Although this Nero Wolfe adventure was not written by Rex Stout, Robert Goldsborough did a good job of capturing the full flavor of Stout's hero. Our ..Show More »only complaint was that the narrator was not Michael Prichard, who had narrated all of the original Nero Wolfe stories so beautifully.
Robert Goldsborough has done a very credible job of reviving the the old Nero Wolfe series. I imagine Rex Stout would greatly approve. In this book, H..Show More »ale Markham has been killed. He was a popular university professor of political science, who was far right in his leanings. However, he had plenty of colleagues who were quite liberal, who had their own reasons for wishing him out of the picture.
The book is a hoot to listen to. Rex Stout and now Goldsborough both managed to create characters who almost slide into being caricatures of types of people. I think this one succeeds very well. Although there is always a good mystery in Nero Wolfe books, I laughed out loud in a couple of places. Especially when the man who first approaches Wolfe to take the case appears. He is portrayed as being a pompous academic, overly full of himself, and sort of a walking thesaurus. Wolfe, himself, tends to be given to using erudite language, and this book is worth the credit, just to listen to the first scene where there is this hilarious mockery of grandiose language (the author's mockery of people who can't seem to speak in simple words).
My only discomfort comes from Archie and Wolfe being so modernized. I still think of them in the 50's and 60's, so it comes as a tiny shock when they are finding clues in computer files. I mean, technically, this would actually make Archie and Nero--what?--in their 80's or 90's? But if that doesn't bother you, count on this being a light, charming book, with the same great characters doing the same outstanding sleuthing that we all remember from the originals.
Robert Goldsborough is not. That is the only explanation I can think of. The Nero Wolfe stories written by Mr. Stout are quick and sharply written wit..Show More »h neat plots and clever dialog. Every meal created by Felix is described with loving detail in these books. This Nero Wolfe book written by Mr. Goldsborough is mean spirited and trite. Felix and his meals are an afterthought rather than inspiring enough to have a cook book created for them. Archie isn't a smart alek in the book, he is downright disrespectful of Wolfe. At first I blamed the narrator and he really isn't suitable for Archie but as the book went on I realized the problem was really what was being said rather than the tone of voice. The actual mystery isn't bad. It was agony getting to the end though.