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The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Audiobook

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Publisher's Summary

A modern short-story collection featuring the great detective. Stories included:

"A Sherlockiana Primer", © 2009 by Christopher Roden
"The Horror of the Many Faces", © 2003 by Tim Lebbon
"The Case of the Bloodless Sock", © 2001 by Anne Perry
"The Adventure of the Other Detective", © 2003 by Bradley H. Sinor
"A Scandal in Montreal", © 2008 by Edward D. Hoch
"The Adventure of the Field Theorems"; © 1995 Vonda N. McIntyre
"The Adventure of the Death-Fetch", © 1994 by Darrell Schweitzer
"The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland", © 2005 by Mary Robinette Kowal
"The Adventure of the Mummy's Curse", © 2006 by H. Paul Jeffers
"The Things That Shall Come Upon Them", © 2008 by Barbara Roden
"Murder to Music", © 1989 by Anthony Burgess
"The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor", © 1997 Stephen Baxter
"Mrs. Hudson's Case", © 1997 Laurie R. King
"The Singular Habits of Wasps", © 1994 by Geoffrey A. Landis
"The Affair of the 46th Birthday"; © 2009 by Amy Myers
"The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey", © 2001 by Peter Tremayne
"The Vale of the White Horse"; © 2003 by Sharyn McCrumb
"The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger", © 1993 by Michael Moorcock
"The Adventure of the Lost World", © 2004 by Dominic Green
"The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Niece"; © 2003 by Barbara Hambly
"Dynamics of a Hanging", © 2005 by Tony Pi
"Merridew of Abominable Memory" © 2008 by Monkeybrain, Inc.
"Commonplaces" © 2008-2009 by Naomi Novik
"The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil's Cape", © 2009 by Rob Rogers
"The Adventure of the Green Skull", © 2008 by Mark Valentine
"The Human Mystery", © 1999 by Tanith Lee
"A Study in Emerald", © 2003 by Neil Gaiman
"You See But You Do Not Observe", © 1995 by Robert J. Sawyer.

©2010 John Joseph Adams; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Troy 08-31-12
    Troy 08-31-12

    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!

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    "Holmes As His Creator Never Intended"
    What made the experience of listening to The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to and why?

    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.


    What does Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Craigieburn, Australia 11-28-11
    Shirley Craigieburn, Australia 11-28-11
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    "Weird stories"

    Not quite what I expected from a Sherlock Holmes series, interesting twists on an old storyline, great narration caught the era exactly.

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    Michael Wilson Huntington Beach,CA 10-21-11
    Michael Wilson Huntington Beach,CA 10-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Four Cheers!"

    I believe any fan that enjoys the exploits of Holmes and Watson will find this the next best thing to Conan Doyle himself! Enjoy!!

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    David 06-22-11
    David 06-22-11
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    "Captivating"

    Some of the best from the genre of 'non-Conan Doyle', Sherlock Holmes stories. Well represented. Simon Vance's narration is terrific. He creates a consistency to the portfolio with interpretations, and timing, that bring Holmes and Watson to life. Nicely done Simon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bill 11-07-11
    bill 11-07-11
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    "Sherlock Holmes is Sherlock holmes at his best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    the stories in the book are ones i have never red before in any connon doil collection collection


    What did you like best about this story?

    most of the stories are ritten by authors other then arther connon doile


    What does Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    good british accense


    Any additional comments?

    a very very good yarn

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Smask
    Crewe, Cheshire United Kingdom
    4/2/10
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    "worth every penny and more"

    I bought this with some hesitation as the sample is read, not by the narrators, but by someone who introduces each story and the reader is somewhat dry. However the stories are suberp and on the whole well read. They have provided me with many hours of entertainment and have sometimes been amused and sometimes found it spooky, an excellent mix all round. My advice is if you are a fan of Baker Street don't hesitate, the occasional odd pronounciation won't effect your enjoyment and may introduce you to new authors.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • SHEENA
    COMBER, United Kingdom
    6/27/11
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    "I've really enjoyed these stories."

    It took me a long time to decide whether or not to download this book of stories. I love Sherlock Holmes' amazing and logical powers of deduction and didn't know if I liked the sound of some of the tales in this selection.
    Some of the stories are better than others but they all have the feel of Conan Doyle's Sherlock and Watson and I've really enjoyed this audio download.
    One downside is the American who explains a little about the author of each story before each story begins. I don't like his voice, especially his pronunciation of "Moriarty".... but this is a small niggle.
    If you like Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock and Watson there's a good chance you'll enjoy this book.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • L. Slade
    Surrey
    6/30/14
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    "OK stories irritating commentary between"
    What would have made The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes better?

    The correct pronunciation of Profession MORIATY would help


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Stories are OK but the commentary in-between is distracting and irritating.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik ’s performances?

    NO - The constant mispronunciation of Profession MORIATY is extremely annoying


    What character would you cut from The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes?

    The bits in-between the stories


    Any additional comments?

    FFS pronounce Profession MORIATY properly

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/6/12
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    "Improbable is right."

