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Sherlock Holmes: The Death and Life Audio CD – Audiobook, 17 Mar 2014

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354559
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 0.9 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,140,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Agnew's windowcleaner on 24 Mar. 2011
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Whether or not you like this audio one-man play depends one the sort of Holmsian you are.

If you are a Holmes pedant, there will be little niggles, but if you are happy to let these go, then it's a good play - especially if you have a taste for the postmodern.

Robert LLewellyn plays all the parts brilliantly, including Holmes, Moriarty, Arthur Conan Doyle,the propriator of the Strand Magazine and even a clarevoyant lady. I honestly don't know why LLewellyn isn't more widely known. Perhaps I just don't move in the right circles.

There is also a 20 or so minute discussion at the end of the play between LLewellyn, David Stuart Davis and Nicholas Briggs the director and producer of this audio range. They talk about the production, Davis' two stage plays (The Last Act and The Death and Life) of which this is one adaptation. They also discuss the longevity and appeal of Sherlock Holmes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Colin J. Todd on 26 July 2010
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I saw this play live in Scarborough and at the time was amazed at Roger Llewellyn's ability of change from caracter to caracter with little more than a change of voice and his stance, and it was so convincing! Even after a year this play stayed in my mind's interest. Framed around Dr Doyle's hated Sherlocks's popularity and his attempts to kill him off, yet the fictional caracter has out lived his author, survived the attempts to kill him and has gone on to have 'a life of his own'in the world's imagination. Once I found out it was on a CD I snapped it up. This is a great play on CD and gives great pleasure, see it live too if you can!
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Great CD for Sherlock Holmes Fans 25 Jun. 2015
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on Amazon.com
"The Death and the Life" is another one man play starring Roger Llewellyn and written by David Stuart Davies. The story is a mix of fact and fiction as it centers upon Arthur Conan Doyle's efforts to rid himself of his most famous creation once and for all with the writing of, "The Final Problem" and failed.

"The Death and the Life" imagines Holmes and his fellow characters reacting to Doyle's actions and scheming. Doyle's disinterest is reflected in a hilarious scene where Holmes describes a madcap adventure to a snoring Watson. The story is bolstered by the use of Doyle's own journals and letters. Another great scene is the one which Holmes learns he's a fictional character.

"The Death and the Life," with its light comedy and heavy symbolism is a story about a literary creation whose popularity transcended the writer who created him. The play is helped by another strong performance from Roger Llewellyn who manages to perfectly portray all the characters and angles of this very deep and well-written play. Overall, this is another story that's a wonderful listen for fans of Sherlock Holmes.
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