We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled Audiobook

When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled: A Before Watson Novel

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

It is Spring, 1874, and 20-year-old Sherlock Holmes is a lonely, mopey, friendless Oxford student. He attends classes and spends countless solitary hours conducting chemical experiments, reading, and playing his violin. Suddenly, his life changes because of a serendipitous moment on campus. While walking on the grounds of the university and practicing fencing moves with his foil, he encounters Victor Trevor and his sweetheart, Poppy Stamford, younger sister of the man who will one day introduce Sherlock to Dr. John Watson.

Having just attended the final rowing contest of Eights Week, Victor and Poppy are also walking with her bull terrier. When the dog decides he doesn't like the looks of Sherlock, he sinks his teeth into Sherlock's ankle. This dog bite incident becomes a life-changing event for all of them. Through his new friendship with Victor Trevor, and encouraged by Victor's father to use his genius for detective work, Sherlock discovers his uncanny abilities and a constellation of unfamiliar emotions as he and Poppy are thrust not only into a dangerous investigation into England's notorious baby-farming industry, but into the perilous realm of young romance. Be an eyewitness to the emergence of how Sherlock became the man and the legend we know today.

©2015 A S Croyle (P)2016 MX Publishing

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (14 )
5 star
 (8)
4 star
 (5)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.2 (14 )
5 star
 (7)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (14 )
5 star
 (11)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Bethany 08-19-16
    Bethany 08-19-16

    I love the multiple dimensions that books offer as a place to dwell for moments or the end of time.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    41
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    293
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Superb prequel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone - for those who know and love Sherlock that we have read through the years and for those who like a great audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way Poppy held her own with, and at times surpassed, Sherlock with her knowledge.


    Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

    Poppy - both "then and now"


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The logic of passion


    Any additional comments?

    This is another audiobook that I will listen to repeatedly. I enjoyed the weaving of other works that I have read in the past and is a great companion with Laurie R. King's stories with Sherlock post-London. The human side of Sherlock.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Simone Seattle Washington 08-06-16
    Simone Seattle Washington 08-06-16

    Love mysteries, historical fiction and well written romance with plot twists and strong characters

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sherlock Mystery with a bit of romance!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Great mix of character, mystery and real historical events woven together with a romantic tension that really held the story together


    Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

    Poppy as a young woman and as an old lady was well done, all of the characters were unique and identifiable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd Klipstine 09-20-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    32
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Decent book, but not a great mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled the most enjoyable?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. She did a good job with the different characters and was quite believable


    Would you recommend When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled to your friends? Why or why not?

    I could not get real excited about the book. I found it to be a bit boring, especially the first two to three hours. The author did approach the book with an interesting perspective which was kind of a fun process.


    What does Cat Gould bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Personally, I feel that a quality narrator always makes a book better than simply reading it yourself. I thought Cat succeeded at doing that.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jason Engler 09-19-16

    Avid Reader

    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    78
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Somewhat feminist"

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    The narrator was great. she uses a different voice for each character and for non-character speaking. It can be a little difficult to distinguish between characters of the same gender, though. I actually picked this book because it featured a female narrator for a sherlock holmes story.

    I read all of the original sherlock holmes stories. I liked the alternate-universe fanfic feel revolving around a character sherlock knew in the past. Unfortunately, sherlock's attitude is different in the story, explained as being younger and less mature. I like to remember the excited awkward sherlock watson first met, personally. The author also writes a lot of description and focuses on the characters instead of the mystery. I would have preferred more focus on the mystery. The feminism tones were a bit annoying, with poppy constantly complaining about how women don't have the same opportunities as men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maureen Manchester, NH, United States 09-14-16
    Maureen Manchester, NH, United States 09-14-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful listen"

    This audiobook is a skillful homage to Sherlock Holmes. Well written and beautifully narrated. A real treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Terminator Fan 09-10-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good narrator, decent story with some flaws"

    Note: In exchange for an unbiased review, the author, publisher, and/or narrator were kind enough to provide an audio version of this book at no charge via AudiobookBlast.

    I don't think I've ever read/listened to a book about Sherlock Holmes as a direct character; I haven't even read the originals. So my only real experience with him as a character are the movie/TV representations. At any rate, the main reason I was interested in this book was because the 'mystery' it alluded to was intriguing. However, I found that this really wasn't so much about the 'mysteries' as it was about the love relationship between Holmes and "Poppy".

    While there were touching moments in the book (mostly at the end, as the relationship issues came to a head), I can't say this was all that compelling story-wise. First of all, some of the situations seemed forced. The author wanted the characters to end up at certain places (relationship-wise), but the way the characters were taken in that direction didn't feel genuine or believable. Also, the two 'mysteries' that were profiled in the book took up a minuscule amount of the whole story, which was disappointing.

    The narrator did a good job at presenting the characters and bringing them to life, and the overall story wasn't horrible. It just wasn't my cup of tea in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    The Raven 09-07-16
    The Raven 09-07-16

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore...

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very well written and clever!"

    The author did a fantastic job of capturing the true Sherlock Holmes era. This is the first novel I have listened to that incorporated famous characters from another author. It was very well done, and the plot discuss social issues at the time in a very convincing way. I do not want to give any spoilers, so I will not go into detail on why it did not get 5 stars. But a hint is that the lead character does not seem concerned, and seems to be immune from her lead vocational cause when it comes to herself. It was the only thing that seemed uncharacteristic about this strong lead character.

    I thought the narrator did a fantastic job playing all the characters so that the plot was very easy to follow. I received this audiobook free in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan Patterson 09-02-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    115
    115
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great Sherlock Holmes mystery"
    What did you love best about When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled?

    The descriptive writing helped you picture everything.


    What other book might you compare When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled to and why?

    N/A


    Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

    Sherlock. His calm voice and great diction endeared Holmes to me.


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

    While walking through the underground tunnels to the opium dens and discovering the listless bodies of drug induced bodies made you feel for humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Iriyatesse 08-30-16
    Iriyatesse 08-30-16 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    54
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    121
    99
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring "

    I could not get into this book. It just never hooked me. I found it dull and boring.

    I didn't care for the narrator. She did an ok job but her voice irritates me.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Summer 08-30-16
    Summer 08-30-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled the most enjoyable?

    The narrowing was special, the voice of the reader matched with the plot and the feelings of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled?

    The end of the book was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.