Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous. They are reproduced here (and in all volumes) in the order in which they were first published.
First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques. Doyle ended up writing four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson. All but four are told in the first person by Watson, two by Holmes, and two are written in the third person. Together, this series of beautifully written Victorian literature has sold more copies than any other books in the English language, with the exceptions of the Bible and Shakespeare.
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I absolutely reccomend it for fans of sherlock holmes and everyone. It is a great deal for one credit. you get so many stories, you never tire of hearing them and the narrator is superb!
I am amazed that Charlton Griffin did not expire giving this performance. It is lengthy, maybe a tad overlong, but an excellent and faithful delivery of the extensive Holme's catalogue. Well worth the effort.
Some of the pronunciation of words were a bit off, but the intensity of the stories and build up to to each story climax was magnificent. Different individuals were easily recognized so the plot was easy to follow. Now for book 3
Even though the book was long and had many different stories they were all very good. I can't remember all of them but there are a few which stand out to me.
The plot that stands out to me that kept me on my seat was the story about the husband and wife who were being harassed by an ex lover of the wife and in the end they were both found dead. It may have appeared to be murder but it wasn't only the husband was murdered and the wife committed suicide in order to be with her husband in death..
I like how he did watson.. he is actually one of my favorite characters.
Volume 2, because it is still a bunch of different stories told by watson about his interaction with sherlock. To me I like the volume in the title because I can imagine watson sitting at his deal with a book like a diary and writing all these, so the title works for me.
Narration is clear, easy to understand. Voices are easy to differentiate. Female voices not falsetto.
Sherlock is, in short, brilliant. This collection of stories supports that fact. I downloaded this and could not stop listening to it. I will listen to it again and again and learn something new each time. Doyle's development of his main character and his loyal friend Doctor Watson was, is, and will be unparalleled in police and detective stories.
The narration of Sherlock Holmes stories is absolutely fantastic. Very fun and enjoyable. Holmes becomes a known acquaintance and is quaint and admirable. Watson is a perfect foil and easy to sympathize and identify with. Highly recommended!
I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.
I love these stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It brings me back to the first time I ever read them.
I first visited 221B Baker Street around '93 - reading through a paperback edition of the complete stories of Sherlock Holmes. I, then, became a regular visitor through the auspices of Granada films - then a hardcover "Annotated Sherlock Holmes" and, now this excellent 3 volume compilation on Audible.
I, first, began engaging in "A Study in Scarlet" (Volume 1, chapter 1) and followed the clues till I arrived at "Shoscombe Old Place" (Volume 3, chapter 16). Since then I have often skipped through one volume or other till I found an adventure that suited my mood at the time. This 3 volume compilation is among my most frequent listens in my entire library!
For something less daunting to peruse I'd also recommend the Audible book "Sherlock Holmes (Dramatized)", a radio play rendition of 12 adventures and the Patrick Tull renditions of the major Sherlock Holes adventures; "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and such.
The older British public seem to prefer their “classics” read in deep, resonant, “classic BBC” voices, out of a belief that it lends gravity to our profound literary heritage. Factors influencing that preference would be the regular diet of recordings of Shakespeare plays received in school, and the popular costume dramas seen at the cinema, on TV, and heard on the radio. Ironically, we also have a love of authenticity, but only when it suits us ! From an audio book perspective, we should want the narrative of Dracula read with an Irish accent, and the Count’s dialogue a la Bela Lugosi : “Leeson to zem, ze cheeldren of ze nat. What mewsic zay mek !” But contrary as ever, most of us want the lot Christopher Lee style.
So how do we want our Sherlock read, then ? In the rich Edinburgh accent of Conan Doyle ? In the very English tones of Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett ? I have to admit a personal fondness for the voices of Basil Rathbone, and the bumbling Watson of Nigel Stock. But as the vast majority of the narrative is from the notebooks of Doctor Watson, a comic, Stock-like voice might begin to try one’s patience after a while. Would an American accent seem inappropriate ? Of course it would, just as you would not expect Stephen Fry to attempt re-makes of John Wayne movies ! ( That would indeed be the day ! ! )
If money is no object, and you love Sherlock, get all three ! Realistically, prioritising your requirements is the best way forward : cost, completeness, or sound.
Oh dear! Don't bother with this rubbish. I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and was really looking forward to listening to this but the sad fact is the narrator is absolutely appalling. He totally spoils the whole recording with his strange pronunciations, accents and bizarre characterizations. You should look for another narrator.
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