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©1993 Rex Stout; (P)1999 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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If not the absolute best, this is one of the very best of the Nero Wolfe series. It has some of the best characterization and relationship development in the series along with some of the best imagery and cleverness plus it was a brave exposure of the abuses by the FBI of the time, earning Stout a thick FBI file. Although I enjoyed the TV version of this for the premier of the A&E series, the book was much, much better. Although this is a great book, I don’t think it should be one of the first read as it depends more than most on the history between characters.
I have read more than 30 Nero Wolfe detective stories and have enjoyed them all. This was the first one that I have listened to. The narrator will keep me from downloading any more. His voice and flat monotone delivery would be fine for Nero Wolfe but the stories are told from Archie Goodwin's view and this is not the energetic, cheeky voice of Archie Goodwin. So sad...
Shameless book addict whose life was made immeasurably happier when I discovered audiobooks made housework tolerable and long drives a joy.
Nero Wolfe's interest is raised when a wealthy woman offers him a huge check if he can get the FBI to stop harassing her. Only a man as arrogant as Nero Wolfe would even dream of attempting this act of professional suicide. But Nero Wolfe loves a challenge, so he takes the case. Although the plots of the books are always clever and engaging, the irresistible appeal of the Nero Wolfe books is the interplay between the principal characters. This is witty banter at its absolute best. Rarely will you hear goads and observations delivered with such acerbic humor or with such rich vocabulary. Stout could have educated Shakespeare in the art of satiric dialog. In particular, this book is my favorite because Mr. Wolfe's real desire to strike a blow for civil liberties and his evident enjoyment of the challenge enriches the story.
I started reading Rex Stout -- specifically Nero Wolfe in the sixties. Because of the timing, I collected and read the paperbacks in order, starting with 1934 Fer-de-Lance. This shorter novel had me laughing out loud because it tickled my fancy, propped up my prejudices (about the FBI) and is Archie and Nero in full alter ego stride, albeit closing in (1965) on the end of a long series of well written, entertaining detective novels. Extensive vocabulary and proper grammar aside, Rex Stout is an engrossing story teller and Michael Prichard does both characters justice as he narrates the tale.
Yes. Like most Nero Wolfe stories, you can listen to them over and over again and pick up new details. I typically listen to them all over a two year period and then repeat. It's too bad Audible doesn't have all of them, especially the short story collections that were never made available on CD.
It's more like keeping your mind trying to outwit Wolfe (which you seldom do unless you've heard the story before). In this case he outwits the FBI, which seems like an impossible task until two agents make a mistake and Wolfe uses it to corner them. But even so, the way he does it makes you glad he's on our side!
Michael is perfect for representing the voices of Wolfe, Archie and all the other characters. Not just the right sound, but the right inflection.
No. What's great about Wolfe books is that you can read on any schedule you would like. No gratuitous sex or violence, just a solid, intellectually challenging mystery.
Please, Audible, please make available the remaining Wolfe books! Most of those you don't currently have are no longer available in audio format except for cassettes priced at $50 or more.
The way the Plot unfolds it makes you think that the little guy can win.
Mr. Prichard makes the book feel honest and true. He has the right voice for this time period I think.
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