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  • If Death Ever Slept | Rex Stout

    If Death Ever Slept

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    With Nero Wolfe on the job, you'd think murderers would take caution. But even the master detective can't stop a killing, especially if it's an inside job, right under the roof of his client, millionaire Otis Jarrell. What's more, it's Jarrell's own missing revolver that the killer uses. Wolfe must find the truth behind the scandals in Jarrell's ill-behaved family. One of its members sleeps the fitful sleep of the guilty, and Wolfe's getting dead-tired of murder.

    E. Walters says: "Fun Story"
  • Not Quite Dead Enough | Rex Stout

    Not Quite Dead Enough

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (59)

    World War II has arrived, and U.S. Army intelligence wants Nero Wolfe urgently. But the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth refuses the call to duty. It takes his perambulatory, confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, to titillate Wolfe's taste for crime with two malevolent morsels: a corpse that won't rest in peace and a sinister "accident" involving national security. So as Goodwin lays the bait on the wrong side of the law, Wolfe sets the traps to catch a pair of wily killers.

    Michael says: "Odd and Just OK, but a Must Read for Wolfe Buffs"
  • Curtains for Three | Rex Stout

    Curtains for Three

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    In these three baffling mysteries of motive and murder, even the great Nero Wolfe finds himself stumped. First there is the case of the two passionate lovebirds who want to make sure that neither is a cold-blooded killer. Then it's off to the races, where Wolfe must choose from a stable of five likely suspects to corral a killer on horseback. And finally the detective finds himself the confidant of a distraught, self-described grifter who claims a murderer is stalking Wolfe's own brownstone.

    Michael says: "Three OK Stories, Homicide Trinity much better"
  • Death on Deadline: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Book 2 | Robert Goldsborough

    Death on Deadline: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert Goldsborough
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    To save his favorite newspaper, Wolfe steps into the crossfire of a tabloid war. Scottish newspaper magnate Ian MacLaren plans to gut the paper and turn it into a sex-filled conservative rag. Standing in his way is the company’s chief shareholder, Gazette heir Harriet Haverhill. But when the aged Ms. Haverhill dies in an apparent suicide, no one remains to resist the Scot’s advances except Wolfe. MacLaren may be fierce, but when the cause is just, Nero Wolfe knows how to play dirty, too.

    Kathi says: "Superb job! Nero and Archie are back!"
  • And Four to Go | Rex Stout

    And Four to Go

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin star in these four gems. In "The Christmas Party", Wolfe condescends to uncharacteristic theatrics, which aren't enough to clear him from suspicion of murder. The "Easter Parade" tempts Wolfe to commit larceny for an orchid. "A Fourth of July Picnic" has Wolfe scheduled for to appear as an orator. But his day in the sun is rained out by murder. The last selection, "Murder Is No Joke", is a whodunit in a couturier's salon, where a murderer is dressed to kill and kill again.

    Michael says: "Two of the Best Wolfe Shorts and Two Ok"
  • Fer-De-Lance | Rex Stout

    Fer-De-Lance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    When someone makes a present of a fer-de-lance - the dreaded snake - to Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin knows he's close to solving two apparently unrelated murders. As for Wolfe, he's playing snake charmer in a case more deadly than a cobra and whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer with poison in his heart.

    ShySusan says: "One of the best crime series of all time."
  • The Doorbell Rang | Rex Stout

    The Doorbell Rang

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    There's no one or no thing the great detective Nero Wolfe won't take on if the price is right. That's something wealthy society widow Rachel Bruner is counting on when she writes him a check for a whopping one hundred grand. The oversize genius and his able assistant, Archie Goodwin, soon find out why the prize is so generous as they lock horns with the FBI. The highly trained G-men have a way with threats, tails, and bugs that could give even sedentary sleuth Nero Wolfe a run for his money.

    Michael says: "The best of the Nero Wolfe series? Perhaps."
  • Murder By the Book | Rex Stout

    Murder By the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Leonard Dyke's writing style didn't offend. But all of his work featured unhappy endings: murders. When four people die, including the author, police finally call on Nero Wolfe. Wolfe baits a trap, and when it springs shut, he finds that truth is stranger (and bloodier) than fiction.

    M. W. Baker says: "Good stuff"
  • Prisoner's Base | Rex Stout

    Prisoner's Base

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    When Priscilla Eads, heiress to the fortune of a cotton towel company, implores Nero Wolfe to sort through a case buried in dirty laundry, Wolfe says no. But hours later, Mrs. Eads and her maid get strangled, and the stories of the suspects don't quite wash. To the dismay of a greedy board of directors and Mrs. Eads' gold-digging ex-husband, the astute Wolfe decides to scrub away the stain of murder.

    Kathi says: "Classic Nero Wolfe--always a fun read!"
  • A Right to Die | Rex Stout

    A Right to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    When a beautiful Caucasian heiress turns up dead, all clues point to her African-American fiancé, who goes straight to Nero Wolfe for help. The case appears black and white, but it's not open and shut, because Wolfe soon uncovers a new motive for the murder.

