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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 20 February 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. The "Cardboard Box" was later reinstated into "Memoirs", but does not appear in this set but hopefully will be in the "Last Bow" when it is released.

My only real problem with the set is with the box the discs come in. The discs are grouped together on a spindle rather than being separate - this means that to find, say for example, disc 6 you have to remove most of the disc to find the one that you want, this removal, no matter how careful you handle the discs, will cause a certain amount of scratching to the playing side of the discs.

I was introduced to the Sherlock Holmes stories as a child and they are stories - I return to over and over again. They are some of the best detective stories I have ever read and Derek Jacobi does a great job reading them.
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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. Nonetheless it is a five star collection of tales, and consists of:

"Silver Blaze"
"The Adventure of the Yellow Face"
"The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk"
"The Adventure of the Gloria Scott"
"The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual"
"The Adventure of the Reigate Squire"
"The Adventure of the Crooked Man"
"The Adventure of the Resident Patient"
"The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter"
"The Adventure of the Naval Treaty"
"The Final Problem"

Derek Jacobi's full text reading, on 8 discs, is a real pleasure. It is the next best thing to reading the actual book. Jacobi provides a great narrating voice, slipping into the role of Watson relating events perfectly. You almost feel as though you are sat next to Watson in his club as he reminisces on his adventures with his friend Holmes. And as he recounts the events leading up to Holmes' death at Reichenbach Jacobi really conveys the sorrow that Watson feels for the loss of his friend. It's masterful. I enjoyed listening to this immensely, and look forward to getting more in the series. 5 stars.
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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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VINE VOICEon 4 March 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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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.
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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.
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on 11 May 2013
I love Conan Doyle stories and I'm a warm admirer of the Granada series starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and David Burke and Edward Hardwicke as Doctor Watson. Eight stories from "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" have been dramatized for television by Granada: Silver Blaze, The Cardboard Box, The Musgrave Ritual, The Crooked Man, The Resident Patient, The Greek Interpreter, The Naval Treaty, and The Final Problem. The introduction and the explanatory notes of the Oxford World's Classic edition are very helpful, and I learned an enormous lot of things by reading them.The introduction by Christopher Roden explains the circumstances in which Conan Doyle wrote the stories,and shows that they become more complex in the Memoirs than they were in the earlier books.He analyzes the themes of each story in an interesting way, the evolution of the main character, and the changes in the relationship between Holmes and Watson.The introduction is also about the relation between Conan Doyle's life and his stories.Of course there is such a lot of explanatory notes that it's impossible to comment all of them. Let's take, for an example, the explanatory notes of Silver Blaze.They tell us what are "furlongs", "a Penang lawyer", and other words which would have certainly puzzled more than one reader, they give many explanations about horse races, comment upon the text (Holmes says: "The calculation is a simple one": is it really simple?), show the connexion between the dog's behaviour in Conan Doyle's novel and Telemaque's dogs one in Homer's Odyssey. Still more interesting is the quotation from Conan Doyle's autobiography (Memories and Adventures) which ends the notes about Silver Blaze:"Sometimes I have got upon dangerous ground where I have taken risks through my own want of knowledge of the correct atmosphere.I have, for example, never been a racing man, and yet I ventured to write Silver Blaze, in which the mystery depends on the laws of training and racing[...]I read an excellent and very damaging critic of the story, written clearly by a man who did know, in which he explained the exact penalties which would have come upon everyone concerned if they had acted as I described. Half would have been in jail and the other half warned of the turf for ever". Is not that useful to get a better understanding of the story and to appreciate Conan Doyle's modesty and humour?
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VINE VOICEon 4 August 2012
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Sir Derek Jacobi was a wonderful choice as narrator of this selection of Sherlock Holmes stories. There are some wonderful short stories here which will keep you entertained - my favourites being Silver Blaze, The Musgrave Ritual and The Resident Patient. Jacobi is faultless and that's what you want in an Audiobook - someone who enhances the tale in the telling.
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on 25 September 2013
As a 69 year old it has only been the last year that i have read any Sherlock Holmes stories and i must say they are magnifient.
The stories long or short are timeless i really could not put the e-book down! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is clearly a fantastic writer presenting you with a seemingly impossible situation he then explains it simply and easily, elementary my dear Watson, actually in all of the books i have read he never said that phrase even once.One thing that i did come across was the fact that some of the stories were repeated in other volumes such as The Complete Illustrated Novels and 37 Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes.
Nevertheless very enjoyable.
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on 6 May 2016
I read these short stories in between reading other books which I think works best for enjoying the tales - seeing as the structure of each story is essentially the same: Holmes meets somebody who relates their tale of misfortune; Holmes then travels to an appropriate place to investigate further; Holmes solves the puzzle. It's the content of each story that makes this book such a great read; each is a fascinating tale chock full of intereresting characters and intrigue not to mention the inimitable Holmes and his sidekick and narrator Watson. They read as fresh and exciting today as they must have been when they were published well over a hundred years ago.
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