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Publisher's Summary

Clive Merrison stars as Holmes with Michael Williams as Watson in these adventures, part of the unique fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels featuring the world-famous sleuth.

Includes: "A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Red-Headed League", "A Case of Identity", "The Boscombe Valley Mystery".

©1991 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Bert Coules strikes again

This set is enough to get newbies interested. my girlfriend is hooked now. actually, I'm hooked again after a long absence. I've been listening to the audiobooks on YouTube, but these are rare gems here.

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Excellent.

What made the experience of listening to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 [Dramatised] the most enjoyable?

Up to 5star quality. Could just imagine all the scenes in my head.

What other book might you compare The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 [Dramatised] to and why?

None so far.

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

Dramatic pause.

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

No

Any additional comments?

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  • H. Thomas
  • 09-30-17

Greatest portrayal

Clive Merrison and Michael Williams were, in my opinion, the best ever Holmes and Watson. Clive Merrison showed the manic nature of Holmes, and how frustrating he would have been as a housemate, while Michael Williams portrayed a man who was frequently infuriated by his friend's nature, yet still respected and admired him. The cases are of course baffling until eventually Holmes unravels the mystery. All the actors do a superb job of bringing these stories to life

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  • Mr Ian Pickering,
  • 04-11-15

Conan Doyle at his best.

Detective stories don't get much better than these.. Stories to keep coming back to. again and again. Sherlock Holmes still stands tall in this genre.

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  • Mikey
  • 03-22-15

It's obvious once he's explained it!

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The genius mind of sherlock Holmes works overtime in this fantastic collection. Performed masterfully by Merrison, I love Sherlock Holmes! These dramatisations are my favourite, so much fun to be had from 1 audible credit...

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  • 01-09-15

THE FANTASTIC SHERLOCK HOLMES

These BBC radio shows are some of the best Sherlock Holmes productions you will find. Full casts with the great Clive Merrison as the pipe smoking sleuth are fantastic fun, perfect for the radio Sherlock just as Jeremy Brett is the TV Holmes. Clive makes the part his own with flare and seriousness grabbing your attention at his eccentricities. The late Michael Williams is a perfect choice of Watson with the rest of the cast some the best UK actors. The writer of these shows Bert Coul’s told me the BBC have no intentions of making any more Sherlock’s after these so, enjoy them! I feel that any future BBC Sherlock’s will just not live up to these. Enjoy!

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  • sjb
  • 07-07-14

A classic that I return to time and time again.

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

This is a dramatised version of the classic work, I first heard this adaptation in the 90's on audio cassette and listened to it over and over again. The cast are excellent and the source material is respected. The production balances the dark side of the stories with the inherent humour to be found in many of the characters. The background sounds really create a 19th century London feel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like the character of Dr Watson he balances the cold analytical nature of Holmes with his compassion. Also the Doctor's loyalty is unswerving he is always ready to assist Holmes in his adventures.

Have you listened to any of Clive Merrison’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all of the Sherlock Holmes stories with Clive Merrison and he always offers an good performance. He is an excellent character actor.

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

I have always enjoyed the first time we meet Sherlock's brother Mycroft. I enjoy the parts of the adventures that provide backstory for the main characters.

Any additional comments?

As I said I have returned to these time and time again. And with the demise of audiocassette as a popular format I was happy to have the chance to rebuild my collection digitally.

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  • Andrea
  • 04-14-13

The best....

What more can you want, Conan Doyle, Merrison and Williams caressing your ears with amazing stories and beautiful interaction of the characters... Perfect.