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Lock and Key: The Gadwall Incident

Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Series: Lock and Key, Book 2
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4 out of 5 stars (378 ratings)
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The New York Times best-selling author of the Peter and the Starcatcher and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the stirring digital prequel to the Lock and Key series, which reimagines the origins of the rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty.

In The Gadwall Incident, listeners get a glimpse into James' life a mere 24 hours before the tipping point - before life as he knows it changes irrevocably and his childhood slips into the shadows. Listeners will come to know the dangers that surround the Moriartys before James and Moria are sent off to the hallowed halls of Baskerville Academy, where they first meet the insufferable, inexhaustible Sherlock Holmes. It's a tale full of intrigue and false starts and daring getaways, one that will leave listeners desperate to know what's next.

©2016 Ridley Pearson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great narration!

This audiobook was delivered masterfully! However, story-wise, it took me 10 chapters to capture my interest. there was a lot of author intrusion that kept reminding me that I was listening to an audiobook instead of being immersed in a story.

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Great short story

Just what I needed from a book. Short and well written. Kept my interest from the start.

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Enjoyed the story

I enjoy when a story pulls you in by the way to describes the environment of the characters in it

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Got me interested

This is a prequel book for Lock & Key. I wasn't sure what to expect for a free prequel but this definitely has me looking forward to Lock & Key. Good story and narration.

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ended too soon

cute brother sister mystery that ended too soon. I wanted to hear why the father was going out and why he was followed! is there more to this story?

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Wanted to like it

This didn't feel like a fully baked short story. There's no resolution. Questions aren't answered. It's a bit confusing. The writer is skilled enough at building interest, he just didn't deliver on his promise of an actual coherent story. This felt more like an excerpt. Did it make me want to read the full series? Kind of, but now I'm skeptical that it will just go on and on as a series with no real resolution.
The narrator was great and obviously a seasoned pro. She struck the perfect balance of sounding engaged but not distractingly dramatic.

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Unfinished?

I enjoyed the story for the most part. And I love Nicola Barber’s narration but the ending wasn’t an ending. Unless there is more to this book that I don’t know about, it did not tie up any of the story threads. Frustrating.

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  • Mark
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 06-11-19

If this is a prequel, why is it listed as book 2?

I am very disappointed with this series as a whole. The Gadwall Incident leaves you hanging, as it is a prequel. But I read the first book so long ago, I don't even remember if the first book resolves the conflict in this much shorter story. Also, transporting Holmes and Moriarty to be modern day teenagers with cell phones, etc, really doesn't work. Characters are not engaging, and overall I feel this series was wasted listening time.

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  • Barb
  • Hilton Head Island
  • 04-11-19

A good kid's mystery

I have the box set of the Kingdom Keeper's but didn't know what to expect with this series. I have not read any books in this series but working in a book store, I am familiar with it. When I saw this freebie, I decided to give it a whirl.

A brother and sister, James and Moria Moriarty live alone with their father and his butler(?). Their father is a hands-off standoffish father. When he speaks to them it is rare and of few words. Their mother had left them when they were young. One day James notices that dad's routine is a little different and mysterious. He and Moria follow him to see what is going on. Oh! did I mention their last name is Moriarty? Yep, THAT James Moriarty. This is a short story and goes quickly. There is a cliff hanger at the end but this is a prequel to the series.

I plan on grabbing the first book in the Lock and Key series to see what happens.

This book is for kids 9 and up. I would recommend this for middle schooler that enjoys a mystery.

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Lock and Key: The Gadwell Incident

The Audible presentation was well done, but I feel cheated as the presentation ended before the complete story was presented.

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  • K. D.
  • 03-20-19

Not a standalone story

This story has no plot of its own and ends abruptly. It's probably fun for fans of the rest of the series.

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  • Emily
  • 06-14-18

Interesting

I haven’t read Lock and Key, and I found this quite interesting. I really liked Moria, and I’d be interested to read more from her perspective. I do feel tempted to start the rest of the series.

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  • Adam Smith
  • 07-28-17

Good listen

Good listen with a modern day twist Looking forward to the next few installments of the series

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  • GAYLE S.
  • 05-02-17

Brilliant!

Me and my 9 yr old son loved it! Can't wait to hear next volume :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-17

suspenseful enough to want more..

... it just ended. ok.. it's worth investigation and possible investment ;) I l love audible free <3