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
"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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"WHAT A LOVEABLE VICTORIAN BOUNDER!"
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.
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.
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.
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!
The happy marriage of an outstanding performance and creative and involving storyline, makes this a great and repeated listen.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
I'm afraid the 'entertaining and wickedly humorous crime adventure' has passed me by. I found it neither entertaining nor humerous, I don't think I smiled or chuckled once. I also found the use of 'eff blank blank blank' etc added nothing to the story and just became an affectation.
I listen to audio books in various scenarios and I always found that my mind wandered whilst listening to this and when I'd finished listening to it on one day and then tried to pick it up where I'd left off I had difficulty remembering what had gone before.
Yes, I did listen to the sample and a lot of people obviously like it, but I've got this one wrong for my taste. I find it very ordinary and somehow almost lazy storytelling on the back of existing literary characters. Had I looked at this in a shop as a paperback I don't think I'd have bothered to buy it.
If this was meant to be satirical I am afraid it was so subtle that it passed me by. This comes over as a straight Joseph Conrad/Flashman/Rider Haggard/ - violent, racist, sexist, and generally asking us to like a 'hero' that in real life I would walk a million miles to avoid.
I was expecting this to be really witty and satirical - was very very disappointed and after a painful forced listening of an hour had to give up.
Waste of money/credits
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