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The narration provided by Simon Prebble is excellent. He's a good voice actor and manages to make each character distinct no matter how big the cast of a given story.
I would give this book 4 stars, but there is one critical problem. There is a story missing. "The Final Problem," in which we are first introduced by Doyle to the character of Professor Moriarty, is nowhere to be found.
This particular production company has seen fit to include it as an extra on their recording of "The Valley of Fear." It makes sense, from a certain point of view. Given the ending of the story and the role of Moriarty in both tales, there is a certain logic to packaging it with "The Valley of Fear." However, the description of this audio book EXPLICITLY STATES THAT IT INCLUDES "The Final Problem," which it does not. Listeners will therefore be surprised when the audiobook ends with, "The Naval Treaty."
It's a good audiobook, and Prebble's performance is excellent. If you're working your way through the Holmes cannon, this isn't a bad production. But unless you buy "The Valley of Fear" as produced by the same company, you're going to feel a bit cheated.
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This edition of the book that I downloaded in May of 2012 does include "The Final Problem."
It seems to follow the 1894 American book edition, in that "The Cardboard Box" is *not* included, and several paragraphs of that story are inserted into "The Resident Patient." You can see the Wikipedia entry for the most singular circumstances surrounding the publication.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Simon Prebble is the best reader of these stories in my opinion, with beautifully distinct voices and a sensitivity for the text and era.
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