A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world’s greatest detective — Hercule Poirot — arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.
Total star rating = 4*
When it came to the plot of this book, I wasn’t entirely impressed. However, it was still a good read. I ended up rating it a 3* for the plot. It was well written, common for a mystery novel. They give lead you down a bunch of rabbit holes so your mind comes up with all the solutions, and in the end, none of them were right. So for that purpose, the plot was good, it was a mystery, and it was ‘solved’ in the end. The book is also mostly in the view of the main detective and his thought process on solving the murder mystery. So if hearing him conduct interrogations and such don’t sound interesting then I wouldn’t recommend this book to you.
The Writing I gave a 4* it was well written, and also well voiced. Since this is an audiobook version I rated this section based on the Voice Acting etc. I lovvveed the voice acting and the audio version of this book. I feel like if it wasn’t for the voice acting I wouldn’t have been able to get through this book. They picked excellent actors to fit the parts in this book. Not only that but they added sound effects and ambiance. I would definitely recommend the audiobook if you want to read this book!
Since I got the Audio Book I think the cover is a bit different but I loved the way it looked! I gave it a 4* as well. The text font was really cool, mysterious looking. The main color tones were blue which is my favorite color, and then the pop of yellow to contrast against the blue was well executed. It has the train, and the detective standing in front of it. All in all, I think the Audiobook cover was well done!
The characters were my favorite thing about this book! The fact that you are introduced to each individual character from the perspective of the main character, the detective, is very interesting. You hear his first impressions of each one of them, as he breaks them down based on their body language and appearances. You learn a little bit about each one of their backstories through the detective’s interrogations. The characters are each unique and rounded enough for what the purpose of this book is. You know what you need to know to piece together the ending.
My overall enjoyment of this audiobook is a 4*. I can say I really enjoyed the book. I listened to it everytime I was in the car instead of listening to music, as well as on a plane ride to and from Florida for vacation. It was a great way to pass the time, and it stayed fairly interesting. It had me drawing conclusions and trying to figure out who murdered who etc. Keeps you on your toes!
I rated pacing a 3* simply because I think it dragged on a bit. If it wasn’t for the voice acting, and want to know who murdered who etc I wouldn’t have been able to get through this book. I would have lost interest, simply because of the pacing. It dragged on a bit too much, but I suppose that is a bit typical for murder mysteries to help build suspense. However, I think they could have executed the pacing a bit better, and sped up the pacing in certain parts.