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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Unabridged edition (12 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626348887
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626348888
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 5.1 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'. He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes.

He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. He was a passionate advocate of many causes, ranging from divorce law reform and the Channel Tunnel to the issuing of inflatable life-jackets to sailors. He also campaigned to prove the innocence of individuals, and his work on the Edjalji case was instrumental in the introduction of the Court of Criminal Appeal. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and later in life became a convert to spiritualism.

His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. Penguin publish all the books about the great detective, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.

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David Timson delivers an outstanding performance in this highly recommended audiobook of a collection of Conan Doyle's Casebook that features lesser-known tales--like The Adventure of the Blanched Soldierand The Adventure of the Retired Colourman--in a refreshing break from the recent rash of Holmes audiobooks focusing on Conan Doyle's earlier and more famous stories. Timson--who has narrated the entire Holmes canon--is a revelation; he captures the essence of the text, delivering perfect renditions for every character and vividly creating for the listener the rich and wonderful world of crime-ridden Victorian London. --Publishers Weekly

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• SIDE 1 'The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier'
• SIDE 2 'The Adventure of the Creeping Man'
• SIDE 3 'The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone'
• SIDE 4 'The Adventure of the Three Gables'

The masterful stories in this collection relate Holmes and Watson's involvement with the case of an eminent physiologist inexplicably savaged by his faithful wolfhound, of the priceless stolen Crown diamond found in the pocket of a peer, and of the mysterious figure who means to buy Mrs Maberley's house and all of its contents, whatever the cost, while Holmes himself tells the story of a Boer war hero set to inherit a fortune who mysteriously disappears from the family seat.

Known and loved by generation after generation, this shrewd amateur detective, with faithful Watson by his side, has earned his place in our national life and social history.

This collection of four short stories, taken from 'The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes', indulges us with more exciting adventures of Baker Street's most famous resident.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's no secret that by this point Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle was bored with Sherlock Holmes and wished to let him go forever but the public kept hounding him and he only wrote them out of obligation. The lack of inspiration shows and the stories seem generic.

A few of them are not even told from Watson's perspective, with one being a rather odd third-person story and two being told by Holmes himself. Perhaps the constant narration by Watson is what led to so many movies casting Conan-Doyle lookalikes to play him as a bumbling fool who does no more than follow Holmes around. Or maybe Conan-Doyle was just trying to experiment by not sticking to formula. But Watson is missed in the story 'The Lion's Mane', in which there isn't even any damn crime committed. And there's not even any mystery in the 'Veiled Lodger' story. It was 19 pages of pointlessness!

Don't get me wrong, there are couple of good stories, such as 'The Blanched Soldier' and the one with the wife who commits suicide (the name of that story escapes me). But 'The Case of the Sussex Vampire' and 'The Creeping Gentlemen' have intriguing set-ups but lame endings. And in the case of the latter, just down-right far-fetched and ill-fitting in the Holmes universe.

I think the main problem with most of these is that the never really go anywhere. Literally. Holmes seems to solve them without even leaving his office. Come on! Let's go out and have an adventure rather than staying in and doing work!

By this point Holmes was past his prime and any discriminating fan will realize this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Chakotay VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2012
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My friends, having the dulcet narrative of Sir Derek Jacobi for this last installment fills me with equal parts pleasure and grief.

Jacobi manages to keep the ranges consistent for Holmes and Watson and more importantly, believably so. Nowhere is this more important in the two cases that depart from the standard Watson record: The Blanched Soldier, where Holmes attempts to write up the case himself and The Mazarin Stone, written from third perspective. These cases, while by no means outstanding in their content, are unique for the style.

The characterisation is brought to life in the sense that a master storyteller, comfortable in the role, is bearing his full powers of oratory upon the subject. There is no need for vocal embellishment, aside from excited rogues and females.

You may ask why my grief? From preface onwards, there are reminders that Sherlock has entered a new century. Thus he has aged and as all mortals, will meet an end. The fact that Sir Jacobi hardly needs to raise his pitch at all for Holmes, something that I cheekily complained about in The Return of Sherlock Holmes (BBC Audio) , actually accentuates the passing of the years for the great detective.

May I also add that having followed this audiobook series to their conclusion I understand better the strengths and the weaknesses of Laurie R King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell Mystery 01) and the series. Perhaps it is the sense of loss that made me grasp this continuation, which is worthy in its own right.

But I thank Sir Jacobi for reminding and allowing me to return to the master in his pomp, and also with the advantage of not needing to dust off pages had been left after being read so long ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2012
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This collection includes the last dozen cases of Arthur Conan Doyle's consulting detective, raised from his slumber by popular demand after a four year gap by an author who, by the 1920s, seems more interested in pursuing other avenues. Doyle's explanation for his reluctant return to Baker Street is outlined in the foreword which is helpfully also included on this 8CD set, but it's easy to deduce his heart and mind were wandering with these tales.

Rather than following the original publication order, it ends with The Adventure of the Retired Colourman rather than the final Holmes story Doyle wrote, The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place, and begins with The Case of the Illustrious Client, which immediately sets out the problem with this collection: while a perfectly acceptable story, it relies little on Holmes' unique skills and could almost have evolved around any pair of Edwardian gentleman trying to save an innocent woman from her disastrous choice of suitor. Worse still, Holmes resorts to simple burglary rather than intellect to get the job done. While subsequent cases see Holmes on more familiar ground, Doyle's growing interest in spiritualism and the supernatural and his evident antipathy towards his own creation give the stories a rather begrudging and lackadaisical quality, as if Doyle may give in to the public's demands for more Holmes but only if he can involve him in the kind of adventures that interest him. There is an interesting attempt to change style with the three stories related in the third person rather than by Holmes' faithful chronicler Dr Watson, and Holmes himself recounting his adventure on occasion, but these feel like the author attempting to liven up an assignment he finds a bit dull with a stylistic exercise.
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