Originally published: January 1, 1934
Author: Agatha Christie
Page count: 256 (first edition, hardcover)
Genre: Crime Fiction
I was on the fence on reading this book when it came to this month for book club. I remember when we added it to the calendar and I was so excited. The problem is, I couldn't wait and ended up watching the new movie regardless of reading the book. So, needless to say, I don't typically read books after watching the movie. Yes, the other way around is fine for me, but there's just something about reading a book and knowing what's going to happen that I don't like. I guess I feel like it's a waste of time?
Well, the novel itself is pretty much the same as the movie. There are a few more characters in the book, making it more confusing than the movie (if that's even possible) but overall, Hercule Poirot is there to solve the mystery.
I did like how the book was set up though. It wasn't just a play by play like a typical book, it was actually divided into sections based on each suspect and then followed up with a conclusion of insights. To me, it felt like a scientific investigation and I really liked that!
I also liked the performance by the reader of the audiobook. I can't seem to find his name on Google, so sorry for that, but he was very good at changing his voice for all the different characters and having different accents and all. It really made listening to this audiobook fun. I'll give Murder on the Orient Express a 5/5 and probably read more of Agatha Christie, I'm surprised I haven't read anything by her already since I love myself a good murder mystery.