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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 1, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A5UL184
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A Study in Charlotte: Charlotte Holmes, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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It was interesting, but as another reviewer has said, there are just some elements of the story that I didn't like.
I was down for the teen descendants (if they were real people) meet-up thing, but to be quite blunt - all of the Holmes family seems very dislikable. Sherlock Holmes was prickly and not particularly personable, but not the same vibe for me. I didn't really have an issue with Watson being attracted to Holmes, but that's because they are different people than the originals.
There is a lot of reference to drug use (yes, Holmes had an issue) by teens - especially Charlotte. There's also allusion to one character drugging a female character so he can rape her (no details). Plenty of strong language and teenage rebellion, so I can see where parents might have some concerns.
I liked the whole part where the mysteries were taken out of Holmes' stories, but as Charlotte Holmes herself says, that was the only interesting thing.
There's also a somewhat distracting subplot with Watson and his father having issues.
Bottom line: I don't regret buying it or reading it, but I'll skip the rest of the series..
Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are and three-times great-grandchildren of the famous detective and his friend. Both are now attending boarding school in Connecticut. When a fellow student dies, they join forces to find the killer.
Cavallaro does have a good voice—“I felt like I was being pulled through a dark, dank wardrobe into some boozy Narnia.”—with entertaining metaphors—“The game is Texas Hold’em,” it said, horse, but with a bizarre, wild precision, like a drunk Greek philosopher orating at a bacchanal.
The mixture of the real with the fictional characters makes them seem more real. However, there is a contradiction when Cavallaro refers to the Sherlock Holmes stories having been written by Arthur Conan Doyle while we are to believe these two characters descended from Doyle’s Homes and Watson.
Watson’s confusion over how he feels about Holmes is refreshingly and delightfully normal. This would be unremarkable except for how abnormal the characters are in so many other ways. One does, however, love the idea—“I began wondering if there was some kind of Watsonian guide for the care and keeping of Holmeses.”
For a YA book rated as being for G9 and up, there is a lot of violence and drug use, and even the suggestion of drugging a girl in order to rape her. One really must question whether they would want their under-18 children to read this. The bullying and relationships of the characters does seem valid, but not appealing. In fact, Watson and his father were really the only likable characters in the story.
“A Study in Charlotte” had an interesting concept but was not a particularly enjoyable read.
A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE (YA Mys-Holmes/Watson-CT-Contemp) - Okay
Cavallaro, Brittany – 1st in series
HarperCollins Publishers – March 2016
Charlotte and Jamie are wonderful, contemporary versions of their counterparts with familiar attributes while still being their own unique characters. Charlotte has a problem with narcotics, plays the violin and can usually be found with her beakers and test tubes (hopefully not blowing anything up). Jamie wants to be a writer, is a decent rugby player (despite what his scholarship might lead you to believe) and is braver than he thinks. Their best-friendship is appealing and realistic, despite Charlotte’s unique outlook on how to treat other human beings. You fall in love with the characters, whether you relate to Charlotte, Jamie, a little of both, or maybe one of the other supporting characters – you’ll find yourself enjoying this novel.
Each character even has a well thought out backstory that we learn more about throughout the course of the novel. What events and mistakes lead to Charlotte being sent to a boarding school in Connecticut when she should be in England? If a Moriarty and narcotics are involved, then you know it’s going to be intense – especially when the famous crime family isn’t particularly forgiving. Jamie’s story is less thrilling but no less important to his character. Not everyone is as they appear, some have secrets, some don’t always make the best choices, but it all drives the story forward. The book is full of poison, explosions, spying, chases and other staples of great mysteries.
The book has a lot of nods to classic Sherlock and Watson adventures and sometimes outright mentions them. As a huge Sherlock fan, from the classic novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the modern BBC creation – this book was perfection. I loved how it felt like a new story featuring some of my favourite characters and it kept you guessing until the end. The action and plot were well paced, allowing the story to unfold like a mystery should. Don’t worry, Moriarty’s were included in the writing of this story.
Highly recommended to young adult/teen fans of mystery, contemporary, or the classic Sherlock Holmes novels. I fell in love with this series and can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
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