Narrator David Robb valiantly strives to breathe life into this pedantic and dull Sherlock Holmes novel. The story is filled with exposition and digressions and becomes more of an opportunity to expound on forgery and anti-Semitism than a chance to revisit the joys of time spent with the timeless detective. There is a disappointing one- dimensionality in the characters of Holmes and Watson that even a talented actor like Robb cannot resuscitate. Listeners will realize quickly that the blending of historical fact with the world's most beloved detective doesn't work despite the timeliness and importance of the theme. The interview with Meyer is by far the most interesting part of this audiobook, conveying far more enthusiasm for Holmes than is apparent in the novel itself. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2020]
Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2019
CD ISBN 9781250242488 $39.99 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9781250242471 $19.99
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