David Ian Davies, veteran actor and product of the London Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, brings a smooth baritone and expressiveness to the accents, nuances, and adventure of Barry Day, OBE, and his energetic reimagining of fiction and fact - including not just Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective Holmes and his sidekick, Watson, but also Jack the Ripper and Oscar Wilde. The mystery begins with the presentation to Holmes and Watson of a gruesome murder and ends as they race to head off those infamous four horsemen, harbingers of the end of days.
And to further delight listeners, actor David Ian Davies once again carries off the roles of all the characters, every single one, male and female, as an energetic, fast-paced, fireworks-brilliant ensemble.
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"The most incredible one-person audio you have heard. Has to be heard to be believed. David Ian Davies creates theatre in a book." (Charles Prepolec, one of the most respected Sherlockians)
I am a huge fan of anything Sherlockian, but I have not yet managed to struggle through this book, and that is completely down to the appalling reading of it.
Make sure you listen to the sample if you are considering buying this, because in my opinion it is a waste of what could have been an interesting book.
Punctuation and sentences seem to have no meaning for the narrator, who pauses randomly and almost always incorrectly and manages to make it unlistenable. Avoid at all costs.
Oh dear - someone else who finds reading aloud a real challenge. Please listen to sample before buying. It grates so much you can't listen. For goodness sake, someone teach this man what is meant by punctuation.
I love keeping my hands busy and my mind full - and having a wonderful narrator makes it even more so.
There was steady action, and the introduction of Oscar Wilde was an interesting aside. I don't like to give away much more plot than that - but this is a shorter story - and so it does not have some of the depth of charcter of some of the other novels.
But definately an interesting read.
One reviewer had problems with the audio quality of this Audible book - on my Kindle I had no such problem.
"Fun story, terrible audio quality"
One of the better pastiches out there, but the audio quality is really bad. I thought it was just my download, but no matter what I do, there are periods of skipping and just poor overall quality.
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