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Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles | [Kim Newman]

Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.
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Publisher's Summary

Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

An entertaining and wickedly humorous crime adventure from the best-selling author of Anno Dracula.

©2011 Kim Newman (P)2011 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"It's witty, often hilarious stuff. The author portrays the scurrilous flipside of Holmes's civil ordered world, pokes fun at 'guest stars' from contemporary novels and ventures into more outre territory than Conan Doyle even dared." (Financial Times)

"Kim Newman has done something really audacious with Conan Doyle's criminal genius.... The notion of reinventing Moriarty and Moran as malign dopplegangers of Holmes and Watson may have been done before, but not with the firecracker exuberance that Newman brings to it." (Independent)

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    Amazon Customer Pasadena 12-16-11
    Amazon Customer Pasadena 12-16-11 Member Since 2005
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    "close shave"

    This work employs the plot devices and style of the Flashman stories in all respects but date of writing. A modern Doyle cover can be a lot of fun. There are several authors in your collection who out- Doyle Doyle. What is the point of out- MacDonald Fraser-ing MacDonald Fraser? This work is too close a shave. I am exhausted and and left pining for the real thing -- Flashman.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C 05-21-13
    C 05-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ok, not great; loaded with irresponsible writing"

    The idea behind the novel is actually kind of neat; you see a lot of similar-yet-different stories from Moriarty's and Moran's points of view. The execution is rather poor. I understand that the novel is set in the 1800s and certain opinions and prejudices were considered acceptable during that time... but the book was published within the past few years. CERTAINLY the author could have come up with a more creative way of telling these stories than relying upon racial, ethnic, and sexual slurs. The prologue discusses the fact that there is an abundance of profanity, but then to keep the profanity in the novel with letters blanked out, especially for words that are ridiculously unnecessary (C--T? really?), is absurd. I am a HUGE Sherlock Holmes fan and I was utterly disappointed by this novel. Not worth your credit unless you enjoy repeatedly hearing about how only white British men are intelligent and know how to keep proper hygiene.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Catherine
    newark, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Hilarious!!"
    Would you listen to Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles again? Why?

    Oh Yes!! This is a brilliantly clever riff on the classic Conan Doyle characters! I was a bit doubtful - how could a parody for something that clever be sustained? But that goes to show how I have been cultured into a sketch show - 2/3 minute - understanding of parody and satire...
    Newman tackles Conan Doyle at a deeper level, thinking through the historical context and possibility for alternative characters and scenarios in a far more thorough and involved manner. This is masterful stuff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well Moriarty obviously...


    What about Tom Hodgkins’s performance did you like?

    Hodgkin ran the edge of reading/mimicry beautifully, never getting the tone/characterisation wrong.. Sharp, astutely read


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh laugh, laugh... sometimes a silent chuckle to oneself, at others a loud bellow of belly laugh to those customers in Boots who had not noticed that lady with earphones...


    Any additional comments?

    I MUST hear more Kim Newman, it is turning my understanding of classic English novels upside down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    Braintree, United Kingdom
    10/18/13
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    "The Devil Has The Best...Stories"
    What did you like most about Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles?

    I've always rooted for the beleaguered anti-hero. this is a great addition to the Sherlock canon, with the twist being we see things through Moriarty's eyes. The planning and pay-offs are very Sherlock-like but through a mirror darkly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have a soft spot for Irene Adler. I like the way she plays men on both sides and the way the BBC series portrayed her, my mental image is set.


    What about Tom Hodgkins’s performance did you like?

    Despite this being a long 2-volume set I never grew tired of Mr Hodgkin's story telling. The biggest compliment is that he didn't get in the way of the text. By not drawing attention to himself it allows the listener to immerse themselves in the nefarious activities of Moriarty and Co.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a delight to listen to. One that I cherished so that when I was in the car I would sit once I got somewhere just to finish a chapter before getting on with my life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    7/25/13
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    "Inventive take on Dr Watson's dark reflection"

    Kim Newman has done this really well. He clearly knows the Holmes stories inside out and loves them. This really comes across in these "cases" of crimes committed by Moriarty. It's ingenious and imaginative and I really enjoyed the Flashmanesque style of the main character.

    Tom Hodgkins narration is perfect for the sardonic, immoral, horribly sexist, violent, self-aggrandising protagonist. So much so that by the end I found myself on his side - just for a moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    Nr Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom
    7/1/13
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    "Amusing, but not a story that I'd come back to..."

    Lampooning many different authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H. G. Wells this book purports to be a memoir found in a safety deposit box at a bankrupt London bank. It tells the story of Professor Moriarty, and his henchman, Basher Moran. As it unwinds the two influence many events such as fooling the foremost astronomer of their time, busting a spy ring, and confounding Sherlock Holmes.
    This book is largely inoffensive although there is some implied strong language and behaviour. It is an entertaining read, but not one I'll be rushing to listen to again anytime soon. I can only equate this to mental chewing gum; it's not bad, but not going to stimulate any brain cells...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    HOVE, United Kingdom
    6/25/13
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    "Unique and Imaginative reworking"
    What did you like most about Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles?

    The narration is fantastic. The story told from the point of view of Basher Moran around the exploits of Professor Moriarty, is superb. Kim Newman is successful in making you see familar tale from a whole new perspective.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fresh and new appoach with each story giving a new fresh twist in the tale.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Hodgkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    First time I have come acroos this narrator. However is does a superb job in giving the characters real depth.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book wwas a pleasure to listen to. If you like Sherlock Holmes but you are over familiar with each story then give this a go. See things from the bad guys perspective for a change. You'd be suprised at finding yourself wnting them to win through. It interesting to see the mighty Sherlock Holmes from Professor Moriarty point of view.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce
    WATFORD, United Kingdom
    6/9/13
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    "WHAT A LOVEABLE VICTORIAN BOUNDER!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles to be better than the print version?

    I've not yet read the print version of this book but the narration is really excellent and captures the devilish mood of the infamous Col. Moran, Moriarty's villainous sidekick.


    What other book might you compare Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles to, and why?

    The listener will obviously want to compare this performance with Sherlock Holmes but although the stories in the performance are wicked variations of Conan Doyle's Holmes cases, the great detective and his sidekick are only mentioned once or twice.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The listener will enjoy all the stories in this performance but my favorite was the "Red Planet League", as it was very funny and pretty leftfield in places.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Overall, I found the stories very funny but flavoured with suspense, some mild horror, dubious morals and sheer inventiveness. A bit like modern day politicians, I suppose!


    Any additional comments?

    The happy marriage of an outstanding performance and creative and involving storyline, makes this a great and repeated listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    10/17/12
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    "Very funny"

    This is a nicely judged, amusingly written, gorgeously read work which I very much enjoyed. The humour is sly and cutting but the un-pc unabashed evil of Moriarty & Moran is satisfyingly balanced with a modern sensibility and sense of natural justice. Loved it.



    I had to check that it wasn't read by Dominic West; he really sounds like him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denzil
    UK
    10/8/12
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    "A dark parallel"

    This fantastic audio-book takes the inverse of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories. Following Moriarty the consulting criminal the stories have deliberately paralleled some of Sherlocks adventures but from the perspective of Moriarty and his lackey Colonel Moran. So many authors attempt to write books that fit with the Sherlock Holmes stories and fail. This wonderful creation works so very well.



    Highly Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    8/26/12
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    "Very disappointing."

    I have read and enjoyed most, if not all, of the Sherlock Holmes tales, and so I looked forward to listening to this audio book. However, I can only say how disappointed I was with it, I wasn't half way through before I started to wonder what the point was. Each tale added nothing to the originals, and weren't even saved by being funny. I agree with the previous reviewer who found the "f-blank-blank-k" an affectation. In the end it becomes extremely annoying to be treated like a child in this way.
    I plodded on through to the end, hoping for something that would redeem it, but alas it was a forlorn hope.
    I would not recommend this, and doubt that I will be purchasing any other of Kim's books, which I find a shame, as I've always enjoyed his film reviews and magazine articles.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C. Douglass
    Cheshire, England
    4/7/12
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    "Sherlock who?"

    A carefully crafted alternative version of the stories we have only heard from Watson's perspective. Wonderfully narrated, engaging and entertaining. When Irene Adler appears in Sherlock you won't be able to call her anything other than the title she has been given in this book. I heartily recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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