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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling new adventure featuring literature’s favourite detective like you’ve never seen him before. The first in a series, Clockwork Sherlock follows ex-soldier Captain Jo Barnes. The mysterious VR detective singles her out as his own Dr Watson, but he’s about to find out she’s no fawning sidekick. 

When tech giant Robert Fairfield is found dead of a suspected drug overdose, fingers are pointed at the two women who stood most to gain from his death: his fiancée and leader of the New Ludds, Greta Blackstone, and Beth Fairchild, Robert’s ambitious daughter. But when Beth is found dead and the evidence shows she was killed before her father, the suspect is obvious. To everyone, that is, except Sherlock Holmes. 

Using futuristic tech and good, old-fashioned sleuthing, Captain Barnes and the famed detective set out to find the killer. With rooftop pursuits, gangland bosses and plenty of action - this listen is sure to appeal to fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Paul Cornell and Jim Butcher.

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Another excellent take on a Sherlock story

If you like Sherlock Holmes stories and you like futurist fiction, you will like this. I liked the characters and story very much. I thought the technology was believable. I only have one quibble and that's the narrator can't do an American accent very well. Most of the Americans sound the same even when they should have had completely different regional accents.

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A Very Pleasant Surprise for Sherlock Fans

Entered this skeptical...a futuristic story derived from the Holmes legend...but it's an excellent listen. And it takes a minute to get used to Shvorne Marks as a narrator but she is outstanding. The story moves quickly and the Sherlock references are well placed, not overdone. The ending has a great twist. This is a story you plan to listen to for 30 minutes at a time but spend hours.

Hope Audible makes sequels to Clockwork Sherlock!

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Clockwork Sherlock is such a fascinating story

I hope that sequels will be published. The universe feels real, timeless. Sherlock Holmes and... Augmented Reality, and AI? Highly recommended.

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Unexpected

The story is brilliant and riveting. The performance is outstanding. one of my best listens ever!

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Great writing, interesting characters, twisty plot

Loved this story. There was some violence in it, but the writing managed to keep it at the "newspaper article" level without going into detail to describe gore with relish - so the story managed to continue on without dipping into horror. There were bits of humor scattered through the book, and that's a bonus but the best part is the tight writing and interesting twists and turns. It's an intelligent story, the use of tech is interesting. The narrator was a perfect choice for this character. I hope this is book one of a series.

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  • 07-29-20

Full marks...

It has been quite some time since a book has ticked all my somewhat nerdy boxes. I am an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, but also enjoy a bit of sci-fy too. This book has been the absolute best recommended by Audible book for a long time - spot on!

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  • RichardHp21
  • 08-01-20

Conan Doyle / sci fantasy

This came as a suggestion while working through The complete Sherlock Holmes narrated by Stephen Fry (brilliant) and is a very good listen.
A good story and pays homage to Doyle's characters and writing plus including a compelling sub story.
I will be looking out for others in the series and by the author.

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  • Amy
  • 04-06-21

Illiterate narrator ruins perfectly good book

You’re an actor. You get offered a job narrating an audiobook. You have a quick glance through it the night before (no need to actually READ the thing, right?) Well, there are some words in there you’ve never seen before and don’t know how to pronounce but, hey, let’s just wing it! No one’s going to notice, right? And these longish sentences with the commas in? Nah, it’ll be fine. Just plough on through, putting the stresses and the pauses in any old place.

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  • Imola
  • 10-16-20

Quite enjoyed it

As a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories , film/tv adaptations and also sci-fi I didn't know what to expect but it was surprisingly enjoyable. i didn't read the description because i like to be surprised.
Would recommend for someone who likes a thriller, a murderer mistery with a bit of science fiction. the sci-fi part was not overly complicated that you don't know what's going on, it was cleverly built and explained when needed which resulted in an immersive world building experience. I liked the story and the elements of humour. I chose this book blindly knowing nothing about it, the protagonist is not Sherlock Holmes which put me off at first but i gave it a chance and I'm glad i did. It's a fun listen. I has two twists which i appreciated and a satisfying conclusion.
Narrator was good, accents were also ok but i can't really judge, I'm not a native English speaker. 4/5 because it's not the most amazing thing I've ever read/listened to but still pretty good.

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  • 08-05-20

Terrible narration

I generally try and stick with something until at least halfway but gave up after 3 chapters. The monotone narration is just awful.

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  • the-leveller
  • 08-01-20

definitely not another Ben Aaronovitch

struggled with the whingy quality of the storyline, particularly in the first few chapters. I did finish the book but it was more out of sheer bloody mindedness than because I was gripped by the plot.

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  • Olivia Muldowney
  • 10-14-20

Very enjoyable

Really enjoyed Clockwork Sherlock once I got my head around the VR concept! Well worth a read if you’re into ‘who done it’ stories!

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  • LSD
  • 07-29-21

took a while

im a sherlock fan so wasn't sure what to expect. it took a while to get into it. in fact I started over twice as its not the sort of book I'd normally listen to, but it was worth it! now just need to find the next one!

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  • Tod Werewolf
  • 09-12-21

The Game is Afoot

A very original story that is both gripping and fun. Most people will have worked out who Clockwork Sherlock is in very short time. But the rest of the story is very interesting, with red herrings and twisted clues. Well worth the credit and my valuable time. Recommended 5*

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  • Susan
  • 03-28-21

Very enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although I found it a bit difficult to start with. For want of a better word, it’s a bit uneven, but stick with it. It’s an interesting take on a near future Britain, mainly London, with enough nods to the original Sherlock Holmes to justify the title and to keep me happy. It’s a satisfying mystery, all the clues are there, and I did guess the identities of the killer, the threat, and Clockwork Sherlock himself, which made me feel very smug. I am hoping that there will be a sequel!

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