It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.
©2010 Andrew Lane (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
On summer break from school, a young Sherlock Holmes finds a mentor and encounters his first mystery.
This was too much like an Alex Rider novel, perhaps deliberately. Although I like Alex Rider, Sherlock Holmes' adventures, even as (or especially as) a teenager, should be more cerebral and less violent.
There's an occasional good nugget, like when Sherlock develops the self-knowledge that he's not a good storyteller, and that he needs someone in his life to put his experiences in narrative form. Or the small fear that he enjoyed the experience of being drugged when kidnapped. But overall the mystery was predictable and the action ranged from extreme to ridiculous.
I enjoyed the beginning as young Holmes is attempting to solve the mystery he stumbles accross. The characters, Matty especially, were well explained. The end left several loose ends so I guess there will be more in the series. The confrontations with the evil Count were close to ridiculous.
Well read and Weyman kept me intereted
Bought on impluse to use during a long car trip. It was enjoyable but not great.
I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting something else I think. Perhaps getting more into the mind of the young Sherlock to explain why he thought the way he did and detailing his thought processes as he solved his first mystery.
I thought this book did a good job of capturing the same feel of Doyle's character. It explained a few of his idiosyncrasies and beekeeping. The story was very good.
The paralyzed man's contraption for getting around was very "steam punk" and fitting with Holmes cases.
Definitely worth checking out if you're a diehard Holmes fan.
Andrew Lane has launched a literary fictional giant from a solid foundation. This first novel has proven he has the quality of storytelling to place us inside the youthful mind of Sherlock Holmes. What is remarkable is that Lane avoids the temptation to make Sherlock older than he is, which is to say, while he remains heroically ingenious, he courts luck and shocks himself with his own perceptibility or lack thereof. Five stars to Mr. Weyman, who breathes life into Sherlock's tutor in a most respectable way. Please keep making audible recordings of the other books in the series.
The life adventures and a mysterious tutor hired by his brother Microft that helped build the Consulting Detective Sherlock Holmes of adulthood.Started laying out the effects of his family. The effect that brother Microft had on his road to greatness.The introduction of historical & other FACTS incorporated into the story, like the sea forts built in the mid 1800's to protect from invasion from France, serving sporadically through WWII.
It was a logical path that would lead to the famous Sherlock Holmes.
The way he read & comments largely made up for the lack sound effects. The different mannerisms of the other charactors.
Yes, but life provides interruptions
Some sound effects would have helped.
I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Lane's adaptation/prequel, to the stories I know, was wonderful. I was engaged from the start and did not turn it off until it had finished. I'm hooked and looking forward to the next installment.
I love fantasy and science fiction.
Entertaining from start to finish. Narration was excellent and compelling story. Definitely going to read more from Andrew Lane.
The narrator of quite good.
When Sherlock first sees the Abino man.
The confrontation with the albino man.
As an ardent Sherlock Holmes fan I wanted to love this book!! However, this is a "OK" listen. Maybe next time?
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