Agatha Christie Audio Books

There are many Agatha Christie audiobooks to chose from – whether you want to enjoy a two hour dramatised production or a full six hour unabridged version, there are plenty to chose from.

BBC Radio 4 have done the most dramatised productions across Christie’s Body of works including the Poirot and Marple novels as well as the other mystery novels she produced. The many Poirot productions often with John Moffet in role as Poirot and June Whitfield as Miss Marple. These dramatised productions are great if you’ve got a one off long drive or want something to listen to as you enjoy a bit of gardening or want a distraction as you tackle that mountain of ironing and house work – what ever it is, these will give the key elements of the story to enjoy and will really bring the novel to life for you.

If on the other hand, you want to enjoy the full unabridged novel then the majority of these have been narrated by Hugh Fraser (who played Hastings alongside David Suchet as Poirot in the television adaptations). Fraser has a wonder range to his voice and captures characters brilliantly and I personally find him very relaxing to listen to so will often listen to him before bed or while on long car journeys. David Suchet has himself also narrated many of the unabridged Poirot novels and there have been more recent productions created by other narrators such as Emelia Fox. Kenneth Brannagh has himself now narrated a new version of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. 

Why Chose an Audiobook?

Audiobooks are a fantastic way to enjoy the Agatha Christie novels for many reason – if you’re a fan of multi-tasking and/or find it hard to carve out time in a day just for reading – you can listen as you do the washing up, on the commute to and from work, as you get ready for bed and brush your teeth etc…

Equally, they are great if you suffer from dyslexia or have poor eye sight. Listening to the unabridged audiobooks will ensure you can enjoy these novels just as much.  Whatever your reason might be there, are so many to enjoy you will be spoilt for choice and there are new and updated versions being recorded regularly.

Below are the key narrators and the Agatha Christie novels and stories they have narrated so if you’re a particular fan of one narrator in particular you can see what other works by Agatha Christie they have recorded.

David Suchet

David Suchet himself has narrated

  • Dead Man’s Folly
  • Sad Cypress
  • Murder in Paradise (a collection of Poirot ‘travel’ stories
  • Evil Under the Sun
  • Poirot Investigates
  • Death on the Nile
  • Murder on the Orient Express

Hugh Fraser

The full and extensive list of Hugh Fraser narrated Christie books is as follows:

  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • The Unexpected Guest
  • Peril at End House
  • Murder is Easy
  • Murder on the Links
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train
  • The Hollow
  • Five Little Pigs
  • Postern of Fate
  • Partners in Crime
  • Cat Among the Pigeons
  • Ordeal by Innocence
  • The ABC Murders
  • Passenger to Frankfurt
  • Three Act Tragedy
  • After the Funeral
  • Lord Edgware Dies
  • Sparkling Cyanide
  • Towards Zero
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Death in the Clouds
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
  • The Sittaford Mystery
  • Taken at the Flood
  • Spiders Web
  • The Secret Adversary
  • Elephants Can Remember
  • One Two Buckle My Shoe
  • The Clocks
  • Crooked House
  • Endless Night
  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs
  • Cards on the Table
  • The Listerdale Mystery
  • Hallowe’en Party
  • The Secret of Chimneys
  • The Labours of Hercules
  • The Mysterious Mr Quinn
  • Dumb Witness
  • The Big Four
  • Problem at Pollensa Bay
  • The Pale Horse
  • N or M?
  • Curtain
  • Appointment with Death
  • Mrs McGinty’s Dead
Poirot’s Early Cases is a mix of those read by David Suchet and Hugh Fraser

View of Top 10 Best Poirot Audiobooks here

Richard E Grant

I have listened to a few of the Miss Marple novels narrated by Richard E Grant – these were good and his vocal range is good for the variety of characters – the recordings were published in 2013 so they are not the most recent but they are definitely good quality. 

