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Where does Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem and The Empty House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem and The Empty House are two of the best Holmes stories Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote. He wrote the Final Problem to kill of his detective, but his readers demanded his return. As a result Doyle resurrected his detective in The Empty House.
What other book might you compare Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem and The Empty House to and why?
Of the other Sherlock Holmes stories written by Doyle and others, these two stories bring the "death", then resurrection of a character. This has been imitated in other series books, movies, and television. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's method serves as a template for writers as a resource.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
Nicolas Briggs performance as Sherlock Holmes keeps the excellent standard for portrayals that is on equal footing with Basil Rathbone, and Jeremy Brett's interpretation of the famed detective. Briggs brings to Holmes the logical deduction and motivations that make the detective more lifelike and approachable. Richard Earl's performance as Dr. Watson is also on a high level with Nigel Bruce, David Burke, and Edward Hardwicke's renditions of the good doctor. The chemistry between Briggs and Earl can be felt as you listen. It is rare that such chemistry can be accomplished. Big Finish Productions is to be commended for this.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I had a hard time pulling away from this book because it is so compelling. I have listened to it several times already picking up details that I missed from a previous listening.
Any additional comments?
For Sherlock Holmes fans, I think you will enjoy Nicolas Briggs and Richard Earl as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their performances provide a "movie" for the reader's mind.
Fabulous performances with built in atmosphere, left me wanting more, it's very seldom you come across storytelling this good, definitely a favorite, will look forward to playing it again.
Suitable for the avid Sherlock fan looking for a fresh take on Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective.