The Silent Bullet

Read by Elliott Miller

(4.6 stars; 156 reviews)

The many adventures of Professor Craig Kennedy were chronicled by Arthur B. Reeve (October 15, 1880 - August 9, 1936). Reeve was an American mystery writer who created 82 Craig Kennedy mystery stories. The stories have a very Sherlock Holmes type feel, In fact Kennedy has been referred to as the "American Sherlock Holmes". Along with his reporter friend, Walter Jameson, Kennedy solves many crimes and unveils mysteries using science.

This book contains twelve of Professor Kennedy's adventures. The interesting thing about these stories is Kennedy uses newly discovered science from his time period, which we take for granted today. The first story, The Silent Bullet, has everyone wondering how a bullet could kill someone with no noise. Today, silencers on guns are commonplace in movies and on TV. Or as in "The Deadly Tube" featuring the story of a doctor causing his patients much harm with evil x-rays, or the development of the gyroscope for aeroplanes in "The Terror in the Air".

Each story features a fascinating look at life in the early 20th century, and even includes some action along the way. (8 hr 56 min)


Craig Kennedy's Theories 3:38 Read by Elliott Miller
The Silent Bullet 39:05 Read by Elliott Miller
The Scientific Cracksman 43:28 Read by Elliott Miller
The Bacteriological Detective 41:46 Read by Elliott Miller
The Deadly Tube 39:30 Read by Elliott Miller
The Seismograph Adventure 49:51 Read by Elliott Miller
The Diamond Maker 43:25 Read by Elliott Miller
The Azure Ring 44:28 Read by Elliott Miller
"Spontaneous Combustion" 45:08 Read by Elliott Miller
The Terror In The Air 42:18 Read by Elliott Miller
The Black Hand 43:53 Read by Elliott Miller
The Artificial Paradise 50:19 Read by Elliott Miller
The Steel Door 49:19 Read by Elliott Miller


The Genius and the Everyman

(5 stars)

I've remarked in my review of the other collection of Reeve stories how enjoyable and masterful (if somewhat campy :-) )Elliott's voicing of Kennedy is, but his voicing of Jamison is just as good-the "everyman" foil to Kennedy's "genius"

logical thinking

(5 stars)

this is a wonderful series of detective stories. the technical aspects, while common place today, are amazingly described.

Another great collection

(4.5 stars)

There’s a wonderful mixture of madcap inventions which predict our own modern era world and the delightful if bizarre psychedelic drug experiences! What a ride man! Well read, great fun, stories are a great length for occasional listening- like commuting or in the bath :)


(5 stars)

the stories were all wonderful. but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed Elliott the reader. He does such a fantastic job with all the different characters. He really added to Quality stories and made them a real pleasure to listen to

(5 stars)

The stories here are very interesting, and often filled with surprises! as the narrator's summary says, it is especially interesting reading them with today's perspective, when many of the inventions and principles Kennedy uses are essentially commonplace!

a good book to listen to

(5 stars)

The reader has a perfect voice for audiobooks. The only flaw is his mispronunciation of several words, among them Titian, Chianti,capacious, etc. But aside from that, he’s an excellent reader.

(5 stars)

I enjoyed these detective stories where science and attention to detail solve the case. It reminded me of the tv detective series “Numb€rs” a few years back.


(5 stars)

loved every segment. Plenty modelled after Sherlock Holmes, but still feels original. I certainly would enjoy more if there are further works with these characters.