A colonel receives five seeds in the mail---and dies within weeks. A young bride disappears immediately after her wedding. An old hat and a Christmas goose are the only clues to a stolen jewel. A son is accused of his father's murder. These mysteries---and many more---are brought to the house on Baker Street where detective Sherlock Holmes resides. No case is too tricky for the world's most famous sleuth and his incredible powers of deduction. This gripping collection includes many of the famous cases---and great strokes of brilliance---that make the legendary detective one of fiction's most popular creations.
Included in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-Headed League," "A Case of Identity," "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," "The Five Orange Pips," "The Man with the Twisted Lip," "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb," "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor," "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet," and "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches."
Public Domain (P)2010 Tantor
I don't want to nitpick Tad's excellent review, but he is inaccurate on one point.
This version, as of April 2012, includes all twelve short stories collected in 1892 as "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", including "The Red-Headed League," and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."
Simon Prebble does an excellent job narrating this first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. No complaints there. But the collection is marred by Tantor's decision to omit the two stories (Speckled Band and Red-Headed League) they'd already made available as "bonuses" on two of the novels.
In other words, if you want all of the short stories, you have to buy the whole set of recordings, including the four novels. (I'm planning to do that, but others may have preferred not to.) There's something to said, too, for being able to listen to the stories in their published sequence. This unfortunate marketing ploy makes that less convenient.
The only good thing about this story, the actors are English. The person speaking in Holmes' role is not suited to the part at all, in fact, he makes the story dull and cringe worthy. Holmes is smart with razor sharp wit, well educated and one would assume with a well spoken and modulated voice. What we have instead is a high falsetto, wringing, nasally voiced whimp, who sounds more like a lip wristed fop than that of a shrewd detective. I can't even listen to him he's that bad. Watson on the other had is good and sounds like the Watson in character. The other thing I found funny was, in one of the stories, Holmes is in Italy painting and sees what he describes as a women, who is old (in those times) as 30 years of age being mugged for her handbag. The women cast sounded nothing like 30 but of 50 or over. Please, a little more thinking could of gone into the casting of these roles. I've ranked it extremely low because I can't stand the Holmes portrayed in this version. If it was my choice, it would be back to Basil Rathbone or Ian Richards.
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