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©1954 Rex Stout; (P)1995 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)
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.
Retired teacher. Moved to live in Sydney to be close to grandchildren. My wife and I both love being read to!
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
Different from others
I like how Archie and Wolfe are forced into odd roles. Archie does not speak any language but English so then they go to Montenbegro Wolfe has to do all the talking and just trust that Archie can just guess what going on.
He does individual voices so well.
Rabbi Steve the Storyteller
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.
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
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.
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.
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