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A Rosetta Stone to Understanding Media Bias

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-19

This is one of the most important books I've read in the last 30 years. While I understand why The Great One only reads the beginning and the end, it's great to hear his voice. Only wish he could read more.

Nevertheless, Jeremy Lowell does a great job. This book is a must-read.

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Best Book in the Best Series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I've read this book in various formats easily a few dozen times in my life.

There is no bad Rex Stout Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin book. But this one is the best.

So many good things about this story. And of course with the great Michael Prichard reading, you can't go wrong.

Almost every time they make a Nero Wolfe TV series, this is the one upon which they base the pilot.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Third Book in Series: Almost There

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

None of the characters are quite yet what they will be. And no Hawk yet.

But still, the story dealing with possible pro sports cheating is very good, and some stellar moments.

A ways to go yet until it will become what it needs to.

If you haven't yet started the series, this book might be better than the previous two to begin. But later books are even better.

Recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating Telling of Important Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-17

This is the way history needs to be told. Even though I knew the ending, I was on the edge of my seat.
Michael Prichard is my favorite reader. He could read the phone book and it would be good.

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Great two reader performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-17

Robert Crais is one of the best crime/thriller/detective writers writing today - one of the best ever.

And this audiobook is one of the best of all his audiobook - and I have yet to listen to one I didn't like. I've listened to it twice (with a few years in between) and enjoyed it immensely both times.

My best friend (who is also my ex-wife) also enjoyed this book.

Highly recommended.

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Now a Top Ten Favorite

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Definitely, my favorite audiobook autobiography.
Also, one of my top 3 favorite audiobooks on music.
And, now one of my top ten favorite audiobooks period.
Herbie reads the book engagingly. It often sounds like he's just talking to us.
Entertaining, enlightening, educational and endlessly interesting. Highest recommendation.

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One of the funniest

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-17

There are tons of priceless one-liners in this one, recited by Archie, Wolfe & even a couple by Cramer. You can just tell that Rex Stout was having a grand old time with this one. I have listened to this many times, as I have all the others. Ditto in terms of reading. And while I enjoy all of them, and some have better mysteries, better drawn characters, and other features which set them apart, this is one of the few where I find myself laughing out loud in multiple places every time I listen. And of course, Prichard does his usual stellar job.

You may not like him as a reader on other books. But when he reads Wolfe and Archie books, he is becomes something extraordinary. As an actor, you can tell he just loves these books. And he loves being Archie Goodwin, his greatest role, and one of he was born to play.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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One of the funniest & most gruesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-16

First, no spoilers:
This entry in one of the greatest detective series of all time is one that makes me laugh out loud as much, if not more than almost any of the others. It's a great one and a typically great performance by Michael Prichard.

Now for some spoilers:

This one is also one of the grimmest entries. The murderer is practically a serial killer. Four people are murdered, and while the descriptions and details are mild by today's standards, in terms of the series and the standards of the time in which it was published (1956, same age as me), it's pretty gruesome.

Which somehow makes the humor even funnier by contrast. Truly comic relief. Both Wolfe and Archie get in some zingers, both at each others' expense and others' as well (Inspector Cramer, for one).

Highly recommended

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Maybe The essential Elmore Leonard Western

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-15

There are times when Valdez Is Coming is my favorite Leonard Western.

But every time I listen to this one, I realize this is the one that has all the elements in it.

Most especially, the humor.

"The smiles and laughter. Impact and terms of an Audible book, this is the best one. There is no unabridged Valdez Is Coming here.

So this one would win by default.

However, Josh Clark's performance would win in almost any contest. His dialects, his different voices for different characters, his reading of the narration… Perfect! The perfect marriage between writer and reader in this case.

Highest recommendation

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One of the best by one of the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-15

Read by one of the best.
This is Elmore "Dutch" Leonard as he was transitioning from Westerns to Crime, and is one of those which includes the best of both worlds.

And read by one of my favorite readers, The late great Frank Muller.

Highest recommendation