I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
This book is tooooo long and mixes genres from sheer fantasy to mystery. About half the stories are hack stories with little or no point to them. There are some great stories in this book though. Although, the description of the actual book claims to include a story from Stephen King. It is not included in this story - so it can't be called "unabridged".
Naration is 4.5 stars. 5 Stars for Simon and 4 for Ms. Flosnik. Simon plays an excellent Dr. Watson. Anne had some trouble in her first couple of stories. Her accents were a little off, but she did an overall good job. Her last story was well done.
I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, and find many of these stories to be surreal, disturbing and even silly. If you're a die-hard fan looking for well-planned, believable, enjoyable stories to add to your library, pass on this one.
To dispose of the obvious, I am not a Sherlockian. I also don't have a homoerotic sidekick, ingest heroin on weekends, or have an IQ that exceeds the combined IQ of the FOX nightly news broadcasters (squared). Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The stories were mixed but overall entertaining, and the reading by Simon Vance was, to put a fine point on it, spectacular--he is Dr.Watson. The handful of stories read by Flosnik were also generally passable (hint faint praise). I enjoyed the book and you will too, unless you have based your Assistant Professorship on a critical analysis of Sherlockian pastiche.
The female narrator is incredibly bad, speaking in a completely racist tone and horribly over acting. The introduction narrator is also terrible and speaks like the listener is retarded, there is no need for a over long introduction before each story that is a mere recitation of the author's prior publishings. Sooo incredibly frustrating to listen to.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
I don't know. Some of the authors did really well with the subject matter of Sherlock Holmes. Some of the authors went a little weird. I did like quite a few of the stories, but it didn't overshadow the ones that were bad. I don't think I will revisit this book
I would edit out the authors that took crazy train to 221B Baker St
I didn't have one
No. None of the short stories has enough substance to carry off a movie.
If you are a Sherlock Holmes super fan and are extremely open minded, you may like this. I think I am a little too much of a purist and I want my Sherlock to be a certain way. Others may like this, but its not my cup of tea.
The first two stories made me regret this purchase. If I want to listen to sci-fi crap, I will purchase a sci-fi book. I detest sci-fi. An absolute affront to the character was delivered in the first two stories- Holmes despised the belief in the supernatural. I purchased this book because it promised mystery writing in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sadly, it fell far short of delivering. There were a couple of brilliant stories, but unfortunately they are overshadowed by worthless tripe. And I don't care if one of the author's stories (Coraline) was a Tim Burton hit- his story was pure shite. WTF? I stopped listening when Holmes and Watson were introduced to some 'alien cthulu queen'. Absolute shite. Imagine my horror when the very next story was some time-travel futuristic drivel. To keep yourself from nausea, skip the first two and last two stories and keep your fingers on the skip button for the rest. How unfortunate that there were some really good stories among this steaming pile of waste.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
There are so many different kinds of stories all on the same theme - what happens when Holmes is forced to confront the very things science can't explain? Like any anthology, there are works here of greater or lesser quality, but on the whole, this collection is brilliant. Special kudos to Robert J. Sawyer, whose story is the grand finale in this collection. It was bittersweet and profound in ways I haven't experienced in a long time.
I'd directly compare it to the original Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That's the best way to know the characters and the worth of the stories presented here.
Simon Vance is spot-on as Holmes and Watson have always been in my imagination. Clearly, the man enjoyed himself recording these. I could say no less for Anne Flosnik in regards to the female narrators, but it's really hard to compare Vance as Holmes and Watson.
Not quite what I expected from a Sherlock Holmes series, interesting twists on an old storyline, great narration caught the era exactly.
I believe any fan that enjoys the exploits of Holmes and Watson will find this the next best thing to Conan Doyle himself! Enjoy!!
Some of the best from the genre of 'non-Conan Doyle', Sherlock Holmes stories. Well represented. Simon Vance's narration is terrific. He creates a consistency to the portfolio with interpretations, and timing, that bring Holmes and Watson to life. Nicely done Simon!