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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (278 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Lane Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins Series Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781427229625
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When Sherlock and Amyus Crowe, his American tutor, visit Sherlock’s brother Mycroft in London, what they find shocks both of them to the core: a locked room, a dead body, and Mycroft holding a knife. The police are convinced Mycroft is a vicious murderer, but Sherlock is just as convinced he is innocent. Threatened with the gallows, Mycroft needs Sherlock to save him. The search for the truth necessitates an incredible journey, from a railway station for the dead in London all the way to the frozen city of Moscow—where Sherlock is entangled in a world of secrets and danger.

In Andrew Lane’s Black Ice, the unstoppable teenage sleuth undertakes his third fantastic adventure, as one deadly puzzle leads only to another. Sherlock Holmes: Think you know him? Think again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “James Langton's expert narration brings out both the fun of seeing Holmes make mistakes and the tension of observing the boy and his mentor sift through clues to reveal the sinister plot to destroy Mycroft…Manipulating the drama and pacing of his reading, Langton gives us the creeps when young Sherlock is lost in dark tunnels and keeps us glued to our earbuds when the boy is running for his life. AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

  • Narrator James Langton brings all the characters to life – from the Holmes brothers and Crowe to violinist Rufus Stone and the cast of the British acting troupe on tour in Russia. This episode will delight fans of Lane's previous books. School Library Journal

  • Among longlisted titles for Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2014

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 2/11/2014

    " This third installment was not as satisfying as the first two. Possibly it was because the story was closely involved with Sherlock's brother Mycroft. I prefer some of the other regulars and this book hints that the next one stays closer to HOLMES MANOR and that would probably include more action from Matty and Virginia. That said, there were a couple of hair-raising sections but the whole "Paradol Chamber" gang was a little far fetched and unfortunately the heart of the story. I liked the first murder scenario and the theater troupe plot twist but the author could have done more with it in my opinion including expanding upon Sherlock's use of disguise - not just seeing others use techniques. Also when his brother states that they will go in disguise to Moscow - and the "disguise" amounts to a name change?!? Totally missed the opportunity there! A 2.5 star rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 2/5/2014

    " Fun, quick read. This was the first book of this series I've read, but I'll keep an eye out for others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/30/2014

    " I'm really rather fond of Andrew Lane's young Sherlock stories. He writes them well and shows how the habits and practices the man has, first began with the boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Robledo | 1/19/2014

    " Once again Mr. Lane has captured our attention with his awesome badass of a freaking awesome novel. I loved the way he added the clues of Holmes past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/6/2014

    " Although these books are becoming quite predictable, I still enjoying the journey with Young Sherlock. Looking forward to Fire Storm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/22/2013

    " Fast paced and fun just like the first two. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/19/2013

    " Too much and often boring. Perhaps it was meant to prepare the reader for additional books, but didn't hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis Avalos | 10/24/2013

    " I had already read the first book. I didn't think it would matter to read the third book before the second, but there are a lot of references to the second book. Now I need to go back and read the second and from now on only read them in sequence. Be warned! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 9/19/2013

    " No Ginny. The mystery seems to be solved without deduction or investigative skills. I appreciate the young Sherlock Holmes who is still learning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 5/4/2013

    " Had the nearly non-stop adventure that the other two in the series had. I enjoyed it as a quick, fun read very much. Looking forward to the next one coming out in paperback. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens | 4/23/2013

    " This continues to be a strong, action-packed series with a solid mystery. And this installment's Russian setting is intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan | 4/21/2013

    " I love Sherlock Holmes and discovered these books on young Sherlock Holmes and have been waiting for the new releases. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Emlinger | 1/30/2013

    " Very good series, true to the legend. "

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About the Author

Andrew Lane is an author, journalist, and lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan. Andrew’s passion for the original novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his determination to create an authentic teenage Sherlock Holmes made him the perfect choice to work with the Conan Doyle Estate to reinvent the world’s most famous detective in the Young Sherlock Holmes series. He is also the author of novels in the Doctor Who and Torchwood series. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and son.

About the Narrator

James Langton is an actor and narrator who has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, winning multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As a voice-over artist, he has worked with a host of industrial and commercial clients including Geico, Johnson&Johnson, and ask.com. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.