, Miss Marple novel. All brilliant.

What does Stephanie Cole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Stephanie Cole was born to narrate these novels, her voice and timing was immaculate.

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

I wanted to drift off to sleep and find audible great at bedtime but this was so good I listened until the early hours.

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Some narrators voices are quite jarring and put me off buying the novel on audible but Stephanie Cole has now become a firm favourite. Enjoyed this and will listen to again.

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  • Jailerkate
  • 10-12-17

Classic Christie.

Timeless Christie classic. Excellent narration by Stephanie Cole. More twists than a teally twisty thing.

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  • David
  • 07-04-17

Brilliant Body in The Library

Characters, actions and attitudes obviously somewhat of their time, the late 1940s /early 1950s of Mr Gove's imagination, but an ingenious, well told story for all that.

For me, Joan Hickson IS Miss Marple, so I was a bit doubtful about buying this reading by Stephanie Cole, but SC is brilliant and, from a technical point of view, actually a better reader. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • RMCC
  • 19-01-15

Excellent

Agatha Christie as ingenious as ever. Great plot and keeps the mind ticking. The book is very well read too.

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  • CaWa
  • 21-10-14

Brilliant performance

Would you consider the audio edition of The Body in the Library to be better than the print version?

This book is beautifully performed, like being in a theatre.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Body in the Library?

The twists and turns

What does Stephanie Cole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brilliant characterisations, great pace, I was hooked! She has a lovely non-irritating voice that does not detract from the story.

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

I laughed and smiled throughout the journey, but it has very sad points, very raw too, which Miss Marple acknowledges during the story.

Any additional comments?

One of the most exciting yet sad stories, takes us back to a different part of history that is difficult to understand at times, with modern eyes.

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  • MsBuff5
  • 15-04-20

Superb!

I've been listening to all of the Miss Marple books read by Joan Hickson and loved her narration of them all. I was disappointed to find she had not narrated this one, but bought it anyway. Stephanie Cole is even better than Joan (and it feels like sacrilege to say it!) - wonderful character voices and delivery. I will certainly listen to her narrate others.

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  • R. J. Bartlett
  • 09-10-17

Another great investigation by Miss Marple

Well told by Stephanie Cole, good characterisation too for all the persons. Bit of a struggle to see how the real culprit was detected but as a true Marple fan I didn't mind that.

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  • Lee
  • 21-08-22

The Body in the Library

I found this book quite complicated - in a good way - with a mass of characters whom I sometimes got mixed up. SC narrates brilliantly and she does At Bertram’s Hotel as well.

Miss Marple isn’t really the main focus it’s Inspector Slack for me and Christie interjects some humour into this book.

On the whole it’s a well deserved 5 twinkling stars…

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  • L. Joubert
  • 13-01-22

Superb twist and narration

My first audio book from Agatha Christie and I loved it. The narration was awesome.

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  • Libby Hall
  • 17-05-20

Excellent narration,

Christie always so silly that I can ignore the ghastly class snobbery. Well written escapism. Beautifully preformed by Stephanie Cole. Bad production with misleading timing at the end. Extra 20 minutes devoted to advert for another of their books. That would be ok if there was any warning that the length given was not just the book itself.

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  • grace
  • 15-03-21

great

One of my favourite Christies so far. Miss Marple was lovely as ever and posts of good twists and turns.

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  • Mexie Butler
  • 09-01-23

Brilliant narration

Stephanie Cole’s character voices are utterly convincing. Her male character voices are so good that at one point I suddenly thought, ‘Wasn’t the narrator female?’ I like her Miss Marple voice too — distinctive yet unobtrusive. Some actors overplay this role with too much fluffiness or (shudder) too jolly. Cole has nailed it. I will now buy other stories to hear more of her voices.
It goes without saying that the story is good. Christie was always a master of character and of plot.

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  • Jenny
  • 07-03-21

Not what I expected - better!

I’d watched the Telemovie of this book a number of times and was sure the story would be the same for the book, but was genuinely happy to discover differences, including a different murderer. Recommended book for Agatha Christie fans.