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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprint edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849904065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849904063
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,812 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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"Eleven adventures from the crowded life of Sherlock Holmes, including 'The Final Problem', with which the author intended to close the career of his famous detective. But Holmes was a match for his creator, and 12 more stories follow in 'The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes'." (Kirkus UK)

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A tie-in edition of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes collection, with a new introduction by Sherlock writer Stephen Thompson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2011
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As a fan of Conan Doyle's work (not just Sherlock Holmes, but the Professor Challenger Lost World stories too) I have a large number of books and audio versions of his work. Some of them are great, some are good and some are absolutely awful - this, however, is one of the better ones.

Once I had managed to get past the initial "Cadfael is reading Sherlock Holmes" feeling I was able to close my eyes and become immersed in the reminisces of Dr John Watson.

A total of 11 stories told in 9 hours 5 minutes over 8 discs.

Several of the stories are divided across 2 discs.

Disc 1
- Silver Blaze
- Yellow Face (starts at track 20)

Disc 2
- Yellow Face (continued)
- Stockbrokers Clerk (starts at track 12)

Disc 3
- The Gloria Scott
- The Musgrave Ritual (starts at track 15)

Disc 4
- The Musgrave Ritual (continued)
- Reigate Squires (starts at track 9)

Disc 5
- Crooked Man
- Resident Patient (starts at track 15)

Disc 6
- Resident Patient (continued)
- Greek Interpreter (starts at track 10)

Disc 7
- Naval Treaty

Disc 8
- Naval Treaty (continued)
- The Final Problem (starts at track 6)

There has always been some debate over the number of stories that were contained in "Memoirs". When this series of stories were originally published in "The Stand Magazine" they included "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (aka the severed ear), but this was dropped from the original UK publication of "Memoirs" (and it appeared in the Last Bow volume in the US). No-one is sure why, some say it was Conan Doyle who wanted it pulled and others put the blame on the publishers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2013
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This review is specific to the unabridged audio book read by Derek Jacobi.

Published monthly in the Strand Magazine in 1892/3 and collected together as a book in 1894, the memoirs of Sherlock Holmes include some of the best of his short stories. Silver Blaze, Crooked Man, Musgrave Ritual and, of course, The Final problem, have gone down in literary history as thrilling tales of adventure and deductive reasoning. The tales cover a broad range, from Holmes' recounting of adventures in 1880 and 1881 (prior to his meeting Watson) to his faithful Boswell, through to the Final problem set in 1891. So in this collection we get Holmes' first cast, and what Doyle thought would be his last.

Doyle gives us a series of mysteries that give their thrills either through astonishing displays of deductive reasoning (Silver Blaze, Musgrave Ritual), from action and adventure (The Final Problem, The Gloria Scott), mixtures of the two (Reigate Squires) and occasionally from a good old fashioned slice of Gothic Horror (Musgrave Ritual again). Problems are not always satisfactorily resolved (The Resident Patient, The Yellow Face), but the telling of the tale is always thrilling.

This set follows the tradition of not including the contemporary story `The Cardboard Box', so there are only eleven stories here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2012
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Over the last year I've listened to quite a few audio books, at first I wasn't too keen but now I love listening to them as I can also get on with other things whilst I listen.

Both my brother and I are huge Sherlock Holmes fans especially the old films starring the great Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. :-)

There are 8 CD's in this collection and this version is narrated by the great Derek Jacobi, in my eyes he does an excellent job. :-)

I'm not going to go into any of the story plots as I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

All can say is if you're a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle great detective Sherlock Holmes then I know you'd enjoy this audio collection. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Spanswick VINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2011
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This was to have been Conan Doyle's last set of Holmes tales but as we know now due to fantastic public demand he was brought back from the dead to live another day and solve three more volumes of cases.

Conan Doyle had wanted to kill off Holmes and concentrate any more "serious" writing projects:

"I must save my mind for better things," he wrote to his mother at the time, "even if it means I must bury my pocketbook with him."

Thankfully he was persuaded to resurrect his famous detective and not only brought him back to life but established a literary figure that it will be impossible ever to kill off and there may well be new Holmes stories written well into the next century. He has become almost an historic rather than a fictional figure.

This CD set is a cover to cover reading of the stories collected in the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and they are wonderfully read by the fruity-voiced Derek Jacobi, a welcome addition to the Holmes readers which include Basil Rathbone, David Timson, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and even the latest reincarnation Benedict Cumberbatch.

My only problem with this set is the dividing up of the stories so many start on one CD and end half way through the next one. This feels just like bad organisation, poorly assessed recording techniques or maybe unnecessary thrift. I feel each of the cases deserves a CD of its own.
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