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Some Buried Caesar Audiobook

Some Buried Caesar

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Publisher's Summary

A car accident in upstate New York strands Nero Wolfe, America's largest detective, and Archie Goodwin, his confidential assistant, in the midst of a family feud. The feud, over $45,000 worth of prize bull, turns ugly when the beef in question is found pawing the mangled body of a family scion. Solving the mystery is no problem - but, alas, the evidence keeps disappearing.

Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!

©1939 Rex Stout; (P)1994 Books on Tape Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." (The New York Times)
"What's not to like about a Nero Wolfe mystery? The mysteries are short, cleverly plotted, well paced, and, if you're an audiobook listener, wonderfully read by Michael Prichard....Prichard has read nearly 20 books in Stout's series and has mastered Wolfe's deep, meditative voice and Archie's spry, chipper voice, as well as those of a host of other characters we recognize from one recording to the next." (AudioFile)

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  • Sue V
    United States
    01/02/11
    Overall
    "Great story, poor audio"

    I love this story, but the audio is muddy to the point that the narrator seems to lisp. I know Michael Prichard does not have a lisp--it's the sound quality at fault. It's still a very enjoyable part of the Nero Wolfe series, but buy a print version or an audio CD set.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Walnut Creek, CA, United States
    11/09/12
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    "See Nero Climb – Superior Nero Wolfe"

    Some Buried Caesar is one of the better of the uniformly excellent Nero Wolfe series. Although the audio is not totally crisp, I did not experience any muddiness experienced by others and there were no pops and drops I experienced on some of this series. This story shows Nero Wolfe at his most active – climbing, jumping and even going to the fair! Lots of fun, great characters, and an enjoyable mystery. Hard to beat that combination.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Laveen, AZ, United States
    18/09/12
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    "Wolfe is out of his element!"
    Any additional comments?

    I love Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin anytime, but getting to see both of them so far outside of their element is one of the things that makes this one of the stand-outs of the Nero Wolfe novels.

    Like most Rex Stout mysteries, this one is engaging and fast paced. The murder is wonderfully composed and gripping, and when Nero Wolfe begins to piece together the evidence that forms his conclusions, I was left smiling at the arrogant voice Rex Stout gives his titular detective.

    The characters are colorful and ridiculous in the very best way.

    The story is well paced and remains entertaining, though it does drag as it lumbers toward its conclusion.

    If I have a complaint, it is that Rex Stout falls back on an old device to resolve the mystery and see that the antagonist gets what is coming to him. I won't spoil it, but if you are familiar with detective stories, you have seen this device employed several times. When it is, I am always left with the feeling that the author didn't really know how to end his story.

    Michael Prichard's narration is very Michael Prichard; slow and pointed, but deliberate.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jerry Goodnough
    Eugene, OR USA
    14/10/10
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    "Excellent story, ok narration"

    Great story... Narration takes some getting use to, but after listening to a number of these Rex Stout stories read by Michael Pichard I've gotten use to it and sort of like it. In any case this story is great!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy J
    Tornado Alley OK
    23/11/13
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    "Wolfe at his most imperious -- Fabulous!"

    "Some Buried Caesar" is the sixth Nero Wolfe book, published in 1939, and is one of the best of the series. For one thing, it is amusing to see Wolfe far from his NYC brownstone, having to put up with the inconvenience and discomfort of having to sleep in a strange bed, sit in chairs which are not big enough to hold his girth, and, worst of all, eating food not prepared by his private chef.

    The only thing that could entice Wolfe out of the city is an opportunity to display his hybrid orchids in an exhibition contest. This is what has drawn Wolfe, and consequently his assistant Archie, to the countryside of upstate New York. After their car fetches up against a tree as a result of a blowout, Wolfe and Archie encounter Caesar, a prize Guernsey bull, when they are crossing Caesar's pasture. Archie manages to outrun the bull to the fence and safety, but Wolfe is stranded atop a large boulder in the pasture and has to be rescued.

    Thereafter there is a great to-do about the bull, his value and the present owner's plans for the animal, and amidst the arguments and fights first one, and then another, dead body shows up. Of course Wolfe knows immediately that the first man was murdered, and who did it, and the rest of the story involves evidence which keeps disappearing, interspersed with the judging of the orchids.

    This is classic Nero Wolfe, with Wolfe at his imperious best, and Archie has plenty of chances to exercise his charm over beautiful young women when he is not discovering bodies or detecting, or irritating the police with his smart remarks. Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels have been called by many critics the best American mysteries of all time. I find them well-written and always amusing. The price of the audible versions seems high for the fairly short length, but I find them well worth the price.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Louis Madigan
    New York, NY USA
    11/05/08
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    "A unique Wolfe tale!"

    Nero Wolfe on a ranch in upstate new york? Great!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Austin, TX, USA
    02/09/14
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    "A great story, so-so narration"

    Mary's husband here... Long-time Nero Wolfe fan. This is, in my opinion, the best of the Nero Wolfe novels. However, the performance aspect was marred by two things: First, the narrator is not good at making different characters _sound_ different. Second, the audio quality is somewhat muffled and nowhere near the quality of more recent recordings.

    I'd really like to see these books get re-recorded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trent Kittleman
    12/12/11
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    "One of the best Nero Wolfe stories"
    If you could sum up Some Buried Caesar in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting and unusual


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Archie


    What about Michael Prichard???s performance did you like?

    He IS Nero Wolfe for me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This movie is a load of BULL!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the very BEST Nero Wolfe series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/08/16
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    "My Stout and Prichard Addiction"
    If you could sum up Some Buried Caesar in three words, what would they be?

    Escapist Fun. Delightful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mix of humor and logic and lack of the currently trendy "edginess" and "darkness." Pure entertainment. Wolfe is a curmudgeon after my own heart and Archie is, as Mark Van Doren said, another Huck Finn.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    It was my first Nero Wolfe and my first Michael Prichard narration. I cannot imagine any other voice for Archie at this point. For me he IS Archie. I think I have read so many more largely because of the narration. It is hypnotic. (Strangely, a bunch of science nerds attacked his reading of Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Universe" as "monotonous" or claimed it sounded like an old newsreel. Tastes differ, it seems. Wildly.)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I am not reading this sort of book to be moved.


    Any additional comments?

    These books brings back an era when Americans really valued freedom and knew the dangers of authoritarianism (such as political correctness). It is a whiff of fresh air to hear a man express what he thinks without looking over his shoulder. Archie is the great American wise guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E
    01/02/16
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    "Readers Voice Difficult To Listen To"
    What disappointed you about Some Buried Caesar?

    We did not enjoy the reader's version of this story and turned it off after a few minutes.

    Note: I gave the story a 3 star rating b/c Audible required that I rate the story. However, I don't know how the story went. Usually I like Rex Stout stories.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A different reader.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I have no idea. I only listened to it for a few minutes because the reader drove me nuts.


    Any additional comments?

    May I return the story for credit? My husband and I both disliked the performance so much that we only listened for a couple minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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