Sunday, October 11, 2009

Review: Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout (audiobook)

This is Rex Stout's first mystery novel, featuring the first appearance of Nero Wolfe, one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. As any herpetologist knows, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes on Earth. When someone makes a present of one to Wolfe, his assistant Archie Goodwin knows the large detective must be getting dangerously close to solving the murders of an immigrant and a college president. As for Wolfe, he's busy playing snake charmer in a case with more twists than an anaconda.

From the library.

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (7 discs/8.5 hours)

The reader, Michael Prichard, was infinitely boring. It would have been significantly better had actor Timothy Hutton, who played Archie Goodwin in the television series, read it. Really, at points the reader seemed to be boring himself! It just totally brought the book down.

This one gets three stars. The story itself was good, but the reader was really quite bad. With another reader it could have been so much better. I'm going to look for the next story in the series with a different reader. I'd hate to abandon the series just because of a bad reader experience.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Book Bird Dog said...

Great cover. Too bad the reader was boring. Good luck with your next try.

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