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Publisher's Summary

Here are 12 acclaimed, exciting, fully dramatized performances of Conan Doyle classics. It's elementary that any Conan Doyle fan will want this splendid set of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, 12 timeless tales performed as radio theater and linked by violin-music interludes.

The great Sir John Gielgud stars as the sleuth of Baker Street, with Ralph Richardson as his venerable companion, Dr. Watson, and Orson Welles as the nefarious Professor Moriarty. With three giants of the theater in such colorful roles, it's no mystery why this collectionwas so popular on cassette.

Included are:

  • "The Blue Carbuncle"
  • "A Case of Identity"
  • "Charles August Milverton"
  • "The Dying Detective"
  • "The Final Problem"
  • "The Golden Pince-Nez"
  • "The Norwood Builder"
  • "A Scandal in Bohemia"
  • "The Second Stain"
  • "The Six Napoleons"
  • "The Solitary Cyclist"
  • "The Speckled Band"
©1953 Charles Michelson, Inc; (P)1996 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"The cast is perfection: just to listen to John Gielgudwould be pleasure enough, but each cast member is terrific." (AudioFile)
"It will come as no surprise that Gielgud and Richardson, as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, are as perfect a pairing as are the fictional detective team." (Publishers Weekly)

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud

Never mind the garbage pumped out by Hollywood with Basil Rathbone and the like! Aside from the BBC-Granada TV versions this is the best rendition of ole' Sherlock around!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Zion, IL, United States
  • 04-28-09

Classic Holmes

What great fun for a Sherlock Holmes fan! 12 fully dramatized stories done for the BBC starring Sir John Geilgud as Holmes and Sir Ralph Richardson as Watson. Even Orson Welles starred as Moriarty. I enjoyed every minute of it. Done in the classic radio play style with music and sound effects.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Can't go wrong with original radio broadcasts,,,,

Always wonderfull to hear the old time radio broadcasts of this classic collection. A great addition to anyones audible collection.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Laurel
  • Orland Park, IL, USA
  • 01-22-10

Sherlock Holmes Dramatized

Stories were good. The music transitions were obnoxious - distracting, loud, repetitive and took away from the audio experience.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Marnie
  • LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA, USA
  • 03-07-08

You'll hit replay over and over again!

I loved how John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson equally portrayed the characters of Sir Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to a "T"!!! Perfect pairing and both complemented each other. Truly believable and I was quite happy with their performance. You'll want to keep listening to this over and over again.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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I loved the story...just not the technical issues.

What disappointed you about Sherlock Holmes?

Nothing. His stories are always wonderful.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Everyone played their own characters well.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I wished that someone had take the time to level out the volumes and tones, to make it all consistent. Considering that this is an audio book, it would important to consider that a person might be listening to this with headphones or driving. Both instances make for dangers results when a sudden increase of volume occurs.

Any additional comments?

I hated how the volumes of the character's voices and background noises would fluctuate. One moment I was straining to hear the dialogue, then I would have to quickly lower the volume to keep from being deafened by a scream or sound effect.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Seawan
  • Cordova, AK, United States
  • 01-17-12

Great to share with the whole family

What did you love best about Sherlock Holmes?

I loved the Sherlock Holmes stories as a kid and they are just as delightful to share with my kids. The reading is engaging, the accents are authentic. Sometimes it's nice to be able to listen to a whole short story rather than just a chapter of a longer story. My kids want to listen to these stories over again with their friends which is a great endorsement.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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series of 30 minute radio plays, wonderfully acted

These are wonderfully voiced radio plays of some of the original Sherlock Holmes stories - they are old (from the 1950s), so the quality of the recording is not up to the stereo, multi-track standards of some, but the quality of the actors make up for any such issues. It's obvious that the stories are episodes of a radio series, since they each start and end with theme music and a voice over. I like the episodic nature of these stories - I can listen to one or two of them in between longer audiobooks to kind of take a mental break before moving from one book to another. The stories are good fun, and the narration is wonderful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Best Sherlock Holmes

Sir John Geilgud and Sir Ralph Richardson do a great job as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. They are my favorite voice actors of these two great literary characters

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Best narration of Holmes I've listened to!

Sherlock Holmes is always great--there would be nothing I could add to years of commentary on that. This recording is, simply, the best narration of any of Conan Doyle's work I've heard. John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Orson Welles came together in a superior performance of about a dozen of Holmes' best stories. The quality of the audio itself is better than I might have expected, given that I believe it was recorded for radio in the 1950's.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful