Can any narrator go wrong with a mystery featuring the shrewd Sherlock Holmes? Simon Prebble certainly doesn't. He adopts just the right timbre for the voice of the famous detective, a man devoted to acute observation and deductive reasoning. Watson's lower tone contrasts nicely with Holmes's, although it's occasionally difficult to hear the ends of sentences. The women's parts are also pleasant to listen to, as Prebble lightens his tone without adopting an awkward falsetto. It might have been interesting in "A Study in Scarlet" to have had a different narrator for the section that takes place in the American West, but Prebble manages fine with the accents and ages of the various characters. This is a solid performance.
When a body turns up in an abandoned building, Scotland Yard is baffled, and calls in the world's first 'consulting detective¿, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Through observation, subterfuge, and tenacity, he is soon able to discover the identity of the assassin, but that is only the beginning of the bizarre mystery.
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I have read all the Sherlock Holmes books and have enjoyed each one over and over again. The audio book is just as good and the narrator is easy to listen too. He doesn't over do the English accent and he doesn't under do it.
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