I've either read and/or watched every Sherlock Holmes story numerous times. While this doesn't make me any kind of Holmes expert, to me this story matches the original Doyle stories very well. As my wife and I listened to this I kept mentioning to her how well it was written and hoping Horowitz would write some more Holmes books. I didn't want it to end. That's my gold standard for a five star story.
A Spell-binding mystery
Sherlock Holmes' character is true to the original and as this complex and intriguing story takes unexpected turns one after the other...you always find that Sherlock has been there before you.
Derek Jacobi does much more than merely read the story, he makes it come alive with tone, inflection, pauses and perfect timing. His voice and accent are perfect for this task and his acting rather than reading add significantly to this novel.
Yes, but I was not able to do so.
Great story and I will be watching for more from this great combination of Horowitz and Jacobi. My personal thanks to both author and reader for providing such a wonderful retreat from an over-paced business day.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
I really liked this last Sherlock Holmes Book. It was a little gross in parts, but it did bring the famous mystery series up to date very nicely which proves even books can evolve. The narrator was very good & the author had a way of making the reader imagine they were walking side by side with the great detective Sherlock Homes and his faithful partner in crime Dr. Watson or joining them in front of the fireplace. The story plot certainly had enough excitement to keep a reader’s attention throughout the book. And it was intriguing how the author had Serlock able to explain away the solutions to all the mysteries. Way to go Sherlock.
Yes. I had the mystery figured out way too early but was enjoying Horowitz's Holmes too much to care about that. Horowitz obviously "gets" our detective duos' dynamic, their friendship and subtle humor, and the camaraderie of an inside joke shared in open company. The plotting was well done, but I have developed a sadly suspicious mind and probably read too many mysteries. I figure out many mysteries early these days, even those my friends have found frustrating or surprising. I should probably switch to another genre, if I want surprises.
Derek Jacobi is flawless, of course, drawing on an apparently bottomless well of distinct voices that not only carry the dialogue, but bring the sense of a fully realized life to even the most minute of characters. Derek Jacobi could read me the phone book and I'd probably enjoy it.
Not necessarily, although I did so.
The descriptions were very Watsonian, especially the disreputable pub where crime is so prevalent that even the clock seems to disobey the law (of physics). It was also good to see Holmes address his seemingly cavalier habit of using children to spy out dangerous thugs, although, personally, I love the idea of the Baker Street Irregulars.
Mr. Horowitz is not the writer Doyle was. The writer does mimic Doyle's style, but, unfortunately, the story is predictable and bland. The one bright spot is the narrator; Derek Jacobi is terrific.
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Perhaps because I have been watching the new TV show Sherlock Holmes, I have become accustomed to a lighter more contemporary voice from Sherlock and Dr. Watson. The reader is true to the era of the original story, though, but a bit hard to listen to for any length of time.
To be honest, I couldn't finish it. Kept falling asleep.
Meh...maybe...good voice, nice reading, but very sloooooowwwwww and snoozy.
If I had been able to finish it, I could answer this question!
A true Sherlock Holmes fan would probably like this book. I am only a TV/Film follower, so another listener may be really happy with it.
Just like the movies, especially now...you can't beat the real thing. I tried to listen, I really did...but anything pulled me away from listening, I even cleaned the oven and listened to music instead of this.....
I could not get this book to burn even after a couple of hours with customer support.