Here are six extraordinary adventures, never revealed before, starring Simon Callow as Sherlock Holmes and Nicky Henson as Dr Watson, written by John Taylor.
©2008 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I am a Sherlock Holmes fan and enjoyed the uniqueness of the 6 mysteries included in this collection. While most of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories keep me wondering right to the end, these seemed to be a bit easier to figure out before the final "reveal", though.
I would recommend the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories first, also available through Audible. Don't be misled as I was, though. There has been an error and the author is listed as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but it is not. These are not any of the original 56 short stories. They are based on the characters by ACD, but the stories are actually written by someone else.
Enjoy, but be aware...
Some contemporary writers have given us acceptable and enjoyable new stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. This particular collection is very disappointing as the solutions are so glaringly obvious from early on that all mystery is lost. The performance is good but does not make up for the boredom of waiting for the ending you have foreseen. Although the likeable Dr Watson is well portrayed, he has been made to seem unbelievably gullible.
The author is John Taylor, NOT Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as another reviewer has made clear, and this should be corrected on Audible as it is misleading.
Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?
This wasn't bad but it wasn't great. Simon Cowell as Sherlock Holmes seemed to work for me. However, the voice acting was not that strong from the supporting cast. Watson's character was written more as bumbling, aloof, and not fully aware. The stories were not that bad. However, they did not seem to fit into the Sherlock Holmes canon that is so strong.
If you want to hear a wonderful dramatization of Sherlock Holmes with stellar sound effects, voice acting, and story -- I would recommend that dramatizations starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes and Michael Williams as Dr. Watson. After Williams passed away, Andrew Sachs took over as Watson and he is equally good. I would recommend those audio books over these hands down.
"A fine Holmes adventure. "
On first coming across this title I had my doubts as to the attention to detail that would be paid to the original Holmes stories. However I found myself pleasently surprised as the stories, although short, are punchy ,well paced and full of the Holmes intrigue. Great performances from Henson and Callow and well written by John Taylor. more please!!
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