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The Black Mountain | [Rex Stout]

The Black Mountain

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. The case takes him 4,000 miles across the ocean to the hazardous mountains of Montenegro, where Communist cutthroats have also disposed of Wolfe's adopted daughter. Now they zero in on the world-famous detective himself.

Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!

©1954 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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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 06-30-13
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a representative Nero Wolfe"

    This was more of an adventure story. Not all all the classic deduction driven mystery. For those who love Nero Wolfe and want to hear them all, sure. For those trying Nero Wolfe, it would be better to start with another one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Sydney, Australia 07-10-12
    Dave Sydney, Australia 07-10-12

    Retired teacher. Moved to live in Sydney to be close to grandchildren. My wife and I both love being read to!

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    "VINTAGE NERO WOLFE"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great buy for fans of Nero and Archie - this is one I hadn't read before. A really interesting story well read as always by Michael Prichard


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vales Tales Northern California 05-27-15
    Vales Tales Northern California 05-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Rabbi Steve the Storyteller

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    "The Farthest Adventure of Nero Wolfe"

    There are a number of stories where Nero Wolfe leaves home. But never further from home then this one, where he returns to his boyhood home, with Archie in tow, to catch a murderer.

    This is the only Nero Wolfe story, which brings both him and Archie, as well as their stenographer, Rex Stout, back to his roots, as a writer of adventure novels (which were not very good), as well as the roots of his main character.

    This is as much, if not more and action adventure story, as it is a mystery. There is danger present at almost every moment. And we get to see both Nero Wolfe and Archie, as action heroes.

    Lots of fun, entertainment, and exploration of The titular "Blackmountain", Montenegro, Which Is Also where Wolfe gets his name.

    Archie is out of his element, and Wolfe is at least in his element from his youth. Archie has to depend on Wolfe's knowledge and experience of the countryside, as well as Wolfe's reporting all the conversations in foreign languages.

    A great story which takes both detectives out of their comfort zone.

    Michael Prichard's performance is typically outstanding.

    Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris T 05-13-15
    Chris T 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nero Wolfe chases a murderer across the globe"

    Amazing narration: more fun to listen to than to read for myself and I love to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mandavail 03-04-13
    mandavail 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

    when it comes to finding a good book to loose myself in, i'm looking for something that makes me think & if i am lucky also makes me laugh

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    "Not the best of Nero Wolf"

    I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolf books! The only problem I have with this story in particular is the resolution to the mystery. I look forward to figuring out "who done it" and unfortunately, this story really doesn't provide you clues along the way, but just gives you the name of the murder. So overall good story, but not as much fun to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Griggs 03-29-13
    G. Griggs 03-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling Nero Wolfe"
    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

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