There aren't enough stars to rate this one properly.
This is Sherlock Holmes in every detail, every nuance. It sounds right. It feels right. It's a terrific addition to any Holmes fan or collector's library. There have been many theories on the Jack the Ripper mystery; to have Holmes take a crack at it is a fabulous treat.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. History and anecdotes, perhaps. I certainly wasn't expecting to be as fascinated as I was.
Ms Blum gives us a bit of history on the actual chemical elements used in various murders in addition to the details of the murders and how they were dealt with. The office of coroner, too, is followed from its beginnings... and there are a few "raised eyebrow" moments in that as well. Things have certainly changed since then.
All in all, the book actually made me regret my 12-hour shift wasn't a little longer so I could listen to the end in one go.
Atlantic City, perhaps more than most others, seems to have little history other than its politicians. Boardwalk Empire is well-researched and well-presented, but is far less the history of a city than of the politicians in charge of it.
Slightly disappointing, though not the fault of the author or narrators.
Michio Kaku is a rarity: a scientist who can take the most complicated theories and somehow let the layman without any scientific training at all understand them. His style is easy and engaging, well-read by Mr. Vietor.
This book is well worth the investment.
If you want a ripping good detective story, this is not it. If, on the other hand, you enjoy an author beating you over the head with a moralistic two-by-four at the expense of an actual plot, you'll really enjoy this one.
I listened to half of it then gave up in disgust. The story seems to be merely a vehicle for the author's pontificating on the Evils Of Class in British society. Even a very good cast of performers was not enough to save it.
Needless to say, I will not be picking up anything by this author again.
I had no idea what to expect when I purchased this title. I hoped for a good detective story. I got a hardboiled detective with puns galore, terrific casting and more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. If you like both Miss Marple and Monty Python, this one's for you.
I'm an unabashed Lackey fan and re-read both the Valdemar and Elemental Masters series on a regular basis. This, my first audiobook by Lackey, is just as satisfying as the printed version. The narrator is not the most skilled I've come across, but has a pleasant voice. I'm off now to download more of the series.
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