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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Meyer Narrator: David Case, Frederick Davidson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780307702463
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Located by a computer in the bowels of a major university, this missing manuscript by Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ biographer and friend, reveals hitherto unknown adventures of the Great Detective—while he was employed, incognito, as a violinist in the Paris Opera.

As the detective matches wits with a musical maniac—the Phantom of the Opera—in a death struggle for the body and soul of Christine Daae, the miraculous soprano for whom the Ghost serves as a mesmeric “canary trainer,” we are treated to an adventure unlike any other in the Holmes archive.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elf | 9/16/2013

    " The fifth and hardest Phantom related novel I've managed to add to my collection. It's not quite as good as The Angel of the Opera but still well done in it's own way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raymond | 8/25/2013

    " This was the Phantom of the Opera ala Sherlock Holmes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Read1000books | 6/27/2013

    " I have read all three of Nicholas Meyer's Sherlock Holmes pastiches and this was perhaps the best one. Holmes is in Paris and his nemesis...the Phantom of the Opera! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/12/2013

    " Sherlock Holmes meets the Phantom of the Opera. This would be a great movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 3/28/2012

    " Sherlock Holmes meets the Phantom of the Opera. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/25/2012

    " A retelling of the Phantom of the Opera, with Holmes after the bad guy. Interesting background, but the story was not as good as in The West End Horror, by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 2/5/2012

    " More of a Sherlock Holmes story that just so happens to involved TPOTO, unlike The Angel of the Opera which seems to me to be the reverse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 6/24/2011

    " Last of the Nicholas Meyer takes on Sherlock Holmes, it is an enjoyable mashup of Holmes and the Phantom of the Opera. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/19/2011

    " not bad. i was put off by the whole 'omg, irene adler is in it' crap, but she's only in it for like 2 chaps and then she goes away and never comes back. the rest of the story is pretty interesting, with the same goofy humor and celebrity appearances you can expect in a nicholas meyer pastiche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Morrow | 11/13/2010

    " As always, Nicholas Meyer has an amazing cast of cameos throughout the book of actual people of that time period. Does it in such a way that it sounds believable . Thus, making the story even more entertaining. He obviously does his research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Craddock | 10/25/2010

    " Totally amazing nd Holmes is so well-written that he's beliveable. Everything by Mayer is, in my opinion, amazing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/19/2010

    " As always, Nicholas Meyer has an amazing cast of cameos throughout the book of actual people of that time period. Does it in such a way that it sounds believable . Thus, making the story even more entertaining. He obviously does his research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jools | 3/27/2010

    " I just love it.
    Very well crafted and highly entertaining.
    And it's told from Holmes point of view and so much fun to read.

    ^^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/8/2009

    " Totally amazing nd Holmes is so well-written that he's beliveable. Everything by Mayer is, in my opinion, amazing... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 3/30/2008

    " Sherlock Holmes meets the Phantom of the Opera. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 10/9/2007

    " A retelling of the Phantom of the Opera, with Holmes after the bad guy. Interesting background, but the story was not as good as in The West End Horror, by the same author.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/21/2007

    " not bad. i was put off by the whole 'omg, irene adler is in it' crap, but she's only in it for like 2 chaps and then she goes away and never comes back. the rest of the story is pretty interesting, with the same goofy humor and celebrity appearances you can expect in a nicholas meyer pastiche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elf | 6/27/2007

    " The fifth and hardest Phantom related novel I've managed to add to my collection. It's not quite as good as The Angel of the Opera but still well done in it's own way. "

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About the Author
Author Nicholas MeyerNicholas Meyer is the author of The Canary Trail and The West End Horror, among other books.
About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.