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The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Audiobook

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Publisher's Summary

A modern short-story collection featuring the great detective. Stories included:

"A Sherlockiana Primer", © 2009 by Christopher Roden
"The Horror of the Many Faces", © 2003 by Tim Lebbon
"The Case of the Bloodless Sock", © 2001 by Anne Perry
"The Adventure of the Other Detective", © 2003 by Bradley H. Sinor
"A Scandal in Montreal", © 2008 by Edward D. Hoch
"The Adventure of the Field Theorems"; © 1995 Vonda N. McIntyre
"The Adventure of the Death-Fetch", © 1994 by Darrell Schweitzer
"The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland", © 2005 by Mary Robinette Kowal
"The Adventure of the Mummy's Curse", © 2006 by H. Paul Jeffers
"The Things That Shall Come Upon Them", © 2008 by Barbara Roden
"Murder to Music", © 1989 by Anthony Burgess
"The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor", © 1997 Stephen Baxter
"Mrs. Hudson's Case", © 1997 Laurie R. King
"The Singular Habits of Wasps", © 1994 by Geoffrey A. Landis
"The Affair of the 46th Birthday"; © 2009 by Amy Myers
"The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey", © 2001 by Peter Tremayne
"The Vale of the White Horse"; © 2003 by Sharyn McCrumb
"The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger", © 1993 by Michael Moorcock
"The Adventure of the Lost World", © 2004 by Dominic Green
"The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Niece"; © 2003 by Barbara Hambly
"Dynamics of a Hanging", © 2005 by Tony Pi
"Merridew of Abominable Memory" © 2008 by Monkeybrain, Inc.
"Commonplaces" © 2008-2009 by Naomi Novik
"The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil's Cape", © 2009 by Rob Rogers
"The Adventure of the Green Skull", © 2008 by Mark Valentine
"The Human Mystery", © 1999 by Tanith Lee
"A Study in Emerald", © 2003 by Neil Gaiman
"You See But You Do Not Observe", © 1995 by Robert J. Sawyer.

©2010 John Joseph Adams; (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"For the most part, this volume of short Sherlock Holmes pastiches - a mix of straightforward imitations and parodies - delivers on its goal of presenting the best of such work from the last 30 years....Barbara Roden's "The Things That Shall Come Upon Them" riffs cleverly on M.R. James's "Casting the Runes". Perhaps the highlight is Peter Tremayne's "The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey", which offers a plausible explanation for a classic untold tale in which a man disappears from the face of the earth after returning home to fetch an umbrella." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-03-10
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-03-10 Member Since 2012

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "EDITING where is it? "

    This book is tooooo long and mixes genres from sheer fantasy to mystery. About half the stories are hack stories with little or no point to them. There are some great stories in this book though. Although, the description of the actual book claims to include a story from Stephen King. It is not included in this story - so it can't be called "unabridged".

    Naration is 4.5 stars. 5 Stars for Simon and 4 for Ms. Flosnik. Simon plays an excellent Dr. Watson. Anne had some trouble in her first couple of stories. Her accents were a little off, but she did an overall good job. Her last story was well done.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Johnson Powhatan, VA United States 02-20-10
    C. Johnson Powhatan, VA United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2008

    Elementary

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    "Not impressed by these improbable stories"

    I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, and find many of these stories to be surreal, disturbing and even silly. If you're a die-hard fan looking for well-planned, believable, enjoyable stories to add to your library, pass on this one.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Berkeley, CA, United States 12-14-10
    Christian Berkeley, CA, United States 12-14-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrific Entertainment"

    To dispose of the obvious, I am not a Sherlockian. I also don't have a homoerotic sidekick, ingest heroin on weekends, or have an IQ that exceeds the combined IQ of the FOX nightly news broadcasters (squared). Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The stories were mixed but overall entertaining, and the reading by Simon Vance was, to put a fine point on it, spectacular--he is Dr.Watson. The handful of stories read by Flosnik were also generally passable (hint faint praise). I enjoyed the book and you will too, unless you have based your Assistant Professorship on a critical analysis of Sherlockian pastiche.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond 02-12-17
    Raymond 02-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun and interesting"

    this an excellent collection of short stories that take Sherlock and Watson on some interesting and strange adventures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    luke 02-04-17
    luke 02-04-17
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    "Could not finish it..."
    What would have made The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes better?

