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Moriarty

By: Charles Kindinger
Narrated by: Dominic Monaghan,Billy Boyd,Phil LaMarr,Lindsay Whisler,full cast
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  • Trailer
    Jun 15 2022

    All episodes of this Audible Original podcast will be available on July 7th, 2022.

    Audible’s bold new addition to the Sherlock Holmes universe, Moriarty: The Devils Game, dares to ask: What if Holmes’ most villainous nemesis was actually an innocent man?

    Featuring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, Lost) in a riveting lead performance, Moriarty turns one of literature’s most famous rivalries on its head, recasting Professor James Moriarty as a desperate fugitive framed for murder–and hunted by dark forces who will stop at nothing to exploit his brilliance.

    Moriarty finds the professor on the heels of an earth-shattering mathematical breakthrough–a formula so powerful, it can predict the future–and at the scene of a gruesome murder he must solve to prove his innocence. With London’s sprawling underworld as their battleground, Moriarty and Holmes match their peerless intellects to gain the ever-shifting upper hand. But as their duel escalates, so does the deadly cost of pursuing the truth. “What will it take to get your justice?” Dr. Watson asks an utterly ensnared Moriarty, “And if do you get it… what will you become?”

    Vividly brought to life by a sensational cast and meticulously crafted sound design, Moriarty is a heart-pounding series filled with biting wit and shocking twists at every turn.

    Listen closely - and assume nothing. The game is afoot.

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    1 min
  • Chapter One
    Jul 7 2022
    Mathematical genius and esteemed professor James Moriarty’s world shatters when his fiancée, Rose Winslow, is mysteriously murdered. Unjustly accused of the crime, Moriarty pins his hopes on the one man who can help him solve the case: the great Sherlock Holmes.
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    31 mins
  • Chapter Two
    Jul 7 2022
    Facing the noose for a crime he didn’t commit, Moriarty must use his wits to prove his innocence to the courts. Reasonable doubt is on his side – but James’ new cellmate, Colonel Sebastian Moran, is not convinced it will save his neck.
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    36 mins

Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd in conversation about, Moriarty: The Devil's Game

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About the Creator

Charles Kindinger is the creator and executive producer of the Audible Original Moriarty: The Devil’s Game. An award-winning writer of film, television, and audio fiction, his previous projects include the theatrically released Kill Switch starring Dan Stevens and Edge of Winter starring Joel Kinnaman and Tom Holland.

About the Cast

About the Performer

Dominic can be seen in the upcoming AMC+ series Moonhaven and recently starred in the feature film Edge of the World opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Tim Kirby's Last Looks opposite Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam. He's an English film and television star who can also be seen in J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. He exploded onto the international scene by starring as Merry in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. After garnering almost universal acclaim for his portrayal of the adventurous hobbit, he became one of the busiest and hardest-working men in the industry; Monaghan has continued to star in major studio tentpoles like X-Men Origins: Wolverine while also finding major success in the independent space with films like I Sell The Dead (which he also helped executive produce alongside Guillermo Del Toro). He hosted, created, and produced three seasons of the Emmy-nominated series Wild Things for the BBC and Travel Channel. His indie Pet debuted in one of SXSW's coveted midnight screening slots to enormous critical acclaim.

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Actor and musician Billy Boyd was born in Glasgow, Scotland and graduated from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 1998, Billy was cast as Pippin in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of The Rings trilogy. He also wrote and performed several songs for the films, including "Edge of Night" in Return of the King, as well as the closing song "The Last Goodbye," which played over the final credits of The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies. Billy’s other film roles include Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Stone of Destiny, and Seed of Chucky. Billy’s television appearances include The Simpsons, Grey’s Anatomy, Outlander, and Doom Patrol. Billy’s guest role in Motive earned him a Canadian Screen Award nomination.

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A Los Angeles native and alum of Yale and The Groundlings Theater, Phil LaMarr has thrilled audiences with his work on camera and behind the mic. He was an original cast member of MADtv and starred in the film Pulp Fiction as Marvin. His extensive voice-over work includes Family Guy and Hermes on the long-running animated series Futurama. His other TV work includes roles on Supergirl, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Phil can also be heard in such films as The Lion King, Madagascar 2, and Incredibles 2. He also writes and produces the animated series Goblins and performs improv monthly with The Black Version.

