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  • Raffles: The Gentleman Thief

  • Raffles, Book 1
  • By: Richard Foreman
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (178 ratings)

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Raffles: The Gentleman Thief

By: Richard Foreman
Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde
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Summary

Raffles, the famous cricketer and amateur cracksman, is back in an original adventure.

Harry "Bunny" Manders, Raffles' biographer and accomplice, recounts the tale of the time they broke into the bookshop Hatchard's of Piccadilly. Their mission? To steal a letter, formally owned by one Rene d'Aramis, which if published could compromise a prominent member of the government. Yet even more intriguing than their employment is their employer - a certain Mr Sherlock Holmes of 221b Baker Street. How will the master criminal fare against the legendary detective?

In this stunning re-creation of the classic Raffles stories, Richard Foreman brings one of the most famous characters in literature vividly back to life.

©2012 Richard Foreman (P)2014 Audible Studios

Critic reviews

"A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return; new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!" (David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries)

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  • 03-01-22

Too on the nose

Firstly let me say this is a review of the story not the performance which was excellent. Never try to 're-create' great works, the story is paper thin, and his constant celebrity spotting or author bashing feels like a piece in a celebrity magazine. I love the original but this just tries too hard.

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decidedly average

adequate but unremarkable, narrator is no Anthony valentine plot was too simplistic to hold my full interest

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A good book

The narrative was very good and easy to listen to.
The story was good but a little thin , I kept expecting a big event to happen. I dont want to spoil the story so I will be vague, how did the journalist know what Raffels was upto ? what if anything was the significance of the clumsy waiter ? ( was it SH )

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A lighthearted yarn

A witty little tale of adventure with a cameo from the great Sheock Holmes. The narrator captures quintessential London near the turn of the century, as seen through the eyes of a gentleman theif's accomplice.

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Pale Imitation

People always try to continue characters and stories written by authors long past. It never works because they don't know the character as the true author does. They can't quite recreate the writing style and the modernity of the current author is always laid upon the narrative. my advice is to not buy this or listen to this or read this. Stick to the true author. On a positive note, the performance was very good and I would listen to him if he did the original stories.

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Excellent audiobook perfectly arranged. loved it.

Excellent story by Richard Foreman. perfectly narrated and delivered by Jeremy Clyde. Thank you audible, l look forward to listening to more.

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  • 15-09-21

A wonderful homage to the original stories and characters

The narration, plot and understanding of the original characters were superb; first class, in fact! Highly and thoroughly recommend to fans of Holmes or Raffles, or indeed, any fans of a ripping yarn!