James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal

By: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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His razor-sharp intellect, uncanny powers of deduction, and knowledge of the criminal underground are legendary throughout London. He solves cases with the able assistance of his close friend and confidant. And, one day, he will become the arch enemy of Sherlock Holmes.

Meet Professor James Moriarty - consulting criminal.

In these three original tales - collected for the first time - Andy Weir brings to life a Moriarty worthy of the Great Detective himself.

©2017 Andy Weir (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Perfectly written and narrated

I just happened across this book and almost wish I hadn't because it left me wanting much much more. In fact that's the only bad thing I have to say about it is that it's only an hour long. It's impeccably written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and if you weren't paying to close attention you would think you were reading a Sherlock Holmes story rather than one about his arch nemesis. I hope the author has more of this planned because I'm hooked. And without giving too much away, the last lines of the final chapter give me hope for more to come.

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Great Work By Andy Wier

Loved the stories. Felt like the ones by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Andy Wier at his best!

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Smart twist on Holmes story

Very well done although too short to be worth a credit. Audible needs half credits for short stories.

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Wicked Twist on A.C.D.'s Holmes/Watson Tales.

Where does James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

upper third

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

not that kind of book

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

wonderful narrations.

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

How the other half live,...

Any additional comments?

More Please... wonderfully twisted.

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  • 10-19-17

Love it!

I am a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I love this new perspective of Moriarty. He’s the evil Sherlock, and not only do you see his genius in solving problems, but he twists it all to his own advantage. MORE PLEASE!

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A good tribute to the Holmes universe

Andy Weir did a good job of creating a villain in the tone and tenor of the Sherlock Holmes universe. And in keeping the stories short and quickly wrapped up, Mr. Weir seems to be using a style reminiscent to the days when The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes were also short pieces written for magazine inclusion.

In these stories, Moriarty is certainly the much darker side of Holmes. He uses similar observations and reasoning in assembling the clues into answers. In fact, my favorite parts weren't when Moriarty would wrap up a mystery. Actually, in two of the stories the outcome were somewhat predictable. Instead, my satisfaction came when he would describe how all the clues came together.

In all, a good tribute by Mr. Weir to the Sherlock Holmes universe.

As narrator, I found that Graeme Malcolm's delivery was top notch. His voice is both deep and rumbly almost to the point of gravelly combined with British smooth. In his characterization of Moriarty, he sounds like someone I wouldn't want to cross.

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More please!!

This is a fantastic listen. I would love to see this expanded and even made a series. I have really become a fan of Andy Weir in the last 3 years. This is my 3rd audible purchase by him. Each book very different. All the characters - i literally mean that - are interesting . The Egg, The Martian, and this book are all well crafted with little details here and there about them that makes me feel like the author really took the time to handcraft, if you will, great stories.

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Moriarty is a bad person. And you will love him.

Andy Weir is brilliant and these Moriarty stories are fantastic. Excellently voiced over and I hope volumes and volumes more will be forthcoming. Thanks Andy!

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Two wonderfully evil genius short stories!

Where does James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For short stories, this ranks near the top.

What did you like best about this story?

The twists.

Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

Moriarty, of course!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed evilly and enjoyed that!

Any additional comments?

It's worth the money.

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Lackluster and short

Using the standard Sherlock Holmes format Andy Weir writes a couple of short stories with a couple of twists but no real depth. The problem is exacerbated by the narrator who, in an effort to sound sinister, just ends up sounding flat, I am a fan of Mr Weir’s work but maybe he is just better at stories when he has time to develop them more fully. This one is only worth a credit if you’re just too curious to pass it up, like I was.

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  • Nephrite
  • 02-21-20

An Entertaining View Of The Professor

James Moriarty: Consulting Criminal by Andy Weir

I know I told you as my readers that I would be reviewing an audiobook based on the real world events of Operation Argo in my previous article but... shall we say I was ‘persuaded’ to take a detour? (Ignore the knife. Ignore the knife!) One to the world of London smog, ‘civilised gentlemen’ criminals and the Peelers. If the name Andy Weir is at all familiar to you it’s likely to be because of his two famous science fiction novels The Martian and Artemis.

This audiobook however as you may be able to guess from its title isn’t exactly science fiction. It’s Holmesian of a sort. Instead of following Dr Watson or someone similar...the listener follows a relatively small time crook. Someone who happens to gain the professional respect of Professor Moriarty and become something of a collaborator. Long time Holmes fans or those who remember some of the more famous names can probably guess exactly who this may be.

