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.
Some consistency across the stories.
Not a collection like this.
The performances were okay.
Boredom and not much else
I am a homemaker with 2 older children and several hobbies. I love diy projects and listening to audiobooks while doing them.
Yes, I love the british accent of the narrator. It lends an authenticity to the stories.
It's a collection of stories, with intros for each. I liked the variety.
The timing and the accents.
Lawrence R. Spencer, author of "The Oz Factors", "Sherlock Holmes: My Life", "Vermeer-Portraits of a Lifetime" & editor of "Alien Interview"
Marvelous Sherlockian tales written by preeminent authors and impeccably performed. As the author of "Sherlock Holmes: My Life" I can attest with authority and enthusiasm to the true spirit of Holmes portrayed in these tales.
I liked the stories a lot and though I purchased the audiobook because of Laurie King being one of the writers, the story she had in here wasn't one of her best. There were quite a few excellent stories so I was not disappointed. The male narrator was far superior to the female one and I wished that they had just let him do the whole book.
Maybe my expectation. I was not expecting Sherlock in such supernatural (and silly) plots. I am a Sherlock fan but found other non Sir Conan Doyle Holmes books entertaining (Laurie King) so I gave this a try. Waste of a credit.
The commentary between short stories was so bad I had to skip them.
The actual story narration was done well.