Taken at the Flood: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

Taken at the Flood: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

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by Agatha Christie, Full Full Cast
     
 

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In 1940s London, Hercule Poirot is cornered by the club bore and learns of a mysterious death—one which sets him off on one of his most intriguing cases. When Gordon Cloade is killed in a London air raid, his vast fortune passes to his young wife Rosaleen. Cloade's relatives are desperate to get their hands on his money, and Rosaleen begins to fear for

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In 1940s London, Hercule Poirot is cornered by the club bore and learns of a mysterious death—one which sets him off on one of his most intriguing cases. When Gordon Cloade is killed in a London air raid, his vast fortune passes to his young wife Rosaleen. Cloade's relatives are desperate to get their hands on his money, and Rosaleen begins to fear for her life. The prospects for the Cloade relatives improve when they discover that Rosaleen had a previous husband who had perished mysteriously in Africa. Then a mysterious stranger appears in the village, saying that he has something to communicate to her, but the following morning he is found dead. Was the murdered man in fact Rosalind's first husband? Who murdered him—and why?

2 CDs. 2 hrs 10 mins.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hercule Poirot fans will be pleased to hear Hugh Fraser, who plays Captain Hastings on PBS's Mystery! and A&E's Poirot, recount Christie's intriguing 1948 novel (published in the U.S. as There Is a Tide). The celebrated Belgian sleuth visits the sleepy English village of Warmsley Vale to check into the background of Gordon Cloade, supposedly a victim of the London Blitz. He had wed an attractive young widow, the former Mrs. Underhay, now the sole possessor of the Cloade family fortune. The deceased's sister-in-law told Poirot that "spirits" informed her that the widow's first husband is still among the living, raising suspicions about Cloade's demise. Fraser's tone at once reassures listeners that, just as on television, they are in capable hands. He does a fine job creating a variety of character voices, distinguishing one from another with clarity but without excessive flamboyance. The release of any Christie is an event, and it does not taken an abundance of "little gray cells" to deduce that this audio will be well-received. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780563530411
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Series:
Hercule Poirot Radio Drama Series
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Agatha Christie, the acknowledged ‘Queen of Detective Fiction’ (The Observer) was born in Torquay in 1890. During the First World War she worked as a hospital dispenser, and it was here that she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons that was to prove so useful in her detective stories. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced Hercule Poirot to the world. This was published in 1920 (although in fact she had written it during the war) and was followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie’s reputation was firmly established. This novel, with its complex plot and genuinely shocking conclusion, attracted considerable public attention and has since been acknowledged by many experts as a masterpiece. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. The brilliance of Christie’s plots, and her enduring appeal, has led to a number of dramatizations of her work on radio, television and film. In 1930 she was one of a number of crime writers asked to contribute a chapter to a mystery, Behind the Screen, that was broadcast on BBC radio on 21st June that year. More recently, June Whitfield portrayed Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4, whilst John Moffat starred as Hercule Poirot. On screen, Peter Ustinov, David Suchet, Margaret Rutherford, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie have all memorably played Agatha Christie’s famous sleuths. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theatre) testifies, Agatha Christie’s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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Taken at the Flood (Hercule Poirot Series) 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 21 reviews.
actorsaudio More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Agatha Christie mysteries for years, and this one is seldom kept in stock at book stores. I think the title is the reason the book hasn't become as popular as some of her other books. It seems a lot of Agatha Christie Books get retitled, and I think this one would benefit by doing that. It is a really good story that is very appropriate for these difficult economic times. A wealthy man makes sure all his extended family is well taken care of financially for decades. Late in life, he marries a much younger woman. He unexpectedly dies, and suddenly she controls the financial fate of a family she barely met. Needless to say, this is a good premise, and each person in the extended family has motive to kill her. I decided to spend the summer reading Agatha Christie novels that I don't have in my library. I highly recommend this one because it is as good as the best of her mysteries. It was also published as "There Is A Tide" which isn't a much better title. Her choice of the extended family's name was far better (The Cloades) and much more imaginative than either title. Give this one a read. It is worth your time.
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MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Ending hits you like a land mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a mystery within the murder of the young shell shocked widow who survivd the bombing that killed her husband . One of her more complicated plots with three different families left without the cushion of their brothers fortune who told them not to worry. They didnt and now they all need help. But the widows handsome brother controls his sister and dislikes them all yet begins to fall in live with one
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I would rate this book in my (mysteries) top 5 for it's different plot. It would have been one of the most difficult and infact unsolved case, but for H.Poirot. The best part about his book is normally you see Poiort saying complex is simple but this one was apparently so simple and yet one of the most complicated mysteries by Agatha Christie. You will know what I mean in the end. I liked the end apart from the culprit being caught.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As many of her books this one is quite well written.The book demonstrates that almost everyone has a weakness to money, but can they resist it? How do the village inhabitants of Warmsley Vale react when they no longer have money from relatives to depend on? This book is a true test of human character. Another innovative piece de resistance!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gorden Cloade has died and with his death died his financial suport of his family members.The cause of the mess is the mans new wife Rosaleen.His old will has been invalidated by his marage and he never made a new one.All the family members need money badly and any one of them may do something desperate.But is one of them desperate enough to murder?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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