Murder On The Orient Express By Agatha Christie


Murder on the Orient Express By Agatha Christie

Originally published 1 Jan 1934 By Colins Crime Club

Audiobook published 24 October 2017 By Harper Audio, narrated by Kenneth Branagh


Summary“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

What an engaging and thrilling ride!

I’ve never read an Agatha Christie book before, but after seeing the trailer of Murder on the Orient Express in the cinema, I googled it right away and placed a hold on the audiobook. 3 different holds later (one on the ebook, one on the BBC version of the audiobook, and a third on the latest audiobook read by Kenneth Branagh) I finally got a hold on the latest re-reading of the book.

Agatha Christie is famous for her crime novels and I can definitely see why now. Murder on the Orient Express was so exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat! It was so imaginative and so fun to imagine an entire train, the different colourful characters involved and to figure out the mystery as we went along in the story.

The story is told in 3 different parts: the opening, where we learn about the different characters, the murder itself and later the closing and discovery of the murderer. Initially I was quite bored — I didn’t quite care for the opening chapters but things definitely changed once the body was discovered and the mystery was on its way. My favourite character had to be Mrs Hubbard, to was in the compartment right next to the victim. She was quite insane and hilarious the way she spoke to Poirot in such a matter-of-fact manner.

The thing that bummed me out the most was the audiobook. While it was completely captivating and for the most part engaging, I felt that the narrator just wasn’t that good. Murder on the Orient Express has A LOT of characters, many of which speak in foreign languages. The narrator seemed to garble it all up and his attempt at the different accents, back and forth seemed to be quite a difficult task for him. There were points in time during the reading where it seemed so impossible to understand him with the thick French accent that he had given Poirot that I eventually had to pull out the book and read along with the audiobook to understand what was going on.

Given the circumstance that it is a murder mystery, listening and understanding the details is extremely critical; some of which I felt that I could not properly enjoy because of the narration. I’ve heard that the Audible version of the story is much better than this movie tie-in version, so if you’d like to give the audiobook a go, perhaps opt for that.

Nevertheless, the plot was extremely enjoyable and I’d love to listen to move of Agatha Christie’s works in the future!




Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet

Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet

Published 11 Aug 2016 By Andrews McMeel Publishing


Summary: Dirty Pretty Things is the much anticipated book by Michael Faudet.

His whimsical and often erotic writing has already captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of readers from around the world. He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships and sex.

All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes and little short stories.

In the same vein as Lang Leav, Michael Faudet writes good steamy poetry. As the title of the poetry suggests, all of the poems within this book are quite rated. They’re mostly (if not all) about sex, love and relationships.

Just like Lang’s poetry, none of the poetry in Dirty Pretty Things are difficult to comprehend. They’re short, simple and pretty straight forward enough. His poems are quite visual, in the sense that you could imagine it right away. For those who are afraid to start reading poetry, both Michael Faudet and Lang Leav writes very simple poetry.

Most of the pieces revolve around sex, both yearning and wanting and the act itself. I did find that the pieces tend to sound repetitive due to the sexual nature of all of them (there’s only so many ways you could describe sex) but it was overall pretty good. His writing is not as floaty or pretty as Lang’s but both authors are completely different and the topics they write about differ greatly as well.

It is so hard not to compare the two works and authors, but it seems so difficult because Lang and Michael are actually a couple. In some ways you could see that their work compliments each other — one talks about more feelings while the other writes more about the physical aspects of a relationship. I feel like you’d have to read both Lang and Michael’s poetry books to get the whole picture (though both are good individually too) because both reflects greatly about what a relationship is like.

There were a few good pieces that I enjoyed from Dirty Pretty Things and I’m looking forward to pick up his next book of poetry.




Random Body Parts By Leslie Bulion

Random Body Parts By Leslie Bulion
Publication Date:  1 March 2015 by Peachtree Publishers

Disclaimer: I received a copy c/o the Publisher via Netgalley (through the ‘Read Now’ option).


Summary: Witty and nimble verse about body parts pairs with whimsical drawings in this informative, fun collection. It begins with an invitation to solve a series of poetic riddles: Of course you have a body, / But do you have a clue / Where all the body parts youve got are found / And what they do?

Each poem that follows poses a puzzle in verse (with a sly wink and a nod to Shakespeare) and provides hints for uncovering the body part in question. Sidebars further educate readers about the anatomical subject in question, while appended notes offer a crash course on poetic form and a few facts about the Shakespearean works that inspired the verses.

Captivating lines such as rumble, grumble, roil and rumble, / Acid burn and slurry tumble (from the poem that refers to the stomach) should spark readers interest in poetry and human biology alike. A glossary for science terms is included in the back matter.

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Random Body Parts was pretty fun. They’re simple witty poetry and basically describes different parts of your body. Random Body Parts would probably be more appealing to kids, given the charming and colourful illustrations and also comes with useful scientific information about the body parts on each page. If my siblings were a little younger/older (both my siblings are much younger than me!) I would definitely share this book with them and read it together with them. The book would make for a good quiz/guessing game, wherein if you hide the scientific info at the bottom you could guess what body parts each poem is about!

It’s definitely appealing and the poems are simple enough to understand. I did enjoy the little poetry notes at the end of the book which explains how each poem was written and where the inspiration came from. It’s definitely fun poetry tidbit and brought out the inner Lit geek in me.

All in all, a wonderful short book of anatomy poems. Random Body Parts is available on Netgalley as a Read Now book (at the time of writing) — so get reading!

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Lullabies By Lang Leav

Lullabies By Lang Leav
Publication Date: 16th Sept 2014 By Andrews McMeel Publishing


SummaryA sequel to the hugely popular, best-selling Love & MisadventureLullabies continues to explore the intricacies of love and loss.

Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.

Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist.

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Lang Leav’s Love & Misadventure is one of my favourite poetry books of all time. I also had the opportunity to meet her last year at a book signing she did here. Imagine my surprise when I found limited copies of Lullabies on the shelves at the bookstore! I ran, I paid, and I read. Immediately.

I read it in a day and fell in love.

I own many poetry books but I find myself constantly going back to Lang’s poetry. One of my favourite things about her writing is that it is simple and succinct enough that it doesn’t take much to understand the poem. I love that no matter how simple it is, it really tugs at your heartstrings and pulls you in.

I really enjoy poetry, but often I find that it can be very difficult to understand what the author is trying to say. You’d have to sit and think and really analyse what’s written and why it was written the way it was — and it gets critical sometimes. But I find that Lang Leav’s work is simplistic enough that even someone who isn’t too familiar with poetry can enjoy.

Lullabies is much longer than Love & Misadventure, but it does keep to the same feel of love, desire, yearning and loss. There are some longer pieces in Lullabies, all of which were very interesting to read. The compilation of poetry in Lullabies is just as the name suggests — it is soothing enough to bring you to another place even for a short while.

I highly recommend Lang Leav’s works, especially if you’re someone who is just starting out to read poetry. I think that Lang’s work is very relatable and it captures different emotions very well. I’ve re-read her first collection of poems so many times and I’m very certain I will do the same with Lullabies.

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