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Elephants Can Remember (Hercule Poirot #37)

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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 November 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
Mar 08, 2013 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hercule-poirot
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
Meave
Aug 17, 2010 Meave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Hagar Awad
Oct 04, 2013 Hagar Awad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hagar by: Eman
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 :)
Mon Maryum
Dec 24, 2016 Mon Maryum rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, h-title, fiction
The character development and the writing style was awesome in the beginning, and it was good here and there afterwards from there. Other than that, the book was mostly boring. This is the first Agatha Christie book I've read because this one was short. But I am hoping I will like her more as I finish more of her books
Obsidian
Nov 16, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say. This was my favorite Poirot book in some time (the last one being Death on the Nile) and everything worked wonderfully throughout.

Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, mystery writer, is approached by an older woman (Mrs. Burton-Cox) at a luncheon about her goddaughter's (Celia Ravenscroft) possible engagement to this woman's son (Desmond). The woman wants to if Celia possibly knows more than she is telling about a probable murder suicide by her parents more than a decade ago.

Mrs. Oliver, feeling
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Ivonne Rovira
Dec 25, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Eman
Aug 19, 2013 Eman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Meli
Nov 20, 2014 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy bueno, muy Christie.
Me imaginé por dónde venía la mano pero ni de casualidad los cómos. Bastante distinto y original.
Adela Cacovean
Oct 05, 2012 Adela Cacovean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-won

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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Ririn
3.5 stars

This is one of the slow-read Poirot for me. The mystery has to be sorted out from various informations, making it seemed like going nowhere for about half of the story. And this was the main reason for my lack of progress, I just can't summon enough interest and energy to move on. But since Poirot is one of my favourite series, I pushed myself to finish reading this.

This mystery actually is not as complicated as some others. I can spot the connection and the answer from the beginning (w
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Hanadi Khoury
Apr 29, 2011 Hanadi Khoury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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Nina
Aug 18, 2016 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
2.5/5*

Membosankan awal awalnya. Saya lega sudah menamatkan buku ini *sigh*
Margaret
May 19, 2013 Margaret rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, english, crime
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
Brooklyn Tayla
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Mary
By Book 37 a series is bound to lose steam. While the Poirot installments in the late 60s and early 70s aren't at the same level as the earlier books, they are still quite enjoyable.

There are a couple of timeline issues in Elephants Can Remember and, sadly, I figured out the twist pretty early on (which doesn't happen often with Christie's writing.) But, I liked Ariadne Oliver as Poirot's sidekick. Has anyone else read this one? Did Christie loosely base this character on herself - she is a wri
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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
Diana
Jul 06, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
- Review contains spoilers-

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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Dawn
Oct 19, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie wrote too few books with Mrs Oliver. She has always been a favorite character of mine and this book shows her to great advantage.

When Mrs Oliver is accosted by a strange woman at a literary lunch, it sets her off on an investigation into the death of her god daughters parents, with the help of her good friend Hercule Poirot. They find the answers together and come to the conclusion with all the twists and turns you expect from a Christie mystery.
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.
Becca Naylor
Jun 13, 2016 Becca Naylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm impressed with myself for figuring this one out.
خلود
Jul 18, 2012 خلود rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
يمكن للأفيال ان تتذكر ، ولكننا بشر والبشر -لحسن الحظ- ينسون !
Ahmad Rajab
Jul 05, 2011 Ahmad Rajab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
لغز مثير للغاية ..
أبدعت فيه أجاثا كريستي كعادتها ..
راااائعة من روائعها
Namitha Varma
Didn't enjoy this too much because of 2 reasons -

a. The content was repetitive. Everyone kept telling each other the details of the tragedy with slightly varying details. A lot of the conversation was rambling.

b. I understood how the case stood, around halfway through the book.
Cheryl Landmark
Review to come soon.
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
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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Philip
Dec 08, 2010 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 39 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)

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“She was a lucky woman who had established a happy knack of writing what quite a lot of people wanted to read.” 49 likes
“Elephants can remember, but we are human beings and mercifully human beings can forget.” 45 likes
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