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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: v. 2 (BBC Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Bert Coules , Clive Merrison , Andrew Sachs
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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7 Jun 2004 BBC Radio Collection
This book features the stories of "The Abergavenny Murder", "The Shameful Betrayal of Miss Emily Smith", "The Tragedy of Hanbury Street", "The Determined Client". In the fifty-six short stories and four novels Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about his great detective, there are many passing references to successful cases that are never actually written about. This second volume of four stories, written by the main dramatist on the complete BBC Radio 4 Sherlock Holmes canon, imaginatively flesh out the cases behind those references to wonderful effect. As in the complete dramatised canon, Clive Merrison plays the great sleuth with the role of Doctor Watson played by Andrew Sachs. Cast includes Lindsay Duncan, Mark Gatiss, Christian Rodska, Ioan Meredith and Joanna McCallum. Of the first series the Daily Telegraph said - 'A joy from beginning to end ...ingenious extensions of the Conan Doyle originals'

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  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (7 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563530391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563530398
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 11.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There are 4 CDs in this collection, with a separate adventure recorded on each. There is also an interview with Bert Coules, the author, on disc 4. The running time is approximately 4 hours.
The 4 cases are:
1) The Abergavenny Murder
That's Abergavenny the lord, not Abergavenny the town. The scene opens on Holmes dabbling with his chemistry set and trying to keep his brain alive through a period of mind numbing boredom, because of the dearth of cases. Watson tries to help with suggestions of tea. Then a desperate and dishevelled man stumbles through the door begging for help and collapses, dead on the rug. Holmes snaps to attention. His mental faculties are focused - and he's off ...
2) The Shameful Betrayal of Miss Emily Smith;
A young, kind hearted and gentle woman is murdered. She's a children's teacher, well thought of, private and unassuming. She has no enemies. Her body is discovered by a doctor and his wife out walking in the snow. The mystery is, how did the killer stab her and leave her in a snow covered field without leaving any foot-prints but the victim's. Only the most incisive mind is going to solve this one.
3) The Tragedy of Hanbury Street
When a 16 year old girl kills herself, leaving an enigmatic suicide note, her heart-broken adoptive parents want to know why. She left home for work as a volunteer in a clinic for the poor, in a seemingly buoyant mood, then took her own life. What happened in the intervening hours to cause this fatal change? Holmes and Watson are on the case.
4) The Determined Client.
A business man receives an unwelcome visit from his nephew - the son of his disinherited brother. Things turn ugly and the business man apparently shoots his nephew, then overcome with guilt, he shoots himself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There are 4 CDs in this collection, with a separate adventure recorded on each. There is also an interview with Bert Coules, the author, on disc 4. The running time is approximately 4 hours.
The titles of the 4 cases are:
1) The Abergavenny Murder;
2) The Shameful Betrayal of Miss Emily Smith;
3) The Tragedy of Hanbury Street;
4) The Determined Client.
I enjoyed listening to all the plays. Bert Coules managed to capture the spirit of Conan Doyle's famous detective very convincingly, in my opinion. I agree with the previous reviewer, that the first story, The Abergavenny Murder, is the least interesting of the four, but it's not too bad - just the least memorable of a generally well crafted collection of cases.
Clive Merrison and Andrew Sachs are very good in the roles of Holmes and Watson and the other actors also play their parts well. If you enjoy the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you will probably enjoy these plays just as much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 7 Dec 2010
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Bert Coules stories are true to ACD's format for Sherlock Holmes and show ingenuity and the quality of his craft. My favourite is the Abergevenny Murder which is a true Tour de Force. Highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars The new sherlock holmes 18 Jun 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
Fans of sherlock holmes have now got a chance to hear stories of the great detective never written down on paper. I myself have enjoyed reading and listening to all his adventures, and have collected them all on audio cassette and was delighted to hear about this new one.
4 stores each lastin approx 40 mins on 2 cassettes comprise this purchase.
The first story itself, to be honest i didnt enjoy completely, i wont tell you the ending but it was a bit of a let down, but the other three were very impressive.
The way the stories are told you feel your actually in the story urself along side holmes and watson in their adventures.
If your a fan of sherlock, or even a fan of bbc audio stories, i recoomend this tape to you. and it isnt too expensive as well. It makes a great fathers day persent of birthday gift, sure to bring a smile to a fans face.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and Dreary 5 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
These stories are an attempt to cash in on the continuing popularity of Conan Doyle's original tales. They fall far short in many ways, but primarily in a lack of depth in plot and shallowness of character. They are at best an attempt to use the oblique allusions to other cases found in the main corpus of stories; at worst they are dull and lacking in any sense of suspense and mystery worthy of the master detective who is Sherlock Holmes.
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