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The Last Sherlock Holmes Story | [Michael Dibdin]

The Last Sherlock Holmes Story

In the late seventies an extraordinary document came to light which for fifty years had been held on deposit by the bankers of the deceased John Herbert Watson MD - better known to devotees of Conan Doyle as Dr Watson. A continuous narrative in the doctor’s own hand, the story opens in the East End of London in 1888. Three women have been savagely murdered by Jack the Ripper.
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Publisher's Summary

In the late seventies an extraordinary document came to light which for fifty years had been held on deposit by the bankers of the deceased John Herbert Watson MD - better known to devotees of Conan Doyle as Dr Watson.

A continuous narrative in the doctor’s own hand, the story opens in the East End of London in 1888. Three women have been savagely murdered by Jack the Ripper. To calm the public outcry, Scotland Yard approaches London’s most eminent detective, Sherlock Holmes, and asks him to investigate the mystery.

The adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and his faithful companion Dr Watson are given a new and thrilling treatment by Michael Dibdin.

©1978 Michael Dibdin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Benja 03-28-13
    Benja 03-28-13
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    "Keeps you guessing, even after its finished!"
    Any additional comments?

    The book is well written in a very Holmes-ish style that lovers of the genre will enjoy.

    However, the absolute best thing about this story is that at the conclusion you are left with a decision. Do you accept the analysis and conclusion that is offered or will you consider and seek an alternative? If you read closely the reality of the twist isn't as obvious as people seem to think it is. The real question presented at the beginning and end of the novel is whether you accept Dr. Watson's version of events. Dr. Watson doesn't have all the facts and ultimately makes a decision based on what he knows, given the same information will you come to the same conclusion he did?

    Its a wonderful addition to the Sherlock Holmes genre that really explores the Holmes/Watson Relationship in deeper and greater ways! I heartily recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 03-15-12
    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 03-15-12 Member Since 2014

    Deensy

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    "OK"

    The story was good at the start. When they did the twist, I did not like it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Wilmington, NC, United States 04-19-14
    Janet Wilmington, NC, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!

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    "The Master of Mystery - Masterfully Written"
    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Dr. Watson had all the emotion, depth of understanding, humility and other pillars of character that one would want in a main character. Sherlock Holmes was also well drawn out in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    While I had guessed the premise of the book early on, the ending was not something I would have guessed. I enjoyed the character development and left the book with a good feeling of accomplishment (as if I also had went on the journey with the characters). Read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 10-11-12
    Mary 10-11-12
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    "Lame story, hobbled execution"
    What would have made The Last Sherlock Holmes Story better?

    not writing it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Dibdin again?

    sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was OK, just the story was really stupid.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I figured how the "mystery" would resolve from the first chapter. It was also just pointlessly gruesome.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    St Albans, United Kingdom
    2/24/14
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    "If you love Holmes you'll HATE this"

    Shame on you Mr Dibdin.

    As a lifelong Holmes fan I'm afraid this book actually made me angry and left me feeling curiously saddened by the experience!

    I endured it to the end thinking there must be some clever twist to the plot coming, and the author SURELY wasn't trying to do what he appeared to be doing.

    He was.

    I've listened to a variety of non-Conan-Doyle Holmes stories over the years, (through gritted teeth sometimes!) as some are definitely better than others. However, the others have at the very least, attempted to stay true to character and make them entertaining for Holmes fans to read.

    After all, who's going to buy a 'new' Sherlock Holmes book other than people who wish Conan-Doyle had written twice as many?

    This book takes a much loved fictional character and utterly trashes it.

    Honestly in this instance I wouldn't even give it the benefit of the doubt. If you love Sherlock Holmes, you WILL hate this.

    Save your money - you'll thank me.

    And if you're NOT a Holmes fan, well grudgingly I suppose it's feasible you may not utterly hate it - it starts well. And Robert Glenister's narration is fine. I think that's as kind as I can be.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Plum
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    9/10/14
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    "The darkest and the most sinister"
    Would you try another book written by Michael Dibdin or narrated by Robert Glenister?

