A modern short-story collection featuring the great detective. Stories included:
"A Sherlockiana Primer", © 2009 by Christopher Roden
br>"The Horror of the Many Faces", © 2003 by Tim Lebbon
br>"The Case of the Bloodless Sock", © 2001 by Anne Perry
br>"The Adventure of the Other Detective", © 2003 by Bradley H. Sinor
br> "A Scandal in Montreal", © 2008 by Edward D. Hoch
br> "The Adventure of the Field Theorems"; © 1995 Vonda N. McIntyre
br> "The Adventure of the Death-Fetch", © 1994 by Darrell Schweitzer
br>"The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland", © 2005 by Mary Robinette Kowal
br> "The Adventure of the Mummy's Curse", © 2006 by H. Paul Jeffers
br> "The Things That Shall Come Upon Them", © 2008 by Barbara Roden
br>"Murder to Music", © 1989 by Anthony Burgess
br>"The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor", © 1997 Stephen Baxter
br> "Mrs. Hudson's Case", © 1997 Laurie R. King
br>"The Singular Habits of Wasps", © 1994 by Geoffrey A. Landis
br> "The Affair of the 46th Birthday"; © 2009 by Amy Myers
br>"The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey", © 2001 by Peter Tremayne
br>"The Vale of the White Horse"; © 2003 by Sharyn McCrumb
br>"The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger", © 1993 by Michael Moorcock
br> "The Adventure of the Lost World", © 2004 by Dominic Green
br>"The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Niece"; © 2003 by Barbara Hambly
br>"Dynamics of a Hanging", © 2005 by Tony Pi
br>"Merridew of Abominable Memory" © 2008 by Monkeybrain, Inc.
br> "Commonplaces" © 2008-2009 by Naomi Novik
br>"The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil's Cape", © 2009 by Rob Rogers
br> "The Adventure of the Green Skull", © 2008 by Mark Valentine
br>"The Human Mystery", © 1999 by Tanith Lee
br>"A Study in Emerald", © 2003 by Neil Gaiman
br>"You See But You Do Not Observe", © 1995 by Robert J. Sawyer.
©2010 John Joseph Adams; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"For the most part, this volume of short Sherlock Holmes pastiches - a mix of straightforward imitations and parodies - delivers on its goal of presenting the best of such work from the last 30 years....Barbara Roden's "The Things That Shall Come Upon Them" riffs cleverly on M.R. James's "Casting the Runes". Perhaps the highlight is Peter Tremayne's "The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey", which offers a plausible explanation for a classic untold tale in which a man disappears from the face of the earth after returning home to fetch an umbrella." (Publishers Weekly)
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
This book is tooooo long and mixes genres from sheer fantasy to mystery. About half the stories are hack stories with little or no point to them. There are some great stories in this book though. Although, the description of the actual book claims to include a story from Stephen King. It is not included in this story - so it can't be called "unabridged".
Naration is 4.5 stars. 5 Stars for Simon and 4 for Ms. Flosnik. Simon plays an excellent Dr. Watson. Anne had some trouble in her first couple of stories. Her accents were a little off, but she did an overall good job. Her last story was well done.
I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, and find many of these stories to be surreal, disturbing and even silly. If you're a die-hard fan looking for well-planned, believable, enjoyable stories to add to your library, pass on this one.
To dispose of the obvious, I am not a Sherlockian. I also don't have a homoerotic sidekick, ingest heroin on weekends, or have an IQ that exceeds the combined IQ of the FOX nightly news broadcasters (squared). Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The stories were mixed but overall entertaining, and the reading by Simon Vance was, to put a fine point on it, spectacular--he is Dr.Watson. The handful of stories read by Flosnik were also generally passable (hint faint praise). I enjoyed the book and you will too, unless you have based your Assistant Professorship on a critical analysis of Sherlockian pastiche.
