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The Cotswolds Werewolf and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes

Narrated by: Nigel Peever
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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Summary

Someone is killing sheep in the Cotswolds. Or something. As Holmes and Watson arrive in the tranquility of a little village of shepherds and farmers to enjoy a few restful days in the idyllic countryside, strange things start to occur. While Holmes locks himself in his hotel room, consumed by depression, Watson is left to explore the surroundings on his own, acquainting himself with both the local shepherding community, the eccentric vicar, and the local folklore concerning a mysterious werewolf.

It isn't long before the murderer directs his attention to other prey than sheep, and Holmes is forced out of his ennui into a world of fog-enshrouded moors, wild men, pitchforks, and a big bad wolf.

This volume also includes four shorter stories in the vein of Conan Doyle: "The Adventure of the Velvet Lampshade", "The Adventure of the Missing Mudlark", "The Adventure of the Forking Paths", and "The Adventure of the One-Armed Pugilist".

©2014 Peter Andersson (P)2016 MX Publishing

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An excellent homage

Anderson gets Conan Doyle's authorial voice extremely well. Ironically the title story is probably also the weakest, pushing credulity a bit too far. But the other stories in the collection are excellent little puzzles.
Nigel Peever's reading is wonderful. He has a lovely storytelling timbre to his voice and brings to life a wide variety of supporting characters. Holmes himself has more than a little of actor Tom Baker about him, a good choice since Baker has played Holmes twice.
I've enjoyed this book a good deal.

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  • Kate
  • Audiobook Blogger. Linktr.ee/MLHearingThings. Follow @MLHearingThings on Twitter, FB, Instagram, & Goodreads.
  • 09-12-18

New adventures for our favourite detective...

The Cotswolds Werewolf and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of stories inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest characters. The first 9 chapters (8 book chapters, but 9 ‘audible’ chapters) contain the main story, The Cotswolds Werewolf, with an assortment of shorter tales following it.

As someone who lives in the town where ACD is said to have created his famous detective, I love a good Sherlock story, and have heard many reinventions at our annual HolmesFest. Yet I am always nervous that they will not be true enough to such familiar characters, and will pale in comparison with the originals. This collection allayed my fears within the first few chapters, as it was a fairly convincing Holmes and Watson mystery with a nicely paced plot and enough twists, turns, and gothic horror to feel reasonably authentic. It borrowed a lot of imagery from The Hound of the Baskervilles, but not so much that it felt like a ‘rip off’.

Nigel Peever's narration was also excellent. He was engaging throughout and his lively characterisation made the story a pleasure to listen to. My favourite thing about the whole book was the voice he chose for his portrayal of Holmes, as he sounded like Tom Baker. The image of a Doctor-Who-era Baker as Sherlock Holmes enriched it greatly, and brought an element of fun to a great production.

The only element I felt was distracting was the overuse of the echoey sound effect that was applied to far more of the audio than it really needed to be, as it did pull me out of the story at times, but that is a relatively minor complaint, all things considered.

I’m looking forward to hearing more from Peter K. Andersson, especially in conjunction with the same narrator. They made a great team, and I’d really recommend it to anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes and longs for a few new adventures from our favourite, flawed detective and his loyal aide.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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well read, great book, a little fuzzy.

well read, great book, a little fuzzy, but nonetheless, a Greta listen and the reader does an amazing job of staying clear.

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Great Sherlock Holmes audiobook

Would you listen to The Cotswolds Werewolf and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

The audiobook hits all the right notes, it's a truly Hound of the Baskervilles adventure as Holmes and Watson are embroiled in the mysterious appearance of a Werewolf in a village community of local Shepherds etc. What makes it extra special is the narration which is full of very well defined characters performed by a very versatile Narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the narration and all the sound effects, which made this audiobook more like a full cast drama. Watson and Holmes are well characterised. Holmes in particular is truly enigmatic and powerfully performed. The strength of the vocal characterisation portrays the enigma that is Holmes.

What does Nigel Peever bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mr Peever is an actor Narrator, sometimes narrators have the most wonderful voices that are just a pleasure to hear them read, great for falling asleep too. Mr Peever performs the script, great for driving.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was exciting and the tale of the journey by ship that is related is a hammer film in itself.

Any additional comments?

Well worth listening too.

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Sherlock at its best

Where does The Cotswolds Werewolf and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5

What did you like best about this story?

Well performed and cliff hangers to keep you hooked

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time I could have done!

Any additional comments?

A brilliant book and will look out for others in the series

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Do yourself a favor and set fire to your money

Give this one a miss. Miscast, awful production, sounded like Holmes had a pickled egg in his mouth. Being a great fan of Sherlock Holmes stories I was so disappointed!

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  • Shannon G
  • 15-03-19

I've Heard Worse

This collection of short stories falls a little short for me. Mr. Andersson almost captures the essence of Holmes and maybe with a bit more work he'll make it. The narration was excellently done. Nigel Peever once again brings an audio book to life for the listener. I love when a narrator gives the characters their own unique voices and emotions. Not a bad listen but there are better out there.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • OAGallups
  • 21-04-17

A great group of Sherlock Holmes stories

I really like this book. I especially like one of the stories, "The Adventure of the One-Armed Pugilist".

While I love this book, I don't "love" the Audible narration of the book. The voice for Sherlock Holmes is difficult to understand and unpleasant.

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  • JOHN
  • 04-12-16

NARRATION IS ABISMAL, STORY IS NOT TO BAD BUT THE DELIVERY IS HORRIBLE

SAVE YOUR $$$$ OR CREDIT, COULD HAVE VERY GOOD READ IF NOT FOR NARRATION. THE VOICE OF SHERLOCK WAS THE WORST.

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