It had been fifty years since I first read any of Conan Doyle's books, and the thought of reading them again did not excite me on bit.
They were written in a still that I found hard to stay focused and concentrate on the story, and lost the plot quit often.
So I decided to try the Audio E book, and what do you knew it is all in the rhythm of the speech just like poetry, WAY DIDN'T MY ENGLISH TEACHER EXPLAIN THIS TOO ME?
In short Lady' s and Gentlemen I have found the rhythm in which to read his books and shell read all of his work!
Hope this is help full to any one else how found his work uncomfortable to read.
This is just a story,each story stands on it's own.
I read books to pass the time on a wet day.
No! it is 20 hours long.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
The classic stories...no technological gadgets or Hollywood stars...just logic and wit. It is interesting to listen to these classic stories from a century ago and hear the vices and issues recognizing how little some things change and how some areas where we have become more open and others more closed.
Intersting! I heard lots I didn't know about Sherlock Holmes and the ways of life in those times, though no "Elementary, my dear Watson." I enjoyed the full books more than the short stories, but all were thought-provoking and intriguing, while satisfyingly unravelled in the end.
I loved the first volume of Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. This is a series that I had never attempted before now. I am very happy to say that they are delightful and highly entertaining. Mr Griffin is an excellent narrator and truly brought Holmes and Watson to life! I would only say one thing bothered me was his interpretation of the female characters in which they all seemed to be the same generic "female" voice. However, I quickly overlooked this and let the sheer joy of these stories wash over me. I am excited to listen to the other two volumes!
This was nicely done and kept my attention. never got boring, couldn't wait to kep listening when i had to stop.
Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.
I'm a long-time Sherlock Holmes fan and was delighted to discover the complete series here.
The narrator, Charlton Griffin deserves his Audie awards for narration. His performance as Watson is inimitable.
Sadly, Griffin makes some silly mistakes that would have been picked up by any English (not American) producer: For example, in part one he pronounces the word "disconsolate" incorrectly, as well as pronouncing the word "lithe" and "lith," which doesn't make any sense.
The place in London whose name is spelled Streatham is actually pronounced "Strettam" -- something that Griffin and his producers are unaware of.
I'm about three quarters through "The Sign of Four" and some of his pronunciations in that story, littered as it is with Indian English and turn-of-the-century place names are disconcerting.
It mars an otherwise consummate performance of some of the best detective stories in fiction.
Holmes's relationship to his sidekick Watson set the scene for many imitators. I know a woman who has written a thesis on this interplay between the main character and the sidekick -- a relationship which is often more nuanced and deeper than any love interest there may be.
Griffin's characterisation brings these stories to life in a way very different from the printed page. His accents are quite masterful.
It's just a pity he makes those elementary mistakes of pronunciation. Don't let it put you off -- I recommend this edition wholeheartedly.
Absolutely. These are great old detective stories. What's not to like? ;-)
Holmes' intent, direct manner of speaking surprised me at first, but perfectly fit his character.
I have loved Holmes since I was a kid, and hearing these stories again is just fabulous.
I love to read, but my life is so busy that I don't have time for it anymore. Thanks to Audible I can still enjoy my favorite books!
The stories of Sherlock Holmes are both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. From listening to these stories, I have found that both my writing and vocabulary skills have greatly improved.
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I had never heard of Charlton Griffin before. Overall, I was pleased with his performance. He is quite a skilled narrator. He does a wonderful job of distinguishing between the various British accents and his American accents are also quite good. My only issue is that it was often difficult to distinguish between the female characters because many of them sounded the same.
I certainly did WANT to listen to the whole book at once, but I didn't have the time. I tend to listen to my books when I'm at work for the most part, so I saved this one for when I was working and it lasted me a whole three days.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is quickly becoming my favorite author of all time!
Carlton Griffin does an amazing job characterizing each character. I never had to wonder who was speaking and at times I had to listen carefully to see if there were different readers. I love Old Time Radio Sherlock Holmes and this is very similar. Great job and the reader has a great voice... I could listen to him read the phone book.