Finished part one, and this is well upto standard for the range. The set up is fairly traditional - Holmes gets a visit from a client, who explains to him (and us) his backstory. You can get away with - or thrive, even - on this level of exposition on audio as opposed to other mediums, and it's used really well.
Roaring log fires, foggy cobblestones, Watson's conflict between sleuthing and his ever active private life, and recently the fine addition of his new wife all give this a comfy, familiar feel that can then deliver some wonderfully complex, dark storylines. I'm only a third of the way through this as I said, but am thoroughly absorbed in it: a great range.
I was going to intersperse listening to this with episodes of the recently released Heroes and Villains and The Robots 5, but no. Sherlock dark and murky latest investigations have grabbed me once again and it's a shame they aren't talked about more.
Once again, this is expertly told. I have said in the past it would be nice to have more writers attached to this range, but Jonathan Barnes is so obviously in love with subject matter, and so well suited to it, now I'm not so sure. We have a plethora of vilains here - Moran, Cranfield and Juliet Aubrey's superbly played Seamstress. And that most feared of all - the mother in law (am I allowed to say that?). As usual, there are lots of strands that come together - most of them at least - as the story rolls on. It's excellent, rich stuff. Benji Clifford's sound design and Jamie Robertson's wonderfully moody music combine to make this a very immersive experience.
At the end, it occurs to me I'll be listening again in order to sort things in me 'ead - which is a bonus, by the way; I don't buy these things to listen only once. A revisit will be a pleasure. Although events reach a fascinating conclusion, it seems every plot device is somehow part of a bigger picture, which makes me hope for the continuation of this range for a good while yet.
And don't miss the bit at the end of the final credits. A new game is afoot!
This was absolutely brilliant! bonehead above has said it all really,just to add the Nick Briggs+Richard Earl combination and the supberb writing of Jonathan Barnes works for me.My ears were glued to it for the complete almost 3 hours.Wonderful stuff!
Post by selimpensfiction on Jun 12, 2022 19:10:00 GMT
Loved this, loved the writing, acting, pacing, everything. My question is, is this the first Big Finish release to do a post-credits scene? Are there others? Do I need to go through my collection and listen to the ending of all them?
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