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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (471 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mitch Cullin Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sherlock’s phenomenal mental acuity diminishing and the emotional life he had always resisted pushing its way to the surface, the worlds greatest detective is forced to confront the most baffling mystery of his career, that of the meaning and significance of his own inner life.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marvin | 2/20/2014

    " This is, in a way, an homage to the Sherlock Holmes books the way Tilting at Windmills was an homage to Don Quixote. But this one goes further beyond the character's original portrayal while still remaining recognizably the same one. Holmes is, in 1947, 92 years old, caring for his bees, as he is cared for by his housekeeper & admired by her son, who has, almost against Holmes's will, become something of a beekeeping apprentice for whom Holmes has come to care deeply. Holmes has also recently returned from a visit to a correspondent in Japan and sees there the devastation caused by the war. He is repeatedly asked to answer why deeply troubling things happen & to come to grips with the realization that the meaning of human tragedy is much more elusive, much more difficult to solve than the mystery solving that made him famous. I'm sure this book was asking me as a reader to make far more connections than I was able to make, but I never felt that it was pretentious or that my failure as a reader diminished my appreciation for the author's ability to plumb the depths of a human soul who by his nature tended to resist such probing questions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abby | 2/18/2014

    " Sherlock Holmes is 93 years old and has settled into a comfortable existence in rural England. His days are spent editing his the latest edition of his detective manual, badgering his housekeeper and caring for his apiary. What makes this book interesting is that author Mitch Cullin allows us into the head of Holmes as he ages and as his memory starts to fail. We see first hand what happens when that great, logical brain begins to age and, perhaps, become closer to human. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gregor Xane | 2/16/2014

    " I liked this take on Sherlock Holmes. It made me laugh out loud in spots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ruth Harper | 2/11/2014

    " While I'm not a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, I have enjoyed several good books about him over the years. None matches the elegance and humanity of this account of Holmes's old age. I recommend it to anyone who likes a beautifully written story that dares to grapple with issues of ultimate concern (i.e., the meaning of life itself). It's just a terrific read! "

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