The Vatican Cameos

A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Narrated by: Nigel Peever
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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When the papal apartments are burgled in 1901, Sherlock Holmes is summoned to Rome by Pope Leo XII. After learning from the pontiff that several priceless cameos that could prove compromising to the church, and perhaps determine the future of the newly unified Italy, have been stolen, Holmes is asked to recover them.

In a parallel story, Michelangelo, the toast of Rome in 1501 after the unveiling of his Pieta, is commissioned by Pope Alexander VI, the last of the Borgia pontiffs, with creating the cameos that will bedevil Holmes and the papacy four centuries later.

For fans of Conan Doyle's immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, the great detective has never encountered an adversary quite like the one with whom he crosses swords in The Vatican Cameos.

©2016 Richard Ryan (P)2016 MX Publishing

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Sherlock Holmes and the Vatican cameos

Hey truly enjoyable story and exceptional narration which kept my interest all the way through. I hope Mandy take advantage of Mr. Ryan‘s Holmes and Watson‘s adventure. Extraordinary does Not do this piece justice.

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Excellent tale of "what if"

I Loved this story! Highly recommend it! The author does well with fictional History! Bravo!

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Wow! Sherlock returns!

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

Absolutely! I've read a lot of Sherlock Holmes and this book was true to Arthur Conan Doyle's style. The story was interesting in that it told two related stories alternating between them with each new chapter. Either story could stand on its own to keep you guessing their outcome. Together they made a robust and complex Sherlock Holmes mystery. The only thing that exceeded the quality of the story was the superiority of the narration. In all the audio books I've listened to, no narration was even close to the variety of voices, use of sound effects and overall production quality. This is truly the best audio book I've downloaded, and there have been many amazing ones I've downloaded..

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vatican Cameos?

Every time another character would show up and add to the complex obstacle course the artist had to traverse.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Michelangelo attended the ball.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I would just say if you enjoy the creative mind of Sherlock Holmes you'll certainly enjoy this audio book.

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Doesn’t come close to the original

As an avid Sherlockian follower, I’ve read and listened to the original Doyle’s dozens of times and this doesn’t really come close or do justice to Holmes or Watson. The story reminded me more of a dusty Dan Brown mystery than a Holmes story with all the back and forth every other chapter. Also, the author had Holmes give away all his secrets almost immediately taking much of the fun the originals provide away. Also, it there really isn’t this level of graphic sexual deviancy in the originals and it also takes away from the overall joy of a good Holmes adventure. They narrator also could use some work, I’m not sure what was worse, the bad Italian accents or making Holmes sound like he’s a bulldog with slobbery jowls whenever he speaks. All in all about 8 hours of my life I won’t get back, listen to the whole thing waiting for it to get better and it never did.

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Excellent entertainment

Honored to be the first to review! Magnificently written. Beautifully narrated.
Must add for your library!

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Entertaining Sherlock Holmes Historical Fiction

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This story is told in alternating chapters depicting events occurring in 1901 and 1501. In 1501, Michealangelo is commissioned to create cameos for the Pope - even Leonardo DaVinci makes an appearance. In 1901, Sherlock and Watson work to find those cameos. This was very interesting. I enjoyed the fictionalized historical story of the cameos slightly more than Sherlock's story but I was entertained by both. I think the author captured the personalities of Holmes and Watson and their methodology in solving a mystery. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

The narration by Nigel Peever was overall very good. I have listened to other books narrated by him and loved them. But here, oddly, a small distraction to his narration occurred every time a character would laugh - they all had the same odd maniacal laugh [almost slightly evil cartoon laugh]. It threw me every time I heard it.

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Intriguing Concept, Overlong in its Telling

In The Vatican Cameos, Richard Ryan has written two parallel stories. The first, featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, takes place in 1901 when Pope Leo XII calls Homes and Watson to the Vatican to solve a recent burglary from the Papal apartments. The second is set in 1501’s Rome at a time when Michelangelo was commissioned by the last of the Borgia popes to design and create seven cameos that were later hidden from public view and, of course, where the objects stolen in the 1901 burglary.

Nigel Peever does a good job of narration. I do have one small quibble with the narration, though. Mr. Peever adroitly employs tonal inflections to distinguish characters in various situations. Because I tend to listen to audiobooks most often on buses and in subway cars, many of the words spoken in a lower volume were lost against the background noises of the transport. Occasionally the high pitched laughter that characterized Holmes was jarring in those same environments.

Overall, an enjoyable 8+ hours.

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Superb

Superb story and narration. The author has a unique way of bringing out the talent, the skill, the unique mind that Is Sherlock. He has brought two time period together, when they were created in 1501. to the thief in 1901. To be summoned by the Pope what an honor for Holmes, the thief of priceless cameos. A story that can be read over and over a treasure of telling us how Holmes works. Given ARC audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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An Intricate and Intriguing Tale

Against the comfort of gaslight and the clip-clop of horse-drawn hansom cabs is a twisting plot as intricate as an Italian frieze, This is a wonderful, fascinating jaunt through history and human motivations, with the great Sherlock Holmes as your guide. This story brought a great deal of my history reading to scintillating life, including bygone international intrigues that are hard to engage with when recorded as history. Here, they live again as current events.

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Great Holmes mystery!

I really enjoyed this book. It is fast-paced and well-written. I love the way the chapters alternate between Sherlock Holmes and Michelangelo, as well as all of the art and history that is woven into the story. It is a great mystery and will keep you entertained!

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  • Jeff
  • 11-16-19

SHERLOCK HOLMES MIXED WITH THE HOLY FATHER

THIS STORY TAKE TO GREAT ICONS AND SMASHES THEM TOGETHER FOR A RIGHTEOUS HISTORY LESSONWITH A BIT OF JUST WHATS GOING ON BEHIND THE VATICAN DOORS.

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  • Tracey Allan
  • 10-13-19

Fantastic

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.
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  • Helen
  • 09-07-19

great book

When the papal apartments are burgled in 1901, Sherlock Holmes is summoned to Rome by Pope Leo XII.
great book enjoyed it very much
Narrated by: Nigel Peever who brought everything to life

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  • G. Preston
  • 03-17-18

Lovely recreation

Would you listen to The Vatican Cameos again? Why?

If you know Sherlock Holmes best from the Cumberbatch TV series, you might be surprised to learn that the Holmes in Conan Doyle's books was a much better mannered gentlemen and his friendship with Watson is much more companionable and less tortured. Robert T Ryan captures Conan Doyle's voice and style very well, making this an enjoyable adventure, which like most SH novels, is essentially a short story with a long flashback to pad it out. Cleverly he runs the SH mystery and the flashback in parallel, cutting between them, which improves the pace enormously.

If you’ve listened to books by Richard T Ryan before, how does this one compare?

This is my first encounter with this author.

Which character – as performed by Nigel Peever – was your favourite?

Nigel Peever does an excellent job with all the characters but his standout is the infamous Pope Alexander Borgia, given a rich deep voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A mystery which will destroy the Vatican. Holmes will need to perform a miracle.

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