"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes)
This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of state. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven feet two inches tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.
©2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
"Narrator Damian Lynch is a master of voices.... Lynch captures every voice and accent perfectly, making this an exceptional audio experience." (AudioFile)
I loved this book I only thought to read it to pass the time on a long drive but became so engrossed I turned it off so I could listen to properly it is well worth a read
Retired lady who loves books, now unable to read them I have found the magic world of audio and love listening to them whenever I can:)
This book I really enjoyed! I felt the ghost of Conan Doyle weaving through it. I hope there will be many more from this new writer who I think will rise to the top with Mycroft, good luck, I will be watching for the next one🌟
The story was mostly fine, though I found some of the language early on to be a bit coarse against language from the numerous Sherlock stories I've read.
The narration was not great. Sometimes it felt that it was delivered with as much passion as the football scores.
I liked the story, it flowed well. I do think there were similarities between this and Sherlock Holmes stories, but different enough to be distinct. The interplay between the two main characters, the forced relationship due to the difference in the colour of their skin, but their true friendship despite that, were intriguing. I'd definitely recommend this.
This is not the worse book I've ever listened to but it is close and I can not see why its got an even reasonable rating. It just sounds so forced and contrived .
For enough money I would do many things.
"A very good book"
This story was fantastic . At first I thought it was crazy for this book to have been written by Jabbar .
However , once started I listened at every opportunity .
I am just simply impressed
"Finally a good Mycroft story!"
Loved this young Mycroft and his first adventure afar that help develop him into the character he will be in the Sherlock Canon. Highly recommend to and Holmes fan. Reader is awsome and couldn't stop listening to the story.
"A surprising take on the classics"
I enjoyed this story. A bit unbelievable in parts but it was an easy listen.
Bravo...Bravo Karem! I was disappointed that the book ended...I need more, please. Well written and very descriptive. I, like many, had not read a lot sbout Sherlock Holmes older brother, Mycroft Holmes...thank you for giving him breath...He's ALIVE...at least in my head and heart. Thanks again for such a great read. Looking forward to THEIR next great adventure.
Bravo Damian Lynch your narrative was outstanding. ..you brought the characters ALIVE.
"Should not have used Holmes name."
It's hard to criticize Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA legend, Jeet Kun Do student under Bruce Lee, and a Holmes fanatic. Unfortunately I felt like the character in this story was as far from canon as possible and the story offered very little mystery. The story tried to sound eloquent but often came off as desperate and some sections were so hard to tolerate I had to stop listening for an hour or two. I made it to the last 30 minutes of the book before I called it quits entirely.
It may not have been terrible if it didn't also tear down established personality and character traits.
The voice actor did a good job I thought.
"A Little Bit Disappointed"
Don't get me wrong, there were aspects of the book that I really liked. The portrayal of Mycroft as a young man was enjoyable and believable, and much information about the locations and history (especially about slavery) was very interesting. And, although they never fully came to life for me, I found many of the secondary characters intriguing.
Yet I could not for the life of me get really involved in the story. So much information and background happened before anything really "happened" in the plot (if you know what I mean!) that I kept losing track of who people were and how they were fitting into the whole business.
Not sorry I invested a credit, but this was not one of my favorite listens.
"The other Holmes brother"
Nice to see a story about Mycroft! This was an excellent adventure and does a lot to bring in some back story for Mycroft- I'm looking forward to another installment!
"TOO GOOD TO MISS!"
This is a story of a young, manly Mycroft, in love and engaged, and happily developing his skillsin detection and espionage. Locationally, it stretches from Victorian England to colonial Jamaica, where he is aided by a native detective who brings to life the delicious thrills of voodoo, strange ghostly children and stories of them, and real physical threats and concerns.The narration, accents and voices are perfect. The scenes so well described they pop out at you. You can never be bored; it's very vivid!The resolution was a surprise to me; but when it occurs, the connections make sense, without deflating their presence or subtle contribution to the flow of the story.If you love the canon, this is one you will not want to do without! I do not know if Kareem AbdulJabbar (the 7ft. tall basketball player some time back) and his co writer are planning a sequelbut I hope they are, because I will read it!!!!
"More wild Wild West movie than Holmes"
The first part of book is good, has a flavor of Holmes even including a 'Watson'. But the story starts having characters act unrealistically. No adequate reason is provided, worse Holmes goes through adventures that he becomes a pawn rather than prime mover. Almost stopped listening which is how bad the climax was. Being constantly beat up is not enough to carry the book.
"Really well done!"
The story was engaging and the writing was very much in the spirit of Conan-Doyle.
The story really ran counter to any pre-conceived notions I might have had about it.
I really hate these cookie cutter, fill in the blank reviews, don't you? Do I have to have a favorite scene? I enjoyed the whole danged thing!
I'm not going to be the one who gives away plot points gratuitously! It's really a good read!
I have to say that I'm as impressed by KAJ's writing skills as I was his basketball acumen. The co-writers really did a great job!
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