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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Superb prequel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone - for those who know and love Sherlock that we have read through the years and for those who like a great audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way Poppy held her own with, and at times surpassed, Sherlock with her knowledge.

Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

Poppy - both "then and now"

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The logic of passion

Any additional comments?

This is another audiobook that I will listen to repeatedly. I enjoyed the weaving of other works that I have read in the past and is a great companion with Laurie R. King's stories with Sherlock post-London. The human side of Sherlock.

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- Bethany "I love the multiple dimensions that books offer as a place to dwell for moments or the end of time."

Sherlock Mystery with a bit of romance!

What did you like best about this story?

Great mix of character, mystery and real historical events woven together with a romantic tension that really held the story together

Which character – as performed by Cat Gould – was your favorite?

Poppy as a young woman and as an old lady was well done, all of the characters were unique and identifiable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Simone "Love mysteries, historical fiction and well written romance with plot twists and strong characters"

Book Details

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