When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled : Before Watson

  • by A. S. Croyle
  • Narrated by Cat Gould
  • Series: Before Watson
  • 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is Spring, 1874, and 20-year-old Sherlock Holmes is a lonely, mopey, friendless Oxford student. He attends classes and spends countless solitary hours conducting chemical experiments, reading, and playing his violin. Suddenly, his life changes because of a serendipitous moment on campus. While walking on the grounds of the university and practicing fencing moves with his foil, he encounters Victor Trevor and his sweetheart, Poppy Stamford, younger sister of the man who will one day introduce Sherlock to Dr. John Watson.
Having just attended the final rowing contest of Eights Week, Victor and Poppy are also walking with her bull terrier. When the dog decides he doesn't like the looks of Sherlock, he sinks his teeth into Sherlock's ankle. This dog bite incident becomes a life-changing event for all of them. Through his new friendship with Victor Trevor, and encouraged by Victor's father to use his genius for detective work, Sherlock discovers his uncanny abilities and a constellation of unfamiliar emotions as he and Poppy are thrust not only into a dangerous investigation into England's notorious baby-farming industry, but into the perilous realm of young romance. Be an eyewitness to the emergence of how Sherlock became the man and the legend we know today.

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An fanfic Sherlock Holmes before Watson

A fanfic novel about Sherlock Holmes before he met Watson. Sherlock is around 20 years old and less mature than we know him. The story focuses a lot around feminism and to be fair, I don't think women cared so much at the time, as the female main character of this book does. It's how things were at the time and women did what they could do under the circumstances.

Despite that the book had long, boring passages that could be left out (it could have been much shorter) it was a good mystery and filled with old-fashioned and good British humor. I laughed at times but also found myself not listening when it got too boring.

The narrator Cat Gould did an outstanding job with different voices and accents. I love a British voice, so she's become a favorite narrator of mine. She also nailed the humor of the book and performed very lively!

*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
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- Simona "Say something about yourself!"

Decent book, but not a great mystery

What made the experience of listening to When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled the most enjoyable?

I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. She did a good job with the different characters and was quite believable


Would you recommend When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled to your friends? Why or why not?

I could not get real excited about the book. I found it to be a bit boring, especially the first two to three hours. The author did approach the book with an interesting perspective which was kind of a fun process.


What does Cat Gould bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Personally, I feel that a quality narrator always makes a book better than simply reading it yourself. I thought Cat succeeded at doing that.


Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.

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- Todd Klipstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2016
  • Publisher: MX Publishing