- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books (29 Dec. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785942441
- ISBN-13: 978-1785942440
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,670 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures Volume 1 Paperback – 29 Dec 2016
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It's not quite 'complete' (as a new short story has been discovered since this volume was published). And it's certainly not a 'deluxe' edition ... if you're after something more aesthetically attractive, I would recommend Sherlock Holmes 6-Book Boxed Set: Containing: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles & The ... & The Sign of the Four (Collector's Library).
Notwithstanding the limitations of this volume, it's a good quality book - with all the classic Holmes adventures in it. If you're after a reasonably priced edition, this is a good product.
The fine choice of narrator makes this audiobook a very enjoyable listen - I especially like to listen late at night to help me relax before drifting off to sleep.
The one slight drawback with audiobooks in general is that if you miss a few words or sentences, or want to listen again to a specific passage, you have to go back to the beginning of the chapter / file; you can't just go back a few seconds. Of course, if you're reading the stories in a book, you can read a sentence as many times as you want to and indeed, I bought the paperback edition of the stories as well to compliment the audiobook. This is an equally good buy (it cost me just £5 for 1400+ pages in paperback).
As an aside, it is worth noting that the price can fluctuate if you hang back before purchasing - I did just that and managed to get this on Amazon on Christmas Day at the sale price of £131 pounds - who says there is no Santa?
I thought I should add some 'minor' irritations I am noticing as I delve further into this collection; I have noticed that in deference to our transatlantic 'cousins' and in a outrageous attempt to make this set more palatable to an American audience you have to accept language 'bastardisations' such as 'blocks' and not London 'streets', Holmes and Watson drink Coffee and not Tea which is palpably absurd and regular reference to 'gems' instead of Jewels - as I say minor irritations perhaps in what is still a first rate set but still annoying nevertheless.....
The collection consists of four volumes, with the novels and books of short stories being distributed across them. This leads to one small oddity - the first part of Volume II is "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes", which includes the story "The Final Problem" and the apparent death of Holmes. The second part is "The Hound of the Baskervilles", where Holmes is very much alive. Volume III starts with "The Return of Sherlock Holmes", where the story "The Empty House" explains how Holmes survived and in the process concludes the Moriarty mini-arc . So any first-time readers might be slightly puzzled by this, and I am not sure why the publishers placed the "Hound" between.
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