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It is Spring, 1874, and 20-year-old Sherlock Holmes is a lonely, mopey, friendless Oxford student. He attends classes and spends countless solitary hours conducting chemical experiments, reading, and playing his violin. Suddenly, his life changes because of a serendipitous moment on campus. While walking on the grounds of the university and practicing fencing moves with his foil, he encounters Victor Trevor and his sweetheart, Poppy Stamford, younger sister of the man who will one day introduce Sherlock to Dr. John Watson.

Having just attended the final rowing contest of Eights Week, Victor and Poppy are also walking with her bull terrier. When the dog decides he doesn't like the looks of Sherlock, he sinks his teeth into Sherlock's ankle. This dog bite incident becomes a life-changing event for all of them. Through his new friendship with Victor Trevor, and encouraged by Victor's father to use his genius for detective work, Sherlock discovers his uncanny abilities and a constellation of unfamiliar emotions as he and Poppy are thrust not only into a dangerous investigation into England's notorious baby-farming industry, but into the perilous realm of young romance. Be an eyewitness to the emergence of how Sherlock became the man and the legend we know today.

©2015 A S Croyle (P)2016 MX Publishing

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Decent book, but not a great mystery

What made the experience of listening to When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled the most enjoyable?

I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. She did a good job with the different characters and was quite believable

Would you recommend When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled to your friends? Why or why not?

I could not get real excited about the book. I found it to be a bit boring, especially the first two to three hours. The author did approach the book with an interesting perspective which was kind of a fun process.

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

Personally, I feel that a quality narrator always makes a book better than simply reading it yourself. I thought Cat succeeded at doing that.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An fanfic Sherlock Holmes before Watson

A fanfic novel about Sherlock Holmes before he met Watson. Sherlock is around 20 years old and less mature than we know him. The story focuses a lot around feminism and to be fair, I don't think women cared so much at the time, as the female main character of this book does. It's how things were at the time and women did what they could do under the circumstances.

Despite that the book had long, boring passages that could be left out (it could have been much shorter) it was a good mystery and filled with old-fashioned and good British humor. I laughed at times but also found myself not listening when it got too boring.

The narrator Cat Gould did an outstanding job with different voices and accents. I love a British voice, so she's become a favorite narrator of mine. She also nailed the humor of the book and performed very lively!

*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Maureen
  • Manchester, NH, United States
  • 09-14-16

Wonderful listen

This audiobook is a skillful homage to Sherlock Holmes. Well written and beautifully narrated. A real treat!

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  • Bethany
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 08-19-16

Superb prequel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone - for those who know and love Sherlock that we have read through the years and for those who like a great audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way Poppy held her own with, and at times surpassed, Sherlock with her knowledge.

Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

Poppy - both "then and now"

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

The logic of passion

Any additional comments?

This is another audiobook that I will listen to repeatedly. I enjoyed the weaving of other works that I have read in the past and is a great companion with Laurie R. King's stories with Sherlock post-London. The human side of Sherlock.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Simone
  • Seattle Washington
  • 08-06-16

Sherlock Mystery with a bit of romance!

What did you like best about this story?

Great mix of character, mystery and real historical events woven together with a romantic tension that really held the story together

Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

Poppy as a young woman and as an old lady was well done, all of the characters were unique and identifiable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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Very well written and clever

If you could sum up When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled in three words, what would they be?

Well written and clever

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the way Poppy held her own with, and at times surpassed, Sherlock with her knowledge

Any additional comments?

The narrator did a good job at presenting the characters and bringing them to life

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Somewhat feminist

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

The narrator was great. she uses a different voice for each character and for non-character speaking. It can be a little difficult to distinguish between characters of the same gender, though. I actually picked this book because it featured a female narrator for a sherlock holmes story.

I read all of the original sherlock holmes stories. I liked the alternate-universe fanfic feel revolving around a character sherlock knew in the past. Unfortunately, sherlock's attitude is different in the story, explained as being younger and less mature. I like to remember the excited awkward sherlock watson first met, personally. The author also writes a lot of description and focuses on the characters instead of the mystery. I would have preferred more focus on the mystery. The feminism tones were a bit annoying, with poppy constantly complaining about how women don't have the same opportunities as men.

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Good narrator, decent story with some flaws

Note: In exchange for an unbiased review, the author, publisher, and/or narrator were kind enough to provide an audio version of this book at no charge via AudiobookBlast.

I don't think I've ever read/listened to a book about Sherlock Holmes as a direct character; I haven't even read the originals. So my only real experience with him as a character are the movie/TV representations. At any rate, the main reason I was interested in this book was because the 'mystery' it alluded to was intriguing. However, I found that this really wasn't so much about the 'mysteries' as it was about the love relationship between Holmes and "Poppy".

While there were touching moments in the book (mostly at the end, as the relationship issues came to a head), I can't say this was all that compelling story-wise. First of all, some of the situations seemed forced. The author wanted the characters to end up at certain places (relationship-wise), but the way the characters were taken in that direction didn't feel genuine or believable. Also, the two 'mysteries' that were profiled in the book took up a minuscule amount of the whole story, which was disappointing.

The narrator did a good job at presenting the characters and bringing them to life, and the overall story wasn't horrible. It just wasn't my cup of tea in the end.

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Very well written and clever!

The author did a fantastic job of capturing the true Sherlock Holmes era. This is the first novel I have listened to that incorporated famous characters from another author. It was very well done, and the plot discuss social issues at the time in a very convincing way. I do not want to give any spoilers, so I will not go into detail on why it did not get 5 stars. But a hint is that the lead character does not seem concerned, and seems to be immune from her lead vocational cause when it comes to herself. It was the only thing that seemed uncharacteristic about this strong lead character.

I thought the narrator did a fantastic job playing all the characters so that the plot was very easy to follow. I received this audiobook free in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

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A great Sherlock Holmes mystery

What did you love best about When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled?

The descriptive writing helped you picture everything.

What other book might you compare When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled to and why?

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Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

Sherlock. His calm voice and great diction endeared Holmes to me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

While walking through the underground tunnels to the opium dens and discovering the listless bodies of drug induced bodies made you feel for humanity.

Any additional comments?

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

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