    The stories are improbable, but some of them are also very entertaining and in the style of Conan Doyle. What is difficult to take is the reading of the link man between the first few stories, who seems to have never read Sherlock Holmes and persists in calling Moriaty, Holmes arch enemy ' Morierity' Surely someone doing such a job should at least get the pronunciation of a charector right.!!! On the whole a good listen, if in places a tad too improbable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Penryn, United Kingdom
    8/11/13
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    "Some good, some bad"
    What did you like best about The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes? What did you like least?

    There are some excellent stories in this collection, especially those that occupy the more improbable or impossible reimaginings of Sherlock's world, as suggested by the title. There are unfortunately also many duller offerings, which don't seem to fit the brief at all and leave the listener wondering why they are part of the collection. The same can be said for the narration: Simon Vance does a great job of producing voices for both Watson and Holmes which are uncannily like the ones I have in my head when reading Holmes stories. Anne Flosnik, on the other hand, has no business reading audio books, least of all those which require any kind of regional accent.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik ’s voice?

    Vance > Flosnik


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C. Mccartney
    Cambridge, UK
    2/21/13
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    "A Mixed Bag, but an Enjoyable One"

    Perhaps unsurprisingly,the quality here varies wildly. Some stories evoke Doyle brilliantly, while others demonstrate the poorer instincts of fanfiction: Watson's American nephew will turn up as a Mary Sue for the (US) author or dialogue will be peppered with Americanisms followed by "-as our American cousins would say".



    Enjoyment depends a bit on familiarity with the Doyle stories. Some authors seem to use crib-sheets of clichés, rather than canon. Thus Irene Adler is the *only* thing able to coax Holmes out of retirement (to America, naturally), and Watson still reels in surprise at basic deductions, despite decades of friendship with Holmes. Comically, a third of the stories make painstaking reference to Holmes filling his pipe from a Persian slipper - a detail only actually mentioned once by Doyle.



    Yet other stories are wonderful, a superb melding of Doyle's style with the weird. Most fall into the format of "Holmes+": Holmes+Lovecraft, Holmes+Time Travel, etc. The best work both as satisfying detective stories as well as genre tales, and the worst at least maintain your interest for the genre-mashing. A highlight combines Holmes with psychic detective Flaxman Low: they investigate in tandem, providing parallel solutions (one natural, one supernatural) and the listener must make his/her mind up.



    The only sour note is the continual presence of the Editor, who introduces each story... often badly. "This story involves parallel universes," he says. Well that's the solution to that one then.



    Simon Vance is on excellent form, with a very traditional Holmes and Watson that grounds the pastiches nicely before they fly off into stranger realms. Flosnik, though able, is less successful. She reads those stories with female narrators (good plan), but then parades through Italian, Scottish, and Somerset accents with little success.



    At 22 hours and over 30 stories, treat this as a lucky dip. Variable quality, but worth it for the highlights.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suffolk Nobody
    Stutton, Nr Ipswich, United Kingdom
    2/16/13
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    "Something to appeal to everyone, but..."

    This is an interesting collection of short stories featuring (to a greater or lesser extent) the world of Conan Doyle's immortal detective. Some of them fill in blanks from the original stories - cases mentioned but not published - others are complete flights of fancy. There are some real gems in here - Neil Gaiman's Study in Emerald for one (if you'll forgive the pun) offering a twist on Study in Scarlet. Others are less accessible, and some very odd indeed. Don't expect to love all the stories - I didn't - but there are no real howlers, they are simply an eclectic mix. There is something to appeal to just about every Holmes fan, but because of the sheer diversity of the stories, authors and approaches, not everything will appeal to everyone. The narration is generally extremely good. Some of the stories are narrated by a female voice/from a female perspective, which takes some getting used to if you have been brought up on the male narration of Watson, but it is nonetheless engaging. The biographical note before each story is a feature some will love, others will hate. Personally I think it is nice to have some background and pointers to further work by the author. Note - the reader of the biographies is not the male reader of the stories - the latter being much better. Excellent value for the Credit I used to purchase this, good value if you pay the regular price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Emily Fox-green
    uk
    2/1/15
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    "Excellent stories but..."

    The guy introducing the compilation and each author must be sought out and educated in the pronunciation of Moriarty amongst other things. Once you get past the frankly of putting intro the stories are brilliant so stick with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Hall
    UK
    6/3/13
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    "Keep Writing these Sherlock Stories....."

    I ordered this book with some hesitations as I was concerned these improbable stories would be far too fantastical or futuristic to be anywhere like the 'old' Holmes stories and while one or two made me groan with annoyance generally I loved these stories. The narrators Watson voice is really good and much like the old TV version.

    I too found the introductions of the authors grating but eventually decided to use the time of the intros to settle down for a good listen afterwards without missing the initial and relevant start to the stories. Also rather grating is the US pronounciation of Moriarty (US add an extra i to make it Moriarity every time they say it and I have no idea why).

    If authors can continue to write Sherlock Holmes stories similar to the bulk of these then I will continue to read/listen to them so please keep adding pen to paper.

    Sally

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rossy
    HARPENDEN, United Kingdom
    1/13/13
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    "Improbable and slightly tedious at times"

    An interesting mix of short stories by some well known authors, ranging from bee people to mirror worlds... Good price for the amount of content, but some of the narrators can be a little tiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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