©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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"So worth a listen"
Couldn't stop listening to this book. You wouldn't know Conan Doyle hadn't written it as the characters are so lifelike. Not going to do a spoiler so only going to say everything about it was great and Jacobi has a voice I could listen to all day - and I did!
"So perfect, you wouldn't know the difference"
Firstly, the excellent narration, also the fact that the Author had both the style and characters portrayed perfectly. It might have been written by Arthur Conan Doyle himself.
Getting glimpses into Sherlock's more vulnerable side.
He reads with his whole heart and plays every character convincingly.
It's impossible to answer a question like that without giving away spoilers. There were some very moving moments in the book and some funny ones as well.
This book felt as if it belonged in the Sherlock Holmes Cannon.
"Watson did not ejaculate!"
I heard this as a Radio 4 dramatisation one Christmas and as I have ploughed through almost all the SH stories in book form I thought I would reward myself with this audiobook.
Derek Jacobi, as one would think, does a grand job. The story zips along and the subject matter is somehow topical for now and then. It could not have been spoken about at the turn of the 19th century but such things almost certainly happened. It may be a little hard to stomach for some but Sir ACD did cover most of humankind's failings in his works and this is probably the one he didn't dare mention.
"Well I didn't expect that!"
Great classic Sherlock tale with twists that keep you guessing and I certainly did not expect that ending!
Great interlocking stories
Watson- intelligent, loyal and gentle just as he should be
"Sir Arthurs alive"
I am not one for conspiracy theories but I think Sir Arthur is Anthony Horowitz. This is an excellent book totally gripping well-paced with a great characters I loved it and would highly recommend it even if you are a bit wary of Sir Arthurs work try this. Sir Derek Jacobi is an excellent narrator it feels like your favourite grandfather is reading to you. He manages to imbue the characters with such life without doing much at all. Wonderful book.
"A good choice for Sherlock Holmes fans"
As a Sherlock Holmes fan for many years I was hesitant to read this book as I was didn't want to be disappointed by a poor copy. However Horowitz captures the style of the original books very well and the narration by Jacobi was well paced and descriptive in tone and character voices. Without wanting to give any of the story away in this review I was slightly disappointed by the underlying theme involved in the crime and would have enjoyed it more if it had been a different subject. I will look out to see if more are published in the future.
"Excellent. Anthony Horowitz a true talent."
As a devoted Holmes fan I found the story and the attention to detail to be excellent, very subtle writing, keeping the basic premise of Holmes without resorting to copying ACD but managing to weave previous stories throughout this story. Obviously a lot of thought and research went into the writing of this book.
"Sherlock Holmes lives again!"
Anyone who enjoyed the Conan Doyle mysteries will enjoy this book.
Like all good mystery stories, there are a few twists that you never saw coming!
"Pretty good, but not Conan Doyle"
This was a very good audiobook, and satisfying to listen to. It is difficult to write a book from an earlier author's opus - so much to compare - and this was not vintage Conan Doyle. However, I was engrossed.
"All round excellent"
I'd recommend this as a great audiobook for anyone who hasn't tried the format before. The narration and story are both excellent.
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