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Simon Prebble is an excellent performer, but the material is just not that interesting. And having sections in Italian or French, or German does not make it more worth listening to for me. While it does suggest a couple of different possibilities, it is just kind of dull. I didn't even make it into the 3rd story. Or,was it the second. Can't remember.
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i'd never heard of ted riccardi before i bought this book and his "oriental casebook of sherlock holmes" so i had zero expectations, which is probably the best way to come to any new author. he has clearly loved and studied all of the original stories, and has captured the style of conan doyle without being slavishly imitative. plus he's cleverly able to slide these new adventures into spaces left by the canon. i think it helps that he's stuck with short stories of a similar length to the ones that conan doyle penned. there's a perfectly sound argument for letting the "real" stories stand alone and never seeking out any new adventures; but if you're willing to entertain the idea of someone else adding their own twist, i think you might be pleasantly surprised by ted riccardi!
Sometimes slips into Americanisms and ignorance of English (not British, no such thing) law, and narration slipshod on articulation of consonants at times, which can be confusing. Narrator doesn't often sound native English Standard English speaker.