The Demon of the Dusk

The Rediscovered Cases of Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Crosby
Length: 6 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are summoned to Theobald Grange, the Warwickshire home of Lady Heminworth. 

Being of a nervous and superstitious disposition, her Ladyship lives in fear. Her husband and elder son were recently murdered, apparently by the ghost of a court jester who was executed on the site centuries before. The apparition has warned that she, too, is to die. 

Holmes rejects a supernatural explanation, although his adversary seems unaffected by gunfire and is able to take flight and disappear. The "Great Detective" brings his powers to bear, but still the killings continue....

©2017 Arthur Hall (P)2018 MX Publishing

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Great story! Wonderful narration! Very enjoyable!

Great story! Wonderful narration! Very enjoyable! Could have been written by A.C. Doyle himself. Very impressed with the narrator's voicing of characters. All in all a very enjoyable experience.

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enthralling story. absolutely wonderful.

this book is very well written. it feels like an original Sherlock Holmes book. I thouroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more.

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Good story but narrator tends to whisper. Tough li

Good story but narrator, whom voices the characters well, tends to whisper. Tough listen in the car.

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Disappointing

Story missing the AC Doyle style and weak narration with an accent sadly missing the crisp diction of what used to be called "BBC English"

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Story Good, Narrator Very Bad, C+

This particular Sherlock Holmes story is pretty good, but the narrator is bad...makes Holmes sound like an automaton. Voice of Watson good, which seems like narrator's normal voice, but Sherlock's is horrible. Secondary male characters sound alike, as do secondary female characters.

If you don't mind the narrator, story is actually rather compelling. Author is a little, I don't know, condescending or maybe targeting a different audience than most Holmes books from other authors. This author over-explains things just a bit. It's not bad, just a little much.

So, very interesting "case", slightly below average Holmes author, and the worst narrator I've heard for a Holmes audiobook. There are a lot better options for Sherlockians on Audible.

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Enjoyable

Is it bizarre I picked up a Sherlock book when I’ve never listened to an original? I’m sure the movies with Robert Downey Jr doesn’t count.

So being slightly unfamiliar with ‘authentic’ writing, I didn’t like how Sherlock figured it out off the pages, then explained what he learned while he was away. And we never had any idea why he went where he went and the bread crumbs he followed. I prefer a mystery in which I can see or read the crumbs - even if it doesn’t piece together into a slice of bread and I end up with a bag of croutons.

I loved the narrator. He only currently has a couple other books another him in Audible, and one is another by this author, so I’ll pass.

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Excellent

loved it was zoned in till the very end perfect narration will be listening to it again

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  • Ryan Pascall
  • 05-04-20

A worthy tale of mystery and murder!

As a big fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock & Watson takes, I've readily devoured all his works and equally a huge quantity of work by many other authors.

The qualitu of these subsequent works vary considerably and so it us always with trepidation that I start any new tale, and Audios even more so as a bad vocal choice can make the work laughable.

It was therefore hugely satisfying to find the vocal choice was perfect with this tale and whether portraying Holmes, Watson or the plethora of other characters, there was a clear distinction between the voice and mannerism.

Of course this is all for nought if the tale is hollow or lacks mystery and here is the somewhat more mixed bag.

The story, at its core, is classic Holmes; a threat, the cause of which seems supernatural in origin and a damsel in distress. My issue is that the supernatural element is revealed to be false very early on and as such it takes away a lot of the mystery from the tale.

Now I know that, being set in the real world, there is nothing truly other-worldly but I feel that, as time has passed authors have felt the need to underline this fact early on so as to get it out of the way and move on with the proper deduction.

This isn't a major issue as the rest of the tale is full with danger and colourful characters and it is the characters that really keep this story afloat.

From the appearance of a well-known police officer to Dr Turville and his newfangled Psychiatric science, there were both new and familiar characters all of which helped to bring the setting to life and this was much needed given the rather secluded setting of the tale.

I would say that, while not on par with the original works, the audio was nicely presented, the story very well written and it successfully kept me rapt until the very end.

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  • M&D
  • 02-14-20

Superb narration by Nick Crosby.

I'm not normally a great fan of "Sherlock Holmes" but my husband and I started listening to the audio version of Arthur Hall's excellent book "Sherlock Holmes, The Demon Of The Dusk" and were instantly hooked. It is well written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and is the investigation of supposedly supernatural events. It is brilliantly narrated by Nick Crosby who really brought the story and its many diverse characters to life with his superb narration skills. We look forward to listening to more audio books by this narrator.