I really enjoyed the stories in the first part of the collection. The stories in the last part are more science fiction. Still interesting, but not what I would consider mysteries. The narration is good throughout, unlike with many collections.
I've really enjoyed all this series, but this has been the best one yet. The plot has many twists, but there all set up and all fair.
I'm not surprised that the other reviews are mixed. Mystery short stories are a bit different. This collection is much better than average. The narrations were also fine, which i better than average for a collection. I have 2 stories in other collections. (Blue Cross/Bluebeard's Bathtub). I recommend this for those who like mystery collections.
I too was glad to hear the 1st book. It makes understanding the later one easier. The narrators strong Scottish accent bothered me a bit. Only Hamish is Scottish.
The mystery is very well developed and enjoyable. The story could have been shorter.
This is my favorite CD Sloan audiobook in the series so far. Perhaps I paid more attention, because this narrator is much improved over the narrator of the previous audiobooks. The plot is clever and enjoyable.
Most of these stories pre-date the novel Holmes on the Range. The last several occur after "On the Wrong Track", and one after "The Black Dove". These last stories should be read after those novels because there are spoilers in the stories.
The the spirit of the AC Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, the focus is on the deduction. The stories get to the deducifying quickly, so that's delightful.
The narrator is not the same one as the one that reads the novels, but he uses a similar style, and is very enjoyable to listen to.
The audiobook also leads off with an introduction from Steve Hockensmith. He explains why he started writing Big and Old Red. That's interesting too.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
Nero Wolfe has been my favorite detective since I began reading mysteries years ago. This one is one of my favorite Wolfes.
The early books in this series have just recently become available on Audible.com. I listened to this after hearing several later in the series. It was very interesting to finally get the initial introduction to the characters. There are bits of the plot which are somewhat immature, but that's made up for by the overall charm. There are not that many classical style ratiocination mysteries written anymore, and it's great to listen to one.
The quality of these stories varies, as is usual with collections. The narration is passable. None is outstanding except the Naval Treaty, which is found in Sherlock Holmes collections. Still, I recommend the collection to those who can't get enough of classically written mysteries. For those who just want a good read, probably not.
AC's short stories often are some of her best, and these are no exception. David Suchet narrates all but one, I think. He is so outstanding. IMHO, this is a must listen for all Christie fans,
This was more of an adventure story. Not all all the classic deduction driven mystery. For those who love Nero Wolfe and want to hear them all, sure. For those trying Nero Wolfe, it would be better to start with another one.
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