There are few people Nero Wolfe respects, and Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette is one of them. So when Cohen asks for a favor, Wolfe is inclined to listen.
According to Cohen, someone wants to kill the Gazette's gossip columnist, Cameron Clay. Death threats are a regular hazard for Clay, who's hurled insults and accusations at every bold-faced name in the five boroughs. But the latest threats have carried a more sinister tone. The columnist has narrowed his potential killers down to five people.
When Clay turns up dead, the cops deem it a suicide. The bigwigs at the Gazette don't agree, so they retain Wolfe to figure out which of the suspects had the mettle to pull the trigger.
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I like the way the author keeps to the spirit of Nero Wolfe and Archie and the rest of them. He is true to the spirit. Alas the book would have been more enjoyable with a different reader. I swear I heard an occasional Irish lilt in Archie's portrayal..and that's when he didn't sound like Albert Campion or Lord Peter. The reader is perfect for the British cozy. He should stick to that and the publisher should find a reader who can do Archie, Saul, Lon and the rest of the city dwellers in the voice Stout .. And now Goldsborough...meant them to have.
Rex Stout books narrated by Michael Prichard are much better.
His interpretation of the characters and their 'voices' just didn't ring true to the characters. Michael Prichard does a much better job. This narrator works way to hard at acting the book and distracts from the story. He actually makes the characters seem silly.
I fully concur with the other reviewers. The plot is ok, but the narrator at times affects a variety of accents (Southern US, Midlands English, vaguely Dublin Irish, Transatlantic) while delivering every sentence with an unwarranted short-of-breath theatricality. It is very distracting and only a determined listener will soldier through until the end.
The book is another in the Rex Stout tradition that feels true to the form
Others by Robert Goldsborough
The reader does not appear to be at all familiar with the Rex Stout tradition. The reading is all wrong
Michael Pritchard best. LJ Ganzer very good. This narrator completely off on the voices, characters and tone.
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I've really enjoyed Goldsborough's continuation of the Nero Wolfe series even if the narrator of the previous Goldsborough books wasn't as good as Michael Pritchard. It was pleasant to spend time back in the brownstone with Nero, Archie and the rest of the regular crowd. And the narrator of the previous Goldsborough books wasn't Pritchard, but he wasn't terrible either.
But there's a different narrator for this book (Peter Berkrot instead of L J Ganser) and I HATED him. He made both Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe sound terrible, like sneering condescending actors who hate the lines they're forced to speak. The narrator drops in and out of a travesty of a southern accent at random and that probably the least objectionable thing in his performance. Perhaps he'd be decent for a different series, but I won't listen to him ever again to find out. The only reason I didn't stop listening to the book and return it was because I was desperate to spend time with Archie and Nero Wolfe, I've already listened to literally everything else Audible has from both Rex Stout and Robert Goldsborough and I didn't have the time to read as opposed to listen to the book.
Don't make the mistake I did. Re-listen to one of Michael Pritchard's masterpieces or revisit earlier books from Robert Goldsborough, but this book with this narrator is not worth your time or your money.
Buy or download the actual book and read it for yourself if you can: the plot is decent and the characters are solid, I loved that we got to spend a bit more time with Archie and Lily Rowan, but don't make the mistake I did. The narrator ruined an otherwise solid book for me.
I'm off to have Michael Pritchard sooth me with the beginnings of Archie & Lily's friendship. I'm going to re-listen to Some Burried Ceasar and then maybe Death of a Dude. Summertime with LaRowan, with Pritchard reading, please and thanks.
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