There are few people Nero Wolfe respects, and Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette is one of them. So when Cohen asks for a favor, Wolfe is inclined to listen.
According to Cohen, someone wants to kill the Gazette's gossip columnist, Cameron Clay. Death threats are a regular hazard for Clay, who's hurled insults and accusations at every bold-faced name in the five boroughs. But the latest threats have carried a more sinister tone. The columnist has narrowed his potential killers down to five people.
When Clay turns up dead, the cops deem it a suicide. The bigwigs at the Gazette don't agree, so they retain Wolfe to figure out which of the suspects had the mettle to pull the trigger.
©2016 Robert Goldsborough (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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"Good book, wrong reader"
I like the way the author keeps to the spirit of Nero Wolfe and Archie and the rest of them. He is true to the spirit. Alas the book would have been more enjoyable with a different reader. I swear I heard an occasional Irish lilt in Archie's portrayal..and that's when he didn't sound like Albert Campion or Lord Peter. The reader is perfect for the British cozy. He should stick to that and the publisher should find a reader who can do Archie, Saul, Lon and the rest of the city dwellers in the voice Stout .. And now Goldsborough...meant them to have.
Rex Stout books narrated by Michael Prichard are much better.
His interpretation of the characters and their 'voices' just didn't ring true to the characters. Michael Prichard does a much better job. This narrator works way to hard at acting the book and distracts from the story. He actually makes the characters seem silly.
"Worst narrator ever !!!!!!!"
The author created a quite acceptable plot. Overall, it is worth the read. I am not, however, sure it is worth the lisyen
"Good story, not so good narration (referring to Audio ed.)."
The story was nicely done. However the more Nero Wolfe stories the author writes, the further he drifts away from Rex Stout's original books & short stories he gets.
It was the overall atmosphere in the old brownstone that holds the readers attention, &I made them timeless. Mr Goldsborough, in the first few Nero Wolfe books, did a fairly good job recreating that atmosphere. In my opinion he is not even close any more.
"Decent story, read by Baron Harkonnen on a bad day"
Another narrator. Literally any other narrator. Yes I know what literally means.
Not sure, though I tend to like all Nero Wolfe novels, Stout and Goldsborough.
I don't know where to start. I stopped the playback in less than 10 minutes. The faux British Archie is simply terrible. It sounds as though the narrator may be British but trying out a semi-north American accent without ever having heard us speak? Just terrible. His Lon Cohen was lousy and his Nero Wolfe was depressingly sad.
Primarily disappointment. While Mr. Ganser wasn't quite up to the standard of Michael Pritchard as Archie (just my opinion of course), I felt he was very capable and after I began Silver Spire I found his narration style to be entertaining, if noticeably different from the "traditional" Archie of Pritchard. This narrator is a step down in every way. I won't say he's the worst narrator ever, or something silly like that. I can think of another audiobook with an objectively worse narrator for sale on this site. I do feel he is utterly and completely wrong for this book. Just... I cannot finish the first chapter.
"SURE DOESN'T SOUND LIKE NERO WOLFE"
No. The narrator had a strange interpretation of the characters. It was extremely difficult to listen to him.
Archie - he's always good for laughs and snide comments
I couldn't tell - I couldn't get past the narrator
No. I couldn't stand to listen to the book any more.
LJ Ganser or Michael Pritchard reading.
It was Nero Wolfe.
Sometimes hard to tell who is talking. Archie often sounded like Lily Rowen.
"Good book - terrible narration."
Yes - by the author. NOT by the narrator!
Nero Wolfe - brilliant.
Terrible voice for a character from Ohio.
"Narrator so Distracting I Couldn't Finish"
I love Rex Stout and enjoy this author also. I will finish this book in the printed version so I will be able to give the story proper attention. This narrator clearly has no familiarity with Nero, Archie, Lon, or any of the other beloved characters. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample first to determine if you'll be able to immerse yourself in this performance.
"Plot is ok, narrator is terrible"
I fully concur with the other reviewers. The plot is ok, but the narrator at times affects a variety of accents (Southern US, Midlands English, vaguely Dublin Irish, Transatlantic) while delivering every sentence with an unwarranted short-of-breath theatricality. It is very distracting and only a determined listener will soldier through until the end.
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