Well written and performed book with enough complexity to keep one interested from first to last.
The Beekeeper's Apprentice was enjoyable, notwithstanding the fact that the protagonist was a new character inserted into the Holmes dynamic.
Excellent performance and purposefully (i'm sure) reminiscent of the Rathbone/Bruce formula.
Found and now released, a newly discovered manuscript of Dr John H Watson, suppressed for over 100 years to protect the reputations of members of several well placed families,due to the sensitive nature of its content.
When will more be coming?
This is among the top ten audiobooks in my vast library.
Dr Watson is forced to wander through pea-soup thick fog to do surveillance on an opium den while Holmes investigates on his own. Mayhem ensues that changes both of their lives forever.
Derek Jacobi is a superb actor and narrator. I liked all his characters. His portrayal of Lestrade was spot on.
A mysterious organization is killing street children and has framed Sherlock Holmes for a terrible crime. Can Holmes and Watson uncover the conspiracy in time?
This was a great listen, and I plan on listening to it a few more times. The stories interweave together very well. Horowitz' descriptive style and the rhythm of the story pull you into the heart of a very cold and foggy winter in Victorian London, from seedy pubs to dangerous alleys to a forced coach ride and on to an inescapable prison. It is Dickens and Conan Doyle all rolled into one exciting story. This is the first book or audio by Horowitz I've read/listened to, and will definitely have to try another of his works.
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
I thought Derek Jacobi was excellent in the audio edition, making it far more entertaining than the printed version.
This was my first book with Jacobi, but he was fantastic. Eventually I googled him and saw he is an actor in some well known movies and has been doing theatre in London for many years. Well done Derek.
Keep in mind I won't hand out 5s very often. The book was slow to start and for awhile I contemplated bailing on it. The performance was good enough to keep me from doing so. The end was well done and it made a decent recovery. If you're a Holmes fan it will eventually be worth it. Patience is the key here.
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
It was good listen, but not the cliff hanger of other mysteries.u
I think the ending wrapped it up
Of course Watson
It was good, but not in the style and character plot of ACD.
I liked the basic story and the way it was told. It kept my interest to the very end.
I had nerver heard Derek Jacobi before and loved his voice. He made me feel like I was there.
There were all my favorite and necessary to the book.
Parts of it made me laugh and parts made me sad. It was interesting to know that some things never change.
I think this book is worth the read.
Judith H. Taylor
The story fit into "real" Sherlock stories.
Interesting plot that kept me guessing. I have read mysteries for over 50 years and usually can tell "who did it" less than halfway through. Not this time
I'm sure I will listen to it again in the future.
Intriguing and well written, but I didn't like the way the story went at the end. Without totally spoiling it, the plot involves crimes against children. I'm looking for entertainment and it ended up being a downer for me, not entertaining. If I had known what the book was all about, I would not have selected this book.
I like Anthony Horowitz and he did well with the characters. Holmes and Watson were both in line with their historical literary characters. I just wish he'd written about a different crime.
I enjoyed getting to spend some more time in the world of Sherlock Holmes, but the story was a bit too convoluted to keep my full attention throughout.
I would recommend it to diehard Sherlock Holmes fans because it's not that different in style or delivery to the original Arthur Conan Doyle series, but I'd recommend Laure R. King's Mary Russell series much more highly.
All the voices except for that of Holmes were just fine. But the voice for Holmes was awful! For me, Jenny Sterlin's voice of Holmes, in the audio versions of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series, is what Holmes himself undoubtedly sounded like.
No, as the story seems pretty self-contained and is written from the perspective of a rather late period in Watson's life. But I'm sure the author could write other Holmes books that follow other cases, set in other time periods of the Holmes/Watson partnership.
The reader did a very good job on the voices.
The plot was interesting, but confusing at times, convoluted, so pay attention, and if you lose it, go back.
I liked his Watson, and he did a good job on most.
As I said above, pay attention. At one point I was lost because I went a few days without listening and there are confusing elements, lots of characters. Overall a very good listen.
I'm always on the search for engaging, intelligent books & authors who give me a story I can relate to. Through Audible I'm finding a lot! When I'm not reading or listening, I'm writing, cooking, traveling or working on my house or in the yard. Politics is also central in my life; I feel it's important to be aware of what's going on and give voice to protecting all that we value & hold dear.
I've read all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries - many several times. It was a surprise to see this book available. It's written in a similar style to what you would expect of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but with more detail and richer description. Also a more modern theme that I doubt Doyle would have embarked on. The narrator (Derek Jacobi) is superb!! The author excelled beyond my expectations. Thank you all who were involved in the making of this great book.
His voice is amazing ... perfect for this book .... executed with perfection. I don't know how he did it...didn't miss a beat.
I loved it.
Hope that Anthony Horowitz will write another one and that Derek Jacobi will be the narrator.