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Publisher's Summary

The world-famous sleuth is back in this astounding 60-episode collection (many previously believed to have been lost) direct from the original radio broadcasts.

Featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, this collection contains nearly 30 hours of Old Time Radio broadcasting at its best. Digitally remastered from the original broadcast recordings, this amazing set is a true collector's item for Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere!

©2000 House of Joy Publishing (P)2012 PDQ AudioWorks

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Old Radio at it's best

If you could sum up The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set in three words, what would they be?

The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are played brilliantly by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. If you don't like old radio and Sherlock Holmes, this may not appeal to you.It is a walk back to another era with some frankly loveable actors who never fail to entertain.

What did you like best about this story?

Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone as actors and the introduction given each week by Dr Watson and Harry Bartel.

Which scene was your favorite?

All

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it is designed to listen to an episode at a time.

Any additional comments?

Come on Watson, the game's afoot...............

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • Decatur, GA, United States
  • 06-01-13

Out of order stories, but a good listen

For what ever reason, the stories aren't in the order that they were recorded in, so it is a little confusing when they hint at the next episode that either already happened, or is so far down the line you'd forget. Other than that it's a good listen, The advertisement can be a little annoying at first, but there is a certain charm to the way that they did these advertisements back in the day that you just don't see anymore.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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The definitive collection with some minor issues

What did you like best about this story?

The Rathbone and Bruce episodes (which are the great majority). The rest you could assign to the dumper.

What about Basil Rathbone’s performance did you like?

He is simply the best radio Holmes. Rather than the Conway and Shirley actors, I would have liked to have heard at least one performance by William Gillete who did the first radio Holmes. He was supposed to have been the definitive Holmes of the early 20th century.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No -- in 30 minute episodes

Any additional comments?

All in all, an OUTSTANDING big collection for fans of the show! The compilers should have just had the Rathbone and Bruce episodes. Some commentaries have complained about the quality. What do you expect from 70 YEAR old recordings?! We are lucky to have them at all! Some commentaries have complained about the advertising. Such people don't comprehend the aesthetics of old time radio. I actually liked Harry Bartell as the Petri Wine guy! Only other comment: I wish they had included more episodes from the Bromo-Quinine era with Rathbone and Bruce.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • mary
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 07-13-16

Good for those who enjoy OTR

The biggest complaint I have is that the episodes are not in order. The announcer and Dr Watson talk about past and future cases. It is irritating when reference is given to a past show or the following show that is several stories down the line. That said these are very enjoyable. I enjoy the combination of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. They are among the best pairs for Holmes and Watson. I must make this comment. I noted that a reviewer complained about ads for 'deceased' products or items. Most OTR were on air live and before audiences. It is easy to hear mistakes and more in these performances. In this case, the ads are a part of the show. Nigel Bruce as Dr Watson talks with the announcer and this leads into the commercial in some instances. I have some Old Time Radio where the ads have been for whatever reason edited out. The time of several minutes of dead space filled with 'elevator' music. That is not enjoyable to me. I hope that for future OTR a little care is taken to put episodes in order.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Undoing of Sherlock

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one I can think of.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set?

The utter disappointment of the quality of the recordings.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Basil Rathbone?

This does not apply to my issue with the stories.

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

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

The recordings were scratchy, the commercials ( a VERY important part of the experience) were cut short in what I assume was an effort to save space and time. I have some of these stories on tape and the quality is outstanding. I would absolutely NOT recommend this set to anyone as an audio book.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • TC
  • 05-03-18

Sherlock Always Enjoyable

I would have enjoyed this more with fewer commercials,
There was a lot of static on a couple of the stories.
I think a story or two were repeated.

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New Sherlock Holmes 60 Episodes

To me There are only two Sherlock's - Basil Rathbone & the current Sherlock on PBS.

Thanks for the memories!

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Excellent!

I absolutely loved it. I felt like I was part of a flash back to the days where there were only radio shows. The only complaint had was with the old ads that were part of the program. They were somewhat repetitious and sometimes shameless. However, it was totally worth the experience. I will be listening to it over and over again!!!

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Classic Sherlock Holmes

If you like the old Sherlock Holmes movies, you'll love these. Some snap, crackle, pop but still quite enjoyable.

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wonderful wonderful love these old Sherlock Holmes

stories also the old commercials will definitely get more of these! the best is here

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-13

Could have been better

I was disappointed in this as the production values are quite poor. The episodes are in no order what so ever so the actors chop and change , the references to the next episode at the end of each make no sense and the sound isn't brilliant- I know they are old recordings but some episodes are unlistenable to through headphones. Some of the same episodes are available on Murder By Moonlight where the quality is better so I'd suggest you download that instead.

It's a shame as the stories and actors are great just let down by the reproduction efforts at PDQ.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 04-07-16

Period piece

Don't expect award winning radio, but this does have some charm. I wish they had arranged them in some order, even if episodes have been lost. Nigel Bruce's avuncular Watson amuses; doctors must have been less academic in those days (London graduates at least!). Rathbone is of course one of the classic Holmes actors, and the other 2 don't cut it so well. It's not Radio 4, either, so ads almost exceed story. (Thank God for the BBC!) You'll know all about "Petri wine" - strange to hear of such luxury in USA when wartime Europe was on rations, at best - but at least it becomes the subject of gentle banter between presenter and Bruce. (The recurring naughty puppies help, too, but it's so strange to hear such open encouragement of smoking, drinking and eating to our 21st century ears.). Some of the stories are based on Doyle but most not, and many don't really hold together, if you think about them too much, but are ingenious and entertaining if you accept them as intended - a lot worse turns up on modern TV! There's also a Public Service Announcement function sometimes, encouraging buying Victory Bonds, supporting troops overseas and returning veterans, fundraising research into polio. I liked that little bit of social history, just wish it was in order.

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  • Mrs k Smith
  • 07-03-13

5* Sherlock

If you could sum up The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set in three words, what would they be?

Fantastic Very Good

What was one of the most memorable moments of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set?

The inter action between Holmes and Watson in these stories

What does Basil Rathbone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is fantastic in these storys I love him as Sherlock

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Cannot think

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  • emma
  • 10-21-14

Basil Basil Basil

What made the experience of listening to The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set the most enjoyable?

Basil rathbone who was my favourite Sherlock holmes

What was one of the most memorable moments of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set?

Lots of the stories remained you of other adventures

What does Basil Rathbone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His Sherlock holmes voice

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me so happy

Any additional comments?

The adverts and organ music get a bit annoying, shame you can't fast forward without losing any of the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful