Audiobook Review: And Then There Were None (Dramatised) by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None (Dramatised) by Agatha Christie, narrated by Lyndsey Marshal, John Rowe, Geoffrey Whitehead

This is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Agatha Christie mystery, starring Lyndsey Marshal, Geoffrey Whitehead and John Rowe. Ten guests travel to an island at the invitation of someone named U.N. Owen. All are strangers, but they have two things in common: they have all been responsible for someone's death, and none will leave the island alive. Over the next two days and nights, each of the guests is killed off in a different manner in keeping with the nursery rhyme, 'Ten Little Soldier Boys'. As they are picked off one by one, who could possibly be responsible? The killers are forced to turn detective so they can find the unknown murderer, but one by one they become victims...Billed as 'the famous detective story without a detective', "And Then There Were None" is one of Agatha Christie's darkest and most enduring tales.

Ten little Soldier boys went out to dine; 
One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Soldier boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Soldier Boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Soldier Boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Soldier Boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Soldier Boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.

This is probably the most famous book written by Agatha Christie. If you haven't read it yet, you really should! I think it would be possible to listen to this dramatised version and still enjoy the story. But reading the book first and then listening to this version might be even more enjoyable!

This dramatisation captured the essence of Christie's story perfectly. The original story has this very sinister feel and I think the radio version is maybe even creepier.
The actors played their characters well, I especially enjoyed Vera. All the special effects (sounds, music etc.) helped to make this version really atmospheric!

I love Hercule Poirot and adore Miss Marple, but this story is completely different than any other Christie book. Anyone who likes dark and sinister stories should read it and then listen to it! :)   




Nikki said...

I LOVE this book! After reading this book, I watched (and highly recommend) the black and white movie "Ten Little Indians" with Hugh O'Brian and Shirley Eaton.

Petra said...

I haven't seen the movie actually. Great idea, thanks. :)

Anonymous said...

I've read this book once, but it's been a long time and I am going to reread it before listening to the dramatised version, as you said. ^^

Ana Death Duarte @anaeileendeath

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