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I have always enjoyed the original Sherlock Holmes stories. The pastiches not so much. Usually the author goes overboard to be faithful or makes the story ridiculous trying for laughs. I am not a Holmes purist, Basil Rathbone is still my favorite Holmes, regardless of the movie plots.
This book was excellent! The Holmes character has some of the edges smoothed yet not so one wouldn't recognize him. Watson is thoughtful and decisive. The Lestrade character is perfect, though this one might be the one least like the stories. The crime to be solved is one of the most well known in history. There is plenty of tension as Holmes comes up with a very plausible solution.
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I loved this audio book. It was a perfect example in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes. Certain facts of the Ripper killings were blended seamlessly in a Sherlock Holmes style novel.
Simon Vance as narrator was superb. He sounded like Sherlock, and like Dr. Watson and didn't do bad women's voices. Great regional accents.
You won't regret listening to this...you will think you are listening to Sherlock and Dr. Watson in person.
30 of 31 people found this review helpful
If Arthur Conan-Doyle had written a further Holmes novel this would be it! Atmospheric, tense and glorying in every detail beloved of followers of Holmes and Watson. Like a London particular the nuances of all that makes Holmes the master detective swirl around the reader and draw you in to the London of the 1880's. The plot is deep and although covering ground well known to students of 19th Century criminology Lyndsay Faye triumphantly holds the attention from beginning to end. My most enjoyable historical novel for a long time I only hope that further tales are forthcoming.
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What did you like most about Dust and Shadow?
The story was absolutely fascinating, obviously well researched and based on many true facts from the Ripper case (post mortems, eye witnesses, police reports etc.) Above all, the ending was all too plausible. Loved it!
What other book might you compare Dust and Shadow to, and why?
There are other books (and films, games etc.) that pit Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper, but without a doubt this is best story I've ever heard. I was gripped from beginning to end.
What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The reading by Simon Vance was perfection. It didn't take me long to forget that there was just one reader, as he seemed to fully round out each character, both male and female.
Any additional comments?
I have already listened to this twice and fully intend to listen to it again! Can't recommend it high enough.
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