The Stone of Destiny

A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Narrated by: Nigel Peever
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

During the elaborate funeral for Queen Victoria, a group of Irish separatists breaks into Westminster Abbey and steals the Coronation Stone, on which every monarch of England has been crowned since the 14th century. After learning of the theft from Mycroft, Sherlock Holmes is tasked with recovering the stone and returning it to England. In pursuit of the many-named stone, which has a rich and colorful history, Holmes and Watson travel to Ireland in disguise as they try to infiltrate the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the group they believe responsible for the theft. The story features a number of historical characters, including a very young Michael Collins, who would go on to play a prominent role in Irish history; John Theodore Tussaud, the grandson of Madame Tussaud; and George Bradley, the dean of Westminster at the time of the theft. There are also references to a number of other Victorian luminaries, including Joseph Lister and Frederick Treves. For fans of Conan Doyle's immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, for the great detective the stakes have never been higher as he must mollify a king who refuses to ascend the throne until "order has been restored".

©2017 Rich Ryan (P)2017 MX Publishing

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A strong entry in the post Doyle collecti

In my review of Ryan''s first entry in his Sherlock Holmes collection (The Vatican Cameos) I make a point of mentioning how distracting the narrator's take on Holmes is. I likened him to Count Dracula, a voice which is thankfully somewhat softened in this book. This makes the account easier to listen to, at least in my opinion. The story itself is intriguing in that it explores the end of Britain's Victorian Era and the start of its Edwardian. It centers around the theft of a relic that is key to what would soon become known as the Irish "Troubles." Any student of history should appreciate the early days of the Irish Brotherhood and the inclusion of a young Michael Collins in the narrative. Overall the story keeps one's interest. Like his prior work, the author brings a lot of travel into the story, although it is limited to the British Isles. It is a good, solid piece that is worth listening to.

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Well Written Holmes Mystery

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own. This is the second book in the Sherlock Holmes series by this author. It is a standalone with no cliffhanger ending and you do not have to read the first book in the series to follow this one. This book will appeal to mystery fans, as well as, Sherlock Holmes fans. I loved the weaving of actual historical events into this mystery. In addition, Holmes and Watson get to go undercover which was fun. This was not so much a whodunnit as whether the perpetrator[s] can fool Holmes to keep their crime a secret - which I felt was pretty clever. The story is very well written and atmospheric. Very entertaining. The narrator, Nigel Peever, did a wonderful job with all of the various characters.

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A great Holmes adventure

The Stone of Destiny. As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I'm always a little wary of imatation Holmes style stories . However I'm very pleased to say that this is an excellent Sherlock Holmes tale. Well written and crafted in the style. Superb narration by Nigel Peever. I highly recommend this to all Holmes fans. I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review. .

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You have got to love the Irish

The star of this story is a stone, well not just any stone but a very large and heavy stone which both England and Ireland hold to be very special. Since it is said that the Irish have a special place in their hearts for the English (I hope you know I jest) some of them thought what a jolly thing it would be to make off with this mammoth stone. How they do it and how they get away with it well that is the meat and potatoes of this story. SH and JW take a undercover trip to Ireland to get the stone and there in lies are tale.

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The Stone of Destiny

Excellent story by Mr Ryan and performances by Peever, but we need longer stories. Please.

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Excellent Plot & Narration

1901 death of Queen Victoria, touched London. Mycroft had sent a letter to Holmes summoned them to the club. Holmes presents is required before and during the funeral, since threats had come of a disruption by the Irish. Holmes feels there will be more than adequate security, feels this is a diversion. Again summed the task is to retrieve The Stone Of Destiny, to be freedom for Ireland. A good plot with a lesson in history very well done. Given ARC audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion Which Nigel Peepers did an excellent job and added to out enjoyment again of Holmes.

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Another classic

I'm a touch biased on this one, being Irish-American myself and feeling the urge to be a touch annoyed at the Empire that Victoria ruled on principal. But the story is perfectly written for its period, and beautifully atmospheric. Another treat, even if I kept correcting the story of Le Fail in my head ;)

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i like a good sherlock story

good twist and turns. enjoyed listening to it. i like the way Nigel tells a story. the author had an interesting concept on the book. great job

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To Ireland Watson!

This is yet another great Sherlock Holmes adventure by Richard Ryan. I really enjoyed listening to this tale. Mr Ryan really knows how to write a Holmes story worthy of following Doyle! I love listening to Holmes and Watson figure out another mystery. There's action, adventure, mystery and suspense. I also enjoyed how this book touched on The Vatican Cameos. If you enjoy Sherlock mysteries then you should check this storyteller out! The narration was superb as usual. I love Nigel Peever and always look forward to his narrations. His voice talent is absolutely amazing and then add the enhancements and you can't help but get swept away. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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To Crown a Monarch!

Richard T. Ryan returns with Holmes and Watson chasing an elusive prey seeking their freedom. A true continuation of the great detective and his work. This telling not only has Holmes using his expert skills of disguise, but he teaches Watson how it's done. A fantastic story and adventure in the green fields of Ireland. Nigel Peever returns and brings back to life the writings of Mr. Ryan with a skill that was so effective it almost goes unnoticed. He wraps you in the sounds of the mystery so effectively that you almost forget you aren't listening to Watson himself. A truly effective combination of writing by Mr. Ryan and performance by Mr. Peever.

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  • Tracey Allan
  • 04-28-20

Brilliant

Brilliant story and a really fantastic narration which brought the whole book to life. Story very much like the original Sherlock tales (Arthur Conan Doyle) . Cannot wait to hear the other Sherlock tales of which I have lots. I received this audiobook free in return for an honest unbiased review. Tracey Allan

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  • 10-14-19

This is my first audio book by Richard t Ryan have lots of narrated books by Nigel prefer it's very good 5 out of 5