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And Then There Were None

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First there were ten--a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal--and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One b
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Paperback, 275 pages
Published May 13th 2001 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 6th 1939)
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Jackie Allen That's exactly what I like about it. I love not being able to guess who did it. Often killers are so easy to work out. This one had me guessing until…moreThat's exactly what I like about it. I love not being able to guess who did it. Often killers are so easy to work out. This one had me guessing until the very end and even then I read back to see what I missed!(less)
Azur The original title was actually "Ten little niggers". There is (was?) a small island named Nigger Island that inspired Christie for the setting. Since…moreThe original title was actually "Ten little niggers". There is (was?) a small island named Nigger Island that inspired Christie for the setting. Since this is pretty offensive it was changed to "Ten little Indians". The children's rhyme was originally about Indians/Native Americans. This was deemed offensive too, so today they use the last line of the children's rhyme as title and the little figures were changed to soldiers.
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I have two versions of this book. One is the English version with the little soldiers. The other one is a German translation of the original version with the N word (and a ton of apologies in the preface) but also with the last line as title. (less)

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Mohammed Arabey
Sep 20, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يجب أن أعترف أن ضيق أفقي هو مامنعني من دخول عالم أجاثا كريستي
فمنذ صغري لم تبهرني أغلفة قصصها المترجمة للعربية
كما أن معرفة والدي لافلامها وقراءة والدتي لروايتها منذ الصغر جعلني أشعر أن الغموض بهذه القصص سيكون "موضة قديمة" وألغازها ستكون مكشوفة لي
ناهيك عن مقولة "لابد أن الخادم هو من فعلها كقصص أجاثا كريستي" جعلتني
متشككا أن الحل دائما نمطيا
فلماذا أقرأ لها؟..لم يعد هناك شئ

عشر عساكر صغار ذهبوا الي العشاء
اختنق احدهم ..ثم تبقي تسعة

الي ان جائتني دعوة..دعوه لقراءة احد كتب اجاثا كريستي لانها في قائم
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Nataliya

This lovely mystery book is first and foremost about the administration of the long-overdue justice, right? At least that's what the mastermind behind it all believes.

But the question is - who has the right to decide what justice is? And who is to decide what punishment serves the crime? And is perceived justice at all costs the ultimate goal, or is it the frequently pointless work of a maniac? As a matter of fact, what is justice after all?



I think the story of this book (the one that may win th
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Kinga
Sep 18, 2012 Kinga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I begin I would like to apologise for my use of the N word in this review.
It is necessary, I promise.

This book was originally published in UK under a charming title of "Ten Little Niggers". When it came to the US version in the 40's someone decided that 'Ten Little Niggers' is not the most marketable title for a book so they changed it to 'Ten Little Indians' (as it was still ok to call Native Americans Indians then).
Only years after someone decided that neither 'Niggers', nor 'Indians'
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Anne
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Reread: 2015
Because some Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantaloonless friends thought I read it wrong...

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Turns out, I did. This was a really good mystery!
{insert long-winded apology with much groveling}
Happy, guys?

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The story goes a bit like this:
10 strangers each get invitations from someone they think they know, to stay on an island resort. Hells yeah! Sunshine & sea air!

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Well, resort is a bit of a misnomer.
It's really a big house on an island. Still, it's famous for being a party place, and nobod
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Emily May
I'm a big lover of Agatha Christie, she has written some fantastic murder mysteries and her stories never get tiring. But this is the one that just comes out on top every time.

It partly, and quite amusingly, reminds me of that old American murder mystery in Sunset Beach. Basically, they're the only ones on this island and someone is killing them off one by one in accordance with the Ten Little Indians rhyme . And I swear I never saw it coming, and I'm usually very good at it. It's just a very cl
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Alejandro
Jul 23, 2014 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, detective, novel
Extraordinary and gripping novel!

