This seems like the kind of story that could have taken place in Victorian times yet not be written up because it was too scandalous. I think the author did a good job of keeping Watson and Holmes in character and describing the London underworld. Derek Jacobi is of course an actor and he brought his skills to the narration.
Very highly. Both the story and the narration were of the best quality.
I think it compares very favorably the Conan Doyle canon.
I've never listened to him narrate any other audiobooks but I have seen him perform on stage and on screen so I know that he is a brilliant and gifted actor.
Yes but, due to my schedule, it took about three sittings.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes, in particular, and detective stories, in general
It took me awhile to get into this one; I wasn't a huge fan of the setup, I think mainly because Watson keeps going on about how the mystery is so shocking, and then launches into a story that is just not shocking in the least. And though for the most part the narrator was fantastic, he did not do well with American accents, and every time he spoke as an American I found it really distracting and it jolted me out of the story. However, around half way through, things started to get really interesting, and yes, the shocking part eventually did show up. In the end, I really liked the way the mysteries play out, and though there were things I suspected, there were also things that came as a total surprise and that I didn't see coming at all. And I think Horowitz did a great job here of capturing Holmes' and Watson's relationship. All in all, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would when I first started it, and I look forward to reading more of Horowitz's work at some point.
The Game's Afoot
Derek Jacobi is one of the great voices in British theater. He is able to create three dimensional characters with simple changes of his voice. I usually listen to books at double speed, but it would just be a waste - like chugging down a fine wine.
As one of many who love Holmes and Watson in their original (and more modern) form, there is always a concern that a new Holmes novel will sully the canon. Not to worry with this book. Horowitz does not strictly abide by what was created by Doyle, but the changes are all reasonable and consistent with the characters we know. There are a few changes and the plot deals with issues that would never have been covered by a Victorian author. But there are enough twists and turns in the plot that you feel the excitement and the mental challenges that a good Holmes story gives. Horowitz has a great sense of the language and the small items to satisfy any Holmes fan. But the greatest factor in enjoying this book is Derek Jacobi. He creates very distinct voices for each of his characters and you really feel you are sitting and listening to Watson dictate the story. Great read.
Life-long reader, 10 years listening
Fascinating story, and Horowitz has perfectly captured the style of the original Conan Doyle tales. Highly recommended!
i'd rate this a very easy four stars out of five! highly recommended.
sherlock framed. sherlock in jail. enemies helping holmes out? very entertaining novel. if i didn't know doyle didn't write this, i would have believed it was an original sherlock story! an entertaining novel that brings forth everything you love about sherlock holmes and puts him in a precarious situation. can the great sherlock survive? this book is well written, and has a pace that doesn't drag.
jacobi acts out the various voices with great differences that make it easy to tell who is speaking.
l was very involved from the beginning. the plot is very original and well paced.
I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.
Sherlock Holmes again.
It brought back that style that Doyle used and kept me going to the very unusual end.
Elementary my Dear Watson, Sherlock Holmes.
Not laugh or cry, but made me feel hopeful that we will see more.
You have to hear the solution to this mystery!
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
It was great to revisit the characters of Holmes and Watson, the mysteries were engrossing and engaging, and the writing style was crisp.
Anytime we get to see Sherlock Holmes at his inquisitive best
Great narrator. Uses vocal inflections to bring the characters to life.
It's not only a great stand-alone mystery novel, but a fitting tribute to the legacy of the famous fictional detective. There are slight tones of melancholy and of days-gone-by.
I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. Of course I love Conan Doyle's originals, but I am also a big fan of Laurie R. Kings stories featuring the great detective and Mary Russell. I am always looking for more Sherlock holmes and this book did not disappoint!
At 1st I found the narrator's voice for Holmes a bit strange , but I grew used to it quickly, and found myself immersed in the world of Holmes and Watson.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
Horowitz really impressed me. I was concerned about the handling of such an iconic character. My worries disappeared as I listened to the wonderful Derek Jacobi narrating a tale which took Holmes into new situations and places. This book really impressed me. Characterization was excellent and the plot was handled nicely, with tight pacing and twists. I would highly recommend this audible book for both writing and narration.