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The Case of the Damaged Detective

5-Minute Sherlock, Book 1
Written by: Drew Hayes
Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Carol Monda
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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A mystery/road trip/buddy comedy/action adventure from the author of Second Hand Curses.

A dance club full of bodies. Cause of death - a mystery. The lone survivor - a man, raving like a lunatic, wearing only a deerstalker hat.  

Now, the man who calls himself Sherman Holmes is being studied like a lab rat by a top-secret government agency. How is it he can be barely clinging to reality one minute - yet be a seeming genius the next? Within his brain might just be the greatest scientific breakthrough of the millennium, if anyone can figure out how to access it.   

Enter the agent code named Watson.   

Once a rising star, a deadly betrayal sent him spiraling into uncertainty and paranoia. Now saddled with moving Sherman to a more-secure facility, he must prove he’s still up to the task. With enemies on their heels, a whole country to cross, and Sherman ranting in his ear, the job proves to be more of a challenge than Watson ever anticipated.   

With Watson’s experience and the bizarre insights of his own twisted mind, Sherman just might survive. But can Watson survive Sherman?

©2019 Andrew Hayes (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Another series by Drew Hayes to get addicted to

I loved it so much! It's a fun mystery, buddy comedy road trip, and all around great story. I can't wait for the next book. The narrator was great, and his reading of certain lines made me laugh way harder than I should in a public bus terminal.

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Great good fun

Really enjoyable narration. Effortless listen -wonderful storyline, great pacing. Most enjoyable. Will make you smile.

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it was great😁

this was a very fun take on the classic HolmesWatson dinamic. im very very glad this isn't a one off and im waiting egerly for follow up books

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  • Joseph Gray
  • TAYLORSVILLE, UT, United States
  • 2019-06-16

I wish I could chain Drew to a desk and make him write for me 24/7... j/k... kind of...

I love other books and stories, but I wasn’t sure what I would think of this one. Sure enough another homerun! Is full of nonstop class, with good story and plot, and the good all around nonstop laugh out loud listen.

I was a little worried about the narration, as a lot of the audible originals have a bunch of extra sound effects that often drowned out the narrator and take away from the story more than they add to it. That was not the case with this audible original. The narrator did an amazing job, and I don’t see how it could possibly have been done better.

I highly recommend this book to pretty much everybody, I also recommend you check out some of the authors other works.

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  • C. White
  • So. CA
  • 2019-06-13

A fun mix of spy noire and giggles... 100% Drew!

I've been a Drew Hayes fan for several years now. I first discovered him with his wonderful "Superpowered" series (which I am a rabid fan of), and then progressed through his "Spells, Swords & Stelth" (which I thought was good), and finally to "Second Hand Curses" (which I loved). This entry into the pantheon of the Drew Hayes library is much closer in the vicinity of "Second Hand Curses" with more of that Spy Noire meets Douglas Adams kinda feel (and no... It's not Dirk Gently... it's far better). Maybe it's better discribed as Austin Powers meet Sherlock Holmes (regardless, I'm sure you get the idea). Drew has managed to take what could have been a gritty thriller and keep it fun, irreverent and creative, yet all the while grounded in a healthy dose of believability (ok... SOMEWHAT believability 😉). The writing is top notch and showcases Drew's continued mastery of writing well above the genre's norm. The creative, hilarious, and thesaurus enhanced comments and barbs sprinkled through out the story will undoubtably find their way into most reader's own personal library of cutting verbal banter. Given the quirky characters and a budding buddy relationship (along with the primary hook of the 5 minutes of inspired brilliance on the part of the main protagonist), Drew has managed to create what promises to be a long running series worth returning to again and again. Unlike with "Second Hand Curses", the narration of "The Case of the Damaged Detective" feels less like a radio drama production and more like a modern audiobook narration. Bottom line, Drew continues to expand his writing craft and adeptly explore new fictional genres that leaves readers thoroughly satisfied. Although there are a few bits that cause an eye roll or two (I have issues with the "mad scientist" trope In general), "The Case of the Damage Detective" is easily some his best work. ...and on a side note, I think Drew is on to something... Don't trust Sparows! 😉

