I have had the 3 volume set of the complete Sherlock Holmes for some time, now, but I bought these excellent renditions of the 4 Holmes novels in lieu of 'fish and fumble' to find them among those massive collections.
All in all I found this rendition quite good: the different characters were recognizable throughout and the voice and inflection carried the story well.
As far as I'm concerned Tom Baker is the ONLY "Dr. Who" - whether it is video or audio.
The story seemed interesting and was delivered well as are the other Baker/Who stories I have.
My chief complaint is the fact that the full 6 hour story would wind up costing either 6 credits or over $38 - whereas some other excellent stories I have, some over 25 hours long, were obtained for ONE credit or less than $20.
The story was there - the emotion was there ... but as for the overall presentation, kind'a sad. They had one great voice for the Baron, another great voice for Jessica, another for Paul and many other great voice renditions! Sadly, there was little or no consistency in their use! I was a bit jarring to hear a voice say a line and have to wait for that voice or the sotto voche announce "... the Baron said" to know who was speaking. I'm not sorry that I bought it - but it could have been done much, MUCH better!
Never mind the garbage pumped out by Hollywood with Basil Rathbone and the like! Aside from the BBC-Granada TV versions this is the best rendition of ole' Sherlock around!
I've seen or heard several renditions of Professor Tolkien's magnificent works and this one is, as I said, second only to the books themselves in more ways than I can count! The next best is the Rankin/Bass animated "Hobbit" and perhaps the Ralph Bakshee rendition of the first book and a half. I must say that the live-action movies take a poor third for the excessive liberties that were taken with the characters. The effort that Rankin/Bass made to complete Bakshee's work is utter trash! Thank heavens for "the Mind's Eye" who, I believe, first put these wonderful radio-plays on tape!
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