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I get the feeling that Riccardi is trying to create his own Sherlock Holmes. On two occasions within these stories he seems to want to make Holmes' "more compassionate" and especially paint him as being more sympathetic toward the opposite sex. Doyle makes it perfectly clear that his Sherlock is indifferent concerning them.
Almost completely missing from these stories are Sherlock's extraordinary ability to immediately form correct conclusions after only seconds of observing a person, or thing. Actually, this quality is the unique trademark of Holmes. How could one present a Holmes mystery without it?
Conan Doyle's stories were all about the character, Sherlock Holmes, and what a prodigious character he is! However, Riccardi seems satisfied with letting Holmes make "cameo appearances" throughout his mysteries.
Simon Prebble does very well portraying several characters but , in my opinion, a poor Holmes. Of course, I'm used to listening to Charlton Griffin.
One of the great things about Doyle's SH stories are that they are concise. These aren't.
Having said all of this "The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes: Nine Adventures from the Lost Years" is worth listening to if you are an avid SH fan which I am!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. I thought these stories were fun and entertaining. I never solved any of the puzzles before the answers were revealed, so I was pretty entertained. I'm not sure that this would appeal to diehard fans who prefer a more orthodox style. The audiobook The House of Silk did a better job of following the more Sir Arthur Conan Doyle style. However, I think the author did a good job with these stories, and I would recommend people who like mysteries to read and enjoy it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
...3 tales in was enough for me.
If imitation is the best form of flattery - this book gives lie to that old chestnut!