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The House on Mango Street

11 ratings

Summary

Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros's greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children, their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, it has entered the canon of coming-of-age classics. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong, not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

©1984 Sandra Cisneros (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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Some Buried Caesar

8 ratings

Summary

A car accident in upstate New York strands Nero Wolfe, America's largest detective, and Archie Goodwin, his confidential assistant, in the midst of a family feud. The feud, over $45,000 worth of prize bull, turns ugly when the beef in question is found pawing the mangled body of a family scion. Solving the mystery is no problem - but, alas, the evidence keeps disappearing.

©1939 Rex Stout (P)1994 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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In the Best Families

6 ratings

Summary

The aging millionairess has a problem: where is her young playboy husband getting all his money? To help find the answer, Archie infiltrates a party at her palatial estate. But her late-night murder ruins the festive mood...and a letter bomb from a powerful crime boss makes Nero Wolfe do the unthinkable - run for his life. Suddenly Archie finds himself on his own, trying to find a killer without the help of his old mentor. For to all appearances, Wolfe has vanished. The career of the world’s most famous detective has ended in cowardice and disgrace...or has it?  Introduction by Patricia Sprinkle “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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

©1950 Rex Stout (P)1995 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Before Midnight

6 ratings

Summary

Cheaters never prosper, but Nero Wolfe encounters one who kills trying. At the Pour Amour perfume riddle contest, a million dollars goes to the contestant who can answer five questions. Someone doesn't like the heat of competition, so he murders the contest founder and steals the answers to the riddles. Now Wolfe has to sniff down a trail of clues that leads disturbingly close to home.

©1955 Rex Stout (P)1995 Books on Tape

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
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And Be a Villain

6 ratings

Summary

Madeline Fraser, radio talk show host extraordinaire, had a natural dread of dead air. So when one of her on-air guests signed off at the mike after drinking a glass of a sponsor’s beverage, it was a broadcaster’s nightmare come true.  Enter Nero Wolfe. He agrees to take the case, with his sizable fee contingent on his solving the murder. But to Wolfe’s surprise, everyone connected to the case now lies in unison about it. And as the portly detective soon discovers, the secret worth lying about only hides another worth killing for.    Introduction by Maan Meyers “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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

©1948 Rex Stout (P)1995 Books on Tape

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
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Not Quite Dead Enough

5 ratings

Summary

World War II has arrived, and U.S. Army intelligence wants Nero Wolfe urgently. But the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth refuses the call to duty. It takes his perambulatory, confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, to titillate Wolfe's taste for crime with two malevolent morsels: a corpse that won't rest in peace and a sinister "accident" involving national security. So as Goodwin lays the bait on the wrong side of the law, Wolfe sets the traps to catch a pair of wily killers.

©1944 Rex Stout (P)1994 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
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The Doorbell Rang

4 ratings

Summary

There’s no one and nothing the great detective Nero Wolfe wouldn’t take on if the price was right. That’s something wealthy society widow Rachel Bruner is counting on when she writes him a check for a whopping hundred grand. But even Wolfe has a moment’s doubt when he finds out why the prize is so generous. For the oversize genius and his able assistant Archie Goodwin are about to lock horns with the FBI - and those highly trained G-men have a way with threats, tails, and bugs that could give even sedentary sleuth Nero Wolfe a run for his money.    Introduction by Stuart Kaminsky   “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.

