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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Pirie Narrator: Richard Matthews Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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As a young medical student at Edinburgh, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took classes with the remarkable Dr. Joseph Bell in forensic medicine. Dr. Bell exhibited many of the characteristics that Doyle would later synthesize into the personage of Sherlock Holmes: complete faith in human reason, meticulous powers of observation, and encyclopedic knowledge of the activities and methods of the criminal classes.

In his novel, David Pirie pairs Bell and Doyle as Doyle would later pair Holmes and Watson, as pioneers in criminal investigation, looking into the seamy underside of the proper Victorian world. Doyle is puzzled by the ocular symptoms of a woman in his medical practice. Bell senses that there is something criminal afoot, and...the chase is joined.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumnmoon | 7/27/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/13/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Concierge | 7/16/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pete Aldin | 12/10/2011

    " Close but no cigar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 8/20/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Marett | 6/14/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 5/30/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumnmoon | 10/19/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.R. | 7/23/2009

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 F Tessa | 1/28/2009

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 3/26/2008

    " 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. "

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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.