When misadventure led a schoolboy in London to employment at Baker Street, few could have guessed where his introduction to Sherlock Holmes would lead. But as the lad matures and he finds himself caught in the middle of a murder investigation, his friendship with Holmes and Watson lures him into the role of detective. 'Billy' documents his experiences, and soon his sleuthing skills not only bring him to another murder, but also lay the foundation for his metamorphosis into a famous mystery writer, the novelist the world now knows as Raymond Chandler.
©2014 Daniel D Victor (P)2016 MX Publishing
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"Great gimmick, great narration, clunky story"
Great gimmick but I never would have made it to the end if the audio narration weren’t so good. The gimmick is that a young Raymond Chandler meets up with a retired Sherlock Holmes and they team up on a case that sets the stage for Chandler’s future writing career focusing on double crosses and beautiful women. The text reads, though, like someone did a massive amount of research and then felt compelled to dump it all didactically into a book. People who like to study Arthur Conan Doyle and Chandler books will probably get a kick out of it, but my take is that the notes are there but not the music. The excerpts from Chandler’s real works at the top of each chapter are brilliant while Chandler’s fictional dialogue in the book is clunky. Excerpt of something a young Chandler says in casual conversation: “It’s as if all that British formalism in language can do is to produce a criticism of form and manners. In America, I expect more unrestricted opportunities.” Again, the audio narration, with its distinct and fun voices for each character, helped the clunky passages go down smoothly. Bechdel test: fail. Grade: C.
"An entertaining story, excellent new narrator!"
The story follows in the vein of Arthur Conan Doyle. You will become immersed in the story through the strength of the narration. The seamless transition from one character to the next draws you into the story. The combination of Daniel Victor's writing with Ben Carling's narration is a potent combination. Upon finishing this book I immediately searched for others by this combination.
The character of John Watson, as any reader of Conan Doyle will know, is the internal narrator of the story. I found Daniel Victor's version very entertaining.
This is a difficult choice because the narrator gave an excellent performance. I suppose the character of Sherlock Holmes, although not a constant or frequent character for dialog, was my favorite. Ben Carling's portrayal of the character was excellent. It was just as I imagined the character of Sherlock Holmes to be.
I found it difficult to stop listening to this book. Also, this is a relatively short book. I found myself wanting there to be more. As the book wrapped up I was surprised to find that 6 hours had passed by.
As an observation, there were 3 or 4 "re-reads" of sentences in the body of the story. These are places that a narrator re-reads the text and then they are normally edited out. I understand this excellent story is getting a quick re-edit to remove those. It is a minor observation and I expect by the time my rating is live it will be fixed. This is an excellent book that you will want to share with your family and friends. Based on the strength of author's words and the excellent narration I am sharing it with mine.
"An entertaining Sherlock Holmes and friends adventure"
It got a little confusing in places where there were multiple characters, but all in all, it was great! Enjoyable story and performance!!
"well read, good read"
yes! I enjoyed the story as well as the narration. The detail and the nuances in the reading helped me feel like I was in the story. When I read by myself sometimes I have a hard time focusing, but listening to this audiobook I was all ears!
I liked Billy the best. He was a main character, but you also follow him at different stages of his life, so you see his growth, and you have Watson's perspective of Billy, and then through Billy's dialogue, his own perspectives.
Hard to choose! I think the narrator really captured each character as their own unique voice. This helped to form a picture of each of them in my mind. As the story progressed you got to know the characters from the author's writing, but also Ben Carling's voice behind them. I think he captured the boy-like naivete of Billy, Watson's frustrations, and reflections, as well as Holme's unique awkwardness.
This was my first audiobook and I loved it. I could listen while I drive, or do the dishes, but what I liked best was how being read to seemed to draw me into the story quickly. I think the author deserves credit for the writing style, but the narrator is how you are being introduced to the writing. The narrator's voice picked up subtleties of each character, which really helped you listen and delve into the story.
"Well Executed Concept with Familiar Characters"
It is an engaging story and the narrator brings the characters to life.
Raymond Chandler. He is written the way we think he was.
The many voices blended seamlessly and really suspended my disbelief.
It is all a good read (listen).
Is it possible to search to find other performances by Ben Carling?
"A must-read for every fan of Sherlock Holmes!"
I loved the addition of historical figures from the time period colliding with Holmes!
I enjoy listening to mysteries on long road trips, but sometimes it can be challenging to follow the story because of how the narration flows. This narrator did an excellent job of making it easy and enjoyable to follow along. I look forward to hearing more!
This narrator has ruined all other audio books for me. In comparison, the narration of other stories is forced and inconsistant. I loved Daniel Victor's tale and his use of language. I enjoyed dabbling in the world of Holmes and Watson once more. What earned 5 stars for me was the choice of narrator. I loved how he easily slid between characters and gave voice to the beautiful language chosen by the author. I even appreciated the female dialogue not being overly falsetto. Some of my favorite books have been depreciated by those who have enumerated their words. I will definitely be looking for more work by Ben Carling and Daniel Victors.
"Fun summer read"
I love listening to audiobooks while I drive or do work that requires eyes and hands free. Mr. Carling's interpretation of the story made listening a pleasant, carefree task. His characters/voices were distinct and easy to follow, so I didn't have to work at it - that's my favorite kind of listening.
Easy voice to listen to, with distinct characterization that made following the dialogue easy and effortless, including subtle dialect changes that felt/sounded authentic.
The story is a little slow to start; the dialogue reads a bit like prose at times. While I think that's part of the main character's personality, it's still a little tedious. The plot picks up nicely, though, and it was a fun read/listen.
"Top Notch Performance"
The Narrator, Ben Carling, brings the characters alive as he takes you down Baker Street following Sherlock Holmes and Watson in this adventure! You feel like you become part of the story as you listen. It is hard to stop listening! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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