Two initial points. First, this is the first Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe novel that I have listened to. Second, the narrator is awesome. He sounds exactly how you would expect Goodwin/Wolfe to sound. I thought the story line was fine. I really liked the unexpected comedic turn of phrase or description that Stout sticks in every now and then. It really made the story come to life. You definitely get to know the characters. I'm looking forward to the next book. If I have a criticism it is that the book at times gets bogged down. I listened to it on a long trip and at one point I just had to turn it off and sit in silence. I needed the break. Don't let that deter you from giving it a listen though. It is well written and the narrator really is amazing.
Unexpected things happen.
The author’s mind is quirky - like he comes from another place. I’m frequently chuckling and smiling over the dialogue or what somebody does. So many authors sound alike when it comes to mysteries. Rex Stout is different. I would read more mysteries if they were like this.
The author began writing the Nero Wolfe series in 1934. Nero Wolfe is an extremely obese man who doesn’t like to leave his home. He is an eccentric genius. Archie Goodwin works for him and does the investigating, errands, and running around.
This is the first book in the series. They can be read as stand alones.
The audiobook narrator Michael Prichard was good.
Genre: PI mystery
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My norm is to look for long books -- give me 30 or 40 hrs and I'm quite happy. This book is 8 and 1/2 hrs. I bought it because a reviewer I follow gave it very high praise. I'm so glad I did.
The economy of words in this book borders on elegant, no long phrases that are redundant or empty of impactful information (I love Clancy, but, just saying ...). There is a density to this book that makes the short length completely beside the point.
Prichard complements the book's ambience wonderfully well with his narration and character portrayals. Very real feel of the mid-1930's in NE America.
I loved this whole book, so why only 4 stars for the story? Every once and a while a clue is introduced with the clear sense that the reader had already been acquainted with this information -- those came out of the blue periodically. Definitely not a major deterrent; more like small road bumps.
If you love a good mystery with Christie like sleuthing, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
The recording has significant issues - there are, as another reviewer has apparently said, many "pops and drops."
I admit I'm on a Nero Wolfe bender--I've listened to 12 or 15 of them now and my excuse is the symbiotic relationship between Stout's text and dialogue and Prichard's reading. The pitch and pace are dead right and the vision of an earlier New York City (I gravitate to the earlier work) is wonderful. I might not have read all these books but LISTENING has hooked me!
Yes. When I read Nero Wolfe stories, I hear Michael Prichard's voice. His delivery is far better than mine. It's not the same experience without him.
The Nero Wolfe / Michael Prichard combination is in a class by itself. The only books I might compare this to are other titles in the series.
The pace and timing of his reading, the wonderful voices he creates for the characters, especially Wolfe, and the clear distinction he makes among the characters.
The American Watson and Holmes
It kept me interested, if not on the edge of my seat
He sounds as though we should be Nero Wof, rather than Archie, but he is a good reader and uses enthusiam in his reading.
Can't wait to listen to my next Nero Wolf book.