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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Volume 2: v. 2 (Complete Classics) [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Classical, Illustrated, Large Print, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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31 Mar 2008 Complete Classics
Here are the last six Sherlock Holmes stories from The Casebook. This completes the Sherlock Holmes canon recorded by David Timson.

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  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Unabridged edition (31 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 9626348623
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626348628
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.5 x 15 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With this package David Timson and Naxos complete their ten-year project to record the entire Holmes writings by Conan Doyle. Sherlockians regard 'The Casebook' with mixed feelings, being the last and probably the least of Conan Doyle's Holmes efforts. David Timson, however, excels in these respectful readings and more than compensates for the lesser material. He goes beyond voicing words clearly; he savors the language and gives attention to every phrase. The subtle use of music to mark setting changes is also effective. The collection concludes with a bonus story written and read by Timson ('The Wondrous Toy') on Holmes's encounter with the new gramaphone and, by implication, the birth of the audiobook era. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian<br /><br />David Timson completes his reading of the complete Holmes Canon, ten years after the release of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I. It s a task he s fulfilled with dedication, erudition, panache and wit, proving himself to be one of the great voice men ...He makes every character a distinct individual, without resorting to exaggerated mannerisms except, of course, for those flamboyant types for whom exaggeration is a part of their personality.... This final instalment includes as a light-hearted bonus The Adventure of the Wonderful Toy written (and very well written) by David Timson himself, a new story with, as he says, just a hint of parody. --Roger Johnson, Newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society<br /><br />Seven more truly ingenious criminal cases, only some of whose archvillains are the intellectual match of the legendary violin-playing, opium-smoking Baker Street sleuth, as he modestly observes to his long-suffering sidekick Dr Watson. Here's one Baron Adelbert Gruner, 'cool as ice, silky voiced, poisonous as a cobra with a superficial suggestion of afternoon tea, and all the cruelty of the grave behind it'If Holmes's insufferable conceitedness didn't get under your skin (and David Timson portrays him brilliantly), you probably wouldn't enjoy it as much. --AudioFile

He makes every character a distinct individual, without resorting to exaggerated mannerisms...Mr Timson s collaboration with Nicolas Soames, who has overseen the project from the start (though The Valley of Fear was produced by Roy McMillan) ensures that the pacing is just right. --The District Messenger

Seven more truly ingenious criminal cases, only some of whose archvillains are the intellectual match of the legendary violin-playing, opium-smoking Baker Street sleuth, as he modestly observes to his long-suffering sidekick Dr Watson. Here's one Baron Adelbert Gruner, 'cool as ice, silky voiced, poisonous as a cobra with a superficial suggestion of afternoon tea, and all the cruelty of the grave behind it'If Holmes's insufferable conceitedness didn't get under your skin (and David Timson portrays him brilliantly), you probably wouldn't enjoy it as much. --AudioFile

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finale preserves the high quality of these audiobooks. 27 April 2008
By Art Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the final recording in the series, completing the David Timson readings of the Sherlock Holmes canon on Naxos (there are sixteen in all). Although some of these are among the weakest of Doyle's output, Timson gives them new life with his spirited readings. For example, The Lion's Mane never felt so exciting when I read it in the past. As a bonus, there's a fine pastiche by Timson himself that does justice to his literary talents.

One warning - finding all of these is not easy because Amazon doesn't seem to catalog them all in the same fashion. When you search for "Sherlock Holmes Audio CD", for example, only some of them come up. I had the most success searching for "David Timson Audio CD".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent audio rendition of the Holmes stories 8 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Having purchased abroad the last two in the Casebook series, I can assure other American fans of the BBC Holmes series that in these, the last, and in many people's minds, weakest of the Holmes stories, the BBC team excels, filling in logical extensions of the stories to make them as good, or in some cases better than the earlier ones. They are a treat!
3.0 out of 5 stars Wake me up when you're finished, my dear Watson 2 Jun 2013
By Michele - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sherlock Holmes was one of those literary characters who fascinated me in my adolescent and teen years but who, unfortunately, has not withstood the test of time. As an adult I find Conan Doyle's stories bland and the character of Holmes boring in his perfection and false modesty.

This collection of stores would probably be of no interest to anyone except the most diehard Holmes fan; the last story in the collection, written not by Conan Doyle but by the narrator, was especially bad.

The narration is excellent, however, which does redeem the book somewhat.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock's Swan Song 5 May 2001
By George R Dekle - Published on Amazon.com
"The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes" was Doyle's last collection of short stories on the great detective. The stories may not have been uniformly as good as the earlier Holmes stories, and some of the plots may have been derivative, but they still entertain.
"The Three Garridebs" rehashed the plot of "The Red Headed League". "The Creeping Man" turned in a creepy tale whose premise has been disproved by later science. "The Veiled Lodger" was not even a mystery.
The rest of the stories were much better. "The Blanched Soldier" presented a conundrum which Holmes solved without visiting the scene. "The Sussex Vampire" had a perfectly natural explanation. "The Lion's Mane" involved violent death, but was there a crime? Holmes worked for an unnamed "Illustrious Client", but you should be able to figure out who it was. We meet Holmes' page, Billy, for the first and last time in "The Mazarin Stone". We meet international intrigue in "Shoscombe Old Place" and an arrogant murderer in "The Retired Colourman". My favorite story of the lot is "The Problem of Thor Bridge", where Holmes assists a young lady of murder in the face of almost overwhelming evidence of guilt.
The BBC production of "The Case Book" was done in three packets of two cassettes, each containing two stories from "The Case Book". Clive Merrison once again turns in a virtuoso performance as Holmes, and Michael Williams portrays a far more capable Watson than Nigel Bruce ever imagined.
Bert Coules and Vincent McInerney took more liberties with the plotlines in this collection than they did in any of their other treatments of the Holmes saga. They write Billy out of "The Mazarin Stone" and replace her with Mrs. Hudson, who participates more actively in the solution of the case than she ever did in any of Doyle's writings. In fact, Doyle's story occupies only about 10 minutes of the production, with 20 minutes of leadup in which Lord Cantlemere serves as Holmes' chief suspect. The changes consist of additions which make the story more enjoyable without altering Doyle's original plot. The same cannot be said for their treatment of "The Three Gables". Langdale Pike, a minor character in Doyle's original rendition, becomes a major actor. Pike assists Holmes in the ruination of the villainess. This constitutes a major change from Doyle's original plot, in which Holmes allows the villainess to escape upon payment of "punitive damages". In "The Sussex Vampire" they manage to work in a few references to Bram Stoker's "Dracula", but don't otherwise tamper too much with the plot.
If you like Holmes, mysteries, or radio plays; you'll like this collection.
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