I tend to group Sherlock Holmes audio productions into three groups: (1) the full cast production with sound effects and original music (think the superlative Clive Merrison BBC recordings); (2) the Basil Rathbone / Tom Conway / Nigel Bruce (and others) radio productions, with their shorter duration and some amount of music and special effects; and (3) the single-reader sets, where one person narrates the entire story. This recording by the wonderful Edward Hardwicke is in the third group, and I must admit that when I first listened, I felt a little underwhelmed. But I must say that over time, this recording grew on me. Mr. Hardwicke uses a number of surprisingly effective voices and accents to replicate the different characters, and if there is no music or special effects, it only serves to focus the listener that much more on the wonderful Conan Doyle stories. And it is impossible not to feel a strong tug of warm emotions when listening to the actor who portrayed Dr. Watson in the Granada television series. All-in-all, I really enjoyed this set and have ordered more.