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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.
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By Question Everything on 11-06-16
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?
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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By G. Preston on 03-17-18
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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