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 story focuses on many of the seamy aspects of modern life and the people living it. The genre is best described as a combination of murder mystery & thriller laced with science fiction elements. I am no prude but the author has no holds barred when it comes to portraying prostitutes, homosexual sex and masturbation (among other things - including the excruciatingly gory descriptions of each murder). I spent a good deal of time cringing through the details of this book - but the story was so compelling that it was (just) worth it. The fact that the narrator's voice was rather girlish exacerbated the discomfort of listening to such a grisly story.
Yes! This would make a very good film if you are inclined towards gore-filled thrillers.
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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