This is an extremely well done systematic retelling of the Holmes short novels and stories in the order in which they appeared. Charlton Griffin, clearly a very talented actor, seems to relish the many characters he is called upon to portray. An unexpected pleasure was the amount of 19th-century social history contained in the stories. A world where the new--typewriters and telephones--collides with the old, rigid class system of Victorian England. I had forgotten that Dr. John Watson is a disabled veteran of the Second Afghan War--chillingly familiar in the world we walk around in, 130 years later. There is much more humor in the stories than I had remembered: Watson's hilarious description of how he met and courted his future wife during the course of a story (that I will not spoil by describing further) is a good example.
When Holmes--whom Watson claims was entirely innocent of any knowledge of literature--quotes from Henry David Thoreau to explain deductive reasoning. I did not see that coming.
And another spoiler alert: When Sherlock Holmes is bested by "the woman"--Irene Adler--but still saves his princely client, all he asks for, when he might receive any reward that he could name, is a photograph of her.
There is no accounting for taste, but I have been sharing my pleasure with these stories with many people--to the point that I probably seem to be obsessed with them, and I still have parts II and III (almost forty hours--including both "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and the "The Valley of Fear") of listening pleasure ahead of me.
Make note of the descriptions of Americans who play a surprisingly prominent role in the Conan Doyle novels and stories--an interesting combination of admiration for what are perceived to be our admirable qualities--and more than a few familiar and sometimes painful stereotypes.
I don't think there is a way to over state the fact that the collective works of Sherlock Holmes have had a HUGE impact on literature. Many of the plots could be transplanted to New York City and appear on an episode of the TV Show 'Law and Order' - it is not a cliche to say that these stories are timeless. Primarily written as short stories and published as such, the short format is mastered by these works. I cannot find anything I would change or improve about these stories - they are a must read!
This is one of the great clasics ever writen, and it is very performed.
This is simply a book to recommend, I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the series.
I have wanted to read Sherlock Holmes stories for ages, but had trouble finding the time. There was a deal on Volume 1 of the audio book, so I thought I would give that format a shot. I was very impressed. Charlton Griffin's performance brings the stories to life in a way I haven't experienced in an audiobook before. I had to pick up the other volumes to listen, and I'm curious to explore other books he has performed. A truly enjoyable performance of some great literature. I highly recommend it.
Griffin brings the characters to life. He performs all the different voices so well, I forgot it was one person doing all of the characters, making it easier to get completely engrossed in the story.
I laughed, I smiled, I talked back to the book... "Holmes made this observation based on this..."
It is so far the best I've heard. It's so long, yet it never gets boring!
For me, the pleasure is in the dialogue. The lines exchanged between Holmes and Watson are priceless. The plot is always interesting and ends with a surprising twist.
I've only listened to the Sherlock Holmes books.
Sherlock Holmes. Who could compete with such an interesting character? He has the rare combination of cool intellect and gentlemanly charm.
Perhaps the manner of speech in this book was commonplace when it was written, but it is very refreshing to anyone who is sick of lazy writing in many modern productions.
yes, but only from the perspective of ease. I listened to it on a road trip.
Obviously the way Sherlock Holmes explained how he resolved the crimes.
His characterization of Sherlock was a bit different than I had pictured in my head, but in a good way.
spraying lead and crackin' heads
Best mystery writer ever
I have read the Sherlock Holmes stories since I was a kid, but really enjoyed listening to them. Great narration. Never read "Study in Scarlet", the first story, but definitely one of the best.
I really enjoyed these stories. The reading was fantastic, engaging, and lots of fun. Having only experienced the Sherlock stories via the British show, this was a great way to get back to its beginnings.
Perhaps, but I rarely re-read books. I will share it with my housemate.
No, but I knew what to expect as a Sherlock Holmes fan. It was entertaining.
He brings the characters alive.
Sherlock Holmes of course. He is the reason for the stories told.
A good buy.