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  • Tony E.
  • Menifee, CA
  • 2019-06-18

What a Wild Ride

There are starting to be two things Drew Hayes is known for. The first is incredible character development where the characters jump off the page and find a way into your life. Sherman and Watson are two well-rounded characters who you could imagine meeting while walking down the street. Sure, you'd say one of them was sort of an odd-ball, but they are very believable as humans. As he book develops, I grew to like these once throw-away blog post characters and hope they can get out of the dire straights they find themselves in.
The second thing Drew is becoming known for is taking a genre and turning it on its ear He's taken the superhero genre, LitRPG, supernatural vampire, a second swipe at superheroes, fairy tales, and now mysteries and made it his own. Sure, he uses some common tropes but those are stepping stones to get to a place where he is doing something completely different. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride from strangers to friends, all while learning some of the mystery of who is Sherman Holmes. Knowing Drew, there are many more secrets and twists coming in the books to come.

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  • Blake1383
  • 2019-07-30

A new Sherlock and Watson for everyone to love

I have listened and read to all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock stories and have to say this one is a perfect addition for me. It takes a lot of the little things that made Sherlock such a great literary figure and brings them to a new generation. Seeing Sherman and Watson develope their friendship was exciting. And all the little adventures they had together, savings lives, defeating the bad guys. Can't wait for more from this pair. Drew Hayes does it again

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  • Wendy J. LaPlaca
  • Tonopah, AZ, United States
  • 2019-07-05

Drew is on the trail of a great new series!

At this point, any book by Drew Hayes is on my auto-buy list and this one did not disappoint! The characters were fun, the story line was interesting and I enjoyed every minute of it. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • James
  • 2019-07-01

Excellent as always

I hope this is like the Fred series by the same author. a few more strange characters and this would be a perfect companion series

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  • Alphonzo
  • 2019-06-27

Amazing!!!

Just when I thought Drew Hayes had out done himself with Super Powereds he goes and produces this vibrant, action packed and funny rendition of classic Sherlock Holmes and Watson! Excellent listen! Both Scott and Carol did an excellent job! Hope there is more to come of this story.

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  • Toni
  • Texas
  • 2019-06-15

Absolutely Delightful

First of all, Scott Aiello's performance was flawless. Sherman and Watson truly come to life, and their interactions had me laughing out loud. And some parts, I cannot imagine how he was able to do a straight performance.

Of course, Drew Hayes has written another absolute gem. This story was so funny, the first time I've used my audible bookmarks. It was also intriguing and exciting as the pair dealt with each new obstacle, with a dose of heartfelt warmth bringing it all together. I can't wait to continue on this journey with Sherman and Watson.

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  • Peter
  • 2019-08-13

Clever idea, well executed

It's a fun listen, and definitely a potentially great start to a fun series.

Most variations on the Sherlock Holmes idea - the world's greatest detective, who notices everything and effortlessly puts it all together into a coherent analysis that "regular people" have no hope of managing - generally suffers from trying to deal with the fact that such a superhuman intellect wouldn't actually need a Watson, much less anyone else.

Putting the twist on that that the main character has such an ability, but only for a few minutes at a time and is largely non-functional in any meaningful way, requiring not just a sidekick, but a keeper, and then adding the fact of how he got the abilities and putting extremely high stakes on keeping him alive in a plot that endangers all of humanity makes it all work.

And, in classic Drew Hayes style, it's fun, funny, and a wild ride full of twists and turns. Don't expect a new Classic of Modern Literature, but it's a genuinely diverting story, extremely well performed, that keeps you interested right until the end, including a good hook for future stories without leaving this one unresolved. Well worth a listen!

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  • Kate Juden
  • 2019-08-12

Very fun read

Another great series by Drew Hayes. I loo forward to more books in the series while also cursing him for not writing the next book in one of his other series.

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