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The Case of the Damaged Detective

5-Minute Sherlock, Book 1
Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Carol Monda
Series: 5-Minute Sherlock, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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Summary

A mystery/road trip/buddy comedy/action adventure from the author of Second Hand Curses.

A dance club full of bodies. Cause of death - a mystery. The lone survivor - a man, raving like a lunatic, wearing only a deerstalker hat.  

Now, the man who calls himself Sherman Holmes is being studied like a lab rat by a top-secret government agency. How is it he can be barely clinging to reality one minute - yet be a seeming genius the next? Within his brain might just be the greatest scientific breakthrough of the millennium, if anyone can figure out how to access it.   

Enter the agent code named Watson.   

Once a rising star, a deadly betrayal sent him spiraling into uncertainty and paranoia. Now saddled with moving Sherman to a more-secure facility, he must prove he’s still up to the task. With enemies on their heels, a whole country to cross, and Sherman ranting in his ear, the job proves to be more of a challenge than Watson ever anticipated.   

With Watson’s experience and the bizarre insights of his own twisted mind, Sherman just might survive. But can Watson survive Sherman?

©2019 Andrew Hayes (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Paula Ryan
  • Mooresville, IN, United States
  • 14-07-19

Drew Hayes knocks another out of the park.

Another Drew Hayes hit. If you are a fan of the Sherlock Holmes genre and Drew Hayes you will love this.

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Drew does it again. Enjoyable buddy spy novel

Drew is one of my favourite authors and I’m always impressed with the variety of novels he writes.

The case of the damaged detective is a mix of buddy, road trip and odd couple mixed with a spy thriller. I’ve listened to this a couple if times now and it is still enjoyable after each listen

I enjoyed the mixture of humour and plot. The characters are engaging and the story interesting enough to keep me entertained. The narration is excellent with different voices for each character.

The ending set up future novels and I hope this happens.

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Theres A New Detective In Town

great story with flushed out characters that will make you feel emotionally invested, a brilliant listen and will deffinatly make you think twice about sparrows.

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Another brilliant one

Yet again Drew Hayes has released another brilliant entry into his collection. Well written, engaging and well performed, this was (hopefully) the start of another great series.

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  • C. White
  • 13-06-19

A fun mix of spy noire and giggles... 100% Drew!

I've been a Drew Hayes fan for several years now. I first discovered him with his wonderful "Superpowered" series (which I am a rabid fan of), and then progressed through his "Spells, Swords & Stelth" (which I thought was good), and finally to "Second Hand Curses" (which I loved). This entry into the pantheon of the Drew Hayes library is much closer in the vicinity of "Second Hand Curses" with more of that Spy Noire meets Douglas Adams kinda feel (and no... It's not Dirk Gently... it's far better). Maybe it's better discribed as Austin Powers meet Sherlock Holmes (regardless, I'm sure you get the idea). Drew has managed to take what could have been a gritty thriller and keep it fun, irreverent and creative, yet all the while grounded in a healthy dose of believability (ok... SOMEWHAT believability 😉). The writing is top notch and showcases Drew's continued mastery of writing well above the genre's norm. The creative, hilarious, and thesaurus enhanced comments and barbs sprinkled through out the story will undoubtably find their way into most reader's own personal library of cutting verbal banter. Given the quirky characters and a budding buddy relationship (along with the primary hook of the 5 minutes of inspired brilliance on the part of the main protagonist), Drew has managed to create what promises to be a long running series worth returning to again and again. Unlike with "Second Hand Curses", the narration of "The Case of the Damaged Detective" feels less like a radio drama production and more like a modern audiobook narration. Bottom line, Drew continues to expand his writing craft and adeptly explore new fictional genres that leaves readers thoroughly satisfied. Although there are a few bits that cause an eye roll or two (I have issues with the "mad scientist" trope In general), "The Case of the Damage Detective" is easily some his best work. ...and on a side note, I think Drew is on to something... Don't trust Sparows! 😉

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  • Joseph Gray
  • 16-06-19

I wish I could chain Drew to a desk and make him write for me 24/7... j/k... kind of...

