Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Audible Review: The Woman On The Orient Express by Lindsay Jane Ashford Narrated by Justine Eyre

I'm an Agatha Christie lover through and through so when I saw the fabulous review for this novel by my good friend Sophia Rose a while ago I didn't waste any time getting a copy of my own.

Publisher: Brillance Audio

Release Date: 9-20-2016

 9 hours 42 minutes
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Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.

Agatha isn't the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling's first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson - newly married but carrying another man's child - is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair. Each woman hides her past from the others, ferociously guarding her secrets. But as the train bound for the Middle East speeds down the track, the parallel courses of their lives shift to intersect - with lasting repercussions.

Filled with evocative imagery, suspense, and emotional complexity, The Woman on the Orient Express explores the bonds of sisterhood forged by shared pain and the power of secrets.

My Review:

The Woman on The Orient Express
Lindsay Jane Ashford
Narrated by Justine Eyre
This amazing tribute to Dame Agatha is filled with both facts and fiction of one part of the unforgettable life of this one in a million, avant-garde woman. Agatha herself narrates the story that begins just after her real life divorce and tabloid sensation disappearance and follows a fictionalized version of her actual Orient Express passage into the Middle East, plus hearing the voices of Hercule Poirot and her mother in her head add to both the mystique and the enjoyment of this exceptional novel. The mix of real and imagined is superb, the storytelling is fabulous and the slow tempo fits this mesmerizing tale like a glove. The scenery is unfamiliar and alluring, dangerous and exciting from Bedouin bandits to archeological digs. The characters are exceptional and the characterization of how she met her second husband and future lifelong friends The Wolleys also a mix of true and make believe is excellent. Any Christie fan, lover of historical fiction or alternate history will devour this novel.
Narration: Justine Eyre’s true British narration is phenomenal giving the story more life and an added dimension than reading alone could provide. Her vocal depictions are spot on for both male and female and with enough variations to differentiate all the characters for the listener.
Feeling adrift learning her ex-husband is marrying his longtime lover Agatha Christie incognito boards The Orient Express hoping the exotic backdrops of Mesopotamia will help fill the hole in her heart and give her a reason to smile again. Little did she know that she’d prevent a suicide, befriend a woman also running from life and that the people she’ll encounter on this life changing journey will eclipse anything this mystery writer has ever imagined before.
Other works by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

About the author:Raised in Wolverhampton, UK, Lindsay Jayne Ashford became the first woman to graduate from Queens' College, Cambridge in its 550 year history. She gained a degree in Criminology and was employed as a reporter for the BBC before becoming a freelance journalist, writing for a number of national magazines and newspapers.
Lindsay began her career as a novelist with a contemporary crime series featuring forensic psychologist Megan Rhys. She moved into the historical genre with 'The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen', and her most recent books, 'The Color of Secrets', 'The Woman on the Orient Express' and 'Whisper of the Moon Moth', blend real events with fiction and are set in the first half of the twentieth century.
She has four children and divides her time between a house overlooking the sea on the west coast of Wales and a small farmhouse in Spain's Sierra de Los Filabres. When she is not writing she enjoys kayaking, body-boarding and walking her dogs, Milly and Pablo.

About the narrator:
NARRATOR: Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated nearly one hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and three AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents



  1. I always get a little nervous and a whole lot excited when someone is reading one a book I loved and recommend. Woohoo that you loved it just as much, Debbie! High five fellow Christie fan! :)

  2. Probably not the book for me but I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

  3. This sounds good and chock full of drama! How horrible for her ex-husband to marry his ex-lover! This narrator sounds very talented with being able to do multiple vocal depictions!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  4. I like Justine Eyre as a narrator and happy to hear she delighted you in this narration. What a fascinating life and what a journey and adventure.

  5. I have great things about this book. I love Agatha Christopher, so I think I may give this one a try. Great review Debbie.

  6. I have read like oen Christie book ;) But then this not that so :)

  7. Awesome photo you have shared here, Thanks a lot for sharing it because it make myself to love.