Tim Pigott-Smith's performance is the perfect fit for Pearson's revealing biography of the man who created the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. Pigott-Smith has a flexible, fluid voice and is comfortable in this rags-to-riches account of Doyle's life. He takes us through Doyle's youth, his training in medicine, his experiences as a war correspondent, his personal life, including his marriages, and his interest in spiritualism. This excellent production is punctuated by charming musical interludes, and Pigott-Smith's outstanding handling of nuance makes the audiobook enthralling.
Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) will always be remembered for the character of Sherlock Holmes. But he was a prolific writer - of short stories, of science fiction and historical fiction. In his comprehensive biography, Hesketh Pearson considers how his life is reflected in his books - including his background as a doctor, and his enduring (and public) belief in spiritualism.
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If you're an avid Sherlock Holmes fan (which I am) then you have to listen to this book. As the narrator describes Doyle and his life you can see the connections in many of the Holmes stories and how much Doyle there is in Watson. Although the first half of the book is more captivating than the last, as a whole it was very interesting and kept my attention. Doyle did just about everything a man could do back in those days and it made you wish you could go back in time and try it yourself.
"Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life"
An excellently written and performed audio book that summarizes the great man's life perfectly and fairly.
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