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Campbell

Wollongong, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams (editor), Robert J. Sawyer, Christopher Roden, and others
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Anne Flosnik
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    A modern short story collection featuring the great detective.

    A User says: "Improbable and Incredible."
    "Improbable and Incredible."
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    If you're precious about Doyle's works, I probably wouldn't recommend this. It does tend to lean more towards the speculative than the detective side. Then again it's a little strange in my opinion to be a staunch defender of the Holmesian canon when the author himself said to another writer "You may marry [Holmes], or murder or do what you like with him."

    And these authors do. If you allow yourself more than your usual helping of willing suspension of disbelieve you will encounter terror, hilarity, shock, excitement and suspense. You will also discover (and this is an official spoiler alert) dinosaurs, pirates, Siamese twins, mummy's curses, Jack the Ripper, alien abductions, Lovecraftian horrors (a lot of these actually), alternate dimensions, ghost, ghouls, strange contraptions and some brilliant interpretations of the world's greatest consulting detective. We also get a slew of cameos from Doyle's work as well as the appearance of actual historical figures (including Doyle himself. Twice.)

    I tended to dislike Anne Flosnik narrations but that could be because they pale in comparison to Simon Vance's renditions. His are genius.

    The quality varies from author to author as you would expect, but there has to be at least one tale here that tickles your fancy. For all the ones I hated there were two I adored. I highly recommend this collection.

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful

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