Black Orchids by Rex Stout audiobook

Black Orchids

By Rex Stout
Read by Michael Prichard

Random House Audio

The Nero Wolfe Series: Book 9

6.04 Hours Unabridged
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Nero Wolfe has left his comfortable brownstone for the promise of a remarkably rare black orchid at a flower show—but before Wolfe and his perennially hardy sidekick, Archie Goodwin, have a chance to stop and smell the roses, a diabolically daring murder takes place right under their noses and puts a blight on the proceedings. Now Wolfe's fancy turns to thoughts of weeding out a murderer—one who's definitely not a garden-variety killer. Only then will Wolfe be ready to throw his weight into a second  thorny case, involving a rich society widow bedeviled by poison-pen letters—and a poisonous plot as black as Wolfe's orchids . . . with roots that are even more twisted. Introduction by Lawrence Block “It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.”—The New York Times Book Review   A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained—and puzzled—millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

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Nero Wolfe has left his comfortable brownstone for the promise of a remarkably rare black orchid at a flower show—but before Wolfe and his perennially hardy sidekick, Archie Goodwin, have a chance to stop and smell the roses, a diabolically daring murder takes place right under their noses and puts a blight on the proceedings. Now Wolfe's fancy turns to thoughts of weeding out a murderer—one who's definitely not a garden-variety killer. Only then will Wolfe be ready to throw his weight into a second  thorny case, involving a rich society widow bedeviled by poison-pen letters—and a poisonous plot as black as Wolfe's orchids . . . with roots that are even more twisted. Introduction by Lawrence Block “It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.”—The New York Times Book Review   A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained—and puzzled—millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

Reviews

Reviews

by evil_sorceror 9/13/2017
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This is my favourite Wolfe book ever.

I've read about half of this series, possibly more. The later ones wore out on me.

I always liked the writing in these novels and this one has some of my favourite one liners ever, as well as being a great mystery full of characters you love, and characters you love to hate. It has one of my favourite endings too. I won't spoil it for you, but this book is really the crown jewel of the entire series for me.

Michael prichard was never nero wolfe for me. I've always felt his voice was never quite used properly, cast as he is in hard boiled detective fiction. He's just not tough enough or dynamic enough to really satisfy in that roll. He would have done better at the classics or in nonfiction I think. I didn't like the radio drama Wolfe either.

Nero wolfe for me is Saul Rubinek. He had both Archie and Wolfe nailed along with the right amount of irony in the appropriate places. Prichard just doesn't deliver effectively on, "the D*amn hipopotomus! He'll get lost. He'll get kidnaped. He'll fall in a hole!"

Still, this goes down as my favourite wolfe book and one of my favourite light mysteries of all time.

Author

Author Bio: Rex Stout

Author Bio: Rex Stout

Rex Stout (1886–1975), inimitable master of detective fiction, wrote seventy-three mysteries and numerous novels and short stories. He is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Nero Wolfe. He was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Crime Writers Association’s Silver Dagger Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English