The world-famous sleuth is back in this astounding 60-episode collection (many previously believed to have been lost) direct from the original radio broadcasts.
Featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, this collection contains nearly 30 hours of Old Time Radio broadcasting at its best. Digitally remastered from the original broadcast recordings, this amazing set is a true collector's item for Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere!
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For what ever reason, the stories aren't in the order that they were recorded in, so it is a little confusing when they hint at the next episode that either already happened, or is so far down the line you'd forget. Other than that it's a good listen, The advertisement can be a little annoying at first, but there is a certain charm to the way that they did these advertisements back in the day that you just don't see anymore.
The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are played brilliantly by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. If you don't like old radio and Sherlock Holmes, this may not appeal to you.It is a walk back to another era with some frankly loveable actors who never fail to entertain.
Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone as actors and the introduction given each week by Dr Watson and Harry Bartel.
No, it is designed to listen to an episode at a time.
Come on Watson, the game's afoot...............
No one I can think of.
The utter disappointment of the quality of the recordings.
This does not apply to my issue with the stories.
The recordings were scratchy, the commercials ( a VERY important part of the experience) were cut short in what I assume was an effort to save space and time. I have some of these stories on tape and the quality is outstanding. I would absolutely NOT recommend this set to anyone as an audio book.
Sound quality not good but acceptable. Story quality surprisingly good considering that the majority of the stories were not written by Conan Doyle. Anthony Boucher, however, was a very competent writer. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are my favorit Holmes and Watson couple of all times. The Petri Wine and other commercials do become a bit repetitive but on the whole they contribute to the atmosphere. And if Petri Sherry still existed as a brand, I would be sure to buy not one, but two bottles!
Liking the Rathbone films it was what you would expect listening to these episodes. These follow a similar structure but that familiarity makes them a fun listen.
The only thing that does spoil them is the adverts. Whilst they are initially fun to listen too the soon become repetitive and irritating. It wouldn't have been too hard to edit them out saving about four hours of time.
The recording quality is generally good given how the originals were recorded.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
The biggest complaint I have is that the episodes are not in order. The announcer and Dr Watson talk about past and future cases. It is irritating when reference is given to a past show or the following show that is several stories down the line. That said these are very enjoyable. I enjoy the combination of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. They are among the best pairs for Holmes and Watson. I must make this comment. I noted that a reviewer complained about ads for 'deceased' products or items. Most OTR were on air live and before audiences. It is easy to hear mistakes and more in these performances. In this case, the ads are a part of the show. Nigel Bruce as Dr Watson talks with the announcer and this leads into the commercial in some instances. I have some Old Time Radio where the ads have been for whatever reason edited out. The time of several minutes of dead space filled with 'elevator' music. That is not enjoyable to me. I hope that for future OTR a little care is taken to put episodes in order.
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes radio shows, with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, are wonderfully entertaining and enjoyable (the non Rathbone/Bruce shows, not so much). The, very big, problem I have with this set, is that the shows are not in any discernable order. The non Rathbone/Bruce shows are interspersed throughout the regular ones, though chronologically they came after. Plus, when Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson) mentions "next week's episode," what he mentions is not what you hear on this set. Great acting by Rathbone and Bruce; entertaining story lines by Baucher and Green; lousy set production by PDQ AudioWorks.
What I listened to the Sherlock Holmes adventures, it took me back to the days of RADIO when I was growing up. Thank you. Five Stars * * * * *
I'm a little too young to remember these old radio shows. All the new nuances that you hear are extraordinary. I will listen again to these Icons again.
"Could have been better"
I was disappointed in this as the production values are quite poor. The episodes are in no order what so ever so the actors chop and change , the references to the next episode at the end of each make no sense and the sound isn't brilliant- I know they are old recordings but some episodes are unlistenable to through headphones. Some of the same episodes are available on Murder By Moonlight where the quality is better so I'd suggest you download that instead.
It's a shame as the stories and actors are great just let down by the reproduction efforts at PDQ.
Don't expect award winning radio, but this does have some charm. I wish they had arranged them in some order, even if episodes have been lost. Nigel Bruce's avuncular Watson amuses; doctors must have been less academic in those days (London graduates at least!). Rathbone is of course one of the classic Holmes actors, and the other 2 don't cut it so well. It's not Radio 4, either, so ads almost exceed story. (Thank God for the BBC!) You'll know all about "Petri wine" - strange to hear of such luxury in USA when wartime Europe was on rations, at best - but at least it becomes the subject of gentle banter between presenter and Bruce. (The recurring naughty puppies help, too, but it's so strange to hear such open encouragement of smoking, drinking and eating to our 21st century ears.). Some of the stories are based on Doyle but most not, and many don't really hold together, if you think about them too much, but are ingenious and entertaining if you accept them as intended - a lot worse turns up on modern TV! There's also a Public Service Announcement function sometimes, encouraging buying Victory Bonds, supporting troops overseas and returning veterans, fundraising research into polio. I liked that little bit of social history, just wish it was in order.
Fantastic Very Good
The inter action between Holmes and Watson in these stories
He is fantastic in these storys I love him as Sherlock
"Basil Basil Basil"
Basil rathbone who was my favourite Sherlock holmes
Lots of the stories remained you of other adventures
His Sherlock holmes voice
Made me so happy
The adverts and organ music get a bit annoying, shame you can't fast forward without losing any of the story.
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