I knew that the best way to start reading the literary work by Agatha Christie was choosing her most known book. And There were none is the best-selling mystery novel of all time with 100 million of copies, and the fifth book in the list comprehending all genres. That is something to give to Agatha Christie the respect that she deserves.

Initially this novel on UK was titled Ten Little Niggers, only because the original nursery rhyme was called that but it was obv
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❁ بــدريــه ❁
لا شيء سوى ستعيش الاثارة من بداية إلى النهاية
نصيحة : شاهدوا المسلسل المقتبس من الرواية رهيب .


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عشرة هنود صغار ذهبوا لتناول العشاء
اختنق أحدهم وبقي منهم تسعة
تسعة هنود صغار سهروا إلى وقت متأخر جدًا
أفرط أحدهم في النوم فبقي منهم ثمانية

ثمانية هنود صغار سافروا إلى ديفون
قرر أحدهم البقاء فبقي منهم سبعة
سبعة هنود صغار كانوا يقطعون اللحم
شطر أحدهم نفسه نصفين فبقي منهم ستة

ستة هنود صغار كانوا يلعبون عند خلية نحل
لسعت نحلة واحدًا فبقي منهم خمسة
خمسة هنود صغار مضوا لدراسة القانون
صار أحدهم في أحكام المساواة فبقي من
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Moira Russell
I admit I am a late, reluctant and suspicious convert to Christie. I avoided her studiously as an adolescent, because dozens and dozens of her paperbacks were always on sale with equally cheap indistinguishable romances and other 'women's books,' and I wanted no part of those. I read Chandler, not Christie; Hammett, not Sayers; James, not Marsh. I even read a few Spillane books, for Chrissakes, at a friend's urging (UGH), but still no Christie. Those endless TV adaptations, with the dotty Miss M ...more
Manny
Oct 22, 2015 Manny rated it really liked it
My friend Amelie and I used this book as half of our corpus when we wrote our 1990 paper, An Implementable Semantics for Comparative Constructions . We spent several days combing through the text, extracting and categorizing every single occurrence of a comparative construction. So you'll appreciate that I know what I'm talking about when I say it's better than most murder mysteries.
Rohisa
More than ten years I've been reading, yet I'd never read an Agatha Christie mystery until just this March. "They're too innocent," I thought to myself (when I bothered to think about it at all). Too naive, I naively believed. What could a traditional mystery give to me that I couldn't get- and with more gristle, gore, sex, and rough language-from a thousand more contemporary sources?

Originality of thought, for one thing. Purity of execution and elegance of style. Crystalline characters written
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Junta
Jul 14, 2016 Junta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Junta by: Detective Conan
"Ten literary Goodreads reviewers chatting online;
One bot was discovered and then there were Nine.
Nine literary Goodreads reviewers on a thread until late;
One lost his Wi-Fi signal and then there were Eight.
Eight literary Goodreads reviewers groupreading Austen;
One only read males and then there were Seven.
Seven literary Goodreads reviewers averse to using pics;
One blasphemed with GIFs and then there were Six.
Six literary Goodreads reviewers booktubing live;
One revealed too much and then there
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mark monday
You Chose Your Own Adventure!

You are a man, you are a woman; you are judge, jury, and executioner. You are surrounded by murderers and assholes. Kill ‘em all! Then kill yourself. Your adventure is over.

If you would like to start your life anew, choose
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Evgeny
Dec 29, 2015 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten Figures

To talk about the plot of this book however briefly would give spoilers right away. For people who have not read them, spoilers kill Agatha Christie books. Basically there is a small isolated island bought by an American millionaire which was later sold to a mysterious party generating a lot of rumors about the latest buyer. A group of very different people ended up on the island.
Island

If you are familiar with the Dame of Mystery's writing you would guess there will be a murder. If you have read sever
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Khadidja
I LOVED IT !!!!!

“Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little
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Madeline
Jan 31, 2012 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Ten little soldier boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little soldier boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little soldier boys travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little soldier boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little soldier boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little soldier boys
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Amy (shoutame)
Feb 23, 2016 Amy (shoutame) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I just love Agatha Christie! I listened to this one on audio book (which is very new thing for me!) and thoroughly enjoyed it!

We follow a group a ten people who are invited to an island off the coast of Devon. Their host is nowhere to be found and they are all getting a little edgy. Soon they discover that they all harbour dark secrets in their past, secrets that they hoped no one else was aware of. Slowly but surely the ten guests turn up dead. Who is reeking this revenge upon them? How do they
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Rehab suliman
لم يخطئ النقاد حين صنفوا هذه الرائعة من أكثر روايات أجاثا دقة وادهاشاً .. انهمكت في قراءتها وأنهيتها رغماً عني سريعا للفضول الشديد الذي ألم بي لمعرفة النهاية الغير متوقعه أبداً .. يدهشني في اجاثا دقتها في وصف المشاهد لدرجة أني أتخيل نفسي في موقع الحدث .. ان أردت أن تجرب قراءة الروايات البوليسية فهذه الرواية هي الأجدر بأن تكون البداية لك
Helen Stavraki
Jul 20, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η αξία και η γοητεία του κλασικού αστυνομικού μυστηρίου.
Εκπληκτική πλοκή,εξαιρετική περιγραφή και σκιαγράφηση ηρώων καθώς η συναισθηματική τους φόρτιση μεταλλάσσεται απο στιγμή σε στιγμή.
Όλες οι ανθρώπινες αδυναμίες και αρετές σε ακραία σημεία.
Απο το πάθος στο λάθος. Απο τη χαρά στον πόνο. Απο την αθώωση στην παντοτινή ταπείνωση μέσω συνείδησης.
Όλοι κρίθηκαν αθώοι για κάποια εγκλήματα. Σχεδόν όλοι ειναι ένοχοι όμως.
Ανάμεσα σε δέκα άτομα που δέχονται πρόσκληση για το νησί του Νέγρου με σκοπό
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Apatt
Sep 07, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mainstream
“It's the Final Countdown do do do doo do do dododo!”

I've always wanted to start an Agatha Christie review with a bit of cheesy Swedish hair metal. And Then There Were None has been declared the world's favourite Agatha Christie novel, not to mention the bestselling crime novel of all time (same Guardian source). Considering she wrote hundreds of books, including iconic titles like Murder on the Orient Express and Murder at the Vicarage, this is clearly the definitive Christie. Her ace detect
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Every once in a while on Goodreads I find myself feeling compelled to make a True Confession, and here's another one: I'm not all that much of a Hercule Poirot fan.

For someone who's read probably 30 or 40 Agatha Christie books over her lifetime, that's probably an odd thing. I like him okay, I don't DISlike him, but yeah, he kind of irks me sometimes. So when I'm picking up an Agatha Christie mystery, I'm always a little bit tickled when it doesn't involve Poirot. This is one of those books, so
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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WARNING: IF YOU DID NOT LIKE HARPER’S ISLAND CLICK AWAY PRONTO ‘CAUSE THIS STORY REMINDED ME OF THAT STORY AND I’M GOING TO HARPER’S ISLAND THE POOP OUT OF THIS MO-FO

Still here? Okay, let’s get on with the show.



Upon starting And Then There Were None, I found myself feeling extremely . . . giddy. WTF is wrong with me? Normal people don’t get all smiley when they begin a book where everyone and their dog is going to get murdered. I need
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Halfino Berry
Nov 17, 2011 Halfino Berry rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: mystery
I read it many years ago, during my junior high (or before?), loved it, and consider it as one of Christie's best writing.

You won't find Poirot or Miss Marple in it, but as her other books are usually related to some popular rhymes, this one is related with '10 Little Indians' (which is the other title for this book).

