I needed to read this for a book discussion at work. I really didn't expect to like it, because it's not the kind of book I usually enjoy. However, it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in a long time. The characterizations are excellent, both in the writing and in the performance. The story is enjoyable and memorable. I've got plenty of ideas for our book discussion, and a book I'll enjoy listening to more than once.
Mr. James' voice characterizations were excellent. I was able to easily distinguish between characters.
A classic Holmes story, and a classic reader. While I'm not a huge fan of Holmes, I've always enjoyed Alan Cummings' performances. He makes this one of the best readings I've heard in a long time. He distinguishes voices very clearly, and makes characters of different classes sound eerily accurate. The story, while not complex, is interesting. Really, though, it's the reading that makes it all worthwhile. If you can, get this edition.
I occasionally enjoy Doyle. He's not my favorite, but I don't dislike him, either.
This is the first audiobook I've heard form Cumming. I've enjoyed his performances as an actor, and find him to be an excellent reader. I look forward to hearing more books read by him.
I don't really like book dramatizations. Asimov's Foundation trilogy has been a favorite since childhood, but this version just didn't do it for me. Like other dramatizations, it's been seriously abridged. The music also didn't help. It was distracting and at times overwhelming.
If it were a movie, I would very likely go see it. The visual cues in a movie would likely make it more understandable.
Probably because I don't have children. All my friends who do have children just loved it. So if you're a parent, go for it. You'll probably enjoy it.
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