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Curtis Armstrong is an American actor, best known for his roles in such films as Risky Business, Revenge of the Nerds, Better Off Dead, and Ray, and television series like Moonlighting, Supernatural, American Dad, and New Girl. He is also the author of Revenge of the Nerd: The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger, published by St Martin’s Press.

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Rebecca Mader is an English actress best known for her roles as Charlotte Lewis in the ABC series Lost and as Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West, on ABC's Once Upon a Time, for which she garnered critical acclaim. Rebecca's many film credits include the blockbuster Iron Man 3, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and The Devil Wears Prada.

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For over a decade, actor/comedian Josh Robert Thompson’s wide range of characters and impressions have been featured on Fox’s Family Guy and American Dad. An accomplished audiobook actor and narrator, Josh’s voice is also featured in a series of scripted podcasts for Audible. Currently, Josh can be heard on the hit Netflix animated series Inside Job and as the "Voice of God" on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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Carlo Rota was born in London and grew up around the world, thanks to the globetrotting tendencies of his Italian father and chef de cuisine, Dante. After finishing his education in England, Carlo followed his father into the world of restaurants, owning and operating several establishments in Toronto. It was at the age of 30 (and after the worst Saturday dinner shift of his life) that Carlo decided to make a change and become an actor. Carlo is best known to audiences as Morris O’Brian from Fox’s hit show 24 and has appeared in a multitude of acclaimed TV series including Breaking Bad, Jane the Virgin, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Scandal, La Femme Nikita, and World Without End. Film credits include The Boondock Saints, Saw V, Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy, Othello the Tragedy of the Moor, and many more. Upcoming projects include Netflix’s Me Time with Kevin Hart and Apple TV+’s High Desert alongside Patricia Arquette.

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Billy Harris is a British actor born and raised in Rochford, Essex. From 2014-2017 he was enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School studying for a BA Hons in Acting. Shortly after graduating, Billy was cast in the lead role of Callum McGregor in the UK theatre tour of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses, as well as in Philadelphia. After the tour, Billy landed the role of Welsh footballer Colin Hughes in the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso. Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming, and Billy will start shooting season 3 in early 2022.
Billy enjoys traveling. He’s a member of PADI Scuba Diving, gaining his qualification in the Red Sea, Egypt. He also spent five months in Thailand teaching English to primary school students in Chiang Mai.

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Actor Adam Godley’s career spans film, television, and the stage. Among his many notable performances are roles in films such as The Theory of Everything, Love Actually, Nanny McPhee, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He can also be seen in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, Hulu’s The Great, AMC’s Breaking Bad, and USA’s Suits. In 2011, Godley won an Outer Critic’s Circle Award and earned Drama Desk and Tony nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his 2011 performance in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes. The Amersham, England native is also a four-time Laurence Olivier Award nominee for his performances in London stage productions, including Rain Man and The Lehman Trilogy.

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Lindsay Whisler is known for work on stage and screen. A recent graduate of Northwestern University, she has appeared in Pardoned by Grace and CBS’s How We Roll. Her voice work has also been featured in Audible projects such as Fishpriest and 10 Days. She has performed on stage with Broadway In Chicago and The American Musical Theatre Project as well as earned national recognition for her classical singing as a regional winner and national finalist of NATS and was chosen to perform at the Dushkin Award ceremonies of composers André Previn and Stephen Sondheim. Her writing and music composition have been featured in multiple musicals.

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Originally from Dublin, Victoria Smurfit is an actress whose career includes roles in the long-running Irish television series Ballykissangel, ITV crime series Trial & Retribution and Netflix’s Marcella.
She portrayed Cruella De Vil in ABC’s Once Upon a Time and Lady Jayne in Sky/NBC’s Dracula. Victoria has hosted and been nominated for many Irish Film and TV awards, and won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Lears. Victoria has written many short stories and newspaper columns and serves as an ambassador for the Royal National Institute for the Blind UK and Fighting Blindness in Ireland. She shot a documentary film with award-winning director Hernán Zin and is filming BBC’s Bloodlands 2. She is based in London.

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Wow.

What an incredible ending. Is this being turned into a TV show because I would watch!

