Sherlock Holmes is dead--or so most of the world thinks. His fatal plunge over the Reichenbach Falls as he struggled with his archenemy, Moriarty, has been widely reported. But Holmes has escaped and is alive. In his immediate circle, only Holmes's brother, the lethargic genius Mycroft, knows of his survival. Even Dr. Watson thinks that the great detective is dead. Among his enemies, Sebastian Moran, Moriarty's chief henchman, knows of Holmes's probable escape and waits for their inevitable meeting. From 1891 to 1894, Holmes wanders through Asia. He is alone, without Watson, without Scotland Yard, armed only with his physical strength and endurance and his revered cold logic and rationality. The adventures recounted in The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes range from Lhasa to Katmandu, from the East Indies to the deserts of Rajasthan. In Tibet and throughout the Orient, Holmes is caught up in the diplomatic machinations of British imperialism that Rudyard Kipling dubbed "the Great Game." He confronts the tsarist agent Dorjiloff, the great art thief Anton Furer, and the mysterious Captain Fantôme. And here, written in Holmes's own words, is the account of "The Giant Rat of Sumatra," for which until now he so famously thought the world unprepared. For Holmes's fans throughout the world, the stories in The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes fill in an enigmatic gap, the cause of so much speculation in the great detective's career.
©2011 Ted Riccardi (P)2011 AudioGo
I get the feeling that Riccardi is trying to create his own Sherlock Holmes. On two occasions within these stories he seems to want to make Holmes' "more compassionate" and especially paint him as being more sympathetic toward the opposite sex. Doyle makes it perfectly clear that his Sherlock is indifferent concerning them.
Almost completely missing from these stories are Sherlock's extraordinary ability to immediately form correct conclusions after only seconds of observing a person, or thing. Actually, this quality is the unique trademark of Holmes. How could one present a Holmes mystery without it?
Conan Doyle's stories were all about the character, Sherlock Holmes, and what a prodigious character he is! However, Riccardi seems satisfied with letting Holmes make "cameo appearances" throughout his mysteries.
Simon Prebble does very well portraying several characters but , in my opinion, a poor Holmes. Of course, I'm used to listening to Charlton Griffin.
One of the great things about Doyle's SH stories are that they are concise. These aren't.
Having said all of this "The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes: Nine Adventures from the Lost Years" is worth listening to if you are an avid SH fan which I am!
Yes. I thought these stories were fun and entertaining. I never solved any of the puzzles before the answers were revealed, so I was pretty entertained. I'm not sure that this would appeal to diehard fans who prefer a more orthodox style. The audiobook The House of Silk did a better job of following the more Sir Arthur Conan Doyle style. However, I think the author did a good job with these stories, and I would recommend people who like mysteries to read and enjoy it.
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