Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but best-selling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life. With access to the estate's archives and careful study of the original stories, Horowitz is sure to weave a tale that satisfies new fans as well as the most dedicated Baker Street Irregular.
©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Hachette
Absolutely excellent from first to last. Too engrossing to listen at bedtime - it wil keep you up. I'm a big fan of Holmes in many iterations - Larry Millett and Laurie King among others, but Anthony Horowitz really captures it all - the essence of a good Holmes story - plus excellent description of place, action and character - brought leaping to life by Derek Jacobi - truly a brilliant and lush performance. Even if you are not a Holmes fan - this is a great book. I'm pretty fussy and rarely, if ever, have given such an unabashed 5 star review. This one is sooooooo worth it.
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Both the story and the narration are fantastic. This story goes to a place that I did not at all expect for a Sherlock Holmes novel. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and felt this was perhaps one of the best I've listened to so far on Audible.
First off, the narration by Derek Jacobi was very good. No complaints there.
My problem is with the portrayal of Holmes. It just wasn't Holmesian. I've read the originals, loved many of the adaptations on TV and film, but this story just didn't cut it. Holmes is much less than his marvelous self. Not terribly quick witted, or even very bright. When he does trot out his expertise it's done in the manner of a side show magic act. Certainly not the way Holmes would have done it.
Many of the actions Holmes takes in the book just aren't things Holmes would have done. For example, Holmes went into an opium den, as himself, to find facts. Never in a million years. Holmes would have disguised himself and infiltrated!
I tried to separate the Holmes that I know and just read the story as a mystery. I didn't have much success. Part of the love I've had for the Sherlock Holmes stories is his wit, near infallibility, and clever ways of uncovering facts. All of these are absent.
If you want more Holmes, as Holmes himself, try the Laurie King books.
I have read Sherlock Holmes books written by authors other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Until I read this one I was of the firm believe that Laurie R. King was the only one I truly enjoyed. Mr. Horowitz did an excellent job. The story has expected and unexpected twists. Amazingly, even the expected outcomes had some unexpected twists! If you are a Sherlock fan, I highly recommend this one!
Better than I could have hoped. This listen was just great. There are a few things that die-hard Conan Doyle fans might point out as deviating from the master, but the excellence of the story and its telling can't be denied.
Attempting to explore the beloved characters of other authors is tricky. I think maybe this story would have played better if it hadn't tried to take on Holmes, but had been a newly introduced detective. Having said that, it was entertaining.
I liked his characters and he was very consistent - which I have to imagine is difficult. There were moments I had trouble understanding what he was saying, but that could have been me.
Yes, but buy it on sale.
The narration - Derek Jacobi is very good, though his portrayal of Holmes was his weakest characterization. Very whiny.
No - Not very Holmesian. The characters are there, the setting is there but the heart of what makes Holmes is missing.
Ran some sections of the narration at triple speed - just too cheesy to listen to.
The book jumped the shark for me when Horowitz resorted to the lamest of plot devices: putting the protagonist out on the highest of tree limbs. He has Holmes set up for murder in the most unHolmesian way - the old "don't be an idiot and go in that door, Oh he went in that door" type of set up. Holmes would never go into that circumstance without utilizing all of his resources, having worked out plans B though F. Horowitz instead had Holmes acting as an B movie idiot. Very disappointing.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
I enjoy mystery novels where the chances of guess the solution are null. For that part of the story it's all right. The problem I had with this book is that it really is far more worried about modern view of social problems of this period London then with say the story. Charles Dickens would have approve of the age spent on worrying about the fate of the street children but that is not in keeping with Sherlock Holmes. The book seems obsessed with fitting itself into the Sherlock Holmes story; not as the original author did by the need to refer all the time to the other stories and event and not just worry about the story. In turth the mystery seems to be second fiddle to Mr Horowitz social agenda and Mr. Horowitz need to put the story in the Sherlock Holmes's timeline.
I suggest pasting.
There's very little of Sherlock Holmes in the book - he's conveniently absent for most of the book - probably because the author didn't dare attempt much of a rendering. The story was wholly unsatisfactory to me, failing to conjure any of the atmosphere of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's wonderful work (of which I've read all the Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as some of his others). It might have been inoffensive even so but the story descends too far into the hypocritical underbelly of Victorian vice for something that's surely meant as entertainment, and I wish I hadn't listened to it.
Great writing, great reading, satisfying and complete resolution. Who could ask for anything more.
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