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In the Best Families Audiobook

In the Best Families

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©1950 Rex Stout; (P)1995 Books on Tape Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-20-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2015

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "My least favorite Nero Wolfe"

    This story follows a powerful criminal character introduced in And Be a Villain leading to a somewhat anticlimactic showdown with Nero Wolfe. I really like almost every Nero Wolfe novel, and even the ones I don’t particularly like, I don’t dislike them. This is the one I really did not like. I found the powerful criminal and conflict too derivative of Holmes and Moriarty. I don’t want to spoil any of the surprising bits for anyone, but I did not find them interesting or compelling. This is the only book of the series I actually wish I had not read, as the off characterizations here very subtly degraded my relationships with the series characters. I very highly recommend the series, but I would skip this and even And Be a Villain if I had it to do over again.

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    "Nero Wolfe never fails"

    Great story. Love the voice work.

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    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 06-10-15
    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 06-10-15
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    "Excellent nail biter"

    I was really worried about my heroes but as usual, good triumphed over evil. This might be one of Reed's best woven plots!

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    Jo 11-26-15
    Jo 11-26-15
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    "Too much foul language"

    I was very upset with the awful language used in this. I read the book and don't remember such language. It was so bread that i skip 9/10th of the story ant went to chapter 16 just to hear the end. Very, very disappointed. There was no need for the foul language inn such a good book. I missed ALL of zzz Wolfe's interaction with Zeck because of it!

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    Amazon Customer Aurora, CO, United States 10-24-15
    Amazon Customer Aurora, CO, United States 10-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Nero. who would know him?"

    Loved it, as my two completely different detecting characters kept me happily entertained as I cooked and sewed, and did laundry. Audible is a fantastic way for me to do mundane chores, while my mind focuses on a good story and I step into the book!

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    S. Taylor 06-27-15
    S. Taylor 06-27-15

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    "Rex Stout at his best."

    Once again Nero Wolfe rises above the ordinary to eliminate his nemesis, Mr. Zeck. This volume being the culmination of 3 novels detailing what Motivated Wolfe to leave the Brownstone, leave New York, loose over 100 pounds then return to NYC to take Zeck on- a face to face ending that is unique among all of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories.

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    Chris T 06-22-15
    Chris T 06-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Amazing Battle of Geniuses - One Good, One Evil"

    Wolfe and Archie battle an evil genius in a life or death competition. Another example to support why readers love the entire household of Nero Wolfe .

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    Ellie Z. 05-27-15
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    "classic Wolfe!"

    I really...really enjoyed this mystery. great listening

    Archie at his best! what a great guy!

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    Mike Milward 01-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Maybe the best"

    The narrative world of Nero Wolfe is a remarkable experience. One travels to the Brownstone and all that unfolds therein - the most re-readable novels ever. This, the third In the Zeck series, may be the best of the best. Michael Pritchard is superb. Enjoy, an absolute treat!

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    Peggy 05-15-13
    Peggy 05-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Archie! Cease this flummery and buy the book!"
    Would you listen to In the Best Families again? Why?

    this was the second listen. first time round I didn't do the books in chronological order.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the favorite Archie/Wolfe moments are there.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    spot on as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    In a world where change happens almost instantly its good to slip back into the old Brownstone and pull up a barstool in Fritz's kitchen where eggs are never fried, and settle in to a good mystery with Archie whispering wise cracks in your ear as Wolfe settles back in the only chair that satisfies him and works his way through the clues and clients. Ahhh forget change and give me comforting routine with characters I really care about.

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