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©1955 Rex Stout; (P)1995 Books on Tape
"It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." (New York Times)
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"One of my favorites"
Nero Wolfe has been my favorite detective since I began reading mysteries years ago. This one is one of my favorite Wolfes.
"Michael Pritchard is Nero Wolfe"
I have heard Michael Pritchard narrating many of the Nero Wolfe stories. He is marvelous both as Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. His pacing and clear delineation of each character makes for an enjoyable experience. Rex Stout's art and clever repartee lets me listen more than once with equal satisfaction,
"One of the funniest"
There are tons of priceless one-liners in this one, recited by Archie, Wolfe & even a couple by Cramer. You can just tell that Rex Stout was having a grand old time with this one. I have listened to this many times, as I have all the others. Ditto in terms of reading. And while I enjoy all of them, and some have better mysteries, better drawn characters, and other features which set them apart, this is one of the few where I find myself laughing out loud in multiple places every time I listen. And of course, Prichard does his usual stellar job.
You may not like him as a reader on other books. But when he reads Wolfe and Archie books, he is becomes something extraordinary. As an actor, you can tell he just loves these books. And he loves being Archie Goodwin, his greatest role, and one of he was born to play.
A complicated plot with many threads expertly woven together. However, this very complexity weakens the pleasure of discovering the solution.
"A good listen!"
This book was enjoyable and easy to listen and follow along as most Nero Wolfe books are.
"Always a treat!"
Rex Stout always delivers a story that is enjoyable enough to listen to multiple times and Prichard's reading is infinitely better than reading it yourself!
"An excellent Nero Wolfe"
Wolfe breaks his most important rule to beard the murderer in his den. Classic Stout.
"Not my Favorite Nero Wolfe"
I really like the Nero Wolfe series, but this is one I could have skipped. The cast of potential criminal characters were less compelling, and the story a bit more unbelievable than the best of the series. Archie is less involved with the plot making this a bit less interesting and there was no big pay off that wasn’t somewhat obvious. Still, this was better than many other mystery novels, but I will not likely read it again.
In a rare twist this was not a Nero Wolfe that i had to finish all in one sitting. It was just the storyline a matter of taste not an opinion of writing or of Rex Stouts craft. It was well written.
The Narration and Technical aspects were perfect. And the Voicing was of the best quality.
Typical Stout--Good story and no filth or expletives! Enjoyable for young and old! Story does drag at times and it could be abridged! Would recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery!
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