The Secret Adversary

Agatha Christie, read by Alison Larkin. British Classic Audio, , unabridged, digital download, 7 hrs., $30 ISBN 978-1-942846-05-5
Reader Larkin is an excellent choice to narrate this delightful classic from mystery maven Christie. It is 1919, the Great War is over, and the roaring ’20s are just on the horizon in London. Tommy Breseford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley are young and optimistic, but they are also broke and out of work—which is a problem for the lifestyles they wish to live. On a lark they form a company, the Young Adventurers Ltd., hoping to earn money from odd jobs, anything that will pay. Little do they know that their entrepreneurial romp will lead them down a dangerous, twisted path of secrets, kidnappings, and murder. Christie, through her protagonists, perfectly conveys the buoyant, frivolous times of the early 1920s. Larkin’s performance captures that sense of carefree enthusiasm for life before the crash. Her reading is champagne bubbly and engaging throughout the book, especially in the cheeky back-and-forth banter between Tommy and Tuppence. This is a jaunty, jolly good listen. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 11/30/2015
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