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Elephants Can Remember (Hercule Poirot #37)

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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  13,419 ratings  ·  555 reviews
In this novel, mystery writer Ariadne Oliver teams up with Hercule Poirot to solve a tantalizing puzzle from her past. Available in unabridged audio in the U.S. retail market for the first time. Who killed whom? asks mystery writer Ariadne Oliver. Only this time the whodunit isn't fiction, but a true crime from her own past: an apparent case of double suicide that claimed ...more
Audio Cassette, Unabridged, 7 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Audio Partners (first published 1972)
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Laurel Young
Elephants Can Remember made me sad...because I solved it. You see, the reason I hold Dame Agatha Christie in such high regard is that she always outsmarts me, and I don't mind in the least--I love her for her twisted mind. ;) No other author can do it; fond as I am of Christie's Golden Age contemporaries--Dorothy Sayers, Patricia Wentworth, Josephine Tey, Ngaio Marsh, et. al.--they never baffle me unless they haven't played fair and given me enough to go on. But Agatha...I rarely figure her out ...more
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

The elephant brain is denser than the human’s, and the temporal lobes, associated with memory, are more developed than in humans. Elephant lobes also have more folding, so that they can store more information. That’s why elephants have excellent memory. But why? Elephants can recognize over 200 different individuals. This is essential, as females depend on one another for raising the young, more than in the case of other mammals. A mother can remember who is trustful an
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Samantha
This was my least favorite of all the Poirot novels. On the surface it was a Poirot novel, possessing all the necessary elements: the complicated mystery, the little clues that don't seem at first relevant, the humor that comes out mainly through the side kick full of fanciful ideas, the love story between two young people, and of course, Poirot himself. But despite all these elements, the entire book read, not like an Agatha Christie, but like someone attempting to write in the style of Agatha ...more
Hagar Awad
Oct 04, 2013 Hagar Awad rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hagar by: Eman Ashraf
القصة حلوة و الفكرة حلوة و النهاية حلوة و مُرضية
بس أنا كان عندى مشكلة مع الحوار و حاساه غير منسق و غير منطقى..يمكن عيب من الترجمة مش أكتر

لكن بوجه عام، أنا سعيدة إنى قريت الرواية دى لأجاثا :)
Nikki Nielsen
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a Hercule Poirot/Ariadne Oliver Christie. I love the way the slightly pompous(rightly so) investigator Poirot and his dear mystery writing friend Ariadne interact. I found myself wondering if Agatha was painting a picture of herself in Miss Oliver's character.
'Elephants Can Remember' is your basic cold case file, solved. The trail is cold, and there are no true clues to inspect, only vague hints by those in-directly involved so long ago. 'Old sins
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Ivonne Rovira
Dame Agatha Christie wrote more than eight dozen mysteries in her lengthy lifetime, and Elephants Can Remember is nearly one of the last. But the old girl had lost none of her charm or wit in a novel that came more than 50 years after her first, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

An interfering busybody monopolizes the mystery author Ariadne Oliver (a delicious sendup Christie created of herself) at a literary luncheon about a 15-year-old tragedy in which an old schoolmate of Mrs. Oliver’s and her
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Meli
Muy bueno, muy Christie.
Me imaginé por dónde venía la mano pero ni de casualidad los cómos. Bastante distinto y original.
Adela C.

Dintotdeauna mi-au plăcut romanele poliţiste, mai ales cele ale Agathei Christie. Aşa se face că m-am înscris pe un blog la un concurs Agatha Christie şi am câştigat romanul "Elefanţii nu uită niciodată", de care m-am apucat de îndată şi l-am şi terminat de citit în scurt timp. Cu această ocazie, îi mulţumesc din nou Colecţionarului pentru carte.

Misterul pe care Poirot trebuie să-l desluşească de data aceasta e cel puţin ciudat. În urmă cu peste zece ani, un cuplu, soţ şi soţie, despre care se
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Hanadi Khoury
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Meave
I was too distracted by the impossible timeline of Mrs. Oliver's age vs. the length of time she and Poirot have been friends to focus on the story.

