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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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  • 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.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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...............

5 of 5 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 7 people found this review helpful

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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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nothing but a really long commercial

a really long commercial interspersed with a show. more commercial than show. save your time and don't bother.

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Holmes

I'm a Holmesaholic. Overall, I enjoyed these productions. I never realized how much of a pompass, blowhard, idiot Watson is till now.

The downside are the sexist, racist, and xenophobic scripts.

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Sherlock Holmes fan

This is ambrosia for any fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Found the 61 stories fun to listen to.

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Sherlock Holmes Radio

too raspy the organ could have been removed hard to hear voices just bad rerecording

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Great classic detective series,

Sound quality not good but acceptable. Story quality surprisingly good considering that the majority of the stories were not written by Conan Doyle. Anthony Boucher, however, was a very competent writer. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are my favorit Holmes and Watson couple of all times. The Petri Wine and other commercials do become a bit repetitive but on the whole they contribute to the atmosphere. And if Petri Sherry still existed as a brand, I would be sure to buy not one, but two bottles!

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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