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G. Griggs

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  • Murder By the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Leonard Dyke's writing style didn't offend. But all of his work featured unhappy endings: murders. When four people die, including the author, police finally call on Nero Wolfe. Wolfe baits a trap, and when it springs shut, he finds that truth is stranger (and bloodier) than fiction.

    M. W. Baker says: "Good stuff"
    "Wonderful Plot and Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. but not the best quality.


    Did Michael Prichard do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Seemed he may have been under the weather during this one.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a Technical quality problem with the Gain and other board things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe: Old Time Radio - 9 Episodes

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rex Stout, Louis Vittes
    • Narrated By Sydney Greenstreet, Don Stanley
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Nero Wolfe is an armchair detective created in 1934 by Rex Stout. Like many great detectives from the classic era, Nero Wolfe made the jump to radio and television. Five radio series have been produced starring Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin. These episodes come primarily from The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe which aired on NBC radio from October, 1950 to April, 1951.

    Connie says: "This book has 10 episodes, not 52"
    "Now I remember ..."
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    The NBC shows were not as faithfully written to the Characters by Rex Stout. Sidney Greenstreet was of course wonderful and carried the shows. The Archie performer was good but his character was not written correctly. Archie was a savvy detective in his own right not a novice, or a Whittling. If memory serves the CBS shows were far better written as to the overall characters and mental gymnastics of Nero Wolfe.

    But still for many reasons i am glad i have these to remember.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (845)

    Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

    Melissa says: "Great addition to the story"
    "An Emotional Rollercoaster."
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    I have all the books in this series and love them all.

    Renee' Raudman's Narration is Fantastic! Her voicing even the Males is excellent. She also captures the Ironic and Sardonic in the Voice of the characters.

    I had this Book on Kindle Pre-order with Amazon and it was an Unexpected treat that i could get the Audible the same day.

    I Love the way the Authors have been doing their Magic Research, and all the American and other countries Culture/Pop Culture (e.g. Bugs Bunny, W.E. Coyote, The Princess Bride and other things American, Russian/European, 3AM Час волка).

    I love the Humour and the 3D feel of the characters.

    Any Writer(s) that can actually put me [old cynic] on an Emotional Roller-Coaster have got it together. I love the characters and they are almost real to me.

    Please keep this series alive, Thank you.



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    Let me get this out of the way; I normally do not read fun books or watch fun Movies with sad endings, if this was the only book of the series i had seen, i would have read the end first and not purchased it. This is ME and has nothing to do with the Writing or narration or story, I AM Weird that way. I have never watched the Movie "Titanic" cause the name gives the ending away. So this is not a critique of the Book or Series.

    <-- END SPOILER/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (655)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "Wonderful and full of Camp."
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    Take 1 part Dashiell Hammett, 1 part Jim Butcher, 1 part Mickey Spillane, and finally 1 part Neil Gaiman, add a dash of Archie Goodwin wise-assery from Rex Stout;

    Mix thoroughly with Magic and pour out sideways, there you have it: "The Nightside".

    One could call this Campy or a Homage' to the Detective writers/stories of the 30's, 40's and 50's, "Witch" I loved growing up. Later i began to read "Constantine", "The Dresden Files", "Neverwhere" and Marion Zimmer Bradley's "GhostLight" Series.

    This Series is a combination of those [above] styles/stories, and out popped Mr. Green's own Flavour of Magical Detective.

    I appreciate this Homage to the old style of rough and tumble, classic American Detective (Dick). I can read the affection that Mr. Green has for those stories and the idea that there is Magic in the world. To me it is fun to read the English slant on this beloved genre' of writing.

    The Narrator is wonderful and easy to understand.

    I want to read more of these and some of the other different Series by Mr. Green.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Might As Well Be Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (56)

    It's a noble idea: James Herold, a wealthy businessman, gave his son a very raw deal 11 years ago; now he wants to make amends. But the son is long-gone, and he wants to stay that way. Herold hires Nero Wolfe to track him down. It turns out the son is bad company, on trial for a cold-blooded murder. Wolfe gets caught in a web of lies, and it could cost him dearly.

    G. Griggs says: "A Classic Nero Wolfe"
    "A Classic Nero Wolfe"
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    Loved the story, The Narration as always was wonderful and no real technical glitches to speak of... I was so very please with this Audio Book, and of course the whole Nero Wolfe Series, i have most of these and hope they will make more of them, the Pre-WWII Stories please please, addicted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Singer

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Adrienne Barbeau
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    Danielle says: "Horrible audio quality"
    "I Love this Story"
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    I have read this Story so many times. I was sad it was Abridged but my Brain added the extra parts. The rewrite for this version was done well. The narrator was very good, the audio quality was iffy. But Still a wonderful Listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Best Families

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    Nero Wolfe and his capable assistant, Archie, help a rich old lady uncover the mysterious source of her husband's money. The case leads them unexpectedly to the country's most dangerous man. And if the sleuths want to live, they'll have to consider an alien idea: run and hide. That will be no small feat for the wide Mr. Wolfe.

    Dshanks says: "Nero Wolfe never fails"
    "Wonderful Listening Experience"
    Overall
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    The Story itself was wonderful and gave a more Three Dimensional feel to Archie Goodwin.
    Using the story vehicle as Nero Wolfe's Moriarty it was one of the best developed stories and closes an Arc. I have not been listening to the stories in any correct order but must go back and listen to them again, in order. It will be as enjoyable the second time i am sure.
    As Always the narration by Michael Prichard was wonderful it is hard to find better.

    The technical glitches are still evident and endemic in this series, maybe the transcription from Tape to downloadable audio i do not know. things like Volume and Equalization of voice, pitch changes and the like. This is the main reason a 5 star for overall is withheld.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fer-De-Lance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (127)

    When someone makes a present of a fer-de-lance - the dreaded snake - to Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin knows he's close to solving two apparently unrelated murders. As for Wolfe, he's playing snake charmer in a case more deadly than a cobra and whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer with poison in his heart.

    ShySusan says: "One of the best crime series of all time."
    "The First"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

    Michael Pritchard's voicing is wonderful, and he does Archie Justice.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a wonderful first entry into the series. The characters were well developed making you want to learn more about them. The narration was Wonderful. Some minor Technical glitches. Overall will listen to it again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    When evil strikes a loved one, it can make us crazy. We can't think rationally enough to get revenge ourselves, so we shouldn't. But Nero Wolfe ignores reason when someone guns down a close friend in cold blood. He vows to collar the killer personally, and it thrusts him into the gravest danger of his career.

    Linda says: "Not a representative Nero Wolfe"
    "Compelling Nero Wolfe"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This Audio book was as close to perfect as possible. Story Line of Course and the Narration and Voicing was wonderful. no Technical problems at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Cheaters never prosper, but Nero Wolfe encounters one who kills trying. At the Pour Amour perfume riddle contest, a million dollars goes to the contestant who can answer five questions. Someone doesn't like the heat of competition, so he murders the contest founder and steals the answers to the riddles. Now Wolfe has to sniff down a trail of clues that leads disturbingly close to home.

    Linda says: "One of my favorites"
    "Wonderfully Done"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    In a rare twist this was not a Nero Wolfe that i had to finish all in one sitting. It was just the storyline a matter of taste not an opinion of writing or of Rex Stouts craft. It was well written.


    Any additional comments?

    The Narration and Technical aspects were perfect. And the Voicing was of the best quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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