©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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"A darker, more considered Holmes story"
Horowitz fully captures Holmes' world. Analyses it well and brings some considerations that Doyle never really addressed. Perhaps a modern outlook helps the author to do this.
Note on the narrator. Jacobi is excellent and very human but his Holmes voice is squeaky, professorial and pedantic. I much prefer the suave and cool voice Simon Vance brings. At fist it was an issue for me and I wondered if I could go on. I soon got over it however.
Overall, if you like Holmes, get this.
Wasn't sure what to expect but am delighted I went ahead with purchase. Fantastic story & faithful to the originals. Subject matter more inline with today as probably would have been censored at the time. Well worth reading.
"Excellent story, well presented"
Derek Jacobi does a fine portrayal of what is a compelling story. The style of the book is very appealing with a good story thread. The plot is well woven and the traditional reveal is well supported throughout the story. I liked it a lot.
"Recaptures Conan Doyle perfectly"
I was prepared not to like this but I was hooked from the start. It really does recapture the tone, pace, language and characterisation of the original - if you like Conan Doyle's originals then you'll love this.
The reader was absolutely amazing, telling the story as the best standard audible ever...... Really impressed
"Captures classic Holmes, seamless yet contemporary"
Derek Jacobi, faultless narration
The climax and the typical Holmes like twists
No other performances but will look out for more now
The death of the boy. Listeners will understand if you choose this book
I am pleasantly surprised how well it fits into the Conan Doyle cannon but adds an extra contemporary nuance and emotion depth
"A missing Doyle classic"
The trend of publishers hiring authors to resurrect classic characters is one that I'm suspicious of, but this was a pleasant surprise, it just felt like a book that Sir Arthur would have written, if you're a Sherlock fan, get hold of this book, it's worth it!
probably the best, Derek Jacobi is absolutely superb as the narrator and helped by a gripping, new plot but amongst a well loved so familiar character set
the ending, a triple twist is pretty impressive to achieve
his ability to swap between the elderly narrator when old and the narrator at the time of the action
no, but i pretty much ignored any outside stimulus whilst listening to it!
"Engaging and interesting read"
Nice references to the original, however, might loose something for those who have not read complete Sherlock Holmes.
Captured Doyle's prose style and complex plotting very well although subject matter would have been unacceptable in its time, and I would rather have avoided it in a bedtime story. Intrigue, yes, depravity, no. I'm not looking for the brutality of Victorian London at 221b Baker St.
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