If she was a bridesmaid at her friend's wedding, then they must have been around the same age--presumably within five years of each other. Now, if that school friend was 35 when she died, and her death occurred 13 years ago, that would make Mrs. Oliver at most 53 years old. How, then could she and Poirot have been friends for 40 years, as she says in
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Eman Ashraf
من الروايات الرائعة لأجاثا :)

لقد انتابنى هذا الشعور (الذى نادرا ما ينتابنى ) : انى مش قادرة أسيب الروايه من يدى من كتر ما هى شيقة و فى نفس الوقت مش عايزة أخلصها بسرعة ..
أعلم أن أجاثا أكثر من رائعة لكن هذه الروايه "أدهشتنى" كما أدهشتنى روايتها الأخرى " جريمة فى قطار الشرق السريع "
أريد أن أضيف ان عبقرية أجاثا لا تقتصر فقط على محتوى و أسلوب رواياتها و لكن هذه العبقرية و الروعة تشمل أيضا اختيارها لأسامى رواياتها ..
وأخيرا و ليس أخرا أحب أن أقتبس أخر سطر فى هذه الرواية ,ألا و هو
: "بامكان الأفيال أ
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Diana
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A very enjoyable read I must say however it was somewhat predictable. A while ago I had read 'A Murder is Announced' also by Agatha Christie, which also involved twins who turned out to be replacing each other in a way. Therefore when 'Elephants can remember' had twins involved in it, I had already pictured the whole story in my mind halfway through the book, and that does kill the pleasure of reading a whodunnit does it not? However it was a pleasure to read this book
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Mari
Se eu tivesse alguma dúvida que este livro é um dos meus preferidos da autora, essa releitura teria solucionado sem sombras de dúvidas: esse livro é simplesmente espetacular. A escrita fácil combinada com o mistério e claro, a personalidade maravilhosa de Poirot são, pra mim, a receita do sucesso. É difícil não se apegar aos personagens da Agatha Christie, porque eles são simplesmente cativantes: além de Poirot, adoro a sra. Oliver e me identifico bastante com ela. Mais um enredo que a autora al ...more
Margaret
Elephants Can Remember isn't really a Poirot mystery. He does make several appearances and advises Mrs. Oliver on how to go about her investigation, but for most of the novel we follow Ariadne Oliver discovering a past mystery and going in search of answers. These answers come in the form of "elephants": witnesses who were around when the murder-suicide of a husband and wife occurred. It could have been a double murder, and even if it was a murder-suicide, there is uncertainty which partner was ...more
Samantha
If I didn't know what Agatha was capable of, I would give this book a higher rating. Unfortunately, we know her potential in creating a complex mystery so what would be a good book for any other writer is really "phoning it in" for someone like her.

Let me be more specific: the clues were too obvious, the end/its dialogue was trite and even cheesy (!),and Poirot's presence was kind of like a television star guesting on a new sitcom to make people watch it.

I did like various pieces of the story, a
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Elizabeth (TheBookishUniverse)
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I had high hopes for this book, because if you have read my previous review of her novel The Murder On The Links, you should know how I loved it. So, I’m really disappointed to tell you that I didn’t enjoy this book so much. I didn’t like it at all. It’s not that it’s a bad book, but it’s not what you expect from Agatha Christie. It was a mediocre and predictable read, at least for me.

Mrs Bourtan-Cox confronts Mrs Ariadne Oliver, a fa
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Kirsti
This is one of those old mysteries that would be about 10 pages long if you published it today. There wouldn't be much of a mystery at all, because we have the Internet and gunshot-residue tests and other technologies. It was great fun . . . though I found all the stuff about hats and wigs a bit bewildering.
Kayt
A quiet novelist, after being accosted by a nosy busybody, approaches detective Hercule Poirot to solve an old mystery: did her goddaughter's father kill her mother, or the other way around?

There are basically two simultaneous stories here. The first is a slower, Miss Marple-ish feel, while the second is the decade-old murder mystery.

The first--the main story--features an introverted author with an awesome name (Ariadne Oliver) who is approached by an odious stranger who is apparently is the alm
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Ahmad Rajab
لغز مثير للغاية ..
أبدعت فيه أجاثا كريستي كعادتها ..
راااائعة من روائعها
خلود
يمكن للأفيال ان تتذكر ، ولكننا بشر والبشر -لحسن الحظ- ينسون !
Bev
This is one of Dame Agatha's weakest mysteries. At least I think so now (I don't have a record of how I rated it the first time I read it). And I say that because Christie is one of the few mystery writers who can fool me almost every time. It doesn't matter how many times I've read her stories--there's usually a plot twist that get me. Or I may have a vague feeling who did it....but I'm never sure. Not this time. I had it all figured out long before the ending on the cliff. And it's been at lea ...more
Philip
"Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety."

