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Publisher's Summary

In a sensational follow-up to Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, a brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon.

For the Sake of the Game is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times best-selling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: Ask some of the world's greatest writers-regardless of genre - to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.

The results are surprising and joyous. Some tales are pastiches, featuring the recognizable figures of Holmes and Watson; others step away in time or place to describe characters and stories influenced by the Holmes world. Some of the authors spin whimsical tales of fancy; others tell hardcore thrillers or puzzling mysteries. One beloved author writes a song; two others craft a melancholy tale of insectoid analysis.

This is not a volume for listeners who crave a steady diet of stories about Holmes and Watson on Baker Street. Rather, it is for the generations of people who were themselves inspired by the classic tales, and who are prepared to let their imaginations roam freely.

Features stories by Peter S. Beagle, Rhys Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Alan Gordon, Gregg Hurwitz, Toni L. P. Kelner, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, Harley Jane Kozak, D. P. Lyle, Weston Ochse, Zoe Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and F. Paul Wilson

Full cast of narrators: Grover Gardner, Simon Vance, Derek Perkins, Julie McKay, James Langton, Marisa Calin, Ralph Lister, Suzanne Elise Freeman, James Patrick Cronin, Andrew Eiden, Scott Brick, Emily Sutton-Smith, Keith Szarabajka, and Justine Eyre.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Peter S. Beagle, Rhys Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Alan Gordon, Gregg Hurwitz, Toni L. P. Kelner, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, Harley Jane Kozak, D. P. Lyle, Weston Ochse, Zoe Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and F. Paul Wilson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Very fun stories, variety

I'm usually very picky about stories that feature Sherlock, I listened to this for free with the launch of Audible Plus and I'm glad I gave it a chance.

The description is accurate; this is not a collection of Sherlock and Watson adventures. More like some additional scopes to add to the imagination from many points of view, over many different spans of time and either featuring the main characters or just references to them. I really really enjoyed some of these and will probably buy the collection to keep forever because of them. There were none I disliked but I would have had trouble with some if my expectations were aligned with anticipation for something more traditionally Holmes in every single story.

Overall, great narration, fun stories, a good listen if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan.

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Stories were uninteresting and un "Holmes".

There were some fine moments in these stories but as a whole they were uninteresting and very unlike Holmes. Narration was hit and miss. Seeing Laurie R. King's name associated with this book I expected much more.

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Enjoyed it a lot

Enjoyed the stories and the interpretations of Holmes. Some of my favorite narrators and a few to look up and hear more from. Great listen

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Don’t bother

I generally LOVE spin-off Sherlock Holmes “fan fiction”... but this collection of short stories was very very disappointing. I forced myself to listen to the entire collection, hoping things would improve.. but alas it didn’t happen. Don’t waste your credits or time on this one.

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Falls Short

A compilation of short stories with a Sherlock Holmes themed. Either in his original era or the present. Some even a rewrite of the original each trying to leverage the Sherlock fame. A few were actually interested and intriguing others were a struggle to listen and one so just had to skip all together because all the author could write was profanity. I’m glad I didn’t pay for this.

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Enjoyable

I enjoyed these stories. Of course you need to have read the original Conan Doyle first. But these stories give an alternate ending to many of my favorites. I will definitely listen again.

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Splendid

Great listen while gardening and spring cleaning. A bit of fresh air with the bending of the usual Holmes tales. Appreciated the lack of drug storylines - that have become almost central to recent SH books. I got it, I get it - thanks for moving on.

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Short stories for Holmes fans!

For me, perfect bedtime reading! Stories are concise, smart and imaginative. Obviously written by Holmes fans FOR Holmes fans!

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Disappointing

A couple of the stories were mildly interesting. Three narrators did a good job. Mostly not worth your time.

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Heavy on Holmesian Inspired and Fantasy

For the Sake of the Game is an okay collection of mostly Holmesian inspired fanwork (stories mentioning Holmes/Holmesian canon or that make use of the canon's archetypes), and there were a lot of stories in the fantasy genre. The only ones I really liked were The Walk-In (a Holmesian inspired work revolving around the MC's missing sibling), The Case of the Missing Case (a fanwork set early in canon Holmes's career that explains where he learned his acting/disguises, where he got his Stradivarius from and, crucially, that the law does not automatically equate with justice), The Adventure of the Six Sherlocks (a Holmesian inspired murder mystery set at a Sherlock Holmes convention), and Tough Guy Ballet (a Holmesian inspired fantasy about body-possessing beings that I think are meant to represent demons and angels). Of the rest, the only one I really didn't like was The Case of the Naked Butterfly for a variety of reasons (turning the characters into insects was...weird but not untenable; the dealbreakers were the necklace plotline of contrived coincidences and the artwork that was very dark, cramped, and difficult to read). Overall, I'd say the collection is okay, though it's not a collection that I would reread (possibly just the ones I liked, if any at all) or recommend to anyone, and especially not to anyone looking for more traditional Holmesian fanwork.

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Some good, same bad, and the rest okay

Some good, some bad, and the rest okay - as is generally the case in such an anthology

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