M J Trow gives a new slant on Conan Doyle's Lestrade.
Sergeant (later Inspector) Lestrade hunts a killer in Sanger's circus of Victorian ti..Show More »mes learning that "nothing is at it appears in a circus".
I have read this book before & enjoyed it so downloaded the audio version expecting the same pleasure. I don't know why the author decided to narrate his books but in my opinion it was a big mistake. M J Trow does not narrate his story well which is a great pity.
This could have been a very entertaining Victorian detective farce with a chance to chuckle at Holmes for a change, but the good humour was spoiled ea..Show More »rly in the listen by scattered, weaker and shabbier lines playing off ethnic stereotypes and mild homophobia (Holmes: "We're looking for two men; Watson: Speak for yourself, sir!") ; THEN the author really crossed a line in the last 30-45 minutes with a denouement dependant on men in blackface, frequently referred to as "coons" and another word I won't reproduce. This was set in Victoria England where such language and attitudes would have existed, but this is not a work of literary realism -- and I saw no social satire as the point of the situations - If the author was attempting satire, he wasn't successful in those parts.
Narration: I was prepared to like the author's style because he brought so much life to the voices, that is, if he slowed down and used a decongestant rather than sniffling through the last quarter; however, I could not support the author of such humour by purchasing more of his work.
A nice piece for casual Holmes fans . Fun to see Lestrade as a developed character interacting with notables of the late 19th century. The mystery i..Show More »tself would have been solved by Sherlock in a chapter or two. Trow is a very good voice actor.
Delightful writing style, full of surprises and quiet humor. Loved the (often irreverent) cameo appearances of familiar historical figures and charact..Show More »ers.
I'm not sure why other listeners have disliked the author's narration, I found it really enjoyable! I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and there have certainly been performances that were not up to par; this was not one of them. In fact I found myself thinking that another narrator may have missed a lot of the intended humor in the writing, which only comes through in the characters' dry or deadpan responses as read by the author.
I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series!