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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,670 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: May 2007 ISBN: 9781415941027
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There’s nothing or no one 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. The oversize genius and his able assistant Archie Goodwin soon find out why the prize is so generous as they lock horns with the FBI. And these 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bluelinesue | 2/17/2014

    " Nero Wolfe takes on the FBI. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/17/2014

    " This has got to be the very best Nero Wolfe novel ever written. From the quirky client to the nefarious FBI to Wolfe's brilliant scheme to Cramer buying Archie milk, this book is a masterpiece. If you've ever read a Nero Wolfe, The Doorbell Rang should be next on your list. And if you haven't ever stepped into the brownstone to watch Wolfe's seventh of a ton breed orchids, eat extravagant dinners, and (occasionally) solve mysteries, then you are seriously missing out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristinwesta | 2/14/2014

    " What a great find! I look forward to reading many more mysteries (there are over 70)with Nero Wolfe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne G Sagan | 2/7/2014

    " Again, another great read. You may have seen this one adapted to TV, but the book is better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Featherbooks | 2/7/2014

    " There's no one quite like Nero Wolfe, his meals, his calculations and the indomitable Archie Goodwin, guaranteed to take you away from daily concerns. In this one, he takes on the FBI. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/25/2014

    " I read this for the first time many years ago, and find that it holds up very well on rereading. Nero Wolfe engages to stop the FBI from harassing wealthy widow Rachel Bruner, a task Archie Goodwin feels is almost impossible. Given Wolfe's genius, the reader will not be surprised that he succeeds, and the story of just how he manages this makes The Doorbell Rang one of Stout's best and most entertaining novels. Many favorite and familiar characters appear(Inspector Cramer's first appearance is a real treat) and Archie's trademark humor is very much in evidence. Satisfactory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niffer | 1/19/2014

    " I think this is probably my favorite Nero Wolfe book. Not only is there a good murder mystery as a secondary plot, there's a hoax to rival The Sting. Love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Estepp | 12/10/2013

    " decent, but i've enjoyed other nero wolfe/rex stout books more. the portrait of hoover-era f.b.i. is pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/2/2013

    " J Edgar Hoover meets his match in Nero Wolfe. Great plot, dry wit, and favorite characters make this a delightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 11/19/2013

    " It's Nero Wolfe. Always entertaining. I wished that while he was still alive Raymond Burr had been cast in the role for a movie/tv series. I read the Bantam release of this book back in 1978 and reread it and other Nero Wolfe stories when there's nothing new that grabs my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/8/2013

    " My favorite Nero Wolfe novel ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 11/7/2013

    " Looking bsck on this book, it ssems to me like it had little point to it other than to belittle the FBI. I was receptive to the agenda at the time I read it. On balance, however, it seems to me this book didn't do a very good job of addressing the real issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 10/23/2013

    " I recognized the reader of this book from the Frasier show. It was a pretty good story, easy to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ShotofPatron | 9/23/2013

    " Big fan of all Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout. This one was one of my favorites and first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 9/19/2013

    " An oldie but a goodie. One of the best for the fat man and his wise cracking sidekick, Archie. No gore, noir or six. Even the deaths are discreet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 doug bowman | 2/16/2013

    " Another great Nero Wolfe mystery in which he and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin decide to take on the FBI. The book was written in mid-1960's and actually motivated enough paranoia in J Edgar Hoover to cause him to open one his infamous "files". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Elliott | 7/15/2012

    " Easily my favorite of the Nero Wolfe books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Bergherm | 7/2/2012

    " Best mystery of all time? Hardly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/23/2012

    " Top notch Nero Wolfe. I loved this and raced through it. A later book in the Wolfe canon, all the supporting characters make an appearance here, Archie Goodwin is at his sharpest, and this was just a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennannej | 12/11/2011

    " Average mystery. Set in NYC. Nero Wolfe series. The first person narrator is Archie, Wolfe's number 2. He basically goes out and does all the work, while Wolfe stays in and does all the thinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Lewis | 10/18/2011

    " One of the best, if not THE best of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BLACK CAT | 7/24/2011

    " NOT MYSTERIOUS ENOUGH!! THE MAIN CHARACTER IS ARCHIE, NOT NERO. ARCHIE DOES ALL THE WORK AND NERO BARELY LEAVES HIS HOUSE. ------- NO lo suficientemente misterioso! El personaje principal es Archie no, NERO. ARCHIE hace todo el trabajo Y NERO APENAS sale de su casa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan Alreth | 5/9/2011

    " This is one of the longer Nero Wolfe stories, thank goodness. I hated to put it down. Nothing is what it seems. As usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan | 4/30/2011

    " Classic Nero Wolfe. Maybe one of his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niffer | 4/28/2011

    " I think this is probably my favorite Nero Wolfe book. Not only is there a good murder mystery as a secondary plot, there's a hoax to rival The Sting. Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/6/2011

    " My favorite Nero Wolfe novel ever. "

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

    " heckuva read, can only imagine what Wolfe/Archie (okay, Stout) would think of living under the Patriot Act. This was an incredibly brave book for Stout to write (and his publishers to market)

    The last couple of paragraphs are priceless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha | 9/9/2010

    " A fun mystery for it's time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 8/20/2010

    " Nero Wolfe takes on the FBI. Fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 doug | 7/2/2010

    " Another great Nero Wolfe mystery in which he and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin decide to take on the FBI. The book was written in mid-1960's and actually motivated enough paranoia in J Edgar Hoover to cause him to open one his infamous "files". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristinwesta | 4/1/2010

    " What a great find! I look forward to reading many more mysteries (there are over 70)with Nero Wolfe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/30/2010

    " J Edgar Hoover meets his match in Nero Wolfe. Great plot, dry wit, and favorite characters make this a delightful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/25/2010

    " decent, but i've enjoyed other nero wolfe/rex stout books more. the portrait of hoover-era f.b.i. is pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/16/2009

    " Recommended by the NPR librarian book reviewer, this book is a perfect example of life imitating art. Wolfe goes after the FBI and as a result, Stout is put on an FBI list "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missmath144 | 7/28/2009

    " Every once in a while it's good to revisit Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe in one of Rex Stout's classic mystery stories. They are reminiscent of a certain age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 6/23/2009

    " Pretty good. Interesting, quick read. Interesting in that the "case" ended up being secondary in the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marco | 6/4/2009

    " A mystery so cagy you should read it wearing white gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Featherbooks | 5/5/2009

    " There's no one quite like Nero Wolfe, his meals, his calculations and the indomitable Archie Goodwin, guaranteed to take you away from daily concerns. In this one, he takes on the FBI. "

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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.