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"I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could, I think, hardly be exceeded. I have known what it was to be a poor man and I have known what it was to be fairly affluent. I have sampled every kind of human experience. I have known many of the most remarkable men of my time. I have had a long literary career after a medical training which gave me the MD of Edinburgh....I have traveled as Doctor to a whaler for seven months in the Arctic and afterwards in the West Coast of Africa. I have seen something of three wars: the Sudanese, the South African, and the German. My life has been dotted with adventures of all kinds. Finally, I have been constrained to devote my latter years to telling the world the final result of thirty-six years' study of the occult....Such is the life which I have told in some detail in my Memories and Adventures." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"You would think that writing the complete works of Sherlock Holmes would be the accomplishment of a lifetime. Think again. In this autobiography, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle describes an incredibly adventuresome and full life, of which the authorship of his famous stories was only a small part....Whitfield offers a smooth and professional reading of this exciting book." (Kliatt)

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  • Jane M.
  • 01-23-17

Shame about the repetitions

Robert Whitfield does a good job with this interesting period piece, but as other reviewers have mentioned, the editing is appalling. There's barely a chapter that's free from repetitions and retakes which should never have made it into the final version.

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  • Knucklebones
  • 02-17-13

Shame about the 'Holmes' narrator

Conan Doyle was a big, sporty adventurous man who met life head-on and achieved a remarkable amount within his lifetime, a lot of which is recounted here. He also retained his Scottish accent to the end of his life. So I find it sad that the publishers deliberately chose a narrator with a 'Sherlockian', intellectual, humourless English voice to read this vivid account of his life. Poor old Doyle - he can't get away from his famous creation even here. It ruined the book for me.



Besides that, this recording is full of editing mistakes with sentences repeated, Part 2 being particularly bad. Altogether an unsatisfactory purchase.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful