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  • Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ruby Elephants

  • By: Chris James
  • Narrated by: Dominic Lopez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sherlock romp

  • By Anonymous User on 10-01-18

A Struggle.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-16

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.