A flawless recreation of the tone, language and personality of the world's most famous detective. I have read and reread the original tales of Sherlock Holmes many times over and have enjoyed them immensely as literature, film, and television. But I have also secretly wished that I could read a new story, a new adventure. That I might rediscover the rapt fascination and suspense of following Sherlock that I once had as a child when these tales were true mysteries. This book has given me exactly that. The cadence and mannerisms are completely in sync with the original vision. And while an extremely creative mind is required to develop such minutiae as makes a Holmes story work, that same creativity seems to seek to change other aspects of the place or the cold equation that makes Holmes and Watson what they are. It requires a great creativity accompanied by an equally great humility to invent within the boundaries laid down so long ago. Kudos. I'll be purchasing any another novel Lyndsay Faye cares to write about the great detective.
The voice of the narrator is true to the Conan Doyle stories. Lyndsay Faye gets it right. The story is true to the character and doesn't try to tell a story that changes the whole fabric of the Sherlock Holmes canon or history.
Well, Simon Vance is always good. He does the characters very well, but that's a given. I like his audio books because he seems to understand every line he reads and that is NOT always the case with audio books.
I started it skeptical, because there have been so many really, really bad Sherlock Holmes/Jack-the-Ripper books and movies. This one didn't seem to want to change the whole world. It fits neatly into the Holmes canon without being disruptive.
Once you finish all the Conan Doyle stories this is a very good book to continue with. Doyle steered away from Jack the Ripper (or any current events) probably for good reason. There have been a bunch of really bad Holmes/Ripper books and movies, especially that POS by Michael Didbin, THE LAST SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY. Dust and Shadow is so much better that you don't even need to think about that one. This is probably the best of the bunch, but don't let that damn it by feint praise. This is a pretty good book. I hope Lindsay Faye writes another.
I thought this story was fantastic! What a fantastic Sherlock Holmes adventure! I thought that Faye did a good job of intertwining a Holmes mystery and the Ripper murders. There were so many twists and turns and classic Holmesian deductions that I never wanted to stop listening! The only reason that I didn't give it a 5 for story was that I felt that the ending was a little too neat and tidy and served to the listener with a little bow on top. It was a little too abrupt and seemed like the author was in a hurry to wrap it all up.
I love Simon Vance. He is a fantastic narrator. Part of the reason I got this audiobook was because he was the narrator. He does not disappoint in this book, either.
I think, after reading the other reviews, that this book is best for the casual Holmes enthusiast, not the diehard one. If you are familiar with Holmes tales, that helps, but then you can follow along without being disturbed by discrepancies with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original interpretation. All in all, though, this was a great listen. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
Really don't know. I found very dificult to understand him on this book and almost quit the book several times... Really, it's THAT awful. He speaks very very quick, wich makes dificult to follow the story sometimes and to understand most of the time. Yeah, the fact that english is not my natural language is an important factor but still, I didn't had the same dificult with others Audible books.
Lyndsay Faye does a great job of recreating the dialogue and voice of Holmes and Watson. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep us all guessing. It brings Holmes and Watson into the era of CSI, and that is both a bit of praise, and a criticism as it is just a little too graphic for my tender hearted wife. Generally a great read and a great listen.
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Yes, as the language and humor invite another visit since it is easy to miss the subtle nuances of both Watson and Holmes's thinking and behavior.
Most of the time because the book is very well written. There are few slow spots and the author's skill keeps the reader listening and wanting to return to a new account of a favorite era.
His pacing is nearly perfect. Vance is never boring and each character comes aliveas he reads.
This tale will allow you to re-enter the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Wonderful effort from a new writer. Good new authors are as scarce as hen's teeth these days, especially those that challenge the reader's intellect and produce a great story as well.
Dust and Shadow is a must for Holmes fans. Faye captures these characters in a way that is pitch perfect to Connan Doyle's originals. The story is fantastic as well.
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While it took a little to get myself invested I soon found that I was wrapped up in the story and could not wait to see what the great detective would do next. Perhaps I was influenced by Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of Holmes on screen but it seemed as if that role was based on this exact book! An entertaining read. The narrator does a good job of voices and presentation of the story. I only gave it a 4 because it did take a bit to get caught up but after that it carried me away.
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All the characters had their own voice; well paced; restrained drama, what you would expect.
I listen to a lot of books while driving my semi. In my opinion....A good audio book is one that chews up concrete and makes me not want to stop driving even when the log book says I have to.
Between the auther and the performer you couldn't get a better Sherlock Holmes story. This author had the cadence down so perfect that I was constantly amazed at this writing ability to sound just like the original Sherlock Homes creator. Absolutley fantastic writing....But then again it's boosted to a perfect score all the way around because of the execellent performance from Simon Vance......Going down the road I had the movie in my mind because each voice had it's own signature and reminded me of some of the old Basil Rathborn Sherlock Holmes movies....Damn good listen...Damn good...