I liked the stories a lot and though I purchased the audiobook because of Laurie King being one of the writers, the story she had in here wasn't one of her best. There were quite a few excellent stories so I was not disappointed. The male narrator was far superior to the female one and I wished that they had just let him do the whole book.
Maybe my expectation. I was not expecting Sherlock in such supernatural (and silly) plots. I am a Sherlock fan but found other non Sir Conan Doyle Holmes books entertaining (Laurie King) so I gave this a try. Waste of a credit.
The commentary between short stories was so bad I had to skip them.
The actual story narration was done well.
The female narrator is incredibly bad, speaking in a completely racist tone and horribly over acting. The introduction narrator is also terrible and speaks like the listener is retarded, there is no need for a over long introduction before each story that is a mere recitation of the author's prior publishings. Sooo incredibly frustrating to listen to.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
I don't know. Some of the authors did really well with the subject matter of Sherlock Holmes. Some of the authors went a little weird. I did like quite a few of the stories, but it didn't overshadow the ones that were bad. I don't think I will revisit this book
I would edit out the authors that took crazy train to 221B Baker St
I didn't have one
No. None of the short stories has enough substance to carry off a movie.
If you are a Sherlock Holmes super fan and are extremely open minded, you may like this. I think I am a little too much of a purist and I want my Sherlock to be a certain way. Others may like this, but its not my cup of tea.
The first two stories made me regret this purchase. If I want to listen to sci-fi crap, I will purchase a sci-fi book. I detest sci-fi. An absolute affront to the character was delivered in the first two stories- Holmes despised the belief in the supernatural. I purchased this book because it promised mystery writing in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sadly, it fell far short of delivering. There were a couple of brilliant stories, but unfortunately they are overshadowed by worthless tripe. And I don't care if one of the author's stories (Coraline) was a Tim Burton hit- his story was pure shite. WTF? I stopped listening when Holmes and Watson were introduced to some 'alien cthulu queen'. Absolute shite. Imagine my horror when the very next story was some time-travel futuristic drivel. To keep yourself from nausea, skip the first two and last two stories and keep your fingers on the skip button for the rest. How unfortunate that there were some really good stories among this steaming pile of waste.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!
There are so many different kinds of stories all on the same theme - what happens when Holmes is forced to confront the very things science can't explain? Like any anthology, there are works here of greater or lesser quality, but on the whole, this collection is brilliant. Special kudos to Robert J. Sawyer, whose story is the grand finale in this collection. It was bittersweet and profound in ways I haven't experienced in a long time.
I'd directly compare it to the original Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That's the best way to know the characters and the worth of the stories presented here.
Simon Vance is spot-on as Holmes and Watson have always been in my imagination. Clearly, the man enjoyed himself recording these. I could say no less for Anne Flosnik in regards to the female narrators, but it's really hard to compare Vance as Holmes and Watson.
Not quite what I expected from a Sherlock Holmes series, interesting twists on an old storyline, great narration caught the era exactly.
"Very interesting and well written"
Usually a collection of short stories by different authors would be difficult to review. However, the stories in this collection are all of a high standard and are all very intriguing. And at 21 and a half hours, it is very good value for money.
"Excellent short stories"
In common with other reviewers of this collection of stories, I found the introductions to each one annoying. The mispronunciation of Moriarty and Irene (Adler), could have been avoided with very little research effort. I fast-forwarded through them. But the stories themselves are very good. They are varied in subject and style, with a good pace and well-read. I would highly recommend them.
"More Sherlock Stories!"
ACD is dead, so if you've read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories but still want more then you'll have to look elsewhere.
If this is the case I suggest you start here - these are brilliant stories that are well narrated. Top marks!
If, like me, you love Sherlock Holmes (and Dr Watson!) but have heard all of the stories, you will love this collection of new ones. The intros to each book are done by an American who cannot say Moriarty (Mor-e-are-it-ee!) but the narrotors of the main stories are excellent. Plus its 22 hours, so it represents great value!
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