    Some consistency across the stories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Not a collection like this.


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

    The performances were okay.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and not much else


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lenore Pemberton 11-18-16 Member Since 2016

    I am a homemaker with 2 older children and several hobbies. I love diy projects and listening to audiobooks while doing them.

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    "Interesting!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love the british accent of the narrator. It lends an authenticity to the stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a collection of stories, with intros for each. I liked the variety.


    What about Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik ’s performance did you like?

    The timing and the accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Airl 02-18-16
    Airl 02-18-16 Member Since 2017

    Lawrence R. Spencer, author of "The Oz Factors", "Sherlock Holmes: My Life", "Vermeer-Portraits of a Lifetime" & editor of "Alien Interview"

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    "Most excellent anthology of Holmes pastiches."

    Marvelous Sherlockian tales written by preeminent authors and impeccably performed. As the author of "Sherlock Holmes: My Life" I can attest with authority and enthusiasm to the true spirit of Holmes portrayed in these tales.

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    David 10-21-15
    David 10-21-15
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    "Fascinating!"

    Excellent compilation of neuvo Holmes. The readers voices were appropriate and the stories were read well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 06-12-15
    Anna 06-12-15
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    "Entertaining set of stories"

    I liked the stories a lot and though I purchased the audiobook because of Laurie King being one of the writers, the story she had in here wasn't one of her best. There were quite a few excellent stories so I was not disappointed. The male narrator was far superior to the female one and I wished that they had just let him do the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 06-10-15
    Tom 06-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Silly to the point of painful"
    What would have made The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes better?

    Maybe my expectation. I was not expecting Sherlock in such supernatural (and silly) plots. I am a Sherlock fan but found other non Sir Conan Doyle Holmes books entertaining (Laurie King) so I gave this a try. Waste of a credit.


    Has The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik ’s performance?

    The commentary between short stories was so bad I had to skip them.


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

    The actual story narration was done well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • S. Hall
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    6/3/13
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    "Keep Writing these Sherlock Stories....."

    I ordered this book with some hesitations as I was concerned these improbable stories would be far too fantastical or futuristic to be anywhere like the 'old' Holmes stories and while one or two made me groan with annoyance generally I loved these stories. The narrators Watson voice is really good and much like the old TV version.

    I too found the introductions of the authors grating but eventually decided to use the time of the intros to settle down for a good listen afterwards without missing the initial and relevant start to the stories. Also rather grating is the US pronounciation of Moriarty (US add an extra i to make it Moriarity every time they say it and I have no idea why).

    If authors can continue to write Sherlock Holmes stories similar to the bulk of these then I will continue to read/listen to them so please keep adding pen to paper.

    Sally

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rossy
    HARPENDEN, United Kingdom
    1/13/13
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    "Improbable and slightly tedious at times"

    An interesting mix of short stories by some well known authors, ranging from bee people to mirror worlds... Good price for the amount of content, but some of the narrators can be a little tiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    12/23/12
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    "Very interesting and well written"

    Usually a collection of short stories by different authors would be difficult to review. However, the stories in this collection are all of a high standard and are all very intriguing. And at 21 and a half hours, it is very good value for money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    Pencader, United Kingdom
    9/9/12
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    "Excellent short stories"

    In common with other reviewers of this collection of stories, I found the introductions to each one annoying. The mispronunciation of Moriarty and Irene (Adler), could have been avoided with very little research effort. I fast-forwarded through them. But the stories themselves are very good. They are varied in subject and style, with a good pace and well-read. I would highly recommend them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggler
    PONTEFRACT, United Kingdom
    9/1/12
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    "More Sherlock Stories!"

    ACD is dead, so if you've read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories but still want more then you'll have to look elsewhere.
    If this is the case I suggest you start here - these are brilliant stories that are well narrated. Top marks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    Newcastle, United Kingdom
    1/28/12
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    "Fantastic collection"

    If, like me, you love Sherlock Holmes (and Dr Watson!) but have heard all of the stories, you will love this collection of new ones. The intros to each book are done by an American who cannot say Moriarty (Mor-e-are-it-ee!) but the narrotors of the main stories are excellent. Plus its 22 hours, so it represents great value!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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