Sherlock series three is now on recording and you all know how I love that series. Knowing that Sherlock will soon appeared again in BBC, I somehow has the urge to start rereading the books. I read it when I was still in my teen and randomly reread it as I get older but it was always in my native language. I have tried reading the English version once but the language made me a bit sleepy from time to time.
This time…I changed my way of reading 😉
I downloaded free audio book 🙂
I am very busy right now and to maintain my reading hobby, I listen to audiobook and read the book at the same time (only when I have the time to hold a book)
I am beginning to enjoy audiobook more and more…and reading and listening at the same time proved to be the best 😉
I am not sure who is the narrator of the audiobook I was listening few days ago, but I am quite sure it was John Telfer because his name showed up when I searched at goodreads for free audiobook. Whoever he was…he sure is an amazing narrator!
The narrator can easily switch his accent from British to Scottish to Irish…it was a treat for my ear. I like his Scottish accent the most because it was similar to David Tennant (Doctor Who).
The Valley of Fear is quite long, it is consider as a novel. It has two parts, one with Holmes solving the mystery and one with the past of the victim. To be honest, I was feeling a bit bored when the part of the victim’s past story was being told. I kept thinking “Where’s Holmes?”
The Valley of Fear began with Holmes receiving a letter with secret code. He and Watson deciphered it and found of that a man named Douglas was in danger. Inspector MacDonald suddenly showed up and told him about a murder. Holmes thought that the murder of Mr. Douglas was connected to Moriarty.
Holmes solved the mystery easily (of course)…I am not going to say how 😉
The first part of the book ended with a confession and so began the next part where we slowly learned why the misfortune fell upon Mr. Douglas. This part is the boring one…maybe if I wasn’t expecting to hear more about Holmes, it wouldn’t be that boring. Fortunately I was listening to an audiobook and I could finish this part…otherwise, I am not that sure. I might have skipped all the story and read the last part where Holmes finally showed up again 😉
…overall, it was still enjoyable. I am now listening and reading the collection that started with A Scandal in Bohemia.
Reading this book all over again made me realized that this is the book that became the inspiration for The Blind Banker (Sherlock – BBC).
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