David Timson as Dr. Watson is as perfect a narrator as the listener could hope for. His light British accent makes for exceptional diction, while his superb acting provides appropriate pacing, pauses, and vocal fluidity. Each of his character voices is completely separate from the others, and when Holmes and Watson have a dialogue, it’s as if two different men are speaking and you have the pleasure of eavesdropping. A superb production, masterfully acted, this first volume in the series recounts cases that were among the last Holmes took on before his retirement.
These six cases are among the last undertaken by Sherlock Holmes before he retired to the Sussex downs. However, the problems facing the sleuth are as diverse and challenging as ever. What with seeking the whereabouts of the stolen Mazarin Diamond, discovering the importance of being called Garrideb, encountering a mysterious murder on Thor Bridge, searching for eternal youth and the threat of a vampire in Sussex, there is no sign of Holmes' deductive powers slowing down.
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This is Sherlock Holmes come to life! I've listened to all of David Timson's Sherlock Homes episodes and if there were a hundred episodes I would buy them all. Every story is about an hour long and the violin music thrown in makes it perfect. Hopefully there will be a Volume II soon.
Superb stories, and performance. I never tire of Conan Doyle stories of Sherlock Holmes. Although I really like British productions I often have difficulty catching the odd word, particularly on their DVDs. Amazingly I get every word spoken by David Timson which is a bonus that goes along with his excellent narration. I have a large collection of Sherlock Holmes by all kinds of narrators and to me David Timson is the best.
I have listened to almost all of David Timson's Sherlock Holmes audiobooks and this one is by far the bast I've heard yet! I really liked the selection of stories:
- The Problem of Thor Bridge
- The Adventure of the Mazarine Stone
- The Adventure of the Creeping Man
- The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
- The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
- The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier
My favourite by far was "The Adventure of the Creeping Man" - I found it a bit fantastical, but liked it more because of that!
I love Sherlock Holmes. However, this rendition is miserable to listen to with Timson's interpretation of Holmes' voice being nasal & whiny (think fingernails on a chalkboard). Of course, it is hard to compete with Derek Jacobi's brilliant performances of the Sherlock Holmes stories and his interpretation of Holmes & Watson. Sadly, Jacobi's rendition of The Casebook of Shelock Holmes is not available in the US.
I love Sherlock Holmes but these were not my favorite of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of him. Each is a short story that involves one case only, without a general overarching theme, I prefer the longer form cases
"Not Doyle's best"
I have all of the Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes storys on my ipod now and I must say that this series of storys is my least favorite. Don't get me wrong, compaired to a lot of books this is still very good but I don't think that Doyle is quiet on the money in this case.
As for the reader, he is good without being anything special.
Over all a good book and reader but not quite up to the usual standards of Holmes and Watson.
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