The audio drama of sorts is a trilogy of short stories - an hour long Audible exclusive – which all are analogous to Holmes stories. First we have the very short The Adventure Of The Dishonour Among Thieves. This adventure is the first meeting between the two focus characters as our narrator hires Moriarty to find out who it was that told the police about his plans and businesses. Who was the snitch? Once the ‘introductions’ are out of the way we move on to The Adventure Of The Unscrupulous Assassin. Who would be so bold as to attempt to assassinate the daughter of the most powerful crime lord in London? The final story is my personal favourite: The Adventure Of The Sealed Room. What would happen if Professor Moriarty, the future Napoleon of Crime was to be accused of...and arrested for a crime he didn’t commit!

The stories definitely feel to me as though they were in the same spirit as the originals. These two might not be able to walk in such ‘exalted’ circles as Holmes and Watson but regardless there is plenty of deductive reasoning and some rather fun surprises here and there. I won’t deny I’d love to hear more stories written by Andy Weir. Especially something longer in length like the original Conan Doyle novels. I know the odds aren’t exactly high but I can’t help but hope. Some listeners may have the odd criticism here and there – especially the extremely dedicated Sherlockians – most likely in terms of certain small details I haven’t noticed or some specifics of the logic used in the solutions but as a casual Sherlock fan and someone who enjoys the trappings of the detective genre I found myself lost in the flow of the story. So I hope some of you enjoy this along with me! The stories are definitely well written with Moriarty certainly seeming to match his reputation as the equal of Holmes so no matter what I find them an entertaining diversion.

The narration duties for this audiobook are performed by Graeme Malcom who definitely performs the characters well. Quite frankly Professor Moriarty’s voice is disturbingly persuasive when he’s trying to convince people to help him. Just the right level of cultured diplomacy courtesy of the upper classes. But the second you irritate him you hear the steel under the smoothness. Anger this version of the Professor? And you could easily imagine your own personal Reichenbach in your future.

The storyteller character of sorts is also interesting. He mainly acts as Moriarty’s personal dogsbody and chronicler but there’s just enough there to tell that even though he isn’t quite as powerful or dangerous as the Professor, he’d be more than willing to slit your throat if he got the chance. His performances as the one off characters are enough to allow you to believe in them for the sake of the story. There weren’t any obvious poorly performed voices that irritated – as can often be the case with audiobooks. ESPECIALLY period stories – so all characters were performed to a suitable level of polish.

My only real criticism – if it even counts as one at all! – is the fact that I wish there had been more stories than the three with which the listener is provided. Especially since the introductory story is somewhat intentionally short I certainly wouldn’t have minded if there had been...two more? Two more at the approximate length of stories two and three would have brought the total length to somewhere either approaching or just over the two hour mark which would also mean that the listener wouldn’t be pulled out of the Holmes setting just as you had gotten comfortable. I understand that one hour is one of the default lengths for shorter audiobooks and audio dramas – just ask Radio 4 – but just because it is one of the standards doesn’t mean you have to end the collection there. I would have been happy to pay a little more money for some extra content.

However despite my complaints about its length the trilogy of stories we are given is definitely an interesting taste at a possible origin for the Professor’s criminal network. We are there at the nucleus of one of the most dastardly men in Victorian London! Andy Weir certainly gives us some interesting possibilities and I hope he could be persuaded to write some more stories be they for Moriarty or Holmes. This time around I won’t tell you quite what I’m planning for my next review because you never know just what might distract or divert the original plan.

Sayonara!

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  • S. McBride
  • 01-04-18

Bit predictable

Not likely to tax your deductive powers.
It’s a interesting angle to take on this subject matter.

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  • Joshua
  • 06-27-17

The Wicked Side of the Sherlock Holmes World

A fantastic introduction to Professor Moriarty that may well have been written by Arthur Conan Doyle himself. The story is told from the perspective of an underworld figure to detail some of his early experiences with Professor Moriarty. It is greatly reminiscent of Watson following along with Holmes on his adventures, but from a playfully wicked angle.

Graeme Malcolm narrates superbly. One of my highlight's being his portrayal of a crime boss in the second chapter.

TL;DR: If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes and are even a little curious about the evil side of that world then you'll enjoy this. If only there were more than the three short tales featured here.

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  • Chris
  • 10-27-17

A fun little tale

Andy Weir demonstrates his writerly chops once again, this time giving us a look at the villainous Moriarty's early exploits in evil.
If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes, or little mysteries, get this one - it's short, but sweet!

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  • Daniel
  • 06-21-18

short story.

I did not realise that the book would be as short as it is. However it is a very interesting book.

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  • Mick
  • 04-26-18

A great take on the Holmes criminal equal

A great little story (stories) to have in your pocket. Listen to this in conjunction with Sherlock Holmes stories to get a grasp of James Moriarty. Well written and interesting, hopefully Weir has more Moriarty stories to offer.