Yes. While the identity of Jack is still "in the wind," this book offers one. I found the Sherlock more real than he of the Basil Rathbone movies.
The dramatization was fantastic! The author did a wonderful job of integrating Sherlock Holmes into the recorded history of the Jack the Ripper story. It also had some great twists and turns.
Yes. It was wonderful listening to getting Sherlock Holmes' take on these infamous crimes that took place when would have lived in London.
Hands down, Sherlock Holmes!
Jack the Ripper Solved.
Would love to listen to more of Vance's work.
Every aspect of this book is a classic. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
Why, Mr.Sherlock Holmes of course. The narration is spot on with all of the characters. Mr. Vance is a marvelous story teller. I felt privileged just to listen to the story as it was written.
Yes. The scene at the house, just before it erupts into flames and Holmes puts his revolver down on the kitchen table. It makes no mention of him returning the weapon to his coat pocket so when he is confronted outside by the Ripper he is defenseless. Gripping...
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
I've read a lot of Holmes (original and pastiche) and I've read a lot about Jack the Ripper and I've read fiction that combined them. I was rather dubious about trying this American author's version but it was on sale on audible so I took a chance on it-- feeling assured that if it was read by Simon Vance I would at least not be able to fault the narrator.
While I'm not sure that I would whole heartedly recommend this book as a mystery, I did enjoy it as a trip to the late 19th century streets of London.
Vance, as usual, delivers. His Holmes, Watson, Lestrade and the various other non-canonical characters have a genuine feel. Of course this is largely owed to Faye who penned the words, but a even a well written book can be all but destroyed in audio form by an inept narrator.
I did think that Faye did a good job with presenting the information about the ripper killings in a way that did not seem like mere regurgitation of the facts, even to someone who read several nonfiction books on the subject.
So-- a really good pastiche. Faye does make the relationship between Holmes and Lestrade rather warmer than expected, and Watson is treated with respect for his intelligence, even though he is not Holmes' equal. Not an exceptionally good historical mystery. I didn't think that Faye laid a very good foundation for the climax. However, I did enjoy listening to this novel and would recommend it to any fan of Simon Vance.
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I think this is a dumb question as listening to the book and reading it are two totally different things. Yes, I enjoyed listening to the book, but that is why I joined Audible...
I am a huge Sherlock fan, so I enjoyed all the primary characters. I also found the secondary characters well developed and added a great deal to the story.
I have not yet, but I believe I will definitely seek him out in the future as this was very well performed.
Pure Evil vs Pure Genius
As a huge Sherlock Holmes fans I find that often authors trying to spin off their own version fall flat. However, this did not disappoint. It was very true to form for a Sherlock story, sticking closely to the original Sherlock and Watson.
Very, very, good, hard to believe it's Faye's first book, can't wait to read her next book
It convincingly answers the burning question of why Holmes didn't thwart the Ripper.
Both Dr. Doyle's works and the facts of the Ripper case were brilliantly researched, and the result was true to the spirit of Sherlock Holmes. Watson is presented as a truly sensitive, upright and admirable man and Holmes is, of course, depicted as a courageous man and phenomenal intellect. As a member of a BSI scion society for nearly 20 years, I approve completely. And Mr. Vance's reading did the story justice! Like Gods of Gotham, previously reviewed, this is a wrenching book to read at times, but it could not be otherwise and still true to the details of the Ripper case.
The most enjoyable aspect of Dust and Shadow was the dialogue and witty writing.
The voices he gave the characters were fantastic. The voices of each character were so unique you would swear there was more than one narrator.
Dust and Shadow is a pastiche of Sherlock Holmes that is worth the listen. While by and large movies and television have been the most often used media for Holmes stories it seems that literary efforts are becoming more popular. Both this and the House Of Silk are recent examples. Dust and Shadow puts Holmes in the context of Jack The Ripper, an obvious plot device as both in reality and in the Holmes universe Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper were contemporaries. The 1979 movie Murder By Decree explored this theme and was quite nicely done. Dust and Shadow is not quite up to that level, however. There is something lacking. Dust and Shadow comes off as a card board cutout of Holmes, something along the lines of a movie set, all facade and nothing behind. This Holmes and Lyndsay Faye try too hard. Here, Sherlock Holmes is lacking in humor, which was never the case in the canon even in the most trying and serious of circumstances. And those delicious bits of Holmes personality are few and far between. Apart from a couple of references to digging tobacco out of his Persian slipper we don't hear much about Holmes quirks. Sherlock Holmes stories have never been about solving the case and as much as Holmes decries Watson's use of the sensational, what we love about Holmes is Holmes, and in Dust and Shadow the shadow is, in fact, Sherlock Holmes. There is an interesting plot device that is, on the other hand, very nicely done - what might be called the gutter press. It's not giving anything away to relate that Holmes is skewered by an unscrupulous journalist, truthful facts being twisted by the suggestion of alternate meanings, that suggestion being that Holmes is himself the Ripper. Whether Faye is making his own suggestion of the contemporary use of twisting facts to reach a foregone conclusion or not, you can feel Holmes' frustration and impotence against the blackening of his name. Simon Vance does a fine job of narration, well paced and modulated, with sufficient differentiation of each characters voice both male and female. There is nothing to complain about here.Dust and Shadow is worth the listen. It's not great but then even Conan Doyle had more than a few efforts that were less than stellar, and put in that perspective Dust and Shadow is a good addition to Sherlock Holmes stories.