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  • Death Cloud: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Andrew Lane
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

    Kenneth P Novak says: "Suspenseful tension through last word to next book"
    "VG showing the morp of a teen to the master"
    What made the experience of listening to Death Cloud the most enjoyable?

    The life adventures and a mysterious tutor hired by his brother Microft that helped build the Consulting Detective Sherlock Holmes of adulthood.Started laying out the effects of his family. The effect that brother Microft had on his road to greatness.The introduction of historical & other FACTS incorporated into the story, like the sea forts built in the mid 1800's to protect from invasion from France, serving sporadically through WWII.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a logical path that would lead to the famous Sherlock Holmes.

    What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way he read & comments largely made up for the lack sound effects. The different mannerisms of the other charactors.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but life provides interruptions

    Any additional comments?

    Some sound effects would have helped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle: The Pillars of Reality, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews

    The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

    Katie says: "Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda."
    "The actual story will probably surprise you."
    What did you love best about The Dragons of Dorcastle?

    The telling of true statements, that because they are not complete, is used by all sides to serve their purposes or hear what they want to hear. It teaches about deceit & the danger that can come from not pursuing the answers to things you think you do not want to know.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dragons of Dorcastle?

    How the top levels of both guilds, in their efforts to suppress & deny the truth they allow the challenges what are their greatest fears to continue at work.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not the first part, but later I did

    Any additional comments?

    If this had not been written by Jack Campbell I would not have given this book a 2nd thought.
    Similar to the Lost Stars series by Jack Campbell, the beginning of this story seems boring while it lays the groundwork for the good & increasingly better parts of the story. I was initially disappointed by the somewhat boring beginning & almost stopped listening, when I remembered similar rather boring groundwork in the 1st book of the Lost Stars series.
    I continued on and found the pieces coming together. I also heard clues that this is not about reincarnation witches & warlocks lore. I have 2 ideas about what will be revealed in the next book. One of those ideas might be loosely basing on the core of the original Planet of the Apes series, without the apes. I wound up enjoying the book very much & if you skip the boring beginning, you will probably have some difficulty understanding the rest of the book, so I suggest bearing with that part. Pieces of the history described in this book & one of the references to the stars may provide you will similar thoughts that I have.
    Like the Lost Stars series, I was & am anxious for the next book in both series. I will have to wait about 3 weeks for the next audio book in this series to come out. Meanwhile I give this about 4.5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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