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  • Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon

  • By: James Lovegrove
  • Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (527 ratings)

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Summary

The new Sherlock Holmes novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Age of Odin and Firefly: Big Damn Hero.

It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty - is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.

Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick’s calling card....

Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound of mind, but it seems that something - or someone - is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realize that no one is beyond suspicion.

©2019 James Lovegrove (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Brilliant!

It is wonderful to hear more of Holmes and Watson. The style is on a par with the original. The narrator was perfect and did not rush through the reading. Every single word was read with the pedantic attention to detail that one would expect of Watson and I loved it. Warm and comforting listen, whilst also exciting and stimulating. Thanks to both James Lovegrove, and Dennis Kleinman.

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Good tale but let down by the narration

Central to this story is a Yorkshire accent. The narrator though good at his craft was unable to produce those accents an in places mispronounced words.

Once you spot a thing like that you become a sensitive to it - maybe I have been too harsh but the experience would have been enhanced significantly had it been voiced well.

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Fantastic story

Fantastic story, full of twists and turns. The thing that distracted me was the narration. I come from East Yorkshire and found the narator's attempts at the accent way off the mark. In fact he seemed to roam around the British Isles, even when voicing the same character.

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Ripping yarn indeed.

Excellent narration of an excellent plot. A tale of deception, murder and intrigue. Definitely one for the sherlock Holmes fans indeed.

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Crime against accents

The narrator gave up on making any kind of identifiable accent by chapter 3. An unlistenable mangled word salad, chewing every word and spitting out some very weird sounds that as a native English speaker are truly bizarre. If there is an award for the worst attempt at an accent this would be a gold star award winner. Can’t speak to the story, word noises were too distracting.

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Perfect bedtime listening

Well constructed story but rather predictable in places. The narrator has a wonderful soothing voice when being himself or Holmes but some of the Yorkshire accents sounded Irish and the way he pronounced some words was odd.

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Sir Arthur would be impressed !

Having read all the Conan Doyle/ Sherlock Holmes stories, I was impressed with the originality of this tale. The reading was pure Holmes/Watson rhetoric. very well done sir.

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pretty good 👍

enjoyed this, the author is good at conan doyles style...it may be a little bit predictable if you know the Canon well. However it was good and the narration is spot on.

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Terrible accents and some poor pronunciation

This a a great story and the reader has a good voice and tone, but this book is set in Yorkshire and he can’t do a Yorkshire accent to save his life. The accent veers from Wales to Scotland, Ireland and Devon but never gets anywhere near Yorkshire! Surely when hiring an actor for a book like this you’d check out the accent!

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it was all going so well until...

It's always a risk writing about a past you don't know and haven’t experienced and unless you do meticulous research mistakes will happen. In this book the most glaring one is the fact that Goforth could not have had a "radiant" cut diamond necklace as that particular diamond cut wasn’t invented until 1976! The narration also left something to be desired with the performer adopting a rather peculiar take on a Yorkshire accent and then forgetting which characters should have that accent and which should not. I gave up at the "radiant" faux pas!

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  • kevin connolly
  • 11-07-21

Jolly Good Time

Great author with a brilliant narrator made this happen.
Thank you to both for keeping Sherlock & Watson alive.

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  • Paul Spickard
  • 29-10-21

Holmes is Back!

I have listened to three of James Lovegroves Sherlock Holmes books now and have yet to guess the ending. Witty and ingenious writing for a beloved character deserving only of the best authors attention.

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  • Bryan Flicek
  • 26-09-21

There couldn't be a more perfect narrator.

First the story is wonderful. I've listened to all of Lovegrove's Holmes pastiches and this is probably the most Conan Doyle like. So many authors try to make their own mark on Holmes and it ends up taking away from what made him so great. This story doesn't do that. Watson especially is a character various authors tend to be
indulgent with. In this story he is much like he was in the originals. A stolid bulldog of a man who would do anything for Holmes.

The narrator is even better. I could listen to Dennis Kleinman read anything but he is especially perfect for Holmes. He imbues Holmes with a kind of erratic energy that just seems to fit. Something about his tone carries a dry wit in what may otherwise be a seemingly normal conversation between characters.
Overall a wonderful book that does exactly what it sets out to do.

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  • glen chapman
  • 26-08-22

yeah

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  • anon
  • 26-08-22

Not Doyle but Good Enough

If you're a die-hard Sherlock fan, you won't find this measures up, but it's not the worst derivative I've read. I enjoyed it, even though one can't help comparing it to the originals. I'm sure there's more money in keeping the Holmes and Watson characters than in naming them something else, otherwise why do so many do it? So if you can get past its imperfect portrayal of the classic characters, you'll probably enjoy listening. Narrator did a good job too.

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  • jmf552
  • 20-08-22

Real Holmes fans should avoid

I am a huge Holmes fan. I have read all of the Conan Doyle books multiple times. This was my second try with Lovegrove. The first was a disaster, but I thought I would give him the benefit of the doubt and try another. This one is bad also. The main character is more like a parody of Holmes, but it is not Holmes. The plot is disjointed and ludicrous. It was not a good listen and I could not finish it.

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  • birdchild
  • 29-07-22

Festively entertaining

well narrated Sherlok Holmes mystery that maybe didn't keep me guessing as much as some but very entertaining and fun to listen to when walking or working the garden.
It seemed very real in my mind because of the period descriptions and pleasant English accent of the narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-22

Nicely done

A story in the true vein on canon SH. A must read with a good narrator. There were a few lines repeated due to sloppy editing, but overall it didn't detract much from the story. A must listen!

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  • caleb bierbrdot
  • 20-07-22

MUCH BETTER SHERLOCK

the voice for Sherlock in this rendition with much better. beast of stapleton's voice was whiny and not at all but I picture for a smugly Superior yet sure of himself Sherlock. this rendition was much more favorable

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  • DSC
  • 18-06-22

Not the best Holmes tale

Nonetheless, interesting enough for us to listen to the entire story while driving on a trip and we're entertained by it.