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Publisher's Summary

London 1900 and Sherlock Holmes finds himself investigating a string of murders that have one common thread -- each of them recalls one of his earlier cases. Has that great mind finally cracked - Watson wonders - and how is all this connected to Britain's latest secret weapon and the doings of the enigmatic Graf von Bork and the mysterious Society for Anglo-German Solidarity?
©1997 Barry Day (P)2006 One Voice Recordings

Critic Reviews

"The most incredible one-person audio you have heard. Has to be heard to be believed. David Ian Davies creates theatre in a book." (Charles Prepolec, one of the most respected Sherlockians)

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The Game's A-Fleet

I found it almost impossible to listen to this book due to the bizarre narration (or, perhaps, the bizarre editing of the narration). Although the narrator voices Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes as if they were effeminate upper class British twits (not that there is anything wrong with that), I was able to overcome my expectation that they should sound like Basil Rathbone or Simon Vance. But I was unable to focus on the story because of the odd pacing – there were virtually no pauses at the end of the sentences, between paragraphs, and between one character and another. Watson narrated the story with run-on sentences and one character's voice would jump on the previous character sentence with virtually no break. The entire effect was like listening to a 10-year-old returning from his first amusement park breathlessly describing the rides.

I reduced the narration speed to .9, which helped a bit because it slowed down the pell-mell narration. But it couldn't cure the lack of pauses between sentences.

I can't account for the impossible pacing ... unless in post-production, they digitally set the time for pauses to be no different between a sentence or paragraph or another character's voice. I hesitate to blame the narrator because no one is capable of talking like that.

I don't have an opinion on the story because the narration was so distracting. I suppose my opinion is no different than asking that 10-year-old what he thought of the landscaping in the amusement park when he was hurling down the roller coaster.

Please, please listen to the sample before committing yourself to the book. if the breathing space (or lack thereof) is acceptable to you, and if you don't mind Sherlock and Mycroft sounding like pre-pubescent, pre-Eton public school students, the book may be for you.


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Too Obvious

What did you like best about Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders? What did you like least?

I the narrator voices I found quite polished. While not English myself I have both English family and friends who are Londoners and thought the accents were fine. His skills were the most impressive part of the show.


The story foreshadowing was so heavy handed even the good inspector would have know what was going on from the first 10 mins much less Mycroft or Watson.


Has Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all into every life etc....

Which scene was your favorite?

No scene but the voices of Sherlock (think Peter Cushing) and Watson were very good if not expected.

Could you see Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not without complete rewrite.

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C+ Version of Sherlock

Not my #1 choice mostly due to the horrible accents, but better than some of the others.

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Slowed the Speed

I generally like Mr Davies voice and rapid delivery, but for Holmes and especiallyWatson, it was too much. I slowed the audio speed to .9 and it was so much better.

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Couldn’t make it thru the narration

Sherlock’s voice is annoying and has a strange rhythm with pauses at odd places, Watson’s is a la Nigel Bruce…but sounds less intelligent. The sound is not mixed well…as if it were recording on a phone. I just couldn’t make it thru the book so I really can’t critique the story itself….

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Good pastiche overall

David Ian Davies, and his uncanny ability to sound like Nigel Bruce, lifts this pastiche to a higher level than I would have most likely rated it. The book itself is almost two books loosely stitched together, and that is its weakness. The first half is a wonderful nod to previous Holmes cases. If it had stopped before the whole section dealing with a journalism conclave in the far north had begun, it would have been nearly perfect. I enjoy Barry Day's work. In this case he just packed too much into a small box and was not as succesful as he could have been. PS The Buchen references were wonderful.

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Not for me

playwrights are not my thing. the story started out well but then lost interest after the killer was revealed. not a big fan of the performers either especially Holmes.

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Well Done Classic

The flavor of the characters and the classic stories We're done very well.. I thoroughly enjoyed

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Disappointing.

I did not like the narrator. It was difficult to listen to him. All in all it was a waste of time.

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Recording is corrupt

This recording continued to recycle back to previous chapters. It continued on and off all the way through the program

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  • Ross
  • 01-08-13

Interesting story but Poor production

The story itself was an interesting concept which was spoilt by poor production. The narration at times seemed unbelievable fast, barely pausing between sentences or chapters. There were also several instances of cringe worthy "effects" or simulated laughter which were in themselves just amusing. My main bug bear with this audiobook was the random pauses of 3 or 4 seconds that seemed to occur during the dialog.

If available as a book buy that instead of this audiobook.

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  • TONYW456
  • 08-13-15

not the best but definitely not the worst

Watson could never be that stupid well performed though well worth a listen.may annoy some Sherlock Holmes fans.

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  • David Richards
  • 02-02-22

Utter bilge

Sir Arthur would have thrown this story away.
Pretentious and obvious. I only listened to the end as it’s hard to look away from a car crash

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  • Gary B
  • 01-22-22

Unlistenable

It’s jarring to hear such an awful recording. Whilst the narrator clearly has ability, the cut and edit and patching of the narration is unlistenable. How is the story? Sadly I have no idea. It may as well be in Swahili or sand-script.

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  • entrandoaleapacio
  • 01-18-22

Worst Sherlock ever

I’m a fan of Sherlock and Watson, and have heard different performances over the years as shown in my Audible records. Some better than others, but this is definitely the worst I’ve ever heard. The voices seems forced and, worst of all the narrator reads without pauses… to be honest difficult to follow and (to me) annoying.

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  • Nick McCormack
  • 12-14-21

Pronunciation.

This was spoiled by the narrator's terrible pronunciation of many words, ie Buchan as "Boochun".

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  • V. J. Hepden
  • 10-01-21

Good story but

Good story and narrator tries hard, his voices are fun but his disjointed reading lets him down

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  • Mrs
  • 09-17-21

Speed reading

This bloke reads like he's got a bus to catch, and fills the Yorkshire Moors with Irish people, the story is pretty good but the reading is abysmal.

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  • Angela Forster
  • 09-09-21

Copycat murder

Read far to quickly with no pauses between words, sentences and even paragraphs. Made the listener feel exhausted.

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  • Greg Day
  • 06-24-22

wonderful

I loved the story and the narrator had a very engaging style. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

Story spoiled by the narration.

The halting and stilted narration makes it hard to listen to. Seems like the narrator can only read 3-6 words before taking a breath or pausing the recording. An upturned end to every sentence is out of character with the book.
The fact it is being read is too obvious.

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