• Observations by Gaslight

  • Stories from the World of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Dan Calley, Polly Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lyndsay Faye - international best seller, translated into 15 languages, and a two-time Edgar Award nominee - first appeared on the literary scene with Dust and Shadow, her now-classic novel pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper, and later produced The Whole Art of Detection, her widely acclaimed collection of traditional Watsonian tales. Now Faye is back with Observations by Gaslight, a thrilling volume of both new and previously published short stories and novellas narrated by those who knew the Great Detective.

Beloved adventuress Irene Adler teams up with her former adversary in a near-deadly inquiry into a room full of eerily stopped grandfather clocks. Learn of the case that cemented the lasting friendship between Holmes and Inspector Lestrade, and of the tragic crime that haunted the Yarder into joining the police force. And witness Stanley Hopkins' first meeting with the remote logician he idolizes, who will one day become his devoted mentor.  

From familiar faces like landlady Mrs. Hudson to minor characters like Lomax the sub-librarian, Observations by Gaslight - entirely epistolary, told through diaries, telegrams, and even grocery lists - paints a masterful portrait of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as you have never seen them before.

©2021 Lyndsay Faye (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Absolutely loved it!

Intellectual yet very human. Ms Faye has used many different viewpoints to deepen our relationship with Mr Holmes. She is different than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but in many ways better!

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just a treasure

this book is just a treasure. It is perfection in terms of content and performance. All sherlockianss everywhere should consume this book with glee. This will be a tremendous contribution to the unofficial canon. The author shows a deep and abiding love and care for all the characters. Anything by Lindsey fate is to be highly recommended.

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Twaddle

The narrator athletically enunciate every syllable such that it is exhausting to listen to

The story at least of the first episode is simply nonexistent I couldn’t continue with it

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Would not recommend

Overall the book was disappointing. The male narrator has a habit of ending every sentence with the same uplift of his voice in the same tone. It can be grating after awhile.
The author goes overboard with her use of adjectives and too often feels it necessary to describe every physical feature of the surroundings, Holmes etc. to the point of redundancy. This practice does not add to the story after awhile but rather detracts from it. Because if the above mentioned redundancy the stories take much longer than they need to. A lot of words, not much plot.
Henry Wiggins and Martha Hudson’s stories were fresh and added details not found in other Holmes pastiches. Irene Adler’s story, while interesting, had a mundane and unsatisfying plot and ending and was way too lengthy. The last story by Lorax was one I quit half way through. The book is ok but would not recommend it for the reader well acquainted with original Holmes stories and the myriad of excellent pastiches available on audible.

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Ms. Faye is the best

I loved her first two Holmes books and was so happy to hear this. Hope it’s not her last!

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