I love other books and stories, but I wasn’t sure what I would think of this one. Sure enough another homerun! Is full of nonstop class, with good story and plot, and the good all around nonstop laugh out loud listen.

I was a little worried about the narration, as a lot of the audible originals have a bunch of extra sound effects that often drowned out the narrator and take away from the story more than they add to it. That was not the case with this audible original. The narrator did an amazing job, and I don’t see how it could possibly have been done better.

I highly recommend this book to pretty much everybody, I also recommend you check out some of the authors other works.

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  • Tony E.
  • 18-06-19

What a Wild Ride

There are starting to be two things Drew Hayes is known for. The first is incredible character development where the characters jump off the page and find a way into your life. Sherman and Watson are two well-rounded characters who you could imagine meeting while walking down the street. Sure, you'd say one of them was sort of an odd-ball, but they are very believable as humans. As he book develops, I grew to like these once throw-away blog post characters and hope they can get out of the dire straights they find themselves in.
The second thing Drew is becoming known for is taking a genre and turning it on its ear He's taken the superhero genre, LitRPG, supernatural vampire, a second swipe at superheroes, fairy tales, and now mysteries and made it his own. Sure, he uses some common tropes but those are stepping stones to get to a place where he is doing something completely different. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride from strangers to friends, all while learning some of the mystery of who is Sherman Holmes. Knowing Drew, there are many more secrets and twists coming in the books to come.

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  • Toni
  • 15-06-19

Absolutely Delightful

First of all, Scott Aiello's performance was flawless. Sherman and Watson truly come to life, and their interactions had me laughing out loud. And some parts, I cannot imagine how he was able to do a straight performance.

Of course, Drew Hayes has written another absolute gem. This story was so funny, the first time I've used my audible bookmarks. It was also intriguing and exciting as the pair dealt with each new obstacle, with a dose of heartfelt warmth bringing it all together. I can't wait to continue on this journey with Sherman and Watson.

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  • Ebkelly
  • 09-07-19

The Game Is Afoot!

A unique take on Holmes and Watson. Theres a good mystery to solve and Mr. Hayes does a good job of keeping the listener engaged in the story. The narrators have good variety of emotion to portray the story well. Looking forward to the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-19

My oh my.

The story is a wild, beautiful ride. Scott does an amazing job bringing the characters to life. Sherman Holmes is such an interesting character. I look forward to listening more.

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  • BikeVON
  • 08-07-19

Inspired witty and just plain fun!

This was one of the funniest stories ever. Drew Hayes did not disappoint his fans. He gives us the quirky character Sherman Holmes who has 5 minutes of astounding intelligence. His brain was deep fried through some experiment. Now the government and a nefarious organization want to dissect and study the wonders of his brain.

Agent 221, code name Watson (of course Holmes needs a Watson) is offered redemption from his last debacle assignment, to baby sit the quirky Holmes. It is his last chance to keep the job he loves. He and Holmes take a cross country car trip sightseeing and avoiding assassins. Holmes has a need for constant stimulation while Watson just wants the damn trip over.
Hit the road for the fun ride with Holmes and Watson. Enjoy the experiences of the 5 minutes of inspired brilliance which, Holmes uses to get the dual out of the trouble he caused.

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  • Tan
  • 08-07-19

Fun take on Sherlock Holmes!

While the idea of having an alternate take on the Sherlock Holmes mythos isn’t new (nor is the idea of a brain enhancing drug that only works for a limited period of time), The Case of the Damaged Detective is a fun and engaging ride all the way through. At the end of it I find myself hoping that Hayes will continue this as a longer series with multiple books— the characters are just so engaging that I’d happily revisit that world anytime.

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  • Alisa Jeffries
  • 08-07-19

I want more!

It was new. It was great! I love it. I want more adventures! I love their dynamic.

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  • A L BLAIR
  • 07-07-19

Another great Drew Hayes novel

My only complaint is that it was over too fast, I went through the entire thing in a day while working, it was easy to listen to, so I just kept going. Can't wait for more of the series.

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