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©1962 Rex Stout; (P)1997 Books on Tape Inc.
"It's always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." (The New York Times)
"What's not to like about a Nero Wolfe mystery? The mysteries are short, cleverly plotted, well paced, and, if you're an audiobook listener, wonderfully read by Michael Prichard....Prichard has read nearly 20 books in Stout's series and has mastered Wolfe's deep, meditative voice and Archie's spry, chipper voice, as well as those of a host of other characters we recognize from one recording to the next." (AudioFile)
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This book contains three Nero Wolfe short stories; Eeny Meeny Murder Mo, Death of a Demon, and Counterfeit for Murder. Eeny Meeny Murder Mo was my favorite of these, and is also one of the stories that A&E adapted for TV. I generally prefer longer Nero Wolfe novels to the collections of short stories, but this was the best of the short collections. As usual Michael Prichard’s narration is excellent and audio quality is great. Each of these shorts have a situation or character that is so good, it overcomes the lack of richness I get from Stout’s novels. I thought I had read every Nero Wolfe story long ago, but somehow had missed Counterfeit for Murder, which was a pleasant surprise.
If you have never read a Nero Wolfe story, this is perhaps the best introduction to the series. The Nero Wolfe stories are funny, stimulating, and touching, developing a cast of character you come to appreciate in relationships that are like a close, clever, cantankerous family. The stories have twists that are unexpected, yet seldom unbelievable. The logic holds together, and even when I have not figured out the mystery, I almost always feel that I had a fair chance, but missed some subtle point, sometimes a single line.
good nero wolfe
I had read the three stories included in this recording before, but I do think Prichard's recording made it easier to follow and more suspenseful.
I have always like Archie in the books, but Michael Prichard's reading of him makes him even more fun.
No, I learned my lesson. I now savor each Wolfe recording since eventually I will have them all and there won't be any more new ones.
The was a relic from the cassette recoding left on this version. After about 30 minutes, the narrator says "end of Cassette one, please turn over." etc. It only happens the once, but maybe someone can edit it out. (This is why I downgraded the overall rating to 4 stars.)
Rabbi Steve the Storyteller
Again, this has the typically outstanding Michael Prichard performance of Archie, Nero, and all other characters.
And this has the best version of Hattie Annis in the best version of that story "Counterfeit for Murder". There is a little bit of deductive exposition, that wasn't in the earlier version of the story, but it's a worthwhile trade for a much better character, and ultimately a much better story.
Oh, and the other two stories are good too.
The story and audio quality are fine. The instructions every 30 minutes to flip the cassette tape is annoying and should have been removed.
I've been a Rex Stout fan more or less all my life. He is very re-readable,. My mother was a fan, and so my daughter is the third generation fan, love all his books, he didn't write a bad one. Try this, you'll like it.
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