Luckily for Archie, his boss knows champagne and other gourmet fare. He also happens to be a genius at deduction. That combination could mean the last call for a killer who spiked the bubbly with cyanide.
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"Michael Pritchard's resolute and somewhat wry narration is perfectly suited to both the characters and the setting - New York in the 1950s. Wolfe's superiority is captured perfectly, and Prichard is quite believable when reading the women in the story. He also shines as Archie, giving voice to his world-weariness and his resolve that the murderer will be identified. The listener can empathize with both his frustration at having to put up with Wolfe and his admiration for his employer. A solid story, with solid narration. Prichard, like Goodwin, gets the job done with style." (AudioFile)
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This is a great standard Nero Wolfe. There is not a lot of development of the series characters, but the story characters and events are well worth the listen. For me, the best Nero Wolfe novels have a great story, great story characters, great twists, and also develop the series characters in unexpected ways. This has the usual great narration, a good story, some nice twists and was a pleasure to hear. This is one they did on the A&E series and I had read before yet I still enjoyed the listen a lot.
"Another great Nero Wolfe tale"
Yes, because Michael Prichard does such an excellent job of bringing the story alive.
Yes. It was a great adventure with suspects that all could have done it and had motive and opportunity. Those are the best ones.
Michael Prichard always reads these books very well. He is the perfect Archie Goodwin, relating their most recent case.
Not one in particular, no.
I recommend any of the Nero Wolfe audiobooks read by Michael Prichard. They are all fabulous and although my favorite is "A Family Affair" they are all excellent.
"Classic Nero Wolfe"
It's just a good story with all the Rex Stout flourishes.
You'll really be hard-pressed to figure out who the murderer is.
There's something wrong with the way Michael Prichard voices Archie. He doesn't come across as streetwise enough. He does Wolfe much better.
Surprising end with plenty of twists. Archie Goodwin & Nero Wolf at their best, a feast for the ears.
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