I must say that I listened to the first 80 minutes or so and just had to turn it off. The narration was so very dry and upper-crust British that I had to concentrate to follow the storyline and cath the dry and wry humour at the same time. I love the PG Wodehouse books and writing style...but I did not think it would be so different to listen to it. I listen to books while I am driving - fiction, business, thrillers, comedy and even science...but this combination went in one ear and out the other unless I paid complete attention to it (which I could not - while driving).
No listening - only reading (and I love them).
It is such a very British series that it must have a British narrator- but perhpas a more delicate British narrator with more dramatic inflection could help,
This a good, solid mystery in the Victorian England, houseful of suspects who-dunnit genre.
The narrator is good at voicing the different characters and so, although the story often plods along, he keeps things interesting. It is not a modern thriller with anything too outlandish; there are no guns, car chases, international spies...this is just a solid murder mystery with strongly written characters. I must admit that I found myself nodding off at times during this listen - but it was very good.
Good ending - unexpected.
This book was as true to the original Sherlock Holmes as can be imagined - thrillng, intelligent, rich in late Victorian-age detail - and Jacobi's performance was perfect. The only reason why I gave this one less than 5 stars was that I deduced what the "House" was and the ultimate perpretrators of the criime very (too) early in to the listen.
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