Emelia Fox

I recently bought ‘They Came to Baghdad’ narrated by Emelia Fox and thoroughly enjoyed it – it wasn’t a story I had been familiar with and it’s now one of my favourites to listen to. Emilia Fox has narrated many of the ‘non-Poirot’ novels and fans will also know that she also played Joanna Burton in the television production of ‘The Moving Finger’. The full list of Agatha Christie novels Emelia Fox has narrated is as follows:

  • Destination Unknown
  • Why Didn’t the ask Evans?
  • The Man in the Brown Suit
  • The Seven Dials Mystery
  • A Murder is Announced
  • They Came to Baghdad
  • Death Comes at the End
  • They Do It With Mirrors
  • 50 From Paddington
  • Nemesis
  • The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side
  • A Caribbean Mystery

She has also appeared in dramatised BBC radio 4 adaptations of Magnolia Blossom and in a series called ’12 Radio Mysteries).

Joan Hickston

Joan Hickston who played Miss Marple on screen, has narrated many of the Marple stories:

  • A Murder is Announced
  • 50 from Paddington
  • The Thirteen Problems
  • They Do It With Mirrors
  • The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side
  • Nemesis
  • A Pocket Full of Rye
  • The Moving Finger
  • A Caribbean Mystery
  • Murder at the vicarage

Fenella Woolgar

Fenella Woolgar is also an actress who has both narrated some of the Christie novels for audiobooks as well as appearing on screen; once as Ellis in ‘Lord Edgware Dies’ in 2000 and again as Miss Whittaker in ‘Hallowe’en Party’ in 2010. Fenella Woolgar narrated ‘The Last Séance’ which is a collection of the supernatural short stories Agatha Christie wrote.

Other Narrators

Anna Massey is the narrator for Murder in Mesopotamia

Christopher Lee narrated The Hound of Death

David Timson has narrated a couple of collections of Agatha Christie stories including the collections: The Floating Admiral and a collection of various mystery writers including Christie called ‘Ask a Policeman’.

While the Light Lasts is read by Isla Blair. 

Miss Marple’s Final Cases is a compilation on various
stories read by Joan Hickston, Isla Blair, Anna Massey.

Nigel Hawthorne narrated ‘The Murder in the Mews’ and there are three Marple novels narrated by Stephanie Cole, At Bertrams Hotel, Sleeping Murder and The Body in the Library.

BBC Radio Dramatised Agatha Christie novels

  • 50 from Paddington
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
  • Sparking Cyanide
  • The Lost Plays
  • 12 Radio Mysteries
  • And Then There Were None
  • Appointment With Death
  • A Bertrams Hotel
  • B.C Murders
  • The Body in the Library
  • Cards on the Table
  • A Caribbean Mystery
  • Crooked House
  • Dead Man’s Folly
  • Death in the Clouds
  • Death on the Nile
  • The Dress Makers Doll
  • Dumb Witness
  • Elephants Can Remember
  • Endless Night
  • Evil Under the Sun
  • Hallowe’en Party
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
  • Lord Edgware Dies
  • The Mirror Cracke’d From Side to Side
  • The Moving Finger
  • Mrs McGinty’s Dead
  • Murder at the Vicarage
  • Murder in Mesopotamia
  • A Murder is Announced
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Murder on the Links
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • The Mysterious Affair At Styles
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train
  • Nemesis
  • One Two Buckle My Shoe
  • The Pale Horse
  • Peril At End House
  • A Pocket Full of Rye
  • Sad Cypress
  • The Sittaford Murder
  • Sleeping Murder
  • Taken at the Flood
  • The Do It With Mirrors
  • Three Act Tragedy
  • Towards Zero
  • The Unexpected Guest
  • The Witness for the Prosecution

The 10 Best Agatha Christie AudioBook Narrators

  1. Hugh Fraser
  2. David Suchet
  3. Joan Hickson
  4. John Moffet
  5. June Whitfield
  6. Anna Massey
  7. Richard E Grant
  8. Fenella Woolgar
  9. Kenneth Branagh
  10. Emelia Fox
  11. Roger May