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The Silent Speaker [Mass Market Paperback]

Rex Stout
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Jan. 1 1994 Nero Wolfe
When a powerful government official scheduled to speak to a group of millionaires turns up dead, the business world clamors for a solution, and Nero Wolfe takes the case. Reissue. NYT.

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Narrator Michael Prichard excels as the brilliant detective, gourmet, and grouch, Nero Wolfe. Prichard's polished, smooth style is the only way to feature the sophisticated, egotistical detective who solves crimes with an incisive mind and an active assistant, one Archie Goodwin. This mystery involves two brutal murders tied to the antagonism between an industrial association and a governmental regulatory agency. Predictably and reassuringly, justice prevails, and the listener knows that even if "they don't write 'em like that anymore," they still tell them with panache and charm. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stories of conflict between big business and public interest are common enough. What makes this book unforgettable is the series of murders which have been woven so smoothly into the plot as to make the behind the scenes looks this book provides into the world of big business and its murky politics register almost unnoticed. And old followers of Nero Wolfe who might be forgiven for occasionally getting satiated with the irrepressible Archie Goodwin will be delighted to meet Phoebe Gunther the one female who manages to bring Goodwin under complete control (In past stories he always manages to hold his own where the ladies in the plot are concerned.); he does escape of course finally but the way that happens will probably linger in the reader's memory. I think that in Phoebe Gunther, Rex Stout has created an image not easily forgotten and one whom today's career girls might well wish to emulate. Even if you are not a Nero/Archie fan this is one book you will probably enjoy and wish to keep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXUBERANT READING April 24 2002
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
Nero Wolfe is surely one of the most beloved and fully imagined fictional detectives to be found. So, it is with great enthusiasm that I can now turn to a favorite story in audio book form. Michael Prichard, who was named one of Smart Money's Top Ten Golden Voices, gives an exuberant reading, adding another dimension to Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's aide.
Fans will remember that with "The Silent Speaker" Wolfe is, to say the least, in need of cash. Therefore, when a government honcho doesn't show up for a scheduled speech but instead shows up dead Wolfe is soon on the prowl. With the sometimes able assistance of the fey Archie the pair uncover a feud and a murderer. How they do it is a reminder of the narrative skills of Rex Stout.
- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Stout's best. April 24 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All the elements of a great Nero Wolfe novel are to be found in The Silent Speaker. Great verbal sparring between Archie and Wolfe:
"I dislike commotion," Wolfe said peevishly. "I didn't tell you to hit him."
"He tried to kick me. He did kick me. Next time, you do it."
Wolfe shuddered.
A solid mystery, more challenging than the average Wolfe novel, and Wolfe pulling off one of his greatest stunts (it involves a lot of time in his yellow silk pajamas) add up to one of the best books in the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wolfe leaves you wondering what he's doing too long April 17 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
I lost interest during this complicated story, mainly because the reader is left too much in the dark. Only in the last couple of pages does Archie figure out how Wolfe was figuring out the mystery all along. There were a lot of details to attempt to follow, and they weren't interesting enough for me to care. As usual, the dialog between Wolfe and Goodwin is the high point of the book, but I want Archie to be more involved in the solution.
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