Alternately, you will have these ten people with the dark past isolated in an island. One by one, each of them were killed. You may guess who the killer was while turning page over
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Colleen Venable
Aug 01, 2010 Colleen Venable rated it it was amazing
Made the mistake of starting this on the train ride home just now. Now it's 2am and HOLY MOLY DOES THIS BOOK HOLD UP! Was my favorite book in 5th grade and read it a ton of times then. I even know who the killer is and I'm still at the edge of my seat (or maybe more appropriately edge of my bed, under the covers with a booklight) Lordie. Someone pry this out of my hands and make me sleep!
Kai
Aug 16, 2016 Kai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, classics
“When the sea goes down, there will come from the mainland boats and men. And they will find ten dead bodies and an unsolved problem on Soldier Island.”

My first Agatha Christie, and a good one indeed. And Then There Were None just recently came to my attention. Maybe it was the new mini series or the many people suddenly reading this, but I was intruiged immediately. I can't wait to watch the series!

Agatha Christie totally tricked me. I thought I had figured it out, but I was wrong. This novel t
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Maxwell
Jul 11, 2015 Maxwell rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it, 2015
Well I guess I sort of solved the mystery. I mean, earlier on in the book I guessed correctly. But then I switched theories and was pretty confident that I was on the right track only to be proved wrong in the end. It definitely kept me on my toes.

Shamefully, this was my first time reading an Agatha Christie novel. It was extremely well crafted. Everything ties together in the end. It's much like a mix of the movie Clue and the television show Harper's Island, both of which, I'm sure, are heavil
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Ariel
Apr 14, 2013 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad that I finally picked up an Agatha Christie.. it was about time, and I think that I chose a good one to start with! And Then There Were None, fun fact, is the best-selling mystery novel in all of human history!

Overall, I thought that this was an excellent novel. It was very intriguing, and by half way I didn't want to put it down - I needed to know what was going on! I definitely understand why Christie is held in such high regard, too: her writing is quick and on edge, it's realist
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Vanessa
May 11, 2016 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first foray into Agatha Christie and god was it fun. Seriously, this is a great read. I've never really been a mystery reader, but I can definitely see myself getting into them now.

The story centers around ten strangers who all go to stay on Soldier Island at the behest of the mysterious hosts Mr and Mrs Owen. Instead of the hosts appearing, they soon realise that they have been purposely brought to this island as they all have their own dark secret, and soon one by one they begin dy
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Jennifer
I have made a very long list of the books Agatha Christie has written. I will be checking them off one by one throughout the upcoming months…maybe years. There are many. I don’t care how long it takes. That is an indication of how much I enjoyed my first Agatha Christie experience. Is she the queen of the mystery genre? Because damn!
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That is my review. Nothing else needs to be said.

My favorite quote:
“There was something magical about an island—the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with
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Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
“There was something magical about an island—the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world—an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.”

This may be the best mystery I've ever read.

I started reading mystery novels at a young age. When I was six, I read my first Nancy Drew. I recently picked up all of Gillian Flynn's books and really enjoyed them. I've always loved the thrill, the mind-boggling that a good mystery brings.

But nothing coul
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Rinda Elwakil
Sep 16, 2016 Rinda Elwakil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


عشر عساكر صغار ذهبوا الي العشاء
اختنق احدهم ..ثم تبقي تسعة


سهـر تسعة صبية هنـود لوقت متأخـر
نام أحـدهم وبقـى ثمانيـة



كان ثمانية صبية هنـود مسافرين فى ديفـون
وقال أحـدهم أنه سيبقى هنـاك ثم بقى سبعة


كان سبعة صبية هنـود يكسـرون العصـى
فشطـر أحدهم نفسه إلى نصفين ثم بقى ستـة


كان ستة صبية هنـود يلعبون بخليـة نحـل
فلسـع زنبور أحـدهم ثم بقى خمسـة

كان خمسـة صبيـة هنـود يمارسـون القانـون
قُبـض على أحدهم فى المحكمة ثم بقى أربعة ..


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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.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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“Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.”
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