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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes | [Arthur Conan Doyle]

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes are overshadowed by the event with which they close - the meeting of the great detective and Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime. When "The Final Problem" was first published, the struggle between Holmes and his arch nemesis, seemingly to the death, left many readers desolate at the loss of Holmes, but it also led to his immortality as a literary figure.
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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes are overshadowed by the event with which they close - the meeting of the great detective and Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime. When "The Final Problem" was first published, the struggle between Holmes and his arch nemesis, seemingly to the death, left many readers desolate at the loss of Holmes, but it also led to his immortality as a literary figure. The stories that precede it included two narratives from Holmes himself - on a mutiny at sea and a treasure hunt in a Sussex country house - as well as a meeting with his brilliant brother, Mycroft.

Included in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes are "Silver Blaze", "The Yellow Face", "The Stock-Broker's Clerk", "The Gloria Scott", "The Musgrave Ritual", "The Reigate Puzzle", "The Crooked Man", "The Resident Patient", "The Greek Interpreter", "The Naval Treaty", and "The Final Problem".

©1923 Public Domain (P)2010 Tantor

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    David Chicago, IL, United States 05-24-10
    David Chicago, IL, United States 05-24-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Good narrator, Incorrect product description"

    The narration provided by Simon Prebble is excellent. He's a good voice actor and manages to make each character distinct no matter how big the cast of a given story.

    I would give this book 4 stars, but there is one critical problem. There is a story missing. "The Final Problem," in which we are first introduced by Doyle to the character of Professor Moriarty, is nowhere to be found.

    This particular production company has seen fit to include it as an extra on their recording of "The Valley of Fear." It makes sense, from a certain point of view. Given the ending of the story and the role of Moriarty in both tales, there is a certain logic to packaging it with "The Valley of Fear." However, the description of this audio book EXPLICITLY STATES THAT IT INCLUDES "The Final Problem," which it does not. Listeners will therefore be surprised when the audiobook ends with, "The Naval Treaty."

    It's a good audiobook, and Prebble's performance is excellent. If you're working your way through the Holmes cannon, this isn't a bad production. But unless you buy "The Valley of Fear" as produced by the same company, you're going to feel a bit cheated.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Ashtabula, OH, United States 05-09-12
    Richard Ashtabula, OH, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Does include "The Final Problem.""

    This edition of the book that I downloaded in May of 2012 does include "The Final Problem."

    It seems to follow the 1894 American book edition, in that "The Cardboard Box" is *not* included, and several paragraphs of that story are inserted into "The Resident Patient." You can see the Wikipedia entry for the most singular circumstances surrounding the publication.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Does include "The Final Problem.""

    This edition of the book that I downloaded in May of 2012 does include "The Final Problem."

    It seems to follow the 1894 American book edition, in that "The Cardboard Box" is *not* included, and several paragraphs of that story are inserted into "The Resident Patient." You can see the Wikipedia entry for the most singular circumstances surrounding the publication.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruellia Houston, TX USA 04-27-14
    Ruellia Houston, TX USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful book, reader the best of a bad lot"
    Where does The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    he Memoirs are my favorite of the Sherlock Holmes story collections. Silver Blaze is wonderful and The Yellow Face is really powerful. The Gloria Scott really leaps off the page. I have always found The Final Problem irritating, but parts of the train ride are engrossing and Watson's devotion to Holmes is poignant and convincing. The Memoirs has the whole range: the problem/puzzle stories, the blood and thunder adventure ones, the cozy Victorian settings, and the exotic foreign menace--the Memoirs has them all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So many things - Conan Doyle's love of London, his fascination with the immense variety of trades especially nautical, the paradox of Holmes' imaginative, emotional side that comes out in his violin playing and in his brooding, contrasting with his insistence on strict rationality, sticking to the evidence, and keeping sentiment at bay.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Simon Prebble sticks to his blurred, faintly gangster voice that is totally inadequate to Holmes when Holmes is crisply alert or moody or fierily caught up in the problem. But Prebble is much better than the other audible.com readers, who are all stuffy snuffly rumblers who make Holmes sound like an elderly asthmatic walrus. Ashleighjane is head and shoulders above any of them, conveying Holmes as a man of action with crisp authority, thrilling with the chase when "the game is afoot" and eager to confront danger and risk, and also reading with a mastery of cadence and phrasing that is way beyond Simon Prebble.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Personally I could do without Mycroft Holmes, who I think is just a dead weight in the Greek Interpreter, which is such a terrific story, and he just clutters it up. But it is such a great story with plenty of dark drama and tense confrontations. Many of the stories have poignant moments, especially The Yellow Face and even more The Crooked Man.


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much more to say about Holmes and I haven't even touched on Watson, who Prebble reduces to a nonentity but that is better than the peevish shallow Watson of the other audible.com readers, but I will stop here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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