This story is brilliant, and subtle. It's a real treat! It's even worth re-listening to, because you will certainly miss some fantastical points the first time through. If you've listened to Sherlock Holmes stories before, don't let yourself get lulled into the familiar patterns of speech and characters -- keep sharp! You'll be glad you paid attention! If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Gaiman pays great homage to two amazing authors, and leaves his own patent mark, too. Buy it! You won't regret it!
It's a fun enough little story, written in the "Sherlock" style, though I can certainly see how there are doubts about its authenticity (the author as much as admits it in the introduction). Very political, a "timely" piece for when and where it was originally published.
The casual or even mildly-invested Sherlock fan won't find anything particularly useful here, but if you're a Sherlock completionist, then by all means read/listen on :-)
I admit the narrator didn't effect my decision to buy this book, but Kate Mulgrew's performance greatly enhanced my enjoyment of it! I'm so impressed with this book on all fronts.
Daniel's voice as narrator is great for this, and he conveyed the emotions of a completely terrible situation very clearly to the listener. Werlin's story is believable and heart-wrenching. It especially hit home for me how Matt never self-identified as "neglected" or "abused" growing up, but instead would've classified himself as "loved" if ever questioned by police or social workers. That part is so important for anyone on the outside to understand. That, and knowing that, when that kid finally does reach out for help, please please please take him seriously... Don't minimise his feelings or dismiss his concerns. This was well worth the read.
I know this was just a little snippet, but it totally got to me. I'll be looking into reading more of Ha Jin's work!
I love Jane Enwistle's narration of the Favia DeLuce books. She's marvellous! Bradley, keep up the good work! It was a little odd to be away from Buckshaw this time, but I enjoyed the trip to post-war Canada :-)
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