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The Vatican Cameos

A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Narrated by: Nigel Peever
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

When the papal apartments are burgled in 1901, Sherlock Holmes is summoned to Rome by Pope Leo XII. After learning from the pontiff that several priceless cameos that could prove compromising to the church, and perhaps determine the future of the newly unified Italy, have been stolen, Holmes is asked to recover them.

In a parallel story, Michelangelo, the toast of Rome in 1501 after the unveiling of his Pieta, is commissioned by Pope Alexander VI, the last of the Borgia pontiffs, with creating the cameos that will bedevil Holmes and the papacy four centuries later.

For fans of Conan Doyle's immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, the great detective has never encountered an adversary quite like the one with whom he crosses swords in The Vatican Cameos.

©2016 Richard Ryan (P)2016 MX Publishing

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Lovely recreation

Would you listen to The Vatican Cameos again? Why?

If you know Sherlock Holmes best from the Cumberbatch TV series, you might be surprised to learn that the Holmes in Conan Doyle's books was a much better mannered gentlemen and his friendship with Watson is much more companionable and less tortured. Robert T Ryan captures Conan Doyle's voice and style very well, making this an enjoyable adventure, which like most SH novels, is essentially a short story with a long flashback to pad it out. Cleverly he runs the SH mystery and the flashback in parallel, cutting between them, which improves the pace enormously.

If you’ve listened to books by Richard T Ryan before, how does this one compare?

This is my first encounter with this author.

Which character – as performed by Nigel Peever – was your favourite?

Nigel Peever does an excellent job with all the characters but his standout is the infamous Pope Alexander Borgia, given a rich deep voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A mystery which will destroy the Vatican. Holmes will need to perform a miracle.

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  • Paignton
  • 07-09-19

great book

When the papal apartments are burgled in 1901, Sherlock Holmes is summoned to Rome by Pope Leo XII.
great book enjoyed it very much
Narrated by: Nigel Peever who brought everything to life

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  • Par5
  • 18-10-18

Sherlock Holmes and the Vatican cameos

Hey truly enjoyable story and exceptional narration which kept my interest all the way through. I hope Mandy take advantage of Mr. Ryan‘s Holmes and Watson‘s adventure. Extraordinary does Not do this piece justice.

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  • cary austin
  • 13-03-17

Excellent tale of "what if"

I Loved this story! Highly recommend it! The author does well with fictional History! Bravo!

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  • Question Everything
  • 06-11-16

Wow! Sherlock returns!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! I've read a lot of Sherlock Holmes and this book was true to Arthur Conan Doyle's style. The story was interesting in that it told two related stories alternating between them with each new chapter. Either story could stand on its own to keep you guessing their outcome. Together they made a robust and complex Sherlock Holmes mystery. The only thing that exceeded the quality of the story was the superiority of the narration. In all the audio books I've listened to, no narration was even close to the variety of voices, use of sound effects and overall production quality. This is truly the best audio book I've downloaded, and there have been many amazing ones I've downloaded..

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vatican Cameos?

Every time another character would show up and add to the complex obstacle course the artist had to traverse.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Michelangelo attended the ball.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I would just say if you enjoy the creative mind of Sherlock Holmes you'll certainly enjoy this audio book.

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  • Tiffany A Taliaferro
  • 25-10-16

Excellent entertainment

Honored to be the first to review! Magnificently written. Beautifully narrated.
Must add for your library!

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  • MaugerDStaunton
  • 25-08-19

The Game is afoot....again!

Sherlockians have found a new chronicler in Richard T. Ryan. Mr. Ryan captures the essence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his writing and has successfully taken on the voice of everyone's favorite detective companion Dr. Watson. Recognized by the Baker St. Irregulars for his story telling abilities, Mr. Ryan brings a new era to the tales of Sherlock Holmes and they begin in Italy. This twisting adventure will keep you riveted and interested to the last moment. This is a fantastic start to what I hope will be a long journey with the famed detective and his esteemed companion.

Nigel Peever brings a real style to this work, and it screams Sherlock Holmes. At first I was a bit taken aback by the sound effects, but it grew on me as I delved deeper into the story. Mr. Peever's presentation of Holmes and Watson was just what any fan would expect and is a true testament to his vocal thespianism. He takes a very good story and captures its vitality and presentation with his performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-19

Holmes and Watson in Rome

Could anything be more fun than Holmes and Watson solving a satisfying mystery set in the Vatican? I’m an artist and love to travel, so really enjoyed the skillfully introduced art history and travel adventures in both the 1901 and 1501 timelines. Ryan beautifully captures the voice and personalities of Holmes, Watson, Michelangelo, and popes Leo and Julius. The mystery was as compelling as the setting!

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  • Joshua J. Murphy
  • 27-08-18

Doesn’t come close to the original

As an avid Sherlockian follower, I’ve read and listened to the original Doyle’s dozens of times and this doesn’t really come close or do justice to Holmes or Watson. The story reminded me more of a dusty Dan Brown mystery than a Holmes story with all the back and forth every other chapter. Also, the author had Holmes give away all his secrets almost immediately taking much of the fun the originals provide away. Also, it there really isn’t this level of graphic sexual deviancy in the originals and it also takes away from the overall joy of a good Holmes adventure. They narrator also could use some work, I’m not sure what was worse, the bad Italian accents or making Holmes sound like he’s a bulldog with slobbery jowls whenever he speaks. All in all about 8 hours of my life I won’t get back, listen to the whole thing waiting for it to get better and it never did.

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  • Jason Young
  • 06-07-17

ok story, weird/akward performance choices

Story's not bad, though bifurcated narrative feels odd for a Sherlock Holmes story.
Weirdest Holmes voice I've ever heard. Sounds bizarrely low and menacing. Personally I really disliked it.

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  • J. Thomas
  • 23-12-16

Sherlock as Winston

If you can get over Nigel channeling Churchill and the over exaggerated Italian accents, you will enjoy a fairly interesting Holmesian panache.

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  • H. Byrd
  • 26-12-16

Did not find funny.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I was looking for something funny. Love Christopher Moore books, this was no match. Didn't make it 11 minutes before shutting off. Boyfriend agreed, and we are not snowflakes. We didn't find much funny.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

In less than 11 minutes, I didn't find any.

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