Two years after Wolfe's retirement, his past returns with deadly intent
It wasn't Nero Wolfe's idea for Orrie Cather to kill himself, but the great detective gave his blessing to his longtime associate's plan. Cather had killed three people, and it was only fair to pay the price. Though Wolfe reacted to Cather's death with his characteristic calmness, prize assistant Archie Goodwin could see the rotund genius of West 35th Street was shaken to his well-fed core. Wolfe decided his sleuthing days were finished. The detective's retirement lasts until the day Maria Radovich walks through his townhouse door.
She is the daughter of Milos Stefanovic, New York Symphony conductor and long-ago compatriot of Wolfe's. Like Wolfe, Stefanovic spent his youth as a freedom fighter in the mountains of Montenegro. The conductor has been receiving death threats, and Wolfe agrees to come out of retirement to help his old friend. But before he can attack the case, Stefanovic is murdered, and for the first time in years, Wolfe and Goodwin must go to war.
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When I realised that this WASN'T by Rex Stout, the creator of Nero Wolfe, I nearly had a fit. However, this was excellent, and I really don't think I would have realised just by listening that it was by another author. So many of the familiar characters, descriptions of the Brownstone that were spot on - it was great, and anything that brings us more of Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe is only to be welcomed.
Most red-blooded women will fall for Archie, but in an odd way I reckon we all adore Nero Wolfe too. Can't say which is my favourite, they are a double-package.
No, I haven't, but this was super. Nearly as good as Timothy Hutton, honest!!
If I had 6 hours or so I would have happily listened to it all at once, but as it was, I looked forward to times when I could hear it.
If you love the Rex Stout books, do give this a go. I would say that the plot was not as clever as some of the 'originals', but it was a real treat. I will be buying more of Mr Goldsborough's books!
"OK, but nothing special"
No, not at all. Archie and Wolfe sound a certain way to me thanks to the narration of Michael Pritchard and the Nero Wolfe series on A&E. While L.J. Ganser does an adequate job of reading the story, I'm afraid I've been spoiled by Pritchard's Wolfe characterization.
Only that it is a new Wolfe story.
He could have studied Michael Pritchard's performance of Nero Wolfe.
This is a good first effort in bringing Wolfe back to print. In my opinion however, the narration leaves much to be desired.
"Not Rex Stout, but a close approximation"
Although this Nero Wolfe adventure was not written by Rex Stout, Robert Goldsborough did a good job of capturing the full flavor of Stout's hero. Our only complaint was that the narrator was not Michael Prichard, who had narrated all of the original Nero Wolfe stories so beautifully.
"Just love Nero"
I have read and watched Nero Wolf stories for years, can't get enough! Reader amazingly good, a little iffy on one female voice but still got it down on Nero and Archy. Could see the whole thing in my mind !
I was not sure that I would like someone else writing a Nero Wolfe story.
But, I was surprised and enjoyed the story and Mr Goldsborough style.
I think if you are a Nero Wolfe fan, you should enjoy this book.
"I like this book"
I do like this book,I just have to get use to a new reader.
Nero and Archie is back!
no, first time
some parts are funny with nero and archie
see if you can get Micheal Prichard to read them again
"thank Heavens for L.J.Ganser!"
Like coming home: back in the old brownstone with Archie and Nero once again. Having loved reading and re-reading the Rex Stout books, I was sad when I came to the end of them. The first Robert Goldsborough book I read didn't seem quite convincing to me, and I wasn't sure that Goldsborough was worthy to take up Stout's cloak. However, with Ganser's superb rendering, I am once again a happy participant in all the Nero Wolf adventures.
After being completely disgusted with the ponderous narration of the original Stout series by the lugubrious Michael Pritchard (I can't believe he got the contract to do the whole series, what a waste; two minutes of his droning, monotone Archie is enough to send me up a wall) I feel like kissing the ground L.J. walks upon. His Archie is zippy and wry, his Nero is precise and yet thunderous in just the right combination, and his Cramer is all the outraged old cop he should be. Thank you, Mr. Ganser!!
It is easy to be in the Nero Wolf mode as Ganser sets the tone perfectly. I find it is also easier to overlook the slight deviations that occur in Mr. Goldsborogh's writing from Stouts originals, as the voice and time of the delivery are so right-on.
"Nero Wolfe lives!!"
I am a huge fan of the original Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout. I had my doubts but I am glad to say that this 'new' Nero Wolfe continues life seamlessly through Mr Goldsborough. Thank you!
Keep writing please!
"not bad for a fresh start"
the story itself is very true to rex stout's original although this archie seems a bit duller. my biggest drawback is the narrator and his way of pronouncing the established character names and places. overall still a good first attempt
"ANOTHER GREAT REX STOUT MYSTERY"
In the top 20%. It is equal to or better than any of the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novels.
Yes. It's difficult to find a murderer when everyone hates the victim.
I don't believe so.
When Nero Wolfe allowed the ladies to examine his orchinds.
"Enjoyable but not Rex stout"
Golds borough writes a good story but he does not have the same rhythm as Rex Stout
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