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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Stuart Davies Narrator: David Ian Davies Publisher: One Voice Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN:
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In The Tangled Skein, author David Stuart Davies accomplishes a creative coup by arranging the fateful meeting of two of literature's most resilient characters: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stoker's Count Dracula.

The setting is 1888 London, shortly after The Hound of The Baskervilles case. It opens with Holmes' characteristic derisive reaction to a newspaper account of a local lecture by Amsterdam University Professor Abraham Van Helsing upon the subject of vampires. The Baker Street detective's opinions of the supernatural are quite set and intransigent. The events which proceed from this moment of contempt and disbelief, however, eventually make a believer of Holmes and of the listener to David Stuart Davies' ability to resurrect the very spirits of Holmes and Watson. A mysterious illness begins to afflict the young ladies of a finishing school for girls. Reports of children being attacked and left with bite marks upon their necks appear in the papers.

From the outset, Holmes himself is stalked by an assailant whose obsessive, unmitigated hatred and cleverness may cost Holmes his life. So filled with complications is this gripping drama that the evocative title Tangled Skein could scarcely have been better suited. Portraying it all with customery style and wit is British actor David Ian Davies, whose solitary voice work weaves its own magic and allows us to enter into that place and time, beholding it all vividly in our minds, and forgetting that One Voice has captured our imaginations.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 1/27/2014

    " This book really drags the multiple plots together "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wanda | 1/18/2014

    " This book is very obvious in the author's exploration of good versus evil. You are hit over the head with his ideas (and in the author's note at the end it happens again, just in case you didn't get it during the fiction portion!) It's pretty obvious that a man is writing--the women are very stereotypical (crying about everything, not nearly as intelligent as the male characters, consumed with housework & child care). At least the male characters are also stereotyped as being all about violence & sex. "

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

    " Deze is weer beter als de vorige, langzaam maar zeker valt alles op zijn plaats. Het is alleen wel erg jaren 80 en emancipatie? Weten we nog wat dat is? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kennethwarrenwilson | 1/5/2014

    " Science fiction/fantasy story about the "office" of Fate. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/4/2014

    " Probably the second best book in the Incarnations series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inger Faherty | 1/3/2014

    " Mostly enjoyable, but again I'm finding Piers Anthony to be overly wordy. He tends to repeat himself, and since I usually understand things the first time, I find this annoying. Also, if I hear the phrase "some 20 years hence" one more time . . . "

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

    " One of the best series out there. Totally different than his Xanth novels, Piers Anthony hit it out of the park with these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Thomas | 12/22/2013

    " As with the earlier books in the series: not as good as I remembered. But I will finish my re-read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Brown | 11/15/2013

    " Not as good as the first two efforts. Hoping a better read with the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy Miller | 10/16/2013

    " 3rd in the series and again brilliant. You'll never hurt another spider again. Fantastic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 10/12/2013

    " It may not be politically correct but I love the incarnations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Eddy | 9/22/2013

    " see my review of book 1. On a pale horse "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dj | 9/11/2012

    " Candy. 4 stars simply because it's fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/18/2012

    " The concept is so cool, and the way he writes it so painful and juvenile... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 6/15/2009

    " One of my favorite series by Piers Anthony. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 9/15/2007

    " The series jumped the shark with the second book. I must have been hoping that the share would eat the woman on the cover for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/20/2007

    " I love what he does with Fate. I love the void stuff and what the purpose is. I'm not such a fan of all the women being whored out at every turn but for a once I can overlook it for the rest of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 8/31/2006

    " The book of the fates, still pretty good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/16/2006

    " The book was better than the second in the series. The typos and horrible editing of this book make it almost impossible to read in certain sections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 10/10/2004

    " It is a seris of books that provokes thought and I feel worth the read. Piers Anthony is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer but this series was a really good read. I own them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/30/2004

    " Some of the writing was above my level of intelligence. Especially anything to do with Chronos or the maze... "

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About the Author
Author David Stuart Davies

David Stuart Davies is a British writer. He worked as a teacher of English before becoming a full-time editor, writer, and playwright. Davies has written extensively about Sherlock Holmes, both fiction and nonfiction. He also edits the Crime Writers’ Association’s monthly Red Herrings magazine. Forests of the Night was his first Johnny Hawke novel. He lives in West Yorkshire, England.

About the Narrator

David Ian Davies is a product of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Emigrating to California early in life, he did many Shakespearean plays at the Globe and other theaters in Hollywood. He has been devoted to voice-over work for many years.