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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,894 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: 9780307702449
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First discovered and then painstakingly edited and annotated by Nicholas Meyer, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution relates the astounding and previously unknown collaboration of Sigmund Freud with Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by Holmes’ friend and chronicler, Dr. John H. Watson.

In addition to its breathtaking account of their collaboration on a case of diabolic conspiracy in which the lives of millions hang in the balance, it reveals such matters as the real identity of the heinous professor Moriarty, the dark secret shared by Sherlock and his brother Mycroft, and the detective’s true whereabouts during the Great Hiatus, when the world believed him to be dead.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/19/2014

    " Read it when it first came out, thought it inventive and entertaining - one of the better re-imaginings of the Doyle characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Rhee | 2/18/2014

    " There is a growing oeuvre of Holmesiana out there, much of it pretty good. "The 7 Per Cent Solution", a short novel written in the '70s by Nicholas Meyer, cleverly pits Holmes and Watson against Holmes' true arch-enemy, with the aid of Sigmund Freud. For those die-hard Holmes fans, this novel takes place in the time period between Conan Doyle's "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House", in which Homes supposedly battled Professor Moriarty to the death but "miraculously" survived. (Conan Doyle, tired of writing the series, encountered much rage from jilted fans who hated to see Holmes perish in "The Final Problem", so, by popular demand, he brought him back to life...) Meyer cleverly attributes the novel to Dr. John Watson and explains its remarkable "discovery" in the preface. A fun, quick read that is a good companion piece to the afore-mentioned Conan Doyle stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arthur | 2/16/2014

    " A wonderful addition to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. It's a bit slow to start, but the last fifty pages are fantastic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Jones | 2/15/2014

    " Outstanding Holmesian action-adventure that rivals(surpasses?) the best of Arthur Conan Doyle. This combines all of the Sherlock Holmes characters that we have come to love and introduces Sigmund Freud into this mix. The fate of the world literally hangs in the balance! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meshell | 1/23/2014

    " I rarely stray from Sherlock Holmes canon, but I saw the movie version of this a few years ago, and when I found the book, I wanted to read it. Good read, but I think I liked the movie more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 1/13/2014

    " First book read after graduating from OSU "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/10/2014

    " What fun! This is a very 1970s Sherlock Holmes, with psychoanalysis and drugs. Also, the A+, #1 best train chase scene I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bre | 12/29/2013

    " Awesome! One of the best pastiches I've ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 12/1/2013

    " Diverting reading. Enjoyable page turner, with clean writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James McAllister | 11/23/2013

    " This is an outstanding book for anyone who is a Sherlock fan. They way the 'seven percent' is intermingled with Freud and Moriarty is a delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navid Farrokhi | 11/23/2013

    " The Best Non doyle book you have ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misha | 11/13/2013

    " I greatly enjoyed this alternative take on Sherlock Holmes' "death" at Reichenbach Falls, in which Sigmund Freud tackles the problem of Holmes' cocaine addiction. One of the better Holmes pastiches I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lincoln | 11/2/2013

    " This was quite enjoyable... I guess I was expecting something a bit more literary, but instead it was a fun "adventure". This was, I think, #8 on Summer Reading list 2011. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddy | 9/3/2013

    " One of the best Holmes pastiches available. Meyer's love of the canon shines through this document, from the dead-on Doyle voice to the footnotes pointing out some connections to the main canon. And it's just a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Marez | 1/3/2013

    " Loved the book, had a diffrent opion of Sherlock "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 9/26/2012

    " Sherlock is a great character to a have adventures with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 9/6/2012

    " This one and the 2nd one, The West End Horror, are great fun to read. Dr. Watson "writes" with humor and gives a glimpse of what Sherlock Holmes was really like and new information on other legendary characters. I learned many secrets that make the Sherlock Holmes stories even more enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. B. | 8/13/2012

    " The book that started the modern vogue for writing novel-length Sherlock Holmes pastiches, also for packaging them as "rediscovered" Watson manuscripts. Generally still holds up well, though with a few glitches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scarlett Fu | 3/5/2012

    " The writing style was wonderful, and pays good homage to Sir ACD. Though I expected more interaction between Holmes and Freud, it was nevertheless a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/1/2012

    " This is a real kick! Meyers knows his Sherlock Holmes canon, and the way he writes Watson and Holmes is utterly believable. It's funny and peppered with in-jokes for Sherlockians, but it never turns into a parody. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth Madej | 12/4/2011

    " I won't go so far as to say that I wanted to dislike this book, but I at least didn't expect to like it. Turns out it's such a skillful and loving pastiche that it was impossible for me not to like it. A delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/12/2011

    " This was enjoyable. It gives a new background to Moriarty and parallels Holmes and Watson trying to prevent WWI while Holmes in under the care of Sigmund Freud for cocaine addiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dudley Danes | 5/4/2011

    " This was recommended to me as a well done Sherlock Holmes book even though the premis seems WAY too cheesey to be good. After 5 years between having bought the book and finally opening it, I can finally report that the advice was good. This was a great Holmes tale and a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 4/28/2011

    " First book read after graduating from OSU "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 4/26/2011

    " Fun addition to the Sherlock stories, though the ending with its high-speed train chase is made for Hollywood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 3/5/2011

    " Although it is only the beginning of March, this book is already the front-runner for "best book I've read this year." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cora | 2/9/2011

    " A brilliant pastiche, it can be added to my favorite of the non-canonical works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/18/2011

    " Loved the book, had a diffrent opion of Sherlock "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 1/4/2011

    " Excellent Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Imaginative, highly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helie | 11/7/2010

    " A few parts weren't quite right, but overall, it was amazing. It's been a long time since I've been able to enjoy a new Holmes story. Glad I picked it up! He kept giving explanations why the writing style wasn't exactly the same as in the real Holmes, and it kind of got irritating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 10/19/2010

    " One of my favorite books. Read this when it first came out in paperback. Blew me away! Just could not put it down. The author wrote a few sequels. I really wish he would do another one. He does clever things with the storylines to introduce you to famous people of that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 10/9/2010

    " Outstanding Holmesian action-adventure that rivals(surpasses?) the best of Arthur Conan Doyle. This combines all of the Sherlock Holmes characters that we have come to love and introduces Sigmund Freud into this mix. The fate of the world literally hangs in the balance! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navid | 9/12/2010

    " The Best Non doyle book you have ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 connie | 4/7/2010

    " A very fun read! I have not read many of the Conan Doyle stories, so did not have that frame of reference to adhere to in reading this. Thoughtful characterization of Freud and fun tie-ins to historical setting. Plus an interesting expansion of the Holmes back-story. "

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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.