It's very easy - almost too-easy, in fact - to be overly-critical about the last novels written by Agatha Christie, or condescending, or even outright dismissive - reviews of these novels at the time of publication often expressed all three. The last Christie novel that was an unqualified triumph was ENDLESS NIGHT (1967), a novel of psychological suspense almost completely unlike anything she'd written up until then, and a startling
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Ana
Resolver el misterio de un crimen, 12 años después de haber ocurrido y sin una buena serie de pistas es una tarea complicada.
Hércules Poirot y la señora Oliver se dedican a saber la verdad de lo ocurrido para poder ayudar a Celia, hija de la pareja que perdió la vida en un supuesto "doble suicidio", pero... ¿fue en verdad esto lo que sucedió?
La única manera para descubrir lo que pasó es interrogando "elefantes", personas que en la época de lo sucedido estuvieron de alguna manera relacionadas con
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Judy
Take a cold case--an apparent murder/suicide that occured twelve years before, add Adriadne Oliver and Hercule Poirot, and you have an interesting story. Realizing that the trail is cold, Hercule Poirot sends Adriadne Oliver to talk to people who knew the couple thinking that "Elephants can remember" and quite likely tucked inside the memories of friends and acquaintances the answer to this tragedy can be uncovered. It turns out that everyone does remember the story but they remember it slightly ...more
Mohamed Shady
حسنا , أنت معتاد على مشاهدة الأفلام الحديثة .. الأفلام ذات الحركة السريعة والقصص الشبابية ..أن ترى الصورة الملونة لأبطالك الجدد المفضلين , ولكنك الآن تشاهد فيلما قديما بالأبيض والأسود .. ف بماذا ستشعر؟؟
إنه نفس الشعور وأنا أقرأ هذه الرواية , اعتدت على الاساليب الجديدة فلم يستهوينى ذلك الأسلوب البطئ...

الرواية تتحدث عن النبش فى الماضى وكشف أسراره ..
حادث صغير قد لا يثير اهتمام أحد , ولكنه يدفع السيدة أوليفير إلى اللجوء إلى المحقق الذكى بوارو ليساعدها فى كشف لغز صعُب على الجميع حله.
يبدأ بوارو بتجمي
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Barkha
Wow, what a story! Love affairs, mental illnesses, accidents, deaths; everything comes together to result in a tragedy so heartbreaking. Agatha Christie is such a genius. I shall be so sad when I finish the Poirot books, as I am about to.
Belinda
Fantastic as always. I've decided to collect all of Agatha's books recently so I am reading and checking them off as I go. I have about 10 or 12 in my owned collection and checked out Third Girl from the library. I have mixed some Marples and some Poirots so far---all have been spectacular. Christie is one of the only mystery writers I read again and again and never get sick of. I usually remember the solution (though not always) and no matter whether I do or not, I always enjoy them and fine gr ...more
Tarma
I have a rule of thumb about Ariadne Oliver - the more she appears in a book, the less likeable she'll be. In fact I like her best in the Parker Pyne stories, where she's just a bit of a side character who makes some amusing statements from the POV of an author and gives Pyne a good reason for having come up with certain ideas.

I realize that she was a bit of a fun character that Christie threw in as a joke but good heavens, is she easy to overuse. The problem is that she doesn't have much of a c
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Bill
This was the first Agatha Christie book I've read and it certainly didn't live up to the expectations I had for Christie.

Right off the bat in the book I met one of her more famous characters Mr. Hercule Poirot. I thought Mrs. Oliver was the character that "Murder She Wrote" was based on when I read it (but I was wrong) and, Mr. Poirot is the famous detective with the peculiar appearance that was the inspiration for a TV show of his own. It seemed like I had accidentally dipped my toes into a gr
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Ari
Salah satu hal yang saya suka dari AC adalah emak-emak kepo ciptaannya.
Rasa ingin tahu di atas rata-rata is a natural thing pada setiap wanita dan akan bertambah seiring bertambahnya usia. Coba sekali-sekali ikutin emak-emak kalian ngobrol ama tetangga, you'll surprised betapa kepo nya emak-emak kalian ^.^

ok back to story....

Mrs. Ariadne Oliver (saya suka namanya...), seorang pengarang cerita-cerita detektif terkenal, pada sebuah perjamuan antar pengarang yang tidak dia nikmati, didatangi oleh s
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 43 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)
  • Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot, #7)
  • Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
And Then There Were None Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1) Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)

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