The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes changed crime fiction forever and helped launch not just a popular character but an enduring legend who is just as loved today.
This audio book was narrated in London by experienced British stage actor Robert Maskell at a voice recording studio renowned for high production values.
The stories were originally featured not in a book at all, but were written as installments in a London magazine called The Strand.
Penned as always from the point of view of the ever-loyal Dr. Watson, these concise tales shed early light on Sherlock Holmes' analytical genius.
Throughout the 12 stories we see Holmes at his incisive and eccentric best. All groups within Victorian society feature, from European aristocrats to travelling Gypsies, mad doctors to innocent ladies. These are truly classic stories and a perfect introduction to the fascinating world of Sherlock Holmes.
The stories are presented in order that they were originally published:
1 A Scandal in Bohemia
2 The Adventure of the Red-Headed League
3 A Case of Identity
4 The Boscombe Valley Mystery
5 The Five Orange Pips
6 The Man with the Twisted Lip
7 The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
8 The Adventure of the Speckled Band
9 The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
10 The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
11 The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
12 The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
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Thoroughly Enjoyable Version of these Classics
A most singular audiobook...
There are several singular points about this audiobook and I would not have missed it for a good deal. 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery' are, in particular, highly memorable pieces and among the better Sherlock Holmes stories I have read.
Four of the twelve stories within this volume were later selected by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to be among his favourite Sherlock Holmes stories. This collection is an excellent launchpad for somebody to begin exploring some of the longer stories by the author.
Several times I forgot I was listening to one narrator performing all the characters. Maskell's expressive abilities, perhaps also his vocal range, have allowed him to perform conversations taking place between Watson, Holmes and female client characters. That much of the dialogue is unassigned does not matter because Maskell is able to convincingly and immersively voice differentiated characters. Many of the women are given high and breathy treatments by the narrator but these are nuanced and avoid caricature.
I found it appealing to listen to a story or two in a sitting.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
- Cameron F.