On this remastered first volume of The Best of Sherlock Holmes, actors John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson dazzle as the beloved English detective and his faithful assistant, Dr. Watson. Their interpretation of the classic material by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is considered to be the gold standard of Sherlock dramatizations; the dynamic chemistry between the pair is unmistakable. This volume contains “The Blackmailer”, “A Scandal in Bohemia” (where listeners are introduced to the clever and beautiful adversary Irene Adler), “Silverblaze”, and “The Speckled Band”.
"The Blackmailer": Holmes resorts to some lawbreaking of his own in the pursuit of essential evidence on a powerful blackmailer.
"A Scandal in Bohemia": A delicate case involving an ardent monarch and an indiscreet photograph leads Holmes to the one person he could not outwit: the beautiful Irene Adler.
"Silverblaze": Holmes searches for a murderer and a missing racehorse called Silverblaze.
"The Speckled Band": Holmes and Watson are entreated by a woman to get to the bottom of her sister's horrible and mysterious death.
The production is simply lovely with outstanding performances from the cast particularly John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson as Holmes & Watson.
What is lovely is to hear a quality piece from the 1950s. The stories were co-produced by the BBC in the UK and ABC in the USA. This explains the American continuity announcer that loudly and proudly introduces each episode.
The audio quality is very good throughout but watch out for Holmes' violin playing - it does tend to hit the high notes and came as quite a shock through my earbuds.
Naturally the stories are superb and the production team really understood how to make radio drama narrative work well.
Treat yourself to a very reasonably priced treasure...
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A good listen but the delivery is quite dated.
The Derek Jacobi versions are the ones to go for....