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3.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 5 3.87 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rex Stout Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nero Wolfe Series Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781415939888
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Nero Wolfe and his capable assistant, Archie, help a rich old lady uncover the mysterious source of her husband’s money. The case leads them unexpectedly to the country’s most dangerous man. And if the sleuths want to live, they’ll have to consider an alien idea: run and hide. That will be no small feat for the wide Mr. Wolfe.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 2/12/2014

    " Good. This one kills off Wolfe's Moriarity. There is a complex sub-plot but the main mystery is honest. I figured it out 2/3 of the way through. The story was rather Holmesian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/15/2014

    " For now I'm only adding a couple of Nero Wolfe books. This one is my top favorite, and one of the few books I can read over and over. I just love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Alan Ritch | 1/3/2014

    " A really great change of pace for a Wolfe mystery. In this book we can see that Rex Stout could have easily joined the spy writers in the 50s and 60s if he wished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/2/2014

    " A compulsive reading experience, In the Best Families has two main strengths: the question of how Wolfe will win over Zeck, and the reaction of Archie to early events in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keren | 12/28/2013

    " I love Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe books, I've read all that I can get my hands on a number of times. These are easy to read, the action pulls you through. I also find that I don't get sickened if I read one after the other as I have done with some other authors. I love the characters of Nero and Archie, the book being written in Archie's voice. This is a particularly good one, part of a series when Nero has to deal with his Nemesis, who cannot be named... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wiliam | 12/27/2013

    " By far my favorite Nero Wolf book. Mainly b/c Wolf goes into hiding & it's all Archie for a good chunk of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Kerwin | 12/23/2013

    " This is Rex Stout at his best. Nero Wolfe goes underground--leaving Archie in the dark--in this final confrontation with master criminal Arnold Zeck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 12/20/2013

    " I am still loving all the Nero Wolfe (Stout) books--and there are enough of them to keep me happy in between other books! Now I've discovered the A&E TV series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 11/27/2013

    " See my comments on "Full House" for review. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya | 11/26/2013

    " It's a funny and witty book, nice flow of events, too. The lower rating is only due to me not taking to detectives too well... I am more of a novel reading girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 11/24/2013

    " I thought this was one of the better Nero Wolfe novels. I adore Archie Goodwin and love reading his clever witticisms! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 10/26/2013

    " Aging millionairess Mrs. Rackham asks Nero Wolfe to find out where her penniless husband has suddenly been obtaining mysteriously large sums of money, a request that leads to murder and to threats against the master detective himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 earthy | 8/3/2013

    " The denouement may be a bit too little too late after all the build up, but any book that has Archie spending more than half of it without Wolfe is at least an intriguing set up. I think the biggest issue is the lack of motive for the killer, but overall, still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 3/20/2012

    " Great finish to his nemesis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Petty | 3/5/2012

    " I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books... this one's good and a bit crazy (Wolfe leaves home!). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen McGlashen | 3/4/2012

    " This was one of my least favorite books. I did not like having Wolf absent for a majority of the book. The book ended up like a normal Nero Wolf mystery, but....well, it just wasn't my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saralyn | 2/12/2012

    " I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series. This one got a little slow, but was lovely, as usual. Archie kept me cracking up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 7/15/2011

    " Possibly my favorite Nero Wolfe mystery. Certainly the funniest. Archie's finest hour. And Wolfe's final speech would please any animal lover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " kind of a cheat with add-in suspect but rest was logical in hindsight "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 9/29/2010

    " Brilliant deduction as always as Nero goes undercover... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 2/13/2010

    " See my comments on "Full House" for review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/9/2009

    " One of the great ones. This one is particularly interesting for Nero Wolfe fans; Wolfe is only a peripheral character, Archie is the star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 6/24/2009

    " Good. This one kills off Wolfe's Moriarity. There is a complex sub-plot but the main mystery is honest. I figured it out 2/3 of the way through. The story was rather Holmesian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wiliam | 1/12/2009

    " By far my favorite Nero Wolf book. Mainly b/c Wolf goes into hiding & it's all Archie for a good chunk of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saralyn | 5/19/2008

    " I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series. This one got a little slow, but was lovely, as usual. Archie kept me cracking up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 3/24/2008

    " Normally, I love these books, but this one is in the bottom 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bizzyd | 1/8/2008

    " For now I'm only adding a couple of Nero Wolfe books. This one is my top favorite, and one of the few books I can read over and over. I just love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 9/24/2007

    " This is a very good Nero Wolfe mystery.
    Nero must face his archenemy Arnold Zeck. And, faced with certain death, Wolfe flees and leaves Archie in the lurch!
    Can this be the end for Nero?
    Thoroughly enjoyable book.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 7/29/2007

    " I am still loving all the Nero Wolfe (Stout) books--and there are enough of them to keep me happy in between other books! Now I've discovered the A&E TV series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 5/21/2007

    "
    This is Rex Stout at his best. Nero Wolfe goes underground--leaving Archie in the dark--in this final confrontation with master criminal Arnold Zeck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/21/2007

    " I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books... this one's good and a bit crazy (Wolfe leaves home!). "

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About the Author
Author Rex StoutRex Stout (1886 - 1975) was an American writer noted for his detective fiction, particularly the 33 novels and nearly four dozen novellas that featured the detective Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin.
About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.