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Robert

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams (editor), Robert J. Sawyer, Christopher Roden, and others
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    A modern short story collection featuring the great detective.

    A User says: "Improbable and Incredible."
    "Very Entertaining"
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    As a lover of the Sherlock Holmes stories, I really enjoyed the unique approach offered in having Holmes solve these Sci-fi mysteries . The stories are well written and the editor (John Joseph Adams) does a fantastic job of maintaining the continuity of the narrating form used of Watson throughout the book.

    Simon Vance is a great narrator and he does a particularly good job in his portrayal of all the English characters in this book, but especially Holmes and Watson. Very Entertaining in deed,.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alan Vanneman
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    In a crafty new novel featuring the world's greatest literary detective, Alan Vanneman extends the boundaries of the Sherlock Holmes canon with this novel. A late-night summons takes Holmes and Dr. Watson from the cozy Victorian comforts of Baker Street to the Orient Express, where they travel the breadth of Europe to exotic Constantinople. But danger's afoot, for death, too, is traveling first class.

    Keith says: "Quite remarkable!"
    "Venneman Captures Conan Doyle's Writing Style"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Venneman did a good job of capturing the Victorian era and he included the personality traits and formal language that one familiar with Doyle's writing's expects in a Sherlock Holmes novel. Simon Vance is the perfect talent to narrate the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (431)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Long Ramblings and Mindless Dribble"
    Overall

    Filter out all the "F" words and you'll cut the book by a third. The book reads like it was written by a male teen with a very limited vocabulary. Furthermore, there are aspects to the book that I felt were sacrilegious, such as using the term Jesus Land and resiting passages of scripture out of context. I have to admit, I didn't make it to the half way point, before abandoning the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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