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Publisher's Summary

Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous. They are reproduced here (and in all volumes) in the order in which they were first published.

First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques. Doyle ended up writing four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson. All but four are told in the first person by Watson, two by Holmes, and two are written in the third person. Together, this series of beautifully written Victorian literature has sold more copies than any other books in the English language, with the exceptions of the Bible and Shakespeare.

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Awesome Narrator, Unfortunately NOT British

Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 to be better than the print version?

No, if a British reader of similar talent to Mr Griffin had been cast it would have been awesome, but his British accents are pretty lousy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2?

Every exposition of the breakdown by Holmes.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I loved the dramatic characterisation of the narrator, sadly let down quite severely by his shocking accents.

Who was the most memorable character of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 and why?

Holmes. Why? He's HOLMES.

Any additional comments?

If you're American or Canadian*, or English is your second language it is likely that this will rock for you. The dramatic performance is wonderful. Griffin is great in that sense. If you're Australian , Kiwi, or South African it will probably be a bit irritating that a British actor wasn't cast to read Sherlock Holmes. Such iconic Victorian literature should be authentic, not hammy.* In my experience North Americans don't pick up on the flaws in bad false UK accents in the way other English-speaking people do. That would have to be a blessing in this case :)

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  • Erik
  • Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
  • 01-27-13

A Great Classical Series

Really, what more can I say about a series so famous as this. The stories remain as entertaining today as they did when first written.

Again, Charlton Griffin preforms flawlessly. It is great he has stayed committed to the series, as changing narrators between volumes can be annoying.

Highly recommended!

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  • Lorena
  • BUTTE, MT, United States
  • 12-30-12

Can't go wrong with this collection!

The collection includes much of Doyle's best work and it felt like Christmas. Though I know all of the stories it was a treat listening to them again. The narration was brilliant!

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Great book, great narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would, specially because I find it to be interesting, well written and well narrated.

Any additional comments?

I strongly recommend Volumes 1 & 3 of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes.

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  • Nathan
  • locust grove, VA, United States
  • 11-19-12

Great Story

Where does The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books that i have listened to

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Watson

What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

His voice fit the characters perfictly

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sherlock

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  • Joseph
  • Ewing, NJ, United States
  • 10-30-12

Holmes at his best

The Hound of the Baskervilles might be my favorite Holmes story. I am a surprised fan. I definitely had a misconception of mystery novels. So even if you're not normally a fan of the mystery genre I strongly suggest a foray into Holmes.

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  • Jason
  • Amarillo, TX, United States
  • 09-12-12

The perfect flaws



I once heard is said that the best characters are the ones with flaws. Sherlock Holmes is one of the best examples of that. He is eccentric. He is so obsessed with facts and practicality that he seem heartless. Ironically he is willing to go above and beyond for people who are more deserving of he services. Even to the point that he will of letting the criminal go free if the crime was, at least in Sherlocke's opinion, justifiable. He is also a bit egotistical, but is willing to set his ego aside and admit he was wrong at times. Worst of all, he is constantly criticizing Watson for his lack of deduction as well as other issues, but Watson is the only person Sherlock Holmes ever loved. For those of you who believe relationships are important in a story , the relationship between Holmes and Watson is the perfect example of how true love between men can happen without sexual attraction.

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  • DMR
  • PIMA, AZ, United States
  • 08-20-12

Very enjoyable!

Would you listen to The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 again? Why?

Yes. I enjoy the stories and the performance. The stories are interesting mysteries without being gory or dirty like so much of the modern writing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Watson. He portrays the story in a humble way even when he puts himself at risk and helps to solve the cases.

What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The British accent that you would expect the characters to have as well as an American accent when the characters are American, etc.

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Great listen

Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 to be better than the print version?

I would definitely recommend the listening version over reading it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Watson because of his insights into Holmes character

Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

Yes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the point when both Sherlock and Watson were concerned over the danger for Sherlock's bother being killed.

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  • josh
  • Berkeley, CA, United States
  • 06-27-12

AC Doyle Brings it!!

If you could sum up The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing smooth talker

What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voice; when I think Sherlock I hear Charlton Griffin.

Any additional comments?

As a fan of the Law and Order, I feel like this is OG for the 1890s. Formulaic? Yes. Enjoyable? Immensely! Worth getting without a doubt.

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