©1993 Rex Stout (P)1999 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
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Please Pass the Guilt

4 ratings

Summary

A brilliant Rex Stout murder mystery featuring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin A bomb explodes in the desk drawer of a top TV executive. Was it intended for him or the man who opened the drawer? They each had enemies enough to die a dozen times over. Was it the jealous wife or the ambitious partner? The secretary who got passed around like an inter-office memo? Or the man who couldn’t wash the blood off his hands?  Nero Wolfe didn’t want any part of it - but he was up to his neck in the toughest case of his career!  “It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.” (The New York Times Book Review)

©1973 Rex Stout (P)1999 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
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Gambit

4 ratings

Summary

Jerin is a mental freak - a man capable of successfully playing a dozen simultaneous chess games against first-rate players while he himself is out of sight of any of the boards. It is while thus engaged that he is killed. A millionaire - his opponent in more realms than chess - is accused, and Nero Wolfe is given what appears to be the most hopeless case he and Archie Goodwin have ever tackled. You need to know nothing about chess to follow this tale, but some understanding of beautiful mothers and daughters will help. “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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout. 

©1962 Rex Stout (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Black Orchids

4 ratings

Summary

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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

©1942 Rex Stout (P)1994 Books on Tape

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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A Right to Die

4 ratings

Summary

When a bright young heiress with a flair for romance and one too many enemies is found brutally murdered, Nero Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie, find themselves embroiled in a case that is not as black and white as it first appears. Susan Brooke has everything going for her.   Men would have killed themselves to marry her, and, in fact, one did.Susan came to New York to find love and fulfillment, and ended up dead on a tenement floor.   The police say her black fiance did it, but Wolfe has other ideas.   Before he's done, he'll prove that good intentions and bad deeds often go hand in hand and that the highest ideals can sometimes have the deadliest consequences.

©1964 Rex Stout (P)1997 Books on Tape

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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Over My Dead Body

4 ratings

Summary

Nero Wolfe, lover of fine food and prize orchids, is a genius at daring detection. But he is always on guard when it comes to women. Now murder at a fencing studio engages him and his confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, in a dangerous duel with death. The prime suspect is a Balkan beauty who has a secret reason for wanting Wolfe to clear her - and a double identity that may be the perfect foil for covering up a killer. 

©1940 Rex Stout (P)1994 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Prisoner's Base

3 ratings

Summary

When Priscilla Eads, heiress to the fortune of a cotton towel company, implores Nero Wolfe to sort through a case buried in dirty laundry, Wolfe says no. But hours later, Mrs. Eads and her maid get strangled, and the stories of the suspects don't quite wash. To the dismay of a greedy board of directors and Mrs. Eads' gold-digging ex-husband, the astute Wolfe decides to scrub away the stain of murder.

©1952 Rex Stout (P)1995 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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If Death Ever Slept

3 ratings

Summary

With Nero Wolfe on the job, you'd think murderers would take caution. But even the master detective can't stop a killing, especially if it's an inside job - right under the roof of his client, millionaire Otis Jarrell. What's more, it's Jarrell's own missing revolver that the killer uses. Wolfe must find the truth behind the scandals in Jarrell's ill-behaved family. One of its members sleeps the fitful sleep of the guilty, and Wolfe's getting dead tired of murder.

©1957 Rex Stout (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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Curtains for Three

3 ratings

Summary

Three clever murderers challenge Nero Wolfe in cases involving lovers who want to make sure neither is a killer, a stable full of suspects in the search for a killer on horseback, and a murderer stalking Wolfe's brownstone. 

©1950 Rex Stout (P)1997 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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And Four to Go

3 ratings

Summary

Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, star in these four gems. In "The Christmas Party", Archie and his fiancée attend an office party where Wolfe condescends to uncharacteristic theatrics. His dramatic technique is good, but it isn't enough to clear him from suspicion of murder. The "Easter Parade" tempts Wolfe to commit petty larceny for an orchid. Though that crime goes unpunished, the inevitable murder doesn't. "A Fourth of July Picnic" has Wolfe scheduled for an unprecedented appearance as an orator. But his day in the sun is rained out by murder. The last selection, "Murder Is No Joke", is a whodunit in a couturier's salon, where a murderer is dressed to kill and kill again.

