I selected this book a little apprehensive about what it might be like. I loved the stories of Sherlock as a child and have very fond memories of many hours spent in the world of Sherlock and seeing his incredible mind pick up on the smallest detail and solving the most impossible crimes. I was more nervous when I saw that this book used the "Ripper killings" as its source material, as this was an unsolved crime and I did not want to listen to a story that had no satisfying resolution. I studied crime fiction at University and the most important element of the genre is that the story resolves itself, which is even more important if you are going to tell a Sherlock Holmes story. The brilliance of Lyndsay Faye is that you are left wondering all the way to the end and are never sure if the resolution will be satisfactory. That Faye was so restrained as to follow the rules of the genre shows respect for Conan-Doyle and a love of the characters included in the story.
Simon Vance's reading of the story is just as strong as Faye's writing. He captures the essence of the characters and consistently delivers the voices so that in a story with a large cast of significant characters whose stories you had to follow to understand you never ever felt lost. I particularly liked the way he slipped with ease through the accents as he read the various disguises that Sherlock puts on. His characterisation of THE great detective is the most spot on that anyone has ever achieved.
I will not reveal the ending, but I'll tell you that once you get into it you will not be able to stop until you know who the ripper is, if Sherlock will finally stop him and whether any sense of order can be restored after these senseless killings. A more perfect union of genre, author and performer is impossible to imagine.
A deductive and conclusive look into the great detective's methodology trying to unravel the grizzly Whitechapel Murders in 1888. A delightful spin on what could have happened.
All the twists and turns. We travel from Chinese opium dens to the dockyards, workhouses and even to the darkest streets of the East End itself! The story wraps you up and won't let you out.
An empathetic air from Holmes. We rarely witness the Great Detective showing any kind of sympathy for the female sex. It's a nice, crisp change from the traditional misogynistic tone he usually takes regarding the fairer sex.
Enjoyable for newcomers as well as Baker Street Irregulars. It's a read not worth missing.
I'm always a little dubious about authors being able to get Holmes 'right', but Faye does a great job of capturing not just Holmes but the Holmes/Watson relationship dynamic--they really seem like their canonical selves, despite the extremely grisly case they're working on. She also does a good job of introducing a likable female character who assists with the sleuthing in realistic ways, rather than falling into the trap of introducing a character who's clearly meant to be the female equivalent of Sherlock himself!
It starts out a little slow but rapidly picks up as Holmes and Watson get more engrossed in the case.
I loved this book! It was extremely true to the 'voice' of Conan-Doyle and the plot was gripping throughout. Simon Vance is superb; "acting" out all characters.
I loved it all
Probably the scene where Holmes and Watson are chasing the Ripper and Holmes finds him self alone and gets stabbed. This was a very exciting and descriptive section of the book and added to the tension nicely.
I love listening to the narrator! He does each character very well and conveys emotions through his voice skillfully.
Not a moment, but the overall description of London's East End.
He portrays Dr. Watson as a rational being, rather than the bluff, slightly stupid Watson of other days. Again, he is able to communicate character via his voice that can't be had in books.
I took a star off for the story because I thought the ending could have been better. On the other hand, not too many writers do a decent job with endings, and this one was still pretty good.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
This book was very accurate on the history of Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes on the case made it fun.
It was very true to the original character of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. That is good, but the outcome of who the Ripper is was kind of a letdown. That being said, a Holmes story is always going to be about Holmes and not the villain he is after.
He has an excellent voice for Holmes and Watson. Pitch Perfect!
I enjoyed when Watson, Miss Monk and Mr. Dunleavy broke into the newspaper office to do a little sleuthing of their own. Also after the explosion, when Holmes rushed into the burning building to save Miss Monk, I was particularly anxious!
Good book, I hope Ms. Faye does more Sherlock Holmes books. I grew up on them.
This was fun, terribly fun. How can a book about the Ripper killings be fun? It is fun because the murderer is caught, by none other than Sherlock Holmes! The feeling of London in 1888 is accurately described. I am absolutely no expert of either Sir Conan Doyle or the Ripper killings, but having listened to this book I feel I am well acquainted with both now.
If you are worried that the story could be too gory, don’t worry. It isn’t. The delight you get from this book is how Sherlock Holmes solves the crime. You will love meeting him. He is so clever. And don’t forget Watson, who writes it all out for us. You come to know him too. Two marvelous people brought to us from the distant past. You will love them for their skill and for their words. They will have you smiling as you listen to their thoughts and speeches and explanations. Me, I need to laugh when I am reading about a terrible event.
Simon Vance’s narration is impeccable. The narration could in absolutely no way be improved. If you listen to the book with your eyes closed you will feel that you are in London, the date is 1888 and Watson, Sherlock Holmes and the other characters are speaking to you.
This book is pure FUN! I have heard that The Gods of Gotham by this author is even better. Really? I will have to find out. This is a complete new genre for me. I never thought I would enjoy solving a mystery! Do I like it so because it has an historical setting? Do I like it so because the Ripper killings did happen? I don’t know. I just know I truly enjoyed every minute spent listening.
I think I would. It's a pretty good book. It does drag in spots, and I think overall it's a bit long and wordy for the whole plot, but overall, the story is good, the research has obviously been done and is great, and who doesn't love Sherlock Holmes, after all?
Simon Vance is a master, that's no secret.
I have to save my sensitive eyes for thesis-writing, so audiobooks are how I keep up with my favourite authors and have fun.
A great Sherlock Holmes story with a Jack the Ripper twist. Very well done, very atmospheric, and well worth a credit!
I've always been interested in the Ripper killings, ever since seeing "From Hell". Knowing these atrocities happened in real life all those years ago makes for a gruesomely eerie premise. Being a fan of Sherlock Holmes's escapades, the joining of these two things made for a brilliant read. I expected to be presented with a different version of Holmes and Watson, with this being a far more ghastly adventure than Doyle ever wrote. Imagine my surprise when I started listening to the book and discovered that Faye has practically cloned the mannerisms and personalities of both characters and placed them in her story as if they were simply plucked from Doyle's head. The characters are exactly the same as we remember them from Doyle's books, and it's fantastic. Seeing these two put in this situation is a refreshing change and the toll it exerts on both men is very realistic and far from what we are used to seeing them deal with. Holmes is stretched to his absolute limits by the Ripper and it ends up making the killer possibly Holmes greatest nemesis yet, even perhaps surpassing Moriarty.
I can't think of any other book quite like this one. It most closely resembles a Conan Doyle classic Holmes novel, since it is told from the POV of Dr Watson. The violent nature of the novel sets it apart from those books, but the structure is very much the same.
Vance brings the characters to life in a great way. His voice for John Watson reminds so very much of Davies' narration on the Conan Doyle Holmes audiobooks, which was fantastic. Because of this, I wish his Holmes voice sounded the same as well, but we can't everything. Even so, his Holmes is the cooly spoken man we would expect. Even minor characters are given a life of their own as each is as different as the last. Great job from Vance all round.
It didn't make me laugh or cry, but I was both intrigued and unsettled a bit by how far Holmes is pushed to his mental limits in this novel. It's a fantastic change to see him brought low by this enigmatic killer who is always one step ahead.
I hope Faye brings us another meticulously researched tale starring Holmes and Watson, but I fear there is nothing in history that will be able to blend itself and Holmes so completely and fantastically together as this book. One can only hope...