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The Complete Sherlock Holmes [Audio CD]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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4 Oct 2004
Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective is one of the most enduringly popular sleuths of all time. It is with great pride that the "BBC Radio Collection" has been able to publish, for what we believe to be the first time on audio, all the Arthur Conan Doyle stories and novels featuring Holmes and Watson. Our eighteen-volume series has the consistency of the same team of directors, producers, dramatisers and leading actors - Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson. Acclaim for the series has been widespread: "A remarkable undertaking - the dramatisation of all 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories. Applauding them, and particularly Clive Merrison's Holmes, made my hands sore." - Peter Davalle, "The Times". This box set, containing all eighteen volumes, is a highly collectable item for the many devotees of Sherlock Holmes.

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  • Audio CD: 64 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563525207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563525202
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 15 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,062,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A remarkable undertaking - the dramatisation of all 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories.. Applauding them, and particularly Clive Merrison's Holmes, made my hands sore."" Peter Davalle, The Times

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical 9 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
Not only did the BBC team manage to dramatise the entire canon of Holmes stories, they did a fantastic job on each episode. All the performances are wonderful, the scripts are brilliant and full of humour and the sound effects and production allow you to conjure up Victorian London in your living room. The chemistry between the two leads, Clive Merrison and Michael Williams, means that at last we have a Holmes and Watson who are faithful to the books. With this set you can follow the two friends from their famous meeting in a laboratory at Bart's all the way through to Holmes' retirement, taking in their many strange adventures along the way...
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, outstanding performances! 17 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an outstanding collection. Both Clive Merrison (Holmes) and Michael Williams (Watson) bring these characters to life like never before, with both wit and drama. You will chuckle out loud at Watsons dry remarks during Holmes frustrating periods and his asides are either excellently scripted or inspired add libs. Merrison as Holmes captures the character throughout the series and it is a study in character acting as Holmes journeys from his first case to his final bow, allowing Holmes at times to be more than human. The real winners though are excellent scripts, direction and superb supporting casts who should not be underestimated in their contribution. Charles Augustus Milverton, The Final Problem, the Empty House & the Speckled Band are great examples. Finally the atmosphere created with the excellent effects transport the listener to the scene with clarity.
If quality is what you are after you will not be disappointed. This is the entire Conan-Doyle collection and includes The Hound of the Baskervilles. Brilliant!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'You know my methods. Apply them' 11 May 2007
By Mr. Mark P. Williams VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In 1998, the BBC became the first production company ever to dramatise the entire canon (56 short stories and 4 novels) of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, taking 9 years to complete in total, with Bert Coules being the principle writer of the production.

Clive Merrison (Holmes) and Michael Williams (Watson) starred in every recording, and their relationship comes across superbly well, with clear affection between the two being evident. I will admit, it did take me a while to warm to Merrison as Holmes, but having listened to the CD's many a time, I fully appreciate what he bought to the role, playing the detective with his exaggerated mannerisms and mood swings. Williams' Watson is a strong character, often standing up to Holmes arguing his point (particularly when Holmes often dismisses his romanticised written versions of their exploits!!)

The overall production (as one might expect from the BBC) is first class, and you are immediately transported back to the times when hansom cabs were rushing the pair to the scene of a crime. Some of the later stories Doyle had written do not stand up to the earlier ones, however, this does not detract from performances of the radio cast.

A total of 64 CD's come in a sturdy presentation box, together with an 83 page CD sized booklet that provides an insight into the making of the radio programmes.

Also recommended, are The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volumes 1 (ISBN 0-563-52407-) and 2 (ISBN 30-563-53039-1) that were written by Bert Coules, and inspired by the original Doyle stories. Sadly Michael Williams had passed away when these were produced, however Andrew Sachs fills the role sufficiently well.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radio at its best 14 Sep 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Let's get one thing straight from the beginning, this is: overkill, collectors, completists and Holme's anoraks will be in audio heaven. So what do you get for the better part of 200 quid? Well a very attractive presentation for a start, nicely and solidly boxed. This looks good before you even open it. Then there's what appears to be quite a small accompanying booklet that turns out to be a well written and very informative story of how the series was realised and tells us about those involved.
There's also a further documentary contained on one of the discs that is also worth listening to.
If you're a Holmes nut then you'll certainly get a buzz from seeing the complete series lined up in one box!
The most compelling reason though is of course the superb performances by Michael Williams,(Watson), and Clive Merrison, (Holmes),. All credit to everyone involved for not just aiming for a retread of the same old formula. Merrisons Holme's is a different beast to the usual Basil Rathbone clone that has frankly been done to death. But fear not the stories are intact and everything is still recognisable, just refreshingly overhauled. This being the BBC the production values are flawless and the sound effects superbly atmospheric.
The sound is clear, dialogue easily heard and some very impressive effects steering.
There are hours & hours of excellent stories and acting to be savoured. [...] Turn down the gas lamps, tell Mrs.Hudson you don't wish to be disturbed and settle into that antimaccassar to enjoy Holmes and Watson setting out on their adventures all over again!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hello Watson.I trust I find you well". 9 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
One of the Beeb's greatest achievements.Every short story and the novels too are brought to life in beautifully dramatised productions that can be listened to again and again.Technically stop notch with sublime sound.

Clive Merrison is "interesting" as Holmes playing him slightly too manic but the late Michael Williams is simply the best Watson that there has ever been.His vocal performance is so perfect with the bumbling oaf being replaced by a man of honour, dignity and love.Some of the stories on closer examination don't stand up but that was always one of the joys of them.

Highlights include "The Devil's Foot";"The Second Stain";"The Crooked Man";"The Dying Detective", "The Boscombe Valley Mystery and my personal favourite(sorry to be so unoriginal)"The Empty House".Of the novels "A Study in Scarlet" is wonderfully done.
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