• The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty

  • The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes's Nemesis - 37 short stories
  • By: Maxim Jakubowski
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-10-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

Regular price: £25.99

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Summary

We think of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, but far more seductive is the pairing of Holmes and Professor James Moriarty, 'the Napoleon of crime' - a rivalry unparalleled in the world of crime fiction. Fiercely intelligent and a relentless schemer, Moriarty is the supervillain as megastar.

This wonderfully diverse collection by writers such as Martin Edwards, Jürgen Ehlers, Barbara Nadel, L. C. Tyler, Michael Gregorio, Alison Joseph and Peter Guttridge reveals not just the evil side of Moriarty's personality but his humanity, his motivations and his human failings. Some of the stories are humorous, some scary, but all are hugely entertaining.

Maxim Jakubowski is a London-based novelist and editor. He was born in the UK and educated in France. Following a career in book publishing, he opened the world-famous Murder One bookshop in London in 1988. He compiles two acclaimed annual series for the Mammoth list: Best New Erotica and Best British Crime. He is a winner of the Anthony and the Karel Awards, a frequent TV and radio broadcaster, crime columnist for the Guardian newspaper and literary director of London's Crime Scene Festival.

©2015 Maxim Jakubowski (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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I am a fan of the Napoleon of Crime

Some very clever stories in this collection and only one that i did not enjoy. Chilling perfect murders, interesting puzzles and surprising twists. Great to re imagine this villain and the reading is entertaining and easy to listen to.

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Really well read.

I'm half way through this book of short stories. The initial ones I've listened to are good. The Sci-Fi one jarred and there are other moments when Moriarty admits his genius to himself, whilst coming up with not very invasive or inventive plans, which are outright hummph making. The lesser ones tend to denigrate Holmes which hacks me off, because he was the reason I was here in the first place. I'll keep listening, but only because I'm hoping I'll come to the one that balances both Holmes and Moriarty in an understanding of their relationship that I can believe in. No more Martians please.

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Waste of a credit

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There is no quick fix to make this any more than a 1 star and I would have given zero if that were an option.

Has The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty put you off other books in this genre?

It has made me cautions. I should have been aware some one would ride the coat tails of the great authors.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Toby Longworth?

Perhaps the irritation of the books content is swaying my opinion but his narration is annoying.

What character would you cut from The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty?

All.

Any additional comments?

What a huge disappointment. A mish-mash of borrowed ideas and weak plots, strung together and relying on association with Sir ACD's wonderful tales. This will be the only book I will have deleted from my library. Maxim Jakubowski should be ashamed.

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  • Dillon
  • 24-05-16

Honestly, not that great...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I won't be recommending this book to anyone I know. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love The Sherlock universe and I think Moriarty is one of literature's best antagonists. That being said, if you're like me, you might not like this book either.

One problem is that most of the authors write about the reichenbach falls, which means most of the stories contradict themselves in one way or another. Some stories he dies, some he lives, some he intends to go over, some he barely escapes with his life.

Next, some stories completely break from the genre. I really wasn't interested in hearing about Moriarty fighting an alien invasion or planning a caper with woodland creatures.

So if you buy this book, I hope you know what you're getting into, because I did not, and that's why I eventually had to return it.

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  • Stefan Filipovits
  • 29-12-17

More hits than misses

As this is an anthology book some stories work better than others. That said, this anthology of Professor Moriarty stories is at its worst mildly entertaining and at its best truly fun and utterly original. Different aspects of Moriarty like the finer points of his criminal empire, his true feelings about his nemesis, and why he is the way he is are explored. While I consider Kim Newman’s Moriarty novel THE definitive Moriarty novel (outside the Arthur Conan Doyle canon), this is a close second. I love a good villain, and there are few villains better than Moriarty so if you appreciate literary villainy and seeing your favorite characters outside their usual environment definitely give it a look.

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