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I absolutely loved Maurice LeBlanc’s first Arsene Lupin Book, “The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin,” so naturally I had to pick up the sequel! Plus, B. J. Harrison returns to continue his outstanding narration from the previous book!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle actually sued LeBlanc for putting Sherlock Holmes into this novel without his permission, but I’d forgive LeBlanc’s intellectual property theft since he is clearly a huge fan of the detective. Plus, Holmes scholars will recall that several stories make references to Holmes visiting France, so in my opinion this book should be considered canonical.
I’m not sure LeBlanc gets Holmes’ personally down perfectly, he certainly messes up Watson’s doting characterization, but it’s absolutely spectacular to watch the world’s greatest detective go up against the world’s greatest thief. This book feels like watching two Chess masters doing battle across an entire country. If that sounds interesting to you, you must check this one out. What more are you waiting for? Beyond highly recommended!
Is there anything you would change about this book?
In terms of the performance it was great. But the Sherlock Holmes... it pains me to listen somtimes. Holmes in this is a jerk. He aragonat, shallow, and a bully. Just not what I hoped from a writer who was a close contemporary of the original writing of Sherlock Holmes. Lupin barley shows up in this and is always very anoying except for the end of the blue diamond. The story also takes place in first person of Holmes. That ruins a lot of the observation and deduction aspects of Holmes which he is known for. If your a die hard fan of The True Sherlock Holmes (Not BBC crap or CBS's elementary or Robert Downey Jr) you probably won't like this for the Holmes aspect. Lupin himself is an awsome charecter and doesn't get the stage time like he should. Read the first one it's sooo much better.
If you’ve listened to books by Maurice Leblanc before, how does this one compare?
The first one read by B.J Harrison is awsome. This one not so much...
Which scene was your favorite?
The end of the blue diamond
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