    C. H. Readout, Jr. says: "Sometimes they just get it right."
  • The Father Hunt | Rex Stout

    The Father Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    Pretty Amy Denovo wants to find the father she has never seen, but she can't afford Nero Wolfe's outlandish fees...or can she? Suddenly, she's knocking on the detective's door with a parcel full of bills in hand - and a quarter of a million hidden in her closet. It's all part of a nest egg left by her unknown father. But when Wolfe and his able assistant, Archie Goodwin, begin to trace the money to the man, they make a startling discovery: Amy's father murdered her mother, and now he may be after her.

    Michael says: "Great Wolfe but not the very best story"
  • And Be a Villain | Rex Stout

    And Be a Villain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    It was a broadcaster's worst nightmare: dead air, in the true sense. A radio host's on-air guest is anything but live, dropping dead after chugging a sponsor's beverage.

    Michael says: "Not one of my favorites"
  • Over My Dead Body | Rex Stout

    Over My Dead Body

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Nero Wolfe, lover of fine food and prize orchids, is a genius at daring detection. But he is always on guard when it comes to women. Now, murder at a fencing studio engages him and his confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, in a dangerous duel with death. The prime suspect is a Balkan beauty who has a secret reason for wanting Wolfe to clear her - and a double identity that may be the perfect foil for covering up a killer.

    Tog says: "Another Great One"
  • Might As Well Be Dead | Rex Stout

    Might As Well Be Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (64)

    It's a noble idea: James Herold, a wealthy businessman, gave his son a very raw deal 11 years ago; now he wants to make amends. But the son is long-gone, and he wants to stay that way. Herold hires Nero Wolfe to track him down. It turns out the son is bad company, on trial for a cold-blooded murder. Wolfe gets caught in a web of lies, and it could cost him dearly.

    G. Griggs says: "A Classic Nero Wolfe"
  • In the Best Families | Rex Stout

    In the Best Families

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    Nero Wolfe and his capable assistant, Archie, help a rich old lady uncover the mysterious source of her husband's money. The case leads them unexpectedly to the country's most dangerous man. And if the sleuths want to live, they'll have to consider an alien idea: run and hide. That will be no small feat for the wide Mr. Wolfe.

    Amazon Customer says: "Nero Wolfe never fails"
  • Silver Spire: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Book 6 | Robert Goldsborough

    Silver Spire: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Goldsborough
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Staten Island would be forgettable were it not for the gleaming Tabernacle of the Silver Spire, where thousands of congregants come every Sunday to hear the sermons of Barnabas Bay. Millions more tune in on television, giving the good Reverend international fame, and a chance to spread the gospel from New York City’s harbor all the way to South Korea. But threatening notes have been appearing in the collection bag, suggesting that one of the faithful has decided it’s time this good shepherd get the hook.

    Kathi says: "Nero and Archie return! 4 & 1/2 stars--not quite 5"
  • The Last Coincidence | Robert Goldsborough

    The Last Coincidence

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Goldsborough
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    When Lily Rowan doesn’t laugh at his jokes, Archie Goodwin knows something is wrong. Her niece Noreen has been running around with Sparky Linville, a club-hopping bad boy who is the terror of Manhattan nightlife. And the last time she went out with him, Noreen wasn’t herself when she came home. All she would tell her aunt was that she had been assaulted. Springing into action, Goodwin waits for Linville outside of Morgana’s, a chrome-and-glass palace that sits like a wart on Second Avenue. They nearly come to blows, but Linville’s bodyguard intervenes, and Goodwin retreats to plan his next move. In the morning Linville is dead, and Goodwin is the chief suspect.

  • Murder in E Minor | Robert Goldsborough

    Murder in E Minor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Goldsborough
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    It wasn’t Nero Wolfe’s idea for Orrie Cather to kill himself, but the great detective gave his blessing to his longtime associate’s plan. Cather had killed three people, and it was only fair to pay the price. Though Wolfe reacted to Cather’s death with his characteristic calmness, prize assistant Archie Goodwin could see the rotund genius of West 35th Street was shaken to his well-fed core. Wolfe decided his sleuthing days were finished. The detective’s retirement lasts until the day Maria Radovich walks through his door.

    Cathy says: "Not Rex Stout, but a close approximation"
  • The Missing Chapter | Robert Goldsborough

    The Missing Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Goldsborough
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The gun was fired close to Charles Childress’s head, and his were the only fingerprints on it, forcing the police to conclude that the author committed suicide. But his friends know this is impossible, because Childress loved himself far too much. He had just begun attracting fame, writing new mysteries starring the iconic Sergeant Barnstable, and he had bright hopes for the future. His publisher hires corpulent genius Nero Wolfe to determine who cut Childress’s career short, and the detective finds no dearth of suspects.

    mp says: "So Disappointed"
  • Homicide Trinity | Rex Stout

    Homicide Trinity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The orchid-growing gourmet Nero Wolfe and his onfidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, dine on a three-course feast of murder. The menu in the first case is a double helping of lethal instruments. In the second, an embarassing situation develops when Wolfe's own soup-stained tie becomes a deadly weapon. Finally, a healthy serving of greenbacks and a ham actor lead Archie to an unpleasant discovery.

    Michael says: "Best of the Nero Shorts"
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