imho - ymmv
Classic Holmes and Watson, faithfully reimagined by Faye, who sets the famous sleuth on the trail of true crime in Victorian London. I haven't enjoyed a period crime mystery so much since Anne Perry's Monk novels.
Who would have thought that no one had ever thought of doing this story before? Using a well loved character is a different matter, but Lyndsay Faye borrowed Holmes in an expert manner while following the historical aspects of the Jack the Ripper case rather well. Faye's hypothesis on what had occurred is intriguing, but quite enthralling when paired with the fictional detective. The narrator's voice fits almost perfectly for Dr. Watson, as I've always wanted it to be. As I listen to my audible gems while at work, I was unable to stop listening, to the point in which I told my co-workers to leave me alone, and when they asked why, I started babbling about this novel. When I described the premise, I was met by shocked faces, as they were amazed they hadn't heard about this work. All in all, if you enjoy either Sherlock Holmes or have ever been fascinated by Jack the Ripper, this should be at the top of your listening list.
Voracious listener of Science-Fiction and Epic Fantasy...
It felt like an overcast Saturday afternoon bundled in front of the ol' tele watching mystery theater with really good Sherlock Holmes movie( black&white, of course). Only thing missing was a bowl of steaming popcorn and a good friend to discuss with about “who dunnit” and what's gonna happen next!
Watson of course!
Well done! His interpretation of Holmes was a fantastic mix of all the classic Holmes portrayers from movies past.
Kudos to the author for the research and authenticity of the information that formed a really solid mystery!
Absolutely! I thoroughly enjoyed this book...well worth the time and money spent. The writer's way with words was so good that I could almost travel down the dark winding alleys with Dr. Watson and Holmes, seeing it through their eyes. I especially liked Simon Vance's narration...I hated for it to end!
Very hard to decide...when Holmes goes into the room and does not come out...Dr. Watson follows him in after calling his name and Holmes does not answer.
the above, or I really don't know...too many, I think
not really...just couldn't stop listening...listened all the way through in a couple of days!
If you are a Sherlock Holmes, or mystery fan...you won't be disappointed!
First of all, I love listening to anything Simon Vance reads.
What a great mix for historical fiction,Jack the Ripper and Sherlock.
Sherlock and Mary Ann. She was better than The Women in the Doyle books. Mary Ann is much more interesting. Sherlock was still his quirky self.
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.
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.
English Mystery Collector
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.