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It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

©2010 Andrew Lane (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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Suspenseful tension through last word to next book

Andrew Lane has launched a literary fictional giant from a solid foundation. This first novel has proven he has the quality of storytelling to place us inside the youthful mind of Sherlock Holmes. What is remarkable is that Lane avoids the temptation to make Sherlock older than he is, which is to say, while he remains heroically ingenious, he courts luck and shocks himself with his own perceptibility or lack thereof. Five stars to Mr. Weyman, who breathes life into Sherlock's tutor in a most respectable way. Please keep making audible recordings of the other books in the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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For fans of Alex Rider

On summer break from school, a young Sherlock Holmes finds a mentor and encounters his first mystery.

This was too much like an Alex Rider novel, perhaps deliberately. Although I like Alex Rider, Sherlock Holmes' adventures, even as (or especially as) a teenager, should be more cerebral and less violent.

There's an occasional good nugget, like when Sherlock develops the self-knowledge that he's not a good storyteller, and that he needs someone in his life to put his experiences in narrative form. Or the small fear that he enjoyed the experience of being drugged when kidnapped. But overall the mystery was predictable and the action ranged from extreme to ridiculous.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Carla
  • Decatur, AL, United States
  • 02-08-13

I love the concept

As an ardent Sherlock Holmes fan I wanted to love this book!! However, this is a "OK" listen. Maybe next time?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Wm.
  • Concrete, WA, United States
  • 01-05-13

Not Arthur Conan Doyle, but who cares?

Where does Death Cloud rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top

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

excellent narrator

Any additional comments?

This is excellent family fair. Fast paced and very interesting. The ending is complete, but sets up for many sequels which I hope come soon.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • mike
  • Springville, NY, United States
  • 05-17-12

Great undocumented spin on early Sherlock Holmes

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

Any one who loves Sherlock Holmes stories and adventures, and who has grown to love his life story... will really love the early years version of Sherlock life that is depicted in this book.

What did you like best about this story?

This story involved Sherlock entire family and starts to give a basis of where he came from and the events that led him in his life to become the worlds Greatest Consulting Detective<br/>

Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favorite?

Definitely Sherlock... with a close second of Amios Crow

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

All great men through out history have extrodinary lives right fromt he start..... watch and learn the interesting events that turn a gangly smart normal boy, into the world greatest Detective<br/>

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the second book.... Ihave already learned so much about Sherlock Holmes early life, and I can't wait to hear more!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Death Cloud

I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting something else I think. Perhaps getting more into the mind of the young Sherlock to explain why he thought the way he did and detailing his thought processes as he solved his first mystery.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Dark Cloud, Bright Beginning

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I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Lane's adaptation/prequel, to the stories I know, was wonderful. I was engaged from the start and did not turn it off until it had finished. I'm hooked and looking forward to the next installment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Bridgewater, MA, United States
  • 01-29-13

Sherlock as a Youth

Would you consider the audio edition of Death Cloud to be better than the print version?

I thought this book did a good job of capturing the same feel of Doyle's character. It explained a few of his idiosyncrasies and beekeeping. The story was very good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Cloud?

The paralyzed man's contraption for getting around was very "steam punk" and fitting with Holmes cases.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth checking out if you're a diehard Holmes fan.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Clever...

Would you listen to ${title} again? Why?

I would listen to it again; its a clean and clever story for kids

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amius Crow was my favorite. He is the foreshadow of Sherlock Holmes as a grown-up, except American.

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

Daniel Weyman is one of my favorite narrators, that is actually why I purchased the book. His work on Nick Harkaway's books is fabulous.

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

I did

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely LOVED IT!

Would you listen to Death Cloud again? Why?

I don't generally re-listen or re-read books, but I probably would on this one, to catch some of the items I may have missed during my rides too and from work :)

Any additional comments?

It was entertaining, well written, and well read. I enjoyed it so much that I've already purchased the next book in the series!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful