Nero Wolfe, featured in 46 novels, movies, and television series, first came to radio on April 7, 1943. The great character actor Sydney Greenstreet played him from 1950-51. Wolfe, the "gargantuan gourmet", solved crimes with an attention to detail that rivaled the great Sherlock Holmes. The overweight detective of Rex Stout's novels refused to leave his elegant brownstone on business, sending his wisecracking, two-fisted assistant, Archie Goodwin, out to do his legwork. This peculiar private investigator preferred tending to his beloved orchids over solving crimes. In fact, the only reason he worked at all was to keep up his lavish lifestyle.
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I love Nero Wolfe and Archie. I've read the books and seen the television show. Now I'm listing to the radio show and I love it. Nero and Archie are the best team ever.
This goes for all of the Nero Wolf mysteries tha I downloaded and listened to. I have been a fan of Rex Stout and Nero Wolf since I was in my teens and here I am in my late 60's still enjoying them. Wonderful presentations by great actors! Sydney Greenstreet is awesome as Nero though at times it is difficult to understand him because of his very singular voice.
The most memorable thing about ALL of the Nero Wolf mysteries is of course the interaction between Archie and Wolf. It is what makes the stories special.
Very few of the storyies make you cry but all of them have moments that make you laugh! What else can you do with the way the primary characters react with each other.
If you love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books, don't bother with these mere recordings of the old radio show. Terrible actors and truncated plots seem to be the norm. All the sparkle and verve of a real Rex Stout book is missing here.
If you're an old radio fan and you don't know anything about Nero Wolfe, than you might be fine. But I come away wondering if it is possible to give negative stars.
Nope-- I'm steering clear of all recordings of old radio shows from now on.
In so many ways it's not really worth bothering about. It would be like trying to fix a volkswagen after it got accordianed between two semis.
Dismay and disappointment.
Not the best of Nero Wolfe stories but a reasonable listen with some humour and interesting twists. ..and a fascinating advertisement included for skin lotion ...worth getting this audio book for that little slice of history alone.
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