©1958 Rex Stout (P)1997 Books on Tape

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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The Metamorphosis

3 ratings

Summary

"The Metamorphosis", first published in 1915, is the story of Gregor Samsa, a young traveling salesman who lives with his family and financially supports his parents and younger sister. One morning he awakes to discover that during the night he has been transformed into a horrible bug. Although somewhat of a horror genre, the story is often very funny as Gregor, his family, and those around him deal with their own transformations as a result of this odd predicament.

©2018 Franz Kafka (P)2018 AB Books

Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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Homicide Trinity

2 ratings

Summary

It’s a wily killer who dares to strike on Nero Wolfe’s hallowed turf - and leave a corpse strangled with Wolfe’s own soup-stained tie. But no sooner does the gourmandizing sleuth clean up this first course of murder than he faces a gun-toting wife who serves up a confession of homicidal intent - only to become the sole suspect when the corpus delicti is found.  It’s murder à la carte when the third course is served: a cop-hating landlady brings Wolfe counterfeit cash - that leads to genuine murder. It’s up to Wolfe to see that the malefactors get their just desserts.    Introduction by Stephen Greenleaf “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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

©1962 Rex Stout (P)1997 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Death Times Three

2 ratings

Summary

Archie Goodwin has his hands full when three baffling murders make him the recipient of a poisonous lunch, the fall guy for a beautiful woman, and the target of the U.S. Federal Government. 

©1985 Rex Stout (P)2000 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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Death of a Doxy

2 ratings

Summary

With a rich man footing the bills and a handsome lover on the side, Isabel Kerr seemed to have the perfect setup. Now the well-kept lady is stone-cold dead, and the cops have nabbed a Manhattan private eye who just happens to be an acquaintance of Nero Wolfe. Unable to refuse a friend in need, the great detective deigns to get the gumshoe off the hook. Little does Wolfe realize that in a matter of hours he’ll be entertaining a party of fools and lovers connected with the doxy’s death, including a mystery blackmailer, a sexy lounge singer, and a cold-blooded lady-killer.  Introduction by Sandra West Prowell “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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

©1966 Rex Stout (P)1998 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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Champagne for One

2 ratings

Summary

There's nothing like murder to spoil a good meal. That's what Archie Goodwin, the able assistant to Nero Wolfe, discovers at a lavish dinner party hosted by a billionaire. It was a casual evening among gorgeous society girls, until champagne became a murder weapon. Luckily for Archie, his boss knows champagne and other gourmet fare. He also happens to be a genius at deduction. That combination could mean the last call for a killer who spiked the bubbly with cyanide.

©1958 Rex Stout (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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A Family Affair

2 ratings

Summary

Nero Wolfe's last recorded case! Wolfe never works without a well-heeled client and a sizable fee, but when a bomb racks his brownstone, killing his favorite waiter from his favorite restaurant, the world's greatest gourmet takes it as a personal affront. What kind of unsavory killer commits murder within 10 feet of a legendary detective? It's a question Wolfe will go to heroic lengths to answer. But even as he and Archie uncover an unappetizing brew of conspiracy and lies, the killer serves up a second helping of homicide, and Wolfe is left to face a most unpalatable truth.

©1975 Rex Stout (P)2000 Books on Tape

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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Murder By the Book

2 ratings

Summary

“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.” (The New York Times Book Review) Introduction by David Handler It wasn’t Leonard Dykes’s writing style that offended. But something in his unpublished tome seemed to lead everyone who read it to a very unhappy ending. Now four people are dead, including the unfortunate author himself, and the police think Nero Wolfe is the only man who can close the book on this novel killer. So the genius sleuth directs his sidekick to set a trap...and discovers that the truth is far stranger - and far bloodier - than fiction.  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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout. 

