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A Superb Reading Of These Timeless And Classic Novellas.,
This review is from: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (BBC Audiobooks) (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Being a lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan I thought there was nothing new left to discover about that particular world, I was wrong. I know these stories backwards as I've read each one dozens of times over the last thirty years or so and I never tire of them.
It is therefore very nice to sit down in a comfy armchair with a drink and the lights off and listen to a wonderful narrator bring these stories to life without any effort on his part and indeed on mine. Reading the stories requires brain power of course, here I can let someone else do the work and close my eyes and just lose myself in the world that I love so much.
The narrator chosen is the hugely talented Sir Derek Jacobi, and what a choice he was too. Being a Shakesperean actor of the highest order leaves him superbly qualified to read these books and his differentiating between the parts and subtle uses of inflections and emotions really does justice to Conan Doyle's books.
With Doctor Watson being the 'narrator' of the stories, Jacobi quite rightly takes the effort to nail that character personality to a fine degree, he really is first rate.
The stories were published in 1894 and feature Holmes climatic encounter with Moriarty in The Final Problem, this was intended to be the final ever appearance of Holmes but public pressure forced Conan Doyle to resurrect him a few years later, it isn't hard to see why as the character is one of the giants of fiction.
The list of stories follows:
"The Adventure of the Yellow Face"
"The Stockbroker's Clerk"
"The Gloria Scott"
"The Musgrave Ritual"
"The Adventure of the Reigate Squire"
"The Adventure of the Crooked Man"
"The Resident Patient"
"The Greek Interpreter"
"The Naval Treaty"
"The Final Problem"
The only story originally published under the memoirs that is not adapted here is "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" as this story is in His Last Bow in American editions of the canon and looks like the producer has taken that option here, which is a pity as it's not quite the complete memoirs.
The packaging is a little disappointing though, with all eight discs stacked on top of each other which can lead to scratching. I'm sure AudioGo could have come up with something better than that, but then again it isn't the first time it;'s happened so it looks like this may be the standard from now on.
All in all, a great reading and for anyone with a passing interest in the great detective a very worthwhile product to acquire.
I really can't recommend it enough.