Sherlock Holmes & The Voice of Treason – An Audio Drama Review

Voice of treason

Blurb:

Queen Victoria is missing and the British Empire needs you. Join Holmes and Watson in this gripping Audible Original drama as they battle to rescue the Queen with the help of an unusual ally, arch-nemesis Moriarty.

Authors: George Mann, Cavan Scott

Narrators: A full cast/Various

Publisher: Audible

Genre: Historical Fiction

Running Time: 8 hours

Release Date: 16/03/2020

My Rating of ‘Sherlock Holmes & The Voice of Treason’: 4 out of 5

Purchase: Audible UKAudible US

Review:

I’d been meaning to get my hands on this since it came out, being the Holmes fan that I am, and the Audible Daily Deal gave me a gentle reminder. Safe to say, if Audible UK has hands, I bit one of hem off in my speed at getting to this one.

Never in his distinguished career has Holmes, tailed by his faithful companion, Dr John Watson, ever had to deal with a crime of such audacity. The abduction of the Queen of England (from her own bedroom within the palace itself, no less!) It’s the stuff of nightmares for every patriotic man and woman of the Victorian era. But, as any reader of Sherlock Holmes will know, the great detective is the thing that nightmares themselves dream of.

I’ve seen mixed reviews about this but, for my money, it was one of the more enjoyable audio dramas I’ve listened to in a long while. The voice acting was done very well (particularly that of Ivy, loved her accent and the feeling the voice actress put into the work). Because I know what Kobna Holdbrook-Smith looks like, my mental image of John Watson was literally Kobna in a top hat and a nice suit. Not an image I’m unhappy with haha. He made Dr Watson sound slightly older than I would have expected and it oddly seemed to fit quite well.

My only real complaint about this piece is Sherlock’s deductive reasoning. I know, the guy sees the abstract in ways the abstract doesn’t even know exists. His knowledge is freakish and pretty much complete. Which is why it struck me as a bit odd when, even at his own admission, he missed the easier deductions yet picked up on minute details that nobody would ever notice. It felt too shoe-horned in as a plot device rather than Sherlock actually being a bit lax in his deductive faculties.

One thing in particular I thought was handled really well in this was the exploration into the character of Dr Watson. Ordinarily, he doesn’t get a great deal of the lime light in the regular tales, but with this one you get a lot of Watson backstory which really added to the piece. The bits with Moriarty are particularly good as well.

I initially thought that copious amount of flashbacks would ruin it, but they were done really well and actually turned out to be the best way to tell the story. Consider me surprised at having wrote those words as I ordinarily hate flashbacks.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable audio drama with high production value (after having listened to Audible Studios Alien audio dramas I expected nothing less). I’d love to see more Holmes and Watson Audio Dramas in the future.

4 thoughts on “Sherlock Holmes & The Voice of Treason – An Audio Drama Review

  1. Very happy to see you enjoyed this 😁 I also thought the backstory given to Watson really added to the story. I watched the movie Victoria and Abdul on a plane once, and just saw Judi Dench whenever Victoria spoke 😋 I think having seen this movie made me appreciate the plot more in general than Dave did (who thought this book was just okay). I never believed the Moriarty plot line, but could still appreciate it.

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    1. I really enjoyed the Moriarty bit. It was more because of the ‘what if’ than my actually believing it

      I haven’t seen, nor even heard of that movie.

      I saw Dave wasn’t massively thrilled with this. Was hoping I’d like it a little more than he did. So glad that turned out to be true

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      1. It really was a nice ‘what if’ bit, though I would have been very pissed off it it turned out true 😋

        The movie was okay… decent entertainment for when you’re stuck on a plane for 12 hours (a lot is at that point though).

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