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.
Public Domain © "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes is protected by copyright in the United States, and used by arrangement with Conan Doyle Estate Ltd." (P)2010 Audio Connoisseur
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
His Last Bow (short stories, published 1908-1913, 1917)
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
The Adventure of the Cardboard Box*(see below)
The Adventure of the Red Circle
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
The Adventure of the Dying Detective
The Adventure of Lady Frances Carfax
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
His Last Bow (told in the third person)
The Valley of Fear (Serialized novel published 1914-1915)
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (short stories, published 1921-1927)
The Adventure of the The Illustrious Client
The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (Holmes narrates)
The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (told in the third person)
The Adventure of the Three Gables
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
The Problem of Thor Bridge
The Adventure of the Creeping Man
The Adventure of the Lion's Man (Holmes narrates)
The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place
The Adventure of the Retired Colourman
*(The Adventure of the Cardboard Box chronologically appears in the canon in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - circa 1892-1893 - but, for some reason, appears in this Volume 3 audiobook.)
Volume 3 finally finishes the Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes. Included among the 3 volumes are every short story and novel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote starring this illustrious detective. No library is complete without Sherlock Holmes on the (proverbial) shelf.
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The last Third of the Arthur Conan Doyle canon was solid, just not his greatest. All in all, I think 'His Last Bow' is probably under appreciated, 'Valley of Fear' was solid, and the 'Case-book of Sherlock Holmes' seemed spotty and almost called-in. Together, however, it was a great bargan and I'm glad I stuck with this series. IT was a very elegant and efficient way to work through Sherlock Holmes.
'His Last Bow' (****):
I was surprised at how good 'His Last Bow' was. While not an absolute masterpiece like 'The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes', it is easily on par with 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes'. I think part of the genius of Sherlock Holmes is how easily the primary charcter allows for adaption to the patterns of the time and the age he is read. Sherlock Holmes is like a literary dress form stand, upon which the fashions of every age can and do hang.
'Valley of Fear' (****):
ACD's last novel (novella?) isn't as masterful as 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' but it's still classic Doyle. It reminded me a lot of 'The Sign of Four', exept the Mormons are now replaced with the Scowrers. I'm probably repeating myself from earlier reviews of ACD's novels, but Doyle is a born writer of short fiction and his novels just don't carry the same punch or force, and seem like watered-down/diluted versions of his better stories.
'Case-Book of Sherock Holmes' (***1/2):
My least favorite of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story collections. Probably 3.5 stars, but all but a couple stories remind me of listening to the Rolling Stones post 2000 (appreciate the work, but it is obvious the exceptional stuff was done 20 years previous). Still here and there I found the 'Case-Book' enjoyable, the rest of the stories seemed phoned in. Doyle wasn't carving new channels here, but his craft was still formidable.
Anyway, I love Sherlock Holmes.
I enjoyed this series when i read the stories years ago. It was enjoyable having the story read to me by Mr Griffin. The voices were pretty good and the women were pretty much in the same voice. As to the reviewer who commented that the voices were done by older people, especially the women, They were all done by Mr Griffin!! The story was acted, not just read in a monotone as other books i have listened to.
Yes, the stories are really great and the narration is superb.
He brings out all of the characters voices in a wonderful way, and he is a really good entertainer.
Sweet short stories that have great variety that I can listen to several times and not get board.
All the stories in this volume were so different than the ones the other 2 volumes
The outstanding change and character that he brings in to all the voices and accents! Just amazing!
No, it is a great book but it is broken in to short stories so it is really nice to listen to when you dont have a lot of time to focus on one book.
The performance of the pure literature of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and not an adaptation.
Story accuracy and attention to the original words used by the author.
No real selection!
I am not sure if I would like to really meet Sherlock Holmes! He is a very arogant individual, but genuinely smart people ar e, generally, arrogany.
The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 / B004LOPYW0
I really enjoy the Sherlock Holmes stories and books, so I was happy to find this available in audiobook form. The narration isn't as great as I'd like -- the narrator speaks a little too quickly for my tastes and some of his voices (particularly for female characters) sound a little distractingly silly -- but overall this is a solid compilation and I'm happy to have it. Note that while it's the "complete" stories, they're spread across three volumes, so you'll have to buy all three to have the total collection. Speaking of, I really wish the Audible application could show which track corresponds to which story (rather than just Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc. for the whole kit and kaboodle) but that may be a technical limitation they couldn't get around.
Volume 3 consists of the novel "The Valley of Fear", and the stories in "His Last Bow" and "The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes".
"His Last Bow" contains the following stories:
- The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
- The Adventure of the Red Circle
- The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
- The Adventure of the Dying Detective
- The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
- The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
- His Last Bow
"The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes" contains the following stories:
- The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
- The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier
- The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
- The Adventure of the Three Gables
- The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
- The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
- The Problem of Thor Bridge
- The Adventure of the Creeping Man
- The Adventure of the Lion's Mane
- The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
- The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place
- The Adventure of the Retired Colourman
~ Ana Mardoll
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.
"excellent story, terrible narrator"
Excellent stories ruined by a narrator whose pronunciation jars so much it prevents one from enjoying the narrative. Four particularly infuriating examples from the early chapters of 'The valley of fear':
Hawlms instead of Homes, Seesell for Cecil, shawn for shone, and INkwerry instead of inQUIRy.
These come up repeatedly, and apart from Seesell, the others - especially Hawlms - will be reiterated throughout the whole book.
Please please can we have this quintessentially English book in spoken ENGLISH?
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