Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end. And so it is with this series, as we have now arrived at the end of the Sherlock Holmes tales, Conan Doyle's most magnificent creation.
This last volume contains one novel, The Valley of Fear, and two collections of short stories: His Last Bow and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.
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The writings of Doyle and the narrator
Both Holmes and Watson
Too many to name
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Whether you are acquainted with Sherlock Holmes or not, this series is sure to please. Like other comments my only complaint is the voice the narrator chooses for women and the way it makes women seem like weaklings. However that is one minor complaint in a great collection.
If you've watched or read any modern crime or mystery series - you will feel right at home in Holmes' England. Modern NCIS or Law and Order episodes seem to be a homage to the works of Holmes. The short story format of many of the Holmes cases holds the interest and the narration work on this recording is absolutely outstanding. The third volume of the Complete Works does not disappoint, although one could make an argument that the first two volumes contain more popular material. It would seem to me that the Complete works are ordered roughly in the order in which the stories were released - which of course means that one moves forward and backward through time, particularly in this the last volume, when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was writing new stories after the original ones were released.
Enjoyable, well written, well read and with plot twists that abound - this is a must read if you've already read the first two.
I wouldn't say the audio edition is better than the print version, but it was definitely the only way I was going to have the time to read the complete works. I listened while at work, and for many days it made my work a pleasure.
Sherlock was by far the character portrayed the best by the voice actor. For a male actor to have to impersonate a female voice can be awkward, and he did as well as could be expected, though an obviously male falsetto has the effect of making you imagine a transvestite in your head rather than the young beautiful woman described by the story.
There were many moments that moved me - and surprised me as well. That the stories were so easy to connect with and still so exciting even after all this time was remarkable; keep in mind that the stories are set in a time period where they didn't have cars or telephones. Watson and Holmes are sending telegrams and messenger boys to communicate with people, and jumping into horse-drawn carriages to chase their villains, and yet the attitudes are in many ways very modern and the humor still fresh.
Race and class issues comes up several times and the way Sir Conan Doyle dealt with these things made it clear he was a very forward-thinking man.
I had no idea Sherlock was so hilarious.
This series has made me very critical of all versions of this character that have appeared in movies and television. Now that I know the source, it's clear when a drama is just borrowing the name "Sherlock Holmes" to conjure up the idea of a master detective without really taking anything of his real character, and when they have really made an effort.
As someone who has grown up watching crime dramas on TV and in the movies, reading these books was a revelation - most people will have no idea how many story ideas modern TV has ripped-off from these pages. In that sense, many of the stories were almost too easy for me to solve as a reader before getting to their conclusions - not because I'm so smart, but because I'd heard variations on these stories so many times before over the course of decades without knowing where they came from. In that sense, these books have a much tougher audience now than they did when they were first published. Today's general public is not as easily astonished by Sherlock's feats, having seen them mimicked by so many TV shows - even shows that don't reference Holmes directly - and yet his tricks are wonderful and it's a privilege to see where the modern crime drama originated. Sir ArthurConan Doyle was mimicking no one, and he created a rich, unforgettable character very difficult to reproduce.
I have just finished listening to all three volumes of this set. I thoroughly enjoyed the quiet and quaint stories and story-telling. While driving, I found myself relaxed and transported to another place and time. Often I was prepared to correctly guess the results of the investigation by Mr S H. Just as often, I was guessing until the end of each story. Doyle's expressions in literature were also amusing and I mused often on what would happen today should a writer use the same expressions. If you get the series, prepare to be entertained in a way that will engage your imagination and relax your mind. This is not a series to criticize but to drink in with slow steady intention like a great brew or a fine wine.
I had no idea how beautifully written the original Sherlock Holme's stories were. They are brilliant. I found myself going back over many passages several times just to hear how he expressed things. It make me wonder what's happened to our language when I compare this writing to most modern day mysteries.
Holmes is weird to be sure. But if you love language. This reminds you of what great writing sounds like.
The narrator is brilliant!
Yes different stories with different plots and they are all good.
Even though this book is compiled of several different stories each one was interesting in their own way. I am a mystery buff and loved every story that was told. I like how the book is written like it is from a diary of Watson.
Not sure.. I guess I need to start paying attention to who is reading the books. Normally I dont. But his performance was great.
Yes because it wasn't just one story. Even though it is about Sherlock, there are various stories so once I got into another story I wanted to hear it all the way to the end.
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