They called her Lady Stewart when she was married to a British aristocrat. They called her Miss Cora when she ran a brothel in Florida. But she called herself Mrs. Crane when she asked Sherlock Holmes to locate her common-law husband, writer Stephen Crane, who'd gone missing in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. In their attempt to fulfil the lady's request, Holmes and Watson encounter a world of celebrity authors, terrorist bombings, and haunted manor houses. But it is only when Stephen Crane falls victim to a notorious blackmailer that the master detective and his partner find themselves face-to-face with cold-blooded murder. Under darkened skies, a solitary apparition stood brightly illuminated on the ship's gloomy deck. Or so it seemed. Cloaked in a long white raincoat - the same gleaming duster he'd worn in the face of Spanish gunfire at San Juan Heights - Stephen Crane looked for all the world like the ghost so many people thought he'd already become.
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Pretty Good Story, Great Performance
I would recommend this book, with reservations. The story is pretty good, and the style is close to Doyle's. However, it does become repetitive after a point (if one more character ejaculates instead of any other verb, I may lose my mind).
Probably not. This one dragged after a bit and I became bored with it.
Carling was amazing. When one character switch to another, the transition was seamless and obvious. There was never any confusion about which was speaking. The accents were consistent throughout, and the style was engaging. I would definitely listen to other books with this narrator. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks over the 12 years I've been a member of Audible, and I rank Ben Carling among the top three.
- J. D. Chesley
Get lost in the story....
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys an authentically told tale written and narrated in such a way as to allow the listening to become immersed in a fascinating world described with detail and emotion as if one were somehow involved. This ladies and gentlemen, is how a story should told.
I can't. Yet.
So far, Cora.
Very much so.
Astounding that one person could comprise each voice with such distinction and authenticity. It brings the listener into a world in which the story takes on a level of detail that could well have previously been outside the scope of merely reading to ones self. Mr. Carling does a phenomenal job! Just a few chapters remain. Can't wait!
- Vanyathe sniper