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Publisher's Summary

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.
Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!
©1959 Rex Stout; (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

Critic Reviews

"What's not to like about a Nero Wolfe mystery? The mysteries are short, cleverly plotted, well paced, and, if you're an audiobook listener, wonderfully read by Michael Prichard. In this breezy title, Nero Wolfe, aided by his faithful employee, Archie, exposes an extortion plot involving plagiarism and catches a cold-blooded killer. Michael Pritchard has read nearly 20 books in Stout's series and has mastered Wolfe's deep, meditative voice and Archie's spry, chipper voice, as well as those of a host of other characters we recognize from one recording to the next." (AudioFile)

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  • Irwin
  • Freehold, NJ, USA
  • 03-29-08

Still one of the elite private detectives

Readers familiar with Rex Stout's tales of Nero Wolfe and his Associate Archie Goodwin will be gratified to see that the Old Master retained his mastery of the detective story form to the end of his long writing career.
Civilized, articulate, short on explicit violence and long on solid craftsmanship, this late book in the series will give pleasure to long-time readers.
For those, perhaps attracted by the excellent TV series of some years back, this offering should be no disappointment. The narrator, I imagine, has had a longer engagement with these characters than anyone but the late author. His reading reinforces the different characteristics of the two leading characters and offers none of the failed efforts of some to reproduce male and female voices with verisimilitude. He allows the text and subtle variations in intonation to work their magic in the listeners mind.
The plot retains its interest throughout the book without resorting to the complex variations,misplaced psychologizing and ready sex play which bog down the straight ahead story line preferred by the "classic" detective story writers of his era.

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  • Catherine
  • Decatur, IL, United States
  • 01-22-12

Plot It Yourself is a good listen.

I love Michael Pritchard as the narrator of the Nero Wolfe books. This is a good story with interesting characters well drawn and I think Rex Stout got in a few digs about the publishing industry of his time. Well done.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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EXCELLENT WORK

What did you love best about Plot It Yourself?

I love the way Stout manages to trick me every time with his false and real clues. Very Satisfactory

What was one of the most memorable moments of Plot It Yourself?

The dead body with the kitchen knife in the stomach on the sofa

Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Usual high standard maintained

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending

Any additional comments?

Wish Rex Stout were immortal that way there would always be a new Nero Wolfe novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A great book.

All Nero Wolfe books are great and this is no exception. Rex Stout allows Archie to be a superb teller of the tales.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Nero Wolfe ' s pride is challenged by a murderer.

Nero Wolfe is one step behind a murderer and it challenges his pride so severely that he vows to quit his detective business entirely if he fails to catch the villian. The ending is inspired!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good story

Where does Plot It Yourself rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high in mysteries

Who was your favorite character and why?

Always Archie. He has several facets to him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ones in Wolfe's office

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • Mikay
  • Cordova, TN, United States
  • 08-13-12

War-time Rex Stout

This was an earlier version of Nero Wolfe than I had read before (thought I'd read them all, but I hadn't read this one). I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to Nero Wolfe fans - not the best Wolfe but very enjoyable.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 09-21-13

Another Great Nero Wolfe

This is a really good Nero Wolfe novel. I like the cast of characters and the story setup. I found the culmination slightly weaker than the very best of Nero Wolfe, but it was still very well worth the listen. The narration, as usual, was excellent. The story has the expected twists and surprises. Very satisfying..

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great read

Loved this typical Nero and Archie. Think this is the first time I ever heard Kramer polite.

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classic Wolfe and Archie

Nicely voiced, all the side operatives are present. Wolfe even mutinies! A classic Wolfe and Goodwin.