©1951 Rex Stout (P)1995 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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Death of a Dude

2 ratings

Summary

The mountain couldn't come to Wolfe, so the great detective came to the mountain - to Lame Horse, Montana, to be exact. Here a city slicker got a country girl pregnant and then took a bullet in the back. Wolfe's job was to get an innocent man exonerated of the crime and catch a killer in the process. But when he packed his silk pajamas and headed west, he found himself embroiled in a case rife with local cynicism, slipshod police work, and unpleasant political ramifications. In fact, Nero Wolfe was buffaloed until the real killer struck again, underestimating the dandified dude with an unerring instinct for detection.  Introduction by Don Coldsmith. “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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout. 

©1997 Rex Stout (P)2000 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Parties for Death

2 ratings

Summary

Nero Wolfe is "a gourmet who never walks when he can sit and never sits when he can lie down." Join Rex Stout's reclusive, overweight, orchid-loving super sleuth as masterfully portrayed by Sydney Greenstreet in this exciting radio series. Ever in search of a perfect meal and a cold bottle of beer, Wolfe often sends Archie Goodwin, his secretary and operative (played by Wally Maher, Herb Ellis, Larry Dobkin, Gerald Mohr, and Harry Bartell), in his stead. Archie, while trying to keep his well-known weakness for red heads in check, follows up on leads and does the leg work, setting up his brilliant boss to solve the case. Learn the logic of this armchair detective extraordinaire as he presides over 18 digitally remastered cases of treasure maps and love triangles, carelessness and con artists, bad business and bad medicine. Episodes Include: "Stamped for Murder" 10-20-50, "The Case of the Dear Dead Lady" 11-03-50, "The Case of the Careless Cleaner" 11-17-50, "The Case of the Beautiful Archer" 11-24-50, "The Case of the Brave Rabbit" (a.k.a. "The Case of the Friendly Rabbit") 12-01-50, "The Case of the Slaughtered Santas" 12-22-50, "The Case of the Calculated Risk" 01-19-51, "The Case of the Phantom Fingers" 01-26-51, "The Case of the Vanishing Shells" 02-02-51, "The Party for Death" 02-16-51, "The Case of the Malevolent Medic" 02-23-51, "The Case of the Hasty Will" 03-02-51, "The Case of the Final Page" 03-23-51, "The Case of the Tell-Tale Ribbon" 03-30-51, "A Slight Case of Perjury" 04-06-51, "The Case of the Lost Heir" 04-20-51, "The Case of the Room" 304 04-27-51, "Screen Guild Theatre: The Mask of Demetrios" 04-16-45.

Public Domain (P)2011 RSPT LLC

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The Father Hunt

1 rating

Summary

Pretty Amy Denovo wants to find the father she has never seen, but she can't afford Nero Wolfe's outlandish fees...or can she? Suddenly, she's knocking on the oversized detective's door with a parcel full of bills in hand - and a quarter of a million hidden in her closet. It's all part of a nest egg left by her unknown father. But when Wolfe and his able assistant, Archie Goodwin, begin to trace the money to the man, they make a startling discovery: Amy's father murdered her mother, and now he may be after her.  This is one of 73 mysteries written by one of America's greatest writers about one of its most interesting characters. You can't call yourself a mystery fan if you haven't read Rex Stout. "It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." (New York Times Book Review)

©1968 Rex Stout (P)1999 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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Plot It Yourself

1 rating

Summary

When a group of publishers and writers hires Wolfe to solve a case of false plagiarism, it's time for the great detective to hit the books. Four unrelated accusers - including a down-and-out hack writer and a lady poet with a penchant for nude sunbathing - have been fleecing best-selling authors, claiming the authors have stolen their work and ingeniously planting evidence to back up their claims. But when punctuation gives way to puncture, Wolfe knows this is no simple case of extortion. This time he'll need all the critical skills at his disposal to close the book on a killer well versed on the ABCs of murder. Introduction by Susan Dunlap “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 73 cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

©1959 Rex Stout (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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Might As Well Be Dead

1 rating

Summary

“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.” (The New York Times Book Review) Eleven years ago, wealthy Nebraska businessman James Herold gave his only son, Paul, a very raw deal. Now he wants Nero Wolfe to track Paul down so that he can make amends. But what if the young man doesn’t want to be found...and what if he’s the same PH who’s currently on trial for cold-blooded murder?  It’s a case that will draw the great detective and his dedicated sidekick into a sticky web of deceit, one that will tax their resources to the utmost, and even cost them one of their own. 

©1956 Rex Stout (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
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The Black Mountain

1 rating

Summary

When evil strikes a loved one, it can make us crazy. We can't think rationally enough to get revenge ourselves, so we shouldn't. But Nero Wolfe ignores reason when someone guns down a close friend in cold blood. He vows to collar the killer personally, and it thrusts him into the gravest danger of his career. The case takes him 4,000 miles across the ocean to the hazardous mountains of Montenegro, where Communist cutthroats have also disposed of Wolfe's adopted daughter. Now they zero in on the world-famous detective himself.

©1954 Rex Stout (P)1995 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
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Her Forbidden Knight

Summary

An innocent young telegraph operator becomes a counterfeiter’s target. Once, the Lamartine Hotel was a quiet refuge for New York’s stuffy fashionable set. But by the 1890s, fashion has moved uptown, and the lobby of the Lamartine has been overtaken by natty young sports, who pass their afternoons with billiards or shows of noisy derring-do. Their preferred damsel is Lila Williams, a delicate young telegraph operator whose shyness so charms them that they resolve to defend her against any ill-behaved characters. They are about to face their fiercest challenger, who rides in the gleaming armor of a millionaire. His name is John Knowlton, and from the first telegram she writes for him, Lila is charmed. He has money, good looks, and a criminal secret, and his insidious charisma will demand heroic effort from the knights of the Lamartine billiard table.

©1997 Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jonah Cummings
Author: Rex Stout
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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Fer-de-Lance

Summary

When someone makes a present of a fer-de-lance - the dreaded snake - to Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin knows he's close to solving two apparently unrelated murders.  As for Wolfe, he's playing snake charmer in a case more deadly than a cobra and whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer with poison in his heart.

©1934 Rex Stout (P)1994 Books on Tape Inc.

Author: Rex Stout
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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Die goldenen Spinnen

Summary

Eigentlich gehören Morde ja zu Nero Wolfes Alltag, aber diesmal sieht die Sache anders aus. Denn dass er die Geschichte von der Frau mit den goldenen Spinnenohrringen, die ihm ein zwölfjähriger Junge aufgetischt hat, nicht ernst genommen hat, lässt Nero Wolfe nicht los - schließlich ist der Junge kurz darauf tot. Unfall ausgeschlossen. Zwei tote Klienten in einer Woche sind schlecht für’s Geschäft und weil es diesmal um sein Renommee geht, akzeptiert Nero Wolfe das niedrigste Honorar seiner ganzen Karriere. Nachdem er die Geschichte eines zwölfjährigen Jungen, der Zeuge einer Entführung gewesen sein will, zuerst ignoriert, entscheidet sich Nero Wolfe doch, die Ermittlungen aufzunehmen. Denn am nächsten Tag ist der Junge tot, überfahren von demselben Auto, das er beschrieben hatte. So begibt sich Nero Wolfe auf die Suche nach einer mysteriösen Frau, einem Paar Ohrringe in Form goldener Spinnen und einem grauen Cadillac, denn ihm ist klar: In diesem Fall steht seine Ehre auf dem Spiel. >> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung genießt du exklusiv nur bei Audible.

©1953 / 1954 / 1955 / 1964 / 1995 / 2008 / 2010 J.G. Cotta’sche Buchhandlung Nachfolger GmbH, gegr. 1659, Stuttgart / Viking Press, New York / Rex Stout. Übersetzung von Werner Löcher-Lawrence (P)2021 Audible Studios

Narrator: Peter Weiß
Author: Rex Stout
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
Available on Audible