It is summer 1890, and the game is afoot.
When an elephant escapes from the London Zoological Gardens, Holmes and Watson become embroiled in one of their strangest cases yet. Engaged by a jeweler in fear for his life, the trail leads Sherlock to two secret societies, each pursuing the eight ruby elephants said to unlock a vault containing the lost Nizam diamond. Standing in his way are some deadly foes: the Archangels, assassins in top hats and tailcoats, hell-bent on the murder of the great detective and the acquisition of the treasures of the realm. The adventure leads the intrepid pair to Lord's Cricket Ground, the Royal Albert Hall, a bizarre series of thefts at the National Gallery, deepest rural Suffolk, and ultimately the very heart of the empire. With high-speed chases on Penny Farthings and a cast of eccentric characters, it takes all of Holmes' ingenuity - and a little help from Mycroft - to unravel this elephantine mystery.
©2015 Chris James (P)2016 MX Publishing
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I love Sherlock Holmes stories, from the originals to the new ones but this one was not for me - it jumped at one point to a new part of story with no explanation, I tried many times to see if it was my ipod but no. Also Holmes and Watson voices were very wrong not true to the characters at all. Sorry, not for me.
I'm afraid I gave up on this half way through, I just couldn't muster the will to be bothered about the ending. There were some good moments, and perhaps if I had been reading a paperback I would have persevered to the end, but the narration is simply awful. The narrator does not impart any discernable difference in voices to the characters, even those described as having booming deep voices, or female characters, so that it becomes difficult to follow who is speaking. The intonation is such that it seems that the wrong words are stressed in a sentence, and the pace means that at times the words seem to just babble along: Several times I had to rewind and try again as I had been merely listening to noise rather than digesting the words. There are so many fantastic narrators, and a score of successful pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes canon, but for me this performance was not a winning combination.
"The Curious Case of the Awkward Narrator"
It was hard to appreciate the story because of the awkward narration. I've heard worse but a bad narrator can do untold damage to a good book.
"Dominic Lopez RULES!!!"
Authentic Holmes fun!!!
Besides the original Conan Doyle stories, I would compare "the Ruby Elephants" to Nicholas Meyers' run of Holmes adventures, in that this absolutely captures the flavor of the original Conan Doyle stories, while bringing new, fresh ideas that weren't available to Conan Doyle at the time.
It's hard to pick a single character Dominic Lopez portrayed as a favorite. They are all excellent and enjoyable to listen to! But since the story is narrated by Dr. Watson, I would guess this required the most from Mr. Lopez, and thereby this would be my favorite performance.
Chris James masterfully plotted many amazing twists, and Dominic Lopez skillfully conveyed them! It would be difficult to pick a single moment, and it would be spoilerific, as well. Allow me, then, to say that this audiobook is packed with delightful surprises, right to the very end!
I look forward to more James' Holmes adventures, ESPECIALLY if they are narrated by Dominic Lopez!!!
"good for the ouevre"
this book fits seamlessly into the holmes pantheon. It doesn't eally beak new ground, but the focus on Gothic aspects is a welcome variation.
The story is a bit over the top but the reader is outstanding. The story was interesting at times.
"Hilarious and entertaining, clever and fast paced"
This book is wonderful fun. A lighthearted pastiche of Sherlock Holmes but also a bit of a parody. The writing is delightful and intelligent, the escapades completely Sherlockian, and Watson, the narrator, the perfectly charming Victorian gentleman. I couldn't help laughing out loud, much to the annoyance of those around me! The narrator is perfect, wonderful timing. His characterization never misses a beat. If you need an entertaining diversion, then you need look no further. The game is afoot!
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