The Patients Eyes: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes Audiobook, by David Pirie Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: David Pirie Narrator: Richard Matthews, Simon Vance Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2002 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415911662

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As a young medical student in Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, studied under the pioneering, forensic scientist Dr. Joseph Bell. Taking this fact as a starting point, David Pirie weaves a compelling thriller which partners Bell and Doyle as they investigate crime in the strange underworld of violence and sexual hypocrisy running beneath the civilized surface of the Victorian era. The Patient’s Eyes moves from Edinburgh to Southsea where Doyle begins his first medical practice. He’s puzzled by his patient Heather Grace’s strange eye condition. Heather’s parents died tragically several years earlier, and she’s upset by visions of a phantom cyclist who vanishes as soon as he is followed. When Doyle gets embroiled in more dangerous events, he asks for Bell’s intervention. But Bell is more interested in the patient’s eyes, and the solitary cyclist, than the murder of a rich Spanish businessman.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not the best re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes I've ever read, but it was atmospheric and satisfying. "

    - Autumnmoon, 7/27/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor, and maybe real life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, are the main characters in this novel. It is Doyle writing his memories of meeting Dr. Bell and one of their earlier adventures. I thought the story was very atmospheric and the ending totally surprised me. "

    - Carol, 10/13/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fascinating mystery in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle ... but there are a lot of loose threads left ... a cliff hanger ... ready for part two. "

    - Book, 7/16/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Close but no cigar. "

    - Pete, 12/10/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a nice little mystery, though I'm sure I would've gotten more out of it if I had read any Sherlock Holmes, or at least seen the movie, but it was still good with an ending I didn't see coming. "

    - Nina, 8/20/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I really liked this book. Sherlock Holmes is my guy so my standards are pretty high. Interesting take on Arthur Conan Doyle and his relationship with Doctor Bell (the supposed mentor for Sherlock.) Twist at the end caught me off guard too. "

    - Jen, 6/14/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a nice little mystery, though I'm sure I would've gotten more out of it if I had read any Sherlock Holmes, or at least seen the movie, but it was still good with an ending I didn't see coming. "

    - Nina, 5/30/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not the best re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes I've ever read, but it was atmospheric and satisfying. "

    - Autumnmoon, 10/19/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " There have been many attempts to emulate Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales—some better than others, none quite up to the original. David Pirie, a screenwriter, has approached the subject from another angle. See my complete review on Amazon. "

    - J.R., 7/23/2009
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fascinating mystery in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle ... but there are a lot of loose threads left ... a cliff hanger ... ready for part two. "

    - F, 1/28/2009
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor, and maybe real life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, are the main characters in this novel. It is Doyle writing his memories of meeting Dr. Bell and one of their earlier adventures. I thought the story was very atmospheric and the ending totally surprised me. "

    - Carol, 3/26/2008

About the Author

David Pirie was a journalist and film critic before he became a screenwriter. Just a few of his numerous credits are the BAFTA nominated adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White and his collaboration with Lars Von Trier on the script of the Oscar-nominated film Breaking the Waves. David Pirie lives in Somerset. The Patient’s Eyes is his first novel.

About the Narrators

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.