Obviously well written, and the stories are interesting. But, what comes through most is the opening gap between modern culture and the world described by A.C. Doyle. For example, the character Holmes deduces that a man's wife doesn't love him anymore because she, "doesn't brush his suit anymore." Is this a euphemism or what? This could be good material for a historian studying the period.
Yes, Sir Arthur, No Griffin
This reader gasps LOUDLY at the beginnings of sentences. It sounds as if he's about to dive into deep water. This is NOT an exaggeration. When he doesn't gasp (sometimes he doesn't) you're afraid he's going to strangle because he hasn't taken that deep noisy breath. Seriously. Unlistenable.
Major anger at Audible for featuring such a badly read book.
avoid this reader at all costs until he learns how to breath.
What is the significance of skipping to the mormon story line in the middle of part one? is something wrong the copy i downloaded???? if not this is a poor transition to the next part of the story
I have always loved Sherlock Holmes, so I was surprised to find this audiobook only "ho-hum." After hearing a different narrator, I realized it was Charlton Griffin's reading that sapped the joy out of my favorite tales. I didn't find anything about his performance particularly bad or bothersome, but it was uncompelling. In contrast, Simon Vance's performance in Brilliance Audio's _The Complete Sherlock Holmes_ brought the excitement back in just a few sentences, and I thus highly recommend that audiobook over this one.
I love these stories, but after a while they seem to all follow the same format.
Sherlock Holmes, the quintessentially English sleuth, masterfully created by Sir Conan Doyle - pronounced "Hol_ms" instead of "Homes". Really???
Call me old fashioned, but I like American classics read by American voices and English classics read by authentic English voices - or at the very least by one who has been coached to pronounce the names correctly.
Couldn't get more than 2 chapters into what I had been thoroughly looking forward to, a lovely fest of Victorian sleuthing. Sigh.
Never got there.
Daniel Day Lewis. Derek Jacobi. Colin Firth.
I did love this book! I have "read" it for myself in the past and was thoroughly looking forward to having an old favourite revitalised by a richly layered professional reading. I previewed it too - because I wanted to be sure It was going to be read by an English voice - must have picked the 15 seconds where the accent was sounding authentic.
Will be more careful in the future to check who's reading. Can't really complain though, every other book from Audible to date has been fantastic.
I love listening to this on my hour drive to and from work but sometimes I get frustrated in Holmes himself. For years he was supposed to be the best detective so I finally got the book on audio.
In "A Study in Scarlet" he points out several times how "You can tell the height of a man by his stride" yet he also indicates you can tell if a man will take longer strides when walking fast. So is a long stride the stride of a tall man or the stride of a medium man walking fast? Sherlock never needs to answer this as no one brings it up.
Another comment about his stride theory. He states that the man was tall from his stride outside the house then he confirms it based on the strides inside the house. Once captured the killer admitted that he was helping the soon to be victim inside the house as the gentleman was drunk. If you are helping someone you are not using your natural stride.
In then ext book Holmes says he never guesses yet he also says, after telling Watson how he came to a conclusion, that most of the people behave one way (I forgot he exact thing). He calls it deducing I call it a fracking guess. He is almost ALWAYS guessing at things based on how it is most likely to happen.
I do love the performance though. Mr Griffin is not reading you the stories he is telling them to you.
An amazing rendition of the most acclaimed detective novel series comes to life with a performance that maintains my attention. Reading many of the stories in print is actually quite boring but the narration of the novel makes up for it in a major way.
Definitely a must have for all mystery lovers!
These Volumes are misleading in that they do NOT comprise the "Complete" stories. It lacks "The Valley of Fear", the collection of "His Last Bow", and the collection of "The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes". Where are these missing stories, and why are buyers being mislead?
A more skilful reader. This was such an irritating read, with some of the weirdest pronunciations I've ever heard (e.g. 'passage' as 'parse-age', Hereford as 'Her-ford' and multiple, inconsistent versions of Inspector Lestrade's name - 'Le Strod', 'Le Strayed' - over the various stories) and the choices of where to put the stress in a sentence? Mystifying. It sounded like a cold read or a read with no producer to say 'let's do that again, shall we? Worst of all - the decision to pronounce Holmes as 'Hoarrms' instead of the usual 'Homes'. Why? The name appears in every second sentence and the sound of it jarred every single time.
Apparently Derek Jacobi's done versions - I wish I'd downloaded them first.