Michael Pritchard's voicing is wonderful, and he does Archie Justice.
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.
Loved the Back-story and how the Cast Bonded and stayed Bonded. The Remembrances of Andre' were delightful (and helped me remember him RIP Boss). Loved how they had fun, and how the stars aligned just right to make that movie possible. It was magical.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Narration and Technical aspects were perfect. And the Voicing was of the best quality.
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