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Lots of Creative Liberties Taken

I’m all for reading any kind of Sherlock Holmes adaptation and I’m usually quite lenient on portrayals. This was an interesting idea and reminds me Moriarty the Patriot which also depicts Moriarty as a protagonist. My only fear was that Holmes would be portrayed as less intelligent than he would be. Instead, he feels incredibly dismissive. He can certainly be this way sometimes but he is never one to dismiss someone who claims to be innocent without even so much as looking at the scene in question.
This is only the first episode though so I will continue listening because maybe there will be something else. But unless there is a plot twist where Moriarty actually IS the culprit despite the plot, I don’t see a reason why he wouldn’t at least look at the scene (and then blame him bc of red herrings or lack of evidence).

The cast is great at acting but I’m not sure about how well the voices really fit but that’s very much subjective. Again i will listen to more episodes and maybe get used to them.

Overall, I am curious to how this will develop.

Edit after finishing:
I will say, I very much liked Moriarty in this and I could see how he ended up in his position. I could quite believe him to be almost canon. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the actual plot.
The conspiracy is kind of where it started to lose me. It’s at that point where the story becomes completely original. I really liked Watson and was rooting for him but I don’t think I could forgive how Holmes is portrayed. He’s outright aggressive and just much crueler than his canon counterpart (and there’s absolutely no trace of his friendship with Watson, which is probably the worst part). I’d hate to say he ruined the whole story for me but he kind of did. Not quite sure how I feel about the last twist either. It was certainly interesting for sure.

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What a great concept!

I am very excited for this twist on the Holmes universe. Kindinger is a fantastic writer with a keen eye for turning classics into new tales.

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Basically

Reichenbach falls in reverse. They kept Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock and made him more unlikely . Basically the series version where they frame "Sir Boastalot" is true . And Moriarty become the hero saving the day.

Not even a try on originality..

I don't understand what is original or twist/backstory reviews. Seems it is easy to impress listeners these days ..

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FABULOUS

I haven't finished it yet, but this has been the perfect thing for me to listen to while I'm at work! its been very exciting and I even got a chill up my spine from the intro music...you know its good when you get chills or goosebumps from the music. FABULOUS job to everyone that worked to make this happen!!

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Terrible butchering of the Sherlock Holmes mythos

Performers give it their all, but the story is laughably terrible. It has every terrible writer cliche you can imagine, from, "There is a fine line between genius and madness!" to the tired trope of a hidden recording that is played at just the opportune time and accepted by everyone without question. For fans of Holmes and the stories about him, this is an egregious portrayal in every respect. For people that appreciate intelligent mystery, you will be left wanting. None of the charm of Holmes, no clever deduction, not even a compelling narrative. One star feels generous for this waste of time.

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So worth your time!!!

Do yourself a favor, and give this a listen. Amazing voice acting plus original story with an interesting perspective of the characters. Complety worth the time.

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Loved it!

1st, if you are a Sherlock Purist...brace yourself.
I enjoyed the spin on the characters. At one point I yelled, "Dom, I'm mad at you!"
I REALLY hope they make a sequel!!!!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED hearing Dom & Billy working together again!!

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A Great Interpretation of the Greatest Villain

James Moriarty has been one of the most vile, wretched, and evil villain in literature from 1893 onward. His cruelty knew no bounds. His criminal intellect was unmatched. He was the man to kill the great detective Sherlock Holmes (until the series needed to continue, that is).

Moriarty: The Devil's Game reimagined the entire world of Sherlock Holmes, turning the entire narrative of the cunning and daring detective and the equally cunning and daring rogue on its head. I wish I could go into more detail, but that would spoil the fun of the game.

All I will say is this retelling of the classic tale feels like it was made for people like me. People becoming monsters as a result of injustice doing anything the can to right what wrongs they've endured, it's become a staple of this generation with stories of phantom thieves, hacktivists, resistance groups, and freedom fighters taking over notable space in fiction.

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Should have not tried to tag under Sherlock Holmes

If you are remotely familiar with the original Sherlock Holmes books, this requires you to abandon any sense of connection in order to buy into the story plot. Near sacrilege level disconnect.

LaStrad became Holmes, Holmes became LaStrad. Performance by cast was top notch, but the writing plot and believability was barely above middle school levels.

Plot portrays Holmes and Moriarty as barely above the 100 IQ range, the things that surprise them are a near unbelievable. “I’m thrown into jail, after the violent murder of my fiancé, and after a lengthy conversation from my cell with the inspectors, I finally realize that I’M the one under suspicion!?!”

Could this have been a stand alone story? Very likely, although many would probably not have bothered. It may have gone nowhere, but if you dare to tie your works to the Legend of Mr. Holmes, you better bring the goods or not even bother with the effort.

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