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Agatha Christie Collection

Enjoy these "whodunits" from the famous detective novelist: These exciting old time radio tales from various series have plot twists perfect for "radio's outstanding theater of thrills".

18 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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9 Audio CDs


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"Murder of Roger Ackroyd"



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Agatha Christie
The most widely read published books are the writings of William Shakespeare and the Bible. Following a close third is the works of Agatha Christie. The Guinness Book of World Record's recognize her as the best selling novelist of all time, with roughly 4 billion copies sold.

Orson WellesSome will dismiss Christie's work as simply "whodunits", but her stories are filled with such varied characters and situations that they deserve serious consideration. Christie's whodunits tend to focus on British upper and middle classes, which adds to their appeal. The detective stumbles upon the murder, or is called upon by someone involved. The detective will then investigate the crime scene and interrogate each potential suspect, so that the reader or audience gets to see each clue along with the detective. More often than not, one of the primary suspects will be killed half way through the story, which throws everyone off track. Christie claimed that she didn't always know who the murderer was until she was writing the last chapter, and then she would choose the most unlikely seeming suspect, and then rewrite earlier clues to make it fit. The high point of the stories is the reveal, when the sleuth puts together all of the clues and the audience gets to find out if they have figured out the mystery.

Christie wrote plays for radio as well as her novels and short stories. Her play, The Mousetrap, which holds the record for longest initial run (the play has been in continuous production at London's Ambassador Theater since 1952) was adapted from a radio play, Three Blind Mice. Several of her stories were adapted for radio, as well as movies and TV.

"The Witness For The Prosecution", adapted for Radio City Playhouse and Mystery Playhouse, was a unique story because the "sleuth" is a lawyer who is fooled into believing his client's innocence.

Christie's plot twists are a natural for "Radio's outstanding theater of thrills". Some of the Suspense adaptations include "The ABC Murders", the story of Alexander Bonaparte Custis and a maniacal serial killer; Orson Welles appears in "Philomel Cottage", the mystery here isn't just the identity of the murderer, but the victim as well; and in "Where There's A Will" James Mason's diabolical plan doesn't turn out the way he plans.

Agatha ChristieInspector Hercule Poirot, Christie's iconic Belgian detective was a radio favorite. He appears on Orson Welles' Campbell's Playhouse in "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd". The Inspector was also featured in his own series on Mutual, although the stories were original and not from the Christie canon. Ms. Christie apparently gave her blessing to the project, and introduced the first episode via shortwave transmission from London.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    18 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 30 min
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      18 shows - total playtime 8 hours 30 minutes
      1. Campbell Playhouse 391112 The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd.mp3
      2. Hercule Poirot 450112 00 Case Of Roving Corpse.mp3
      3. Hercule Poirot 450114 00 Case Of Roving Corpse.mp3
      4. Hercule Poirot 450222 01 Case Of Careless Victim.mp3
      5. Hercule Poirot 450503 11 Murder Wears A Mask.mp3
      6. Hercule Poirot 450517 13 Death In Golden Gate.mp3
      7. Hercule Poirot 450712 21 Rendezvous With Death.mp3
      8. Hercule Poirot 450719 22 Deadest Man In World.mp3
      9. Hercule Poirot 450913 30 Adventure Of Money Mad Ghoul.mp3
      10. Hercule Poirot 451116 39 Trail Led To Death.mp3
      11. Hercule Poirot 451123 40 Murder Is A Private Affair.mp3
      12. Hercule Poirot 451130 41 Bride Wore Fright.mp3
      13. MMT 460531 2034 Witness For Prosecution.mp3
      14. Murder Clinic 421006 Tragedy Of Marsdon Manor.mp3
      15. Radio City Playhs 490425 Witness for the Prosecution.mp3
      16. Suspense 430518 042 Abc Murders.mp3
      17. Suspense 431007 Philomel Cottage Orson Welles.mp3
      18. Suspense 490224 329 Where There's a Will.mp3
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    18 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 30 min
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      18 shows - total playtime 8 hours 30 minutes
      1. Campbell Playhouse 391112 The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd.mp3
      2. Hercule Poirot 450112 00 Case Of Roving Corpse.mp3
      3. Hercule Poirot 450114 00 Case Of Roving Corpse.mp3
      4. Hercule Poirot 450222 01 Case Of Careless Victim.mp3
      5. Hercule Poirot 450503 11 Murder Wears A Mask.mp3
      6. Hercule Poirot 450517 13 Death In Golden Gate.mp3
      7. Hercule Poirot 450712 21 Rendezvous With Death.mp3
      8. Hercule Poirot 450719 22 Deadest Man In World.mp3
      9. Hercule Poirot 450913 30 Adventure Of Money Mad Ghoul.mp3
      10. Hercule Poirot 451116 39 Trail Led To Death.mp3
      11. Hercule Poirot 451123 40 Murder Is A Private Affair.mp3
      12. Hercule Poirot 451130 41 Bride Wore Fright.mp3
      13. MMT 460531 2034 Witness For Prosecution.mp3
      14. Murder Clinic 421006 Tragedy Of Marsdon Manor.mp3
      15. Radio City Playhs 490425 Witness for the Prosecution.mp3
      16. Suspense 430518 042 Abc Murders.mp3
      17. Suspense 431007 Philomel Cottage Orson Welles.mp3
      18. Suspense 490224 329 Where There's a Will.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    18 recordings on 9 Audio CDs
    total playtime 8 hours, 30 min

    Disc A001

    1. Campbell Playhouse 391112 The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd

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    Disc A002

    1. Murder Clinic 421006 Tragedy Of Marsdon Manor
    2. Suspense 430518 042 Abc Murders

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    Disc A003

    1. Suspense 431007 Philomel Cottage Orson Welles
    2. Hercule Poirot 450112 00 Case Of Roving Corpse
    3. Hercule Poirot 450114 00 Case Of Roving Corpse

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    Disc A004

    1. Hercule Poirot 450222 01 Case Of Careless Victim
    2. Hercule Poirot 450503 11 Murder Wears A Mask

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    Disc A005

    1. Hercule Poirot 450517 13 Death In Golden Gate
    2. Hercule Poirot 450712 21 Rendezvous With Death

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    Disc A006

    1. Hercule Poirot 450719 22 Deadest Man In World
    2. Hercule Poirot 450913 30 Adventure Of Money Mad Ghoul

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    Disc A007

    1. Hercule Poirot 451116 39 Trail Led To Death
    2. Hercule Poirot 451123 40 Murder Is A Private Affair

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    Disc A008

    1. Hercule Poirot 451130 41 Bride Wore Fright
    2. MMT 460531 2034 Witness For Prosecution

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    Disc A009

    1. Suspense 490224 329 Where There's a Will
    2. Radio City Playhs 490425 Witness for the Prosecution

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