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Publisher's Summary

Three years have passed since Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Moriarty vanished into the abyss of the Reichenbach Falls. In that time the criminals of London have been able to sleep safe in their beds.

But the capital has never been in greater need of its protector. And so it is that Dr Watson meets a mysterious deformed man who reveals the truth behind the fateful final conflict between Holmes and Moriarty, and paves the way for the extraordinary return of the world's greatest sleuth in these thirteen tales of mystery and deduction:

The Empty House
The Norwood Builder
The Dancing Men
The Solitary Cyclist
The Priory School
Black Peter
Charles Augustus Milverton
The Six Napoleons
The Three Students
The Golden Pince-Nez
The Missing Three-Quarter
The Abbey Grange
The Second Stain

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Carole T.
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 10-20-12

Holmes to the Rescue!

Through a lot of road trips and sleepless nights, Sherlock Holmes has been a wonderful companion to the members of my family. As interpreted by the brilliant Derek Jacobi, "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" in audio form seems fresh and new. You just can't beat this for sheer joyful escapism!

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Wonderful!

What did you love best about The Return of Sherlock Holmes?

I loved the way it was read. It was great.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was classic Sherlock Holmes. Wonderful as usual.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite story was "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez" because of it's dramatic ending.

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

I love this book because you can listen to it in bits and pieces not necessarily all at once.

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Jacobi makes my day

What did you love best about The Return of Sherlock Holmes?

Jacobi's voice and characterizations. Plus Holmes. I love Holmes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of Sherlock Holmes?

Oh, no one moment sticks out. I've loved these stories for decades.

Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. They are all excellent.

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

Nothing extreme.

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By far the best Sherlock Holmes audiobook

Sherlock Holmes mysteries are classic, but having them read by Derek Jacobi is by far the best way to listen to them... they are love of the few series I enjoy listening to over and over again.

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  • Stephen
  • 04-13-13

A return to form

As with the previous editions, Derek Jacobi once again does an amazing job of bringing Sherlock Holmes to life in this collection of stories, starting after Holmes supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls. Starting with Watsons' shoving discovery that Holmes is alive, the stories move along at an even pace. Well worth the money, and perfect to while away long journeys.

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  • Mrs
  • 06-30-13

Brilliant

You know Sherlock Holmes. You've seen adaptations on TV, you know his stories. But, listening/reading the books is just wonderful. By reading, you gain a deeper understanding of Holmes, of Watson, of Victorian England and Derek Jacobi is an amazing narrator. He is perfect for the job. So even though you may be familiar with the stories, have a listen and instead of being preoccupied with 'who done it' (cos you probably know already), enjoy the journey and allow Holmes to lead you there in his own unique way.

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  • Viv
  • 03-07-10

Excellent Sherlock

This narrative by Derek Jacobi adds to the delight of this excellent series of stories by the much loved Dr Watson. Highly recommended, a must for all Holmes fans.

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  • Peter
  • 02-02-10

Delightful short stories

Another great outing for Sherlock Holmes. Lots of great short stories from the master of deduction. Highly recommended if you want bitesize, intelligent adventures that exercise the mind. Excellently read by Derek Jacobi.

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  • Just
  • 04-28-18

Sherlock Returns

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

Indeed. It is good.

Any additional comments?

This collection of stories, unsurprisingly, deals with Sherlock Holmes returning from the dead after apparently being killed off in the Final Problem. Derek Jacobi again narrates these stories with aplomb, and particular note is given to: The Empty House, Charles Augustus Milverton and the Six Napoleons.

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  • Derek Thorburn
  • 09-16-15

The Return To Baker Street

What made the experience of listening to The Return of Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

Sitting through the stories and imagining myself sitting at 221B with Holmes and Watson.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of Sherlock Holmes?

When Holmes returned and feeling the thrill Watson felt.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

We often think of Holmes as sounding cold and incise. Jacobi just made him sound natural like anyone else.

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

I had to laugh at times when the police got it wrong.

Any additional comments?

We often laugh when the police get it wrong, but they do at times have a point. In the Norwood Builder, Lestrade's arrest of John Hector Macfarlane was quite understandable. Jonas Oldacre had just made Macfarlane his beneficiary, had invited him to his house to finish the job, then Macfarlane left in all innocence and didn't know of his supposed death until the following day.

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  • Pat
  • 02-25-15

Excellent, as always.

Intriguing stories from an old world and expertly narrated by a true professional.
Derek Jacobi brings the stories to life.

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  • Miss
  • 05-27-14

Why didn't he write more...

It is sad to come to the end having listened through the adventures, memoirs, casebook and return of Sherlock Holmes. Derek Jacobi is so good at reading them I could listen to him all day. Buy it! Buy the lot!

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  • Alex
  • 06-26-13

Great Listen.

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

I always feel a little apprehensive whenever I click the 'add to basket' button as there is always the risk that I won't like the narrator. 10+ hours is a very long time to listen to someone who gets up your nose. I am glad to say that after listening to the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes read by Derek Jacobi I have more than happily rushed to get the rest as soon as my credits have landed in my account and I would happily hijack anyone's MP3 player and pop this on for them. Although I love the Sherlock Holmes stories they can come across a little dry and abrupt at times when reading them but listening to them gave them a whole knew lease of life for me and I don't think I'll be able to pick up the stories again without hearing Derek Jacobi's narration in my head. :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Poor long suffering Watson! It amazes me how time after time he puts up with being left out of the whole picture by Holmes and he just accepts it as part and parcel of being with him. He just waist patiently for it all to be explained to him.

Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favourite?

Watson. He didn't make him sound bumbling or idiotic. He made him sound like an intelligent gentleman whose best friend had genius level intelligence - so of course he was going to be a bit slower on the uptake with some things.