Length: 6 hours and 1 minute
Genres: Classic, Mystery
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 3, 2004
Narrator: Dan Stevens
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Also by this author: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion:
"Ten little boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight little boys traveling in Devon; One said he'd stay there then there were seven. Seven little boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in half and then there were six. Six little boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five little boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four little boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two little boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one. One little boy left all alone; He went out and hanged himself and then there were none."
When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? Only the dead are above suspicion.
I have been wanting to read this one for a while so I was excited when Barb said she wanted to try it too! So go check out hers at Booker T’s Review review after you take a peek at mine. 🙂
Here is what I thought
I have really been enjoying the Agatha Christie books that I have tried so far and I thought this one was really cool and thought out!
You might know the scenario as it’s been done a few times…lol…but Christie was probably the first and done it the best! A group of strangers have been invited out to an island by an eccentric millionaire. When they arrive they find nobody there but the butler and his wife. They also find ten little soldiers on the table and a poem.
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 traveling 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 into 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 and hanged himself
And then there were None.
There is a recording that is played and it tells about each person’s wicked deed they had done but got away with and it really upsets some of them. Then when the first person dies they think it’s suicide because of the guilt, but then when another one ends up dead they start to realize they died in the same manner as in the poem and two of the soldiers are missing. They start freaking out thinking one of them must be a killer but not knowing who it might be and as they try to do their best to watch each other they keep dying one by one.
So when I got close to the end of this story I will admit at first I wasn’t impressed and I thought really this can’t be right it can’t end like this. It makes no sense! Then the epilogue happened and we find out exactly what happened in a note left by the killer and then I was like OMG I so didn’t guess that and it became epic! 🙂
This is just my third book by Christie but she is fast becoming a favorite and I can see why a lot of people really enjoy her stories. I can’t wait to get back into another book! I would very much recommend this one!
Dan Stevens is the narrator for this and I will admit I wasn’t really a huge fan at first but soon I got into his voices and narration and it turned out to be pretty good.