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  • Gambit | Rex Stout

    Gambit

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    You wouldn't expect a very public murder in a very private chess club. But that's what happens when someone stirs up an arsenic cocktail for one of the members. The police have a suspect, but his daughter knows he's a pawn. She calls on Nero Wolfe, who checkmates the cops as well as the killer.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another great Nero Wolfe story"
  • 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
    (111)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (81)

    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"
  • If Death Ever Slept | Rex Stout

    If Death Ever Slept

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    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.

    Alli says: "loved it!"
  • Death Times Three | Rex Stout

    Death Times Three

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    Murder strikes thrice in these three baffling mysteries of crime and detection. First, Stout's great detective, Nero Wolfe, develops an appetite for the sweet taste of revenge when someone slips something most foul into his lunch. Then a couturier's beautiful sister uses Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's man about town, as her ready-made alibi. Finally, Wolfe has a run-in with the law after a mysterious old woman leaves a package at his brownstone that pits him against a cunning criminal and the U.S. government.

    Michael says: "Three Stories All Good, but Two were Repeats"
  • The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe: The Case of the Midnight Ride & Other Tales | Sydney Greenstreet

    The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe: The Case of the Midnight Ride & Other Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sydney Greenstreet
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    (17)
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    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Based on the famous detective created by Rex Stout, "The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe" stars Sydney Greenstreet as "the balkiest, bulkiest, smartest, and most unpredictable detective in the world... that brilliant eccentric private detective, orchid fancier and gargantuan gourmet." Nero Wolfe, armchair detective in the classic tradition, and Archie Goodwin, wisecracking hard-boiled investigator, shine in eight radio tales from this classic detective series first broadcast in 1950-1951.

    Mike says: "The original was better"
  • 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
    (145)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    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 of a Doxy | Rex Stout

    Death of a Doxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (69)

    Blackmail is such an ugly word. But then again, so is murder. Unfortunately, both terms have been laid at the feet of one of Nero Wolfe's oldest acquaintances, a fellow P.I. with a knack for finding trouble, and stepping straight into it. He's been accused of murdering a kept woman, and now Nero's on the case.

    Michael says: "One of the best of a great series"
  • 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
    (144)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (88)

    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"
  • The Doorbell Rang | Rex Stout

    The Doorbell Rang

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    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."
  • Fer-De-Lance | Rex Stout

    Fer-De-Lance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    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."
  • Please Pass the Guilt | Rex Stout

    Please Pass the Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    A Mets fan with a phony name and a millionaire client arrives just in time to provide a case that will allow Nero Wolfe to pay the rent. The bizarre visitors are in a frenzy about a death-trap explosion in the discreet whiskey drawer of a top TV executive. To crack this case of bombs and bourbon, the indolent genius and his energetic assistant must pick their way though corporate chicanery, vile ambition - and a healthy swig of murder.

    Rebekah says: "Classic Nero Wolfe"
  • And Be a Villain | Rex Stout

    And Be a Villain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    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"
  • Some Buried Caesar | Rex Stout

    Some Buried Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    A car accident in upstate New York strands Nero Wolfe, America's largest detective, and Archie Goodwin, his confidential assistant, in the midst of a family feud. The feud, over $45,000 worth of prize bull, turns ugly when the beef in question is found pawing the mangled body of a family scion. Solving the mystery is no problem - but, alas, the evidence keeps disappearing.

    Sue V says: "Great story, poor audio"
  • In the Best Families | Rex Stout

    In the Best Families

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (112)

    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.

    Michael says: "My least favorite Nero Wolfe"
  • Plot It Yourself | Rex Stout

    Plot It Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    It's bad enough to steal someone's idea; but it takes real guts to claim it as your own, then sue the originator. But that's just what a gang of hack writers are doing, ingeniously planting evidence to back up their claims. The frustrated authors call on Nero Wolfe for help.

    Irwin says: "Still one of the elite private detectives"
  • Over My Dead Body | Rex Stout

    Over My Dead Body

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    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"
  • The Father Hunt | Rex Stout

    The Father Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    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"
  • 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
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    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.

    Nancy L. Falls says: "Excellent book!"
  • 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
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    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"
  • Before Midnight | Rex Stout

    Before Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    Cheaters never prosper, but Nero Wolfe encounters one who kills trying. At the Pour Amour perfume riddle contest, a million dollars goes to the contestant who can answer five questions. Someone doesn't like the heat of competition, so he murders the contest founder and steals the answers to the riddles. Now Wolfe has to sniff down a trail of clues that leads disturbingly close to home.

    Linda says: "One of my favorites"
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