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.
As Holmes strives to unmask his most cunning, ruthless, and elusive foe, he is transported into a world of high finance rife with intrigue and crime. With a cast of characters that includes historical greats like Winston Churchill as well as a beggar girl whom Watson adopts, Holmes follows a trail that leads ultimately and unpredictably to the fabled and fabulous lost Hapsburg Tiara.
©2003 Alan Vanneman; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Narrator Simon Vance adopts the dry, literary tones of a classic Holmes radio drama, imparting wry humor detectable only to listeners paying close attention to the plot....Winston Churchill sounds just like a recording of the man himself." (AudioFile)
Having listened to myriad narrations of, and watched probably all movies of, the tales of Sherlock Holmes, as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I was quite impressed by Vanneman's tale, Vance's narration, and how closely they adhered to the 'classic' Sherlock Holmes (with just one somewhat shocking exception.) The tale's plot, characters, and setting could easily be mistaken as the fruit of Doyle's own pen, which he plausibly would have written a decade before his death in 1930. Vanneman's thorough and insightful descriptions of places and people in the tale are 'first rate'! The plot has copious twists and turns Doyle would have approved of (and NEVER assume you've heard the last twist!) A warning though; Vanneman went FAR beyond Doyle with some explicit details of how Watson was the lady's man, so if you listen to this tale with an elder parent or young child, save yourself some embarassement by being ready to sensor a bit of this story. All told, this listen will take many a Holmes-fan to that place Doyle was so adept at sending us.
I am not opposed to sex scenes in novels but this is supposed to be a Sherlock Holmes story, not Watson's lusty life. The authors detailed descriptions of the marginal and irrelevant does nothing to inspire listening even though the plot has some interest, it isnt enough to keep me. Though Mr Vance gives an excellent performance, this book is being returned.
Artist & Journeyman Composter
Yes; the story was excellently crafted, peopled, developed and brought to a conclusion.
For Holmes, there was no diminution in this story of his talents and incisiveness; his side kick and companion Watson was treated with respect and appreciation, rather than with condescension or exasperation, which triggers in me disgust and rejection; and, to one's delight and full enjoyment, a third hardy character is born: Dr. Watson decides to befriend and befather (through adoption) one of the Baker Street Irregulars, saucy and smart 9 year
old Jenny. The story weaves through 8 years of adventure wherein one gets to observe
his daughter growing up into a judiciously saucy and even smarter young lady. She won my heart; I wanted to be a bit like her!
There are quite a few memorable ones; however, listening to Dr. Watson learn to be a chauffeur of one of the most beautiful, well made automobiles in the world, the Silver
Cloud, and hear him describe the interplay of clutch, engine, road and wheels during the rescue mission of the Hapsburg Tiara, additionally starring Jenny as acrobat and thief made you feel as if you were in the back seat with mouth agog in deep appreciation.
Did the author write another, I wonder? This was too good!
This book started out with a lot of promise. An intriguing mystery, with some well known historical figures? Sign me up! It's a shame the rest of the book just doesn't hold up. I personally don't care to hear about Watson's conquests, which are detailed in a fashion I doubt Watson would ever consider using. I also didn't think much of the new addition to the team. She seemed more like page filler than an active member of the group.
A good performance from the narrator, and an overall decent story. Not a bad way to pass the time, but it could have been so much more.
Interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes saga. Most of this Story focuses on Dr. Watson ,his adopted daughter , and his infatuation with a mysterious woman. The story takes place over several years and across most Europe. The mystery is very convoluted and hard to follow. Holmes is his usual self, only in smaller doses.
The plot is too long for the meager plot, but the narrator, Simon Vance makes it a fun listen.
This was an incredible story with many historical characters. The plot and sub plots make this a very enjoyable Sherlock Homes story. Dr. Watson finding romance was a real plus.
A five star performance from Mr. "Shaken not Stirred". If you have ever listend to a James Bond novel, you already know that Simon Vance always gives that British sense of authencity.
Mr. Churchill, my name is Sherlock Homes.
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.
Not a good selection for classic Sherlock fans. Well read, but the story line is thin and drawn out with excessive characterizations and irrelevant details. A love interest for Watson that is thrown in is bizarre, pointless, and some what embarrassing.
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