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The Man Who Knew Too Much Audiobook

The Man Who Knew Too Much

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The eponymous "man" of this collection of short detective fiction is G.K. Chesterton’s protagonist Horne Fisher. Throughout these mysteries and investigations Fisher finds himself in the paradoxical spot of holding the key to the query while being immobilized by some privileged, often dangerous, information or connection. Harold Wiederman performs this collection with the tone of an experienced British orator who, although speaking loudly, seems constantly to be relating a secret. Perhaps this reflects the paradoxes that Chesterton was so fond of - and it certainly heightens the listening enjoyment of these enigmatic puzzling episodes. The collection includes 8 stories about Fisher and his friend the journalist Harold March, who meet in the first episode.

Publisher's Summary

Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English literary and social critic, historian, playwright, poet, Catholic theologian, debater, mystery writer, and foremost, a novelist. Among the primary achievements of Chesterton's extensive writing career are the wide range of subjects written about, the large number of genres employed, and the sheer volume of publications produced. He wrote several plays, around 80 books, several hundred poems, some 200 short stories and 4,000 essays. Chesterton's writings without fail displayed wit and a sense of humor by incorporating paradox, yet still making serious comments on the world, government, politics, economics, theology, philosophy and many other topics. His talent as a mystery writer is displayed in his collection of detective stories, The Man Who Knew Too Much. In each story, the star detective, Horne Fisher, deals with another strange mystery: the vanishing of a priceless coin, the framing of an Irish "prince" freedom fighter, an eccentric rich man dies during an obsessive fishing trip, another vanishing during an ice skate, a statue crushing his own uncle, and a few more.

Includes "The Face in the Targe", "The Vanishing Prince", "The Soul of the Schoolboy", "The Bottomless Well", "The Fad of the Fisherman", "The Hole in the Wall", "The Temple of Silence", and "The Vengeance of the Statue".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-25-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Prince who Knows Paradox Too Well"

    A collection of Chesterton detective stories revolving around Horne Fisher and his companion, political journalist Harold March. These stories have a lot of the same late Victorian/Edwardian flavor of Sherlock Holmes and Chesterton's own Father Brown stories. The reluctant, and moral protagonist of The Man Who Knew Too Much, however, is often forced by greater-good circumstance or a need to protect the best interests of England from revealing the killer or the culprit.

    The strengths of these stories revolves around the clever paradoxes that the Chesterton (the dark prince of paradox) knows too well. The weakness of these stories (and the reason I gave them 3 stars and not 4 stars) is the unsubtle antisemitism that pops up in a couple of them (especially 'the Bottomless Well').

    Stories include:

    "The Face in the Target"
    "The Vanishing Prince"
    "The Soul of the Schoolboy"
    "The Bottomless Well"
    "The Hole in the Wall"
    "The Fad of the Fisherman"
    "The Fool of the Family"
    "The Vengeance of the Statue"

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Book Lover 07-06-17
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    "Repetitive and boring"

    Others have been critical of the narrator but I could tolerate him on a higher speed. After about the 3rd story they all seemed pretty much alike to me and I found the second half of the book boring. It was free and I would not pay for this book.

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    Anders 04-14-16
    Anders 04-14-16
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    "I would recommend this book"

    Well written and well preformed I enjoyed G.K. Chesterton's less well known story of " The Man Who Knew Too Much". Eight different mysteries with surprising twists and relatable characters, I would encourage any mystery fan or fan of British literature to read this book.

    I would like to caution the reader on the author's choice to include profanity in his work. I was disappointed by this which was why I could not give a full five stars to the story.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 07-08-17
    Valerie 07-08-17
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    "Not for me"
    What disappointed you about The Man Who Knew Too Much?

    I did not like the intonation or interpretation of the dialogue by the narrator. While I realize this work is set in first half of the 20th Century I feel it may have been of more interest with a different reading.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A more lively narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    See above


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Man Who Knew Too Much?

    Not qualified to make comment


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first time with an audio book and perhaps my choice of work was not well informed and in addition I did not realize I could listen to a preview.
    I cannot rate the story as I only listened to the first one and a few minutes of the second - it was too painful to continue.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining"

    I enjoyed the intrigue and the twisting plot. I also like reading various fiction & non-fiction books from the same time period together to get a better feel for the people who lived then and there.

    In that sense, this book fit in well with those of CS Lewis that I had just finished.

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    Amazon Customer 08-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Harold Wiederman is a fantastic narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Man Who Knew Too Much the most enjoyable?

    Harold Wiederman's narration, and Horne Fischer's languid and comical apparent exasperation of his own knowledge and observation skills.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Each story Horne Fischer relates to his friend have wonderfully crafted twists and unexpected conclusions. This has been my favorite GK Chesterton book so far.


    What about Harold Wiederman’s performance did you like?

    Harold Wiederman brings Fischer alive - as if Fischer himself was sitting with me, whilst relating his extraordinary knowledge and stories.I really hope that Mr Wiederman will be narrating more books. He made this book come alive for me, as I am sure will of other author's characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BuildItLikeBeal 07-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An enjoyable listen well worth your time!"

    A well narrated version of this classic tale. The protagonist being an overly intelligent and knowledgeable man who solves crimes but analyzation and deduction. If you like this kind of mystery and a good who done it, you'll enjoy this book. Written in a form as was common before our time but narrated in such a way as to make it easily understandable.

    I was given a free review copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. MCRACKAN Raleigh, NC 07-21-17
    R. MCRACKAN Raleigh, NC 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Free, thankfully"
    Any additional comments?

    This was offered for free by Amazon. I'm glad because I don't think it would be worth purchasing. Would not recommend.

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    Tammy 06-12-16
    Tammy 06-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "worst purchase ever"
    What disappointed you about The Man Who Knew Too Much?

    It was a very slow and un-moving performance, I was too bored


    Would you ever listen to anything by G. K. Chesterton again?

    maybe


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Harold Wiederman?

    no idea, but I would suggest choosing one with a better range of voices


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did like the language used. The words had depth and meaning


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Such an irritating narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Wow, this reader is horrible. He has a pedantic, fussy way of speaking that makes him so irritating to listen to. Most of the characters sound the same. The book itself is a little old-fashioned. The stories are not very compelling, but I did want to see how they ended. It was the characters I didn't like. And there was quite a bit of racism there too. Just skip this one. At least it was free!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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