    Perhaps.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Dibdin again?

    NO


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Glenister?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Last Sherlock Holmes Story?

    The murderous, psychopathic Holmes.


    Any additional comments?

    It is probably the most unlikely of the Sherlock Holmes tales. My feeling of uneasiness and disbelief grew stronger as the story developed, but hoped that there was a clever twist to it right up to the end. The beloved champion of the law is mercilessly desecrated and left me feeling almost angry. Conan Doyle must be turning in his grave...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    Brussels, Belgium
    1/6/14
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    "A dull experience"

    I found this very disappointing. Dibdin seems to have taken the weakest points of Conan Doyle's writing style and amplified them ten-fold. Perhaps it is meant to amuse? If so, I'm not sure how - plotting is bafflingly obvious and the result is just dull. Poor old Watson is portrayed as a complete dim-wit and spineless to boot. I'd advise reading and/or listening to the originals - vastly better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jane yates
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    6/12/15
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    "brilliant from start to finish"
    Where does The Last Sherlock Holmes Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I choose this audio book for two reasons, first that I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes and secondly because I love the narration of Robert Glenister. I already have bought two other audio books which he has narrated, ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Author: Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling) and The Ghost (Robert Harris). As a side note I should say that he is my dogs favourite narrator, as if there in a barking mood, I put on one of his audio books and the settle down and be calm, also his voice has a similar effect on me, causing me to feel soporific, as its so rich and commanding.
    The Last Sherlock Holmes Story is an interesting story that is brilliantly written and superbly read. Gripping from the start, it invites you to revaluate the stereotype of Holmes.


    What other book might you compare The Last Sherlock Holmes Story to, and why?

    Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in 1887, written by famous author Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. (AICD) Holmes a fictitious character who was based on a forensic scientist at Edinburgh University Dr Joseph Bell.
    For Michael Dibdin version of the fictional guise of Sherlock Holmes, he builds an image of Holmes though Watsons voice using detailed notes which are found in bank in the 1970’s.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

    This story however is read in the voice of Watson, is written in the style of AICD, and the tale is careful spun out and adds a very interesting and fresh approach story. Diddin stays true to the characters and this instantly puts you in a comfortable familiar place when you first start to listen, then cunningly drifts you into a much darker place.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not wanting to spoil the plot, I shall just talk about the setting; the story is set in East End of London in 1888. Were three women have been brutally murdered and mutilated by the infernos Jack the Ripper. Sherlock who is bored by the mundane cases that he has been presented, softens the dullness of his everyday life by taking cocaine. Then this case of the type of murders appears to give him a new interest and he meets his equal in intelligence Moriarty.


    Any additional comments?

    Many chases, much intrigue. It is well written and beautiful narrated, being both melodic and welcoming.
    Unlike the other books narrated by Robert Galbraith there was not a lot of different types to voices to use the full extent of his range. However this does not make the reading any less enjoyable, and he does a wonderful voice to inspector Lestrade.
    I have read other reviews and this book has stirred up all types of feelings, I think this in part because the characters are so well know and set in peoples minds, that anything out of the ordinary or expected is immediately thrown out. However that said, I did not agree with the ending, but then that is the sign of a great writer, when can get you to feel strongly that it evokes angry comments. It is a fictional story and the author has written the ending he choice. I admire his style and passion that is insinuated though the pages. Were you feel the heart wrenching love and respect of Watson wither under the stress of what he thinks he has discovered about his dear friend and mentor.
    慈円 (Jane)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Malaga, Spain
    11/15/13
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    "Disappointing"

    Yet another 'Jack the Ripper' story and although the book is interesting in its ACDoyle style the plot was obvious from early on in the listening. It became more rambling and repetitive and 2 hours before the conclusion we gave up.
    The reader was very good though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Wow ! Amazing"

    I forgot that I wasn't listen to a Conan Doyle. This is an excellent book. It was a joy to be taken back into the world of Mr Holmes and Watson. The fact that it starts with a modern day descendant of Dr Watson finding papers is inspired. Cannot recommend this highly enough.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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