The mystery begins when a body turns up in an abandoned building. A baffled Scotland Yard calls in the world's first "consulting detective," Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Through observation, subterfuge, and tenacity, he is soon able to discover the identity of the assassin, but that is only the beginning of the bizarre mystery. This audiobook includes the bonus Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."
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Some readers read too quickly, some too slowly. This actor had a wonderful pace and while he doesn't have too wide a variety of voices, he is easy to follow through the story. He demonstrates emotions and tensions throughout the story very well.
The era is quite charming and Watson is very likeable, but I have to say that Homes' extraordinary deductions based on apparently insignificant details are just too fictitious and over-the-top for my taste.
as this was my first Sherlock Holmes novel I was pleasantly surprised that it lived up to my expectations. if I have 1 complaint though is that halfway through the book it drastically switches stories to a very long explanation of the killers motive. now this wouldn't be an issue except for the lack of the killers presence in the story about his motive, as he only really appears at the tail end of the story after a brief appearance earlier to establish his connection to the main characters of that part of the book. overall great story and a great introduction to the series.
Narrative makes the world go round.
I've become enamored of detective fiction only in the last year, and I came to Holmes through his reinterpretations by authors like Laurie R King and Nicolas Meyer. I was delighted to see new versions of the Conan Doyle's classics and eagerly wanted to listen to this one --Perhaps my expectations were just too high.
The original Holmes is still a great invention, but Conan Doyle didn't create great fiction around him, in this novel anyway --Even Simon Prebble couldn't make this a great listen to me (and sometimes I wonder if Simon was bored -- this is not his best narration). Also, the recording quality of my download was a bit wonky -- I didn't bother to re-download to see if that corrected the sound glitches (probably would).
I will persevere on to other of Conan Doyle's novels or short stories, but without as high expectations. And I look forward more to next year's release of Laurie R